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* The Constant Gardener – Starring Ralph Fiennes & Rachel Weisz

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 31 January 2012

The Constant Gardener (2005) Directed by Fernando Meirelles ( City of God (2002)), starring Ralph Fiennes  (The English Patient (1996)) and  Rachel Weisz (The Lovely Bones (2009), The Bourne Legacy (2012, filming)), with Danny Huston (Children of Men (2006))Bill Nighy (Love Actually (2003), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)) and others.  This outstanding, award-winning dramatic thriller, a condemnation of corruption in government and the pharmaceutical industry, follows a soft-spoken and sensitive low level British diplomat, Justin Quayle, played to perfection by Ralph Fiennes, as he investigates the circumstances surrounding his wife’s death.  Quayle’s wife, Tessa, a passionate and, at times, overbearing activist, is portrayed by an excellent Rachel Weisz, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her efforts.  Danny Huston, son of legendary director John Huston and half-brother of actress Anjelica Huston, is also very good as Justin Quayle’s (Fiennes) deceitful immediate supervisor, as is Bill Nighy, as the corrupt head of the Africa Desk for the British Foreign Office.  Magnificently filmed, from the vast and spectacular plains of Africa, to the squalor of the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, to the intimacy of a loving couple with an excellent screenplay by Jeffrey Caine based on the eponymous novel by John le Carré, and superb music by Alberto Iglesias, The Constant Gardener is, in both a large scale and personal manner, a critical look at Western liberal conscience, ethical and moral responsibility, personal virtue, courage and devotion, as well as being a finely honed, complex adult thriller.  Definitely a must-see film. (PR)

See our posts of the films Sunshine, starring both Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz, and Spider, starring Ralph Fiennes, directed by David Cronenberg.

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The Golden Bowl

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 20 October 2011

The Golden Bowl (2000)(DVD) Directed by James Ivory (and produced by Ismail Merchant), starring Kate BeckinsaleNick NolteUma ThurmanJeremy Northam and Anjelica Huston; choreography by Karole Armitage.    Based on the Henry James novel The Golden Bowl, Merchant/Ivory’s The Golden Bowl, is a richly sumptuous film and one senses the possibilities of the unspoken feelings, so important in the work of Henry James.  Alas, for those who appreciate James’ sensitivity and poise, the film’s dialogue seems flat, and often the actors, especially Uma Thurman, who lacks the the subtlety necessary for her role, seem to be simply reading their lines.  Even the choreography, by the great Karole Armitage, though only a brief interlude, seems disappointingly stagey, though the music throughout the film is really quite good. (PR)

Other films by Merchant/Ivory, offer much more: Howards End (1992), The Remains of the Day (1993)

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The Dead

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 12 April 2011

The Dead, directed by John Huston, theatrical release poster

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The Dead (1987) (DVD) Directed by John Huston (The Maltese Falcon (1941), The African Queen (1951), The Misfits (1961)), starring Anjelica Huston (Prizzi’s Honor (1985), The Crossing Guard (1995), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)), Donal McCann and others, screenplay by Tony Huston.  A tender, moving, softly sad film about the nature of life, and of death, based on the story The Dead, part of the collection of stories, Dubliners, by James Joyce, The Dead was John Huston’s last film, made when he, himself, was terribly ill and only months from dying. (PR)

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