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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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The English Patient

Posted by the editors on Friday, 11 March 2011

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The English Patient, (1992), (novel), by Michael Ondaatje.  The novel The English Patient by the Canadian-Sri Lankan author Michael Ondaatje is a wonderful novel of sensuality and despair, of individual and global ethics permeated by a marvelous sense of delicate detail.  Winner of the Canadian Governor General’s Award and The Booker Prize, the novel was made into an eponymous award-winning film (9 Oscars, among other awards!) by Anthony Minghella with Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Willem Dafoe, Colin Firth, Juliette Binoche, and Naveen Andrews released in 1996 and still very much worth viewing. (PR)

See our posts on Michael Ondaatje’s novels Coming Through Slaughter and Divisadero.

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Pride and Prejudice

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 2 February 2011

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Pride and Prejudice, (DVD), 2006 (Though the mini-series dates from 1995), (5 hours of stiffly agreeable amusement!) Based on Jane Austen’s novel , directed by Simon Langton, with Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and Jennifer Ehle.  Firth’s darkly handsome excessive pride is, as one would imagine, truly winning, as is the sharp twinkle in Jennifer Ehle’s lovely eyes and tenderly sparkling smile.  The costumes are delightfully silly and restrictive, as, of course, are the attitudes and mores.  Led through trials and tribulations as we are, we can only be joyfully relieved as they live, yes, happily ever after.  How wondrous!  Let’s say how grateful we are to Firth and Ehle, and simply, bless Jane Austen. (PR)

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