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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 Killers, with Burt Lancaster & Ava Gardner

Posted by the editors on Friday, 21 October 2011

The Killers (1946)(DVD) Directed by Robert Siodmak (The Spiral Staircase (1945)), starring Burt Lancaster (From Here to Eternity (1953), Sweet Smell of Success (1957), Elmer Gantry (1960), The Leopard (1963), Atlantic City (1980)), Ava Gardner (The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952), Mogambo (1953), The Barefoot Contessa (1954), The Night of the Iguana (1964), )and Edmond O’Brien (D.O.A. (1950), The Barefoot Contessa (1954), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), The Wild Bunch (1969)).    This American classic film noir is Burt Lancaster’s film debut, as well as Ava Gardner’s first role of significance, and as such, has its importance.  Siodmak’s German Expressionist, sharp-shadowed style, lends the first part of The Killers a tense, suspenseful efficacity and it is this part of the film, most closely based on Ernest Hemingway‘s short story of the same name, that is most successful.  Unfortunately, the remainder of the film suffers from a rather poor screenplay, film noir cliché devices, and, perhaps, the, as yet, undeveloped talents of both Lancaster and Gardner, who nevertheless show a good deal of promise. (PR)

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