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RELEASES! The ides of March (2011) | BASIC CLASSICS! Gigi (1958)

March 8, 2012

In regard to releases this is not a glorious weekend. There is only a remarkable release, George Clooney’s comeback like director (and actor). It is not his debut, he was a great success in 2005 with the story about Joseph McCarthy and the CBS journalist Edward R. Murrow, a movie calls Good night, Good luck. Programming of musical films in CBA coming to an end so I recommend the last one, Gigi, a film directed by one of the best directors of musicals: Vicente Minelli (married with Gudy Garld, so he is Liza Minelli’s father) with ¡nine Oscars! (when this prizes had prestige). Enjoy them!

Release! THE IDES OF MARCH (2011)

George Clooney insists again with a story about politicians and what is the way they could sell their soul to the Devil. After her great success in Drive, Ryan Gosling has become one of the fashionable actor. The ides of March is a cinematographic adaptation of the theater play Farragut North written by Beau Willimon.

The ides of March [Los idus de Marzo]-2011  Directed by George Clooney

Screenplay: George Clooney, Grant Heslov (Theater play: Beau Willimon)
Cast: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella
Genre: Drama | Political

Length: 101 min.

Synopsis: An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.IMDb

Official Trailer (VOSE):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7hhGywwpJg

The New York Observer has written:

http://www.observer.com/2011/10/the-ides-of-march-is-manufacturing-ascent/

Basic Classics! GIGI (1958)

Gigi is an American musical with a French touch (Americans have an special attraction to French Culture). Based on Colette’s novel, this film won nine Oscars in 1958, including Best Film, Best Direction, Best Music or Best Adapted Screenplay. This year Gigi faced against Cat on a hot tin roof but the Elizabeth Taylor’s masterpiece lost.

Gigi [Gigi]-1958  Directed by Vicenti Minelli

Screenplay: Alan Jay Lerner (Novel: Colette)
Cast: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jordan, Eva Gabor, Jacques Bergerac, Hermione Gingold
Genre: Musical | Romance

Length: 115 min.

Synopsis: Weary of the conventions of Parisian society, a rich playboy and a youthful courtesan-in-training enjoy a platonic friendship, but it may not stay platonic for long.IMBb.

Classic Trailer (VO):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v93js4kgX6A&feature=related

Variety has written:

http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117488038?refcatid=31

SOON!: ELIZABETH TAYLOR’S TRIBUTE

This month (and on April) we can see several Liz Taylor’s films on Filmoteca Española’s screen. The beautiful British actress will be honored (after her passed away) with a selection of some of her most remarkable performances (Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The cat on a hot tin roof, Cleopatra, Suddenly last summer, Giant…) An absolute icon of the Seventh Art.

 

Wikipedia: Farragut North is a Washington Metro station in Washington, D.C., on the Red Line.

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6 comments

  1. Good nigth:

    I am not fond of musicals, but Gigi is a good one. In fact, I have a story about this film. The first time I wached it, I was a little girl and I was ill (I had the chickenpox, or something like that), and this was the only video that I have at home, so I watched it again, and again, and again. Surprisingly enough, I didn’t ended hating the film, but I think that, since them, I have only watched again once.

    Elizabeth Taylor was not only an excedingly beautiful woman, and a sex symbol, and a star, but a quite good actress, and I think she was not really considered that. Her performances in films like Cat on a hot tin roof and Cleopatra (which is not only a spectacular film, but actually a very good film, with great performances and amazing lines) are all what a great actress can desire.


  2. I´ve seen The Ides of March and liked it. It is a sort of predictable story, in the sense that, as soon as a young girl appears, it is very likely that there is going to be a sexual affair in which big fishes are involved. Well, this is the case of The Ides of March, and its consequences on the political campaign towards the United States presidency. Nevertheless, it is good to be “reminded” of people´s ambition and cold blood when trying to succeed by overlooking their “beliefs” and “principles”. The politics´ hypocrisy is scary, which leads to an individual climb towards the power by means of dirty playing, where everyone betrays everyone -with the exception of Zara, who claims for loyalty as the most important think to care for.
    Particularly, I liked Ryan Gosling´s performance. He manages to seem naïve at the beginning of the film, in contrast with the end, when he does the same as he had done at the beginning -testing micros? or whatever before an interview or speech- but having got all his demands agreed… He was smart indeed.
    As far as press is concerned in the film, it is quite sad that journalists also play dirty. It is a matter of getting as much as one wants, disregarding honour, principles, morals, dignity or integrity, both personal and professionally. “Aren´t we friends anymore?”, asks the journalist when she is refused the access beyond that point, “You are my best friend”, answers Meyers, who has eventually become, as Duffy (not Duffy -she is a singer, isn´t she?-, but Puffy, Toffy, ???, cannot recall his name) had foreseen, a cynic.

