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RELEASES! Take shelter (2011) | BASIC CLASSICS! Cat on a hot tin roof (1958); The Ladykillers (1955)

April 13, 2012

The realeases of the week are not so important that a film that I am not talking about the last week: Take Shelter. An independent production from USA that had been treated with special interesting by cinematographic criticism.

This weekend we can enjoy two fantastic films in Filmoteca Española, the immortal drama by Tennessee Williams, Cat on a hot tin roof, with another actoral lesson by Liz Taylor, and The Ladykillers, an outstanding collection of British black humour in the tribute that pays this month to the Scottish filmmaker Alexander McKendrick. Enjoy it!

RELEASES! Take shelter (2011)

After a collection of films about the end of the world, directed by Lars von Trier (Melancholia)or Abel Ferrara (44:4 Last day on Earth), came an attractive film about a man that is obsessed with the Apocalypse and protecting his family. We do not know if he is crazy, influenced by a mental illness or it is true that the end of the world is starting. We need to watch the movie to know it.

Take shelter [Take shelter]-2011 Directed by Jeff Nichols

Screenplay: Jeff Nichols

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Kathy Baker, Katy Mixon, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Genre: Drama | Apocalypse

Length: 123 min.

Synopsis: Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.IMDb

Theatrical trailer (VO):

The New York Times has written:

http://movies.nytimes.com/2011/09/30/movies/take-shelter-with-michael-shannon-and-jessica-chastain.html?smid=tw-nytimesmovies&seid=auto

BASIC CLASSICS! Cat on a tin hot roof (1958)

What can we say about this absolute classic? A masterpiece signed by Tennessee Williams that shows an ideal mosaic built with the typical elements of this author: melodramatic style, tortured souls, lies, a hypocritical society, a lot of tears and passion. The cast is also great: Liz Taylor (with a memorable performance) and Paul Newman (with a very sad character). This is one of those films required viewing (but then you do not like).

Curiosity: The Spanish translator decided to delete the word “HOT” from the original title. This had a very explicit sexual connotation.

Cine Doré (Filmoteca Española), Santa Isabel 3 [Metro: Antón Martín]
On Saturday, 14th.  19:00 h. Sala 1. VOSE. Price: 2’5 €. (2 € reduced)

Cat on a tin hot roof [La gata sobre el tejado de zinc]-1958  Directed by Richard Brooks

Screenplay: Richard Brooks, James Poe (Theatre play: Tennessee Williams)

Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Brick Pollit, Larry Gates, Burl Ives, Madeleine Sherwood, Judith Anderson

Genre: Drama | Theatre adaptation

Length: 108 min.

Synopsis: Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.IMBb

The New York Times has written:

http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9E0CE6D71430E73BBC4152DFBF668383649EDE

Theatrical Trailer (VO):

BASIC CLASSICS (So British!)! The Ladykillers (1955)

Moreover, we can watch an advisable tribute to Alexander McKendrick, a typical filmmaker form UK that I like to put him the SO BRITISH! Label because with this kinds of films we can understand more than a language, knowing particular elements of British life or the way that they understand the world. The Ladykillers is an ideal black humour comedy that probably you know because there was a remake, a few years ago (2004), directed by Coen Bros. and starring Tom Hanks. Fun is guaranteed!

Cine Doré (Filmoteca Española), Santa Isabel 3 [Metro: Antón Martín]
On Sunday, 15th.  21:45 h. Sala 1. VOSE. Price: 2’5 €. (2 € reduced)

The Ladykillers [El quinteto de la muerte]-1955  Directed by Alexander McKendrick

Screenplay: William Rose

Cast: Alec Guiness, Peter Sellers, Kate Johnson, Danny Green, Jack Warner

Genre: Comedy | Black humour

Length: 123 min.

Synopsis: Five diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.IMDb

BBC has written:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2002/08/08/the_ladykillers_1955_review.shtml

Theatrical Trailer (VO):




 

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One comment

  1. Cat on a Hot tin roof is one of those mythical films. And it’s that because of so many things…The fantastic performances, with actors that are not just beautiful faces the specially attractive leading couple (seriously, very few times Paul Newman had looked more handsome, and he always was handsome, and, looking to Elizabeth Taylor, I had desires of becoming lesbian), the photography, the dialogues, the sets, the awkward and unsettling atmosphere of this film of hot, dampness, repressed feelings, inner, locked devils, that are suddenly released…And all this works because we have something that today, very few films have, A STORY, with characters whose prototypes are in real life, and that we have known. The poor, beautiful girl, full of resent and frustration, who married in order to go into the society and have money. The powerful patriarch, made by himself, who thinks he is above the rest of the mankind, and who believes he can buy with his money all what he wants and who has got all what he desired…but happiness, and whose world suddenly collapses. The self-denied, devoted wife, who is treated by everybody as a carpet. The good, perfect, obedient, but repellent son, who turns to be not as good as he looks, because all the things he has done , have been done in order to please his father and become the sole heir. His even more repellent wife, a hypocrite and scheming woman, jealous of her sister in law because the other is nicer, younger and more beautiful, and her disgusting, nasty, spoilt children, to whom she poses as dedicated mother, but never doubts in using them as a device to achieve their plots. The bad, rebellious son, the black sheep in the family, whose rebelliousness and spleen are just a mask of a very dark secret of his past and his inner torment (and this, in the film, is very softened). This is just the biblical story of the prodigal son brought to the XX th Century. And it works, because we have a great story, written by a great playwright, and as I already said, in cinema, which is not literature, is plumbing. It could be like a soap opera, but is not, because this is not just a story about good guys and bad guys. Everybody is bad in this film, but some are more sympathetic than others, and, instead a soap opera, we have something that, in some moments, is close to a Greek tragedy. We have a perfect, tidy world, the American Way of Life of the Fifties, which suddenly cracks and sinks, because some unexpected thing occurs.

    The Ladykillers I haven’t seen (I saw a remake that I didn’t like it very much), but it is said to be a very good film, with great British actors.

    Have a nice weekend.



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