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Sunshine – Starring Ralph Fiennes & Rachel Weisz

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 12 January 2012

Sunshine (1999) Directed by István Szabó, starring Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient (1996), The Constant Gardener (2005))Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener (2005), The Bourne Legacy (2012, filming))Jennifer Ehle (The King’s Speech (2010), Contagion (2011), The Ides of March (2011))Rosemary Harris (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)), with William Hurt (see partial filmography below) and others.  This vast historical drama is set in Hungary beginning at the very end of the 19th century and then continuing through two world wars, the end of the monarchy, the 1936 Nazi Germany-held Olympics, Communist take-over, failed revolution, and more, through the story of three generations of one family.  An ambitious undertaking somewhat reminiscent of Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard.  Sunshine has its weaknesses, especially in the beginning, but evolves into a seriously good film after that.  With very good cinematography, and excellent acting, by Ralph Fiennes, especially, but also by Weisz, Ehle, Rosemary Harris and William Hurt, Sunshine poses some very good questions and suggests some interesting possible responses.  A long film, almost three hours, but a very interesting story developing through a complex historical context, Sunshine is certainly worthwhile viewing. (PR)

See our posts on the film Pride and Prejudice, starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, and the films The Good Shepherd, Vantage Point and Syriana with William Hurt.

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Training Day – Starring Denzel Washington (Oscar for Best Actor) & Ethan Hawke

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Training Day (2001)  Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Tears of the Sun (2003), Shooter (2007)), starring Denzel Washington (Malcolm X (1992), The Hurricane (1999), Inside Man (2006), American Gangster (2007)) and Ethan Hawke (Assault on Precinct 13 (2005), Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007), Total Recall (2012))with Eva MendesDr. DreSnoop DoggMacy Gray and others.  In Training Day, a brutal, tense police thriller set in the gang-lands of contemporary Los Angeles, Denzel Washington is magnificent in the role of Alonzo Harris, a charming, violent and intensely corrupt undercover narcotics detective, who is eventually victim of his own over-reaching confidence and brutal methods, a portrayal for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor; Washington’s virtuosity as he teases, threatens, persuades, teaches and abuses almost all at the same time, is impressive indeed.  Ethan Hawke is very good as Jake Hoyt, not exactly the totally naive newcomer, yet in training with the corrupt Harris (Washington), and shocked, disgusted, confused and abused by Harris and eventually, unable to tolerate the lawlessness and physical menace, reacts by reaching back and reconnecting to his own morality.  Training Day has, for the most part, an authentic sounding script with some quite colorful charactisations by a group of well-known musicians and supporting actors, and some fine directing on the part of Antoine Fuqua. Though the final third of the film is perhaps a bit less accomplished, Training Day is a sharp, tense and gritty thriller, well worth watching. (PR)

See our posts on the films American Gangster, and The Bone Collector, both starring Denzel Washington.

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Sidney Lumet (1924-2011) – Director of Classics of American Cinema, Focused on Conscience

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 10 April 2011

Serpico (1973), directed by Sidney Lumet, theatrical release poster

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The great, and prolific, American film director, Sidney Lumet, who brought us such excellent and memorable films as 12 Angry Men (1957), Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976),  The Verdict (1982) and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007), among many, many others, has died at the age of 86.

Robert Berkvist has written a thoughtful article entitled “A Director of Classics, Focused on Conscience” in the Movies section of The New York Times looking at Lumet, his career, films, and motivations.

Excellent slideshow, again from The New York Times, here.

Here is a link to a 13 minute video interview with Sidney Lumet, in The Last Word section of The New York Times (online) where he discusses his career, his gritty New York films and his legacy.

See our review of Sidney Lumet’s excellent, though little-known, 1972 film, The Offence, starring Sean Connery, here.

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The Offence

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 15 March 2011

The Offence (1972) directed by  Sidney Lumet starring Sean Connery

The Offence (1972) (DVD) directed by Sidney Lumet starring Sean Connery, Trevor Howard, Vivien Merchant, Ian Bannen.  A tightly filmed, tense look at guilt and innocence, perversion and evil, extraordinary and powerful performances by all the actors characterise offer up an intense view of the sordid and the tormented.  Truly a MUST SEE.

Following is a brief, but impressive, list of some elements of the filmographies of the actors and director.

Ian Bannen: Flight of the Phoenix (1965), Gorky Park (1983)

Vivien Merchant: Alfie (1966), Frenzy (1972)

Trevor Howard: Brief Encounter (1945), The Third Man (1949), Sons and Lovers (1960), Ryan’s Daughter (1970)

Sean Connery: Aside from the justifiably well-known James Bond and Indiana Jones films, here are a few of Connery’s other films:  The Name of the Rose (1986), The Untouchables (1987), The Hunt for Red October (1990), The Rock (1996), Finding Forrester (2000)

Sidney Lumet:  The list of excellent films directed by Lumet is seemingly endless; here are just a few of them: 12 Angry Men (1957), The Fugitive Kind (1959), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962), The Hill (1965), Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976), The Verdict (1982), and more recently, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)

(PR)

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