    The question is, to what extent does this film illustrate the political reality in America? Is this an isolated case or not? What do you think? They usually speak about beliefs and principles, the unity of the country, etc. -Morris says: “I´m not a Christian or a Jewish or atheist or muslim. I believe in the Constitution of the USA”-; but, if the story of film is the normal procedure, whom could we trust?


  3. I agree. My dad says that American society is ill, and he is rigth. Do not misunderstand me, I think they are not fools, they are brave and they have done many great and difficult things. But their society is corrupted by money to the bone, and it is an extremely hipocrite one. I have not seen this particular film, but there are some interesting films about the threads of power and politics in the USA. I can mention Clint Eastwood (who is not precisely a left winged or revolutionary man) Absolute Power, The Manchurian Candidate (about the way in which the secret services plots to put and put away people in the power and control the mind of the rulers) and Primary Colors (with John Travolta in one of his finest performances as a sort of President Clinton). Look, one of the fathers of the country, Jefferson, had several children with a black slave (there is even a film about that), look what happened with the Ollie North case, and the punishment was almost ridicule, and look what happened to Clinton when he cheated on his wife (all rigth, officially it was becase he comited perjury, but I do not believe that all the Americans were against him just because of that, it was because he cheated his wife, not because his being corrupt or a traitor), they are always speaking about God, and freedom, and liberty, and all the people are equal, but, in the practice, they are the most racist people in the world…well, perhaps the Germans or the Arabs are even worse, but, let’s face it, they are very racist and their only real concern is money. Look what happened with the Maccarthism, many people were imprisioned or had to leave the country because of their ideas (just the same than in Germany with the Nazis or in Russia with the comunists), and because they were ruled by paranoid politicians. And I am not anti American, I tell you, as I said, they have done lots of valuable and good things. But I think that, not just in America, but in many other countries, they have the same problem.

    Have a nice weekend.


  4. I´ve watched Gigi and didn´t like it. I do like musicals, but not this one! What a bore! Gaston sings ‘What a bore’ in several occasions, and indeed, I agree, the whole thing is a bore. Characters are weak, do not follow a logic path of behaviour. Gaston suddenly falls in love, goes back, proposes but is refused. Gigi, after a couple of hours, says that “she´s been thinking”. What has she been thinking about? I mean, we need a bit more of information! Why didn´t she want to at first and what made her change her mind? What happened in the restaurant that he, suddenly furious, unreasonably annoyed, dragged Gigi out and took her home? Why did he need another walk to go back to Gigi´s house and asked for her hand? Why was she so happy, also, suddenly, when she had been refusing to become a gentlewoman? There could have been a song of hers that said “I have realised that I want to be as any other girl in Pariiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis. I do understand the Parisians nooooooooow because I am deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeply in looooooooooooveeeeeeeeeeee with Gastoooooon”, but no, instead, she sings “Say a little prayer for me this afternoon”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why should we? What for?

    If you compared it with “On a clear day you can see forever”, also a film by Minneli! This one is weak and uninteresting, sometimes tedious, the plot is ok, but could have been told in other way, with a funnier tone, stronger characters, wittier lyrics and… better singers.


  5. The American Dream, their lifestyle, their power and unity, their values, their Constitution… All was -or seemed- very consistant, solid, unbreakable. Obama still claimed the American strenght at keeping and figthing together for a better life in a better world. “We can and we will”, etc. All sounded glorious, even moving. But those “beliefs” are words. Words of the perfect speech that a cold person writes down to persuade people to vote one or another, people who, at the end of the day, do not really care. The journalist in the film says so when is informally interviewing the governor´s two men in the bar, she says that people don´t care because they still get up, go to work, eat, sleep, get up and go to work again. There might have been a time when politics did come out of a spirit of public service and idealism. Engendering this spirit was one of Kennedy’s most important contributions. But, nowadays, this spirit of public service has been going extinguished… Obtaining money has become the predominant activity -and not just in electoral politics in America. Money now rivals or even exceeds power as the preeminent goal: it has subverted values and has led good people to do things that are morally reprehensible.


  6. Well, I don’t know, but I used to like very much Gigi, altough I haven’t watched it since a long time. Perhaps, if I watched it know, I wouldn’t like. I think that Gaston is a weak character, and, therefor, his behaviour is inconsistent, because all the world around him is frivolity. Gigi means the only pure and sincere thing who lives in his world, and when he finds out she has been also corrupted, therefor, he gets very angry, because he realizes that Gigi is no longer the girl he loves because she was different, but now a demi-mondaine like the other girls that Gaston is used to acquintance.

    I think that everybody expected much from Obama, and he has not been able to do all the things that were expected, because many people were not interested in that, and try to put all sorts of obstacles to prevent it.
    The spirits of politics, today, is to get money and become rich, and not just in America.



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