RELEASES! Bel Ami (2012); The Deep Blue sea (2011) | BASIC CLASSICS! The Dead (1987)

October 5, 2012

Hello, I am here again because I will continue to carry the film blog. I cut and paste my presentation of the last year (because I am going to do the shame): I am Antonio and from this moment on I am going to recommend the most important releases every week. I will provide a link to the best films in English, especially British and some from Hollywood. They can be movies from other nationalities because there are films shot in English from many other countries (such as Sweden, Canada…).  It will depend on the quality and on how many British movies have that week.
I will also recommend British films shown in the  Filmoteca Española and Círculo de Bellas Artes, two great screens where we can see basic classics. This option has guaranteed success and a very good price.

Thank you for your interest, watching British films is a good way to practise our English understanding skills. And one way to have fun!

BRITISH RELEASE of the Week! Bel Ami (2012)

Everybody says that this is the worst adaptation of Bel Ami, a masterpiece written by French novelist Guy de Maupassant, well-know for his horror tales like Edgar Allan Poe or H.P. Lovecraft. But this is not a horror film, it is a story about love and the most important British release of the week. It looks like a movie designed for Robert Pattison, the young actor on fashion who also features another important release the next weekend, Cosmopolis by David Cronenberg. There is also another remarkable Hollywood adaptation of the 40s starring Angela Lansbury and George Sanders that is better… but this is the film that we can watch on screens these days. Enjoy it!


Bel Ami [Bel Ami, historia de un seductor]-2012  Directed by Nick Ormerod and Declan Donnellan

Screenplay: Rachel Bennette (Novel: Guy de Maupassant)

Cast: Robert Pattison, Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas…

Genre: Drama | Romance | Literary adaptation

Length: 103 min.

Synopsis: A chronicle of a young man’s rise to power in Paris via his manipulation of the city’s most influential and wealthy women.IMDb

The New York Time has written:


Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

ON THEATER! (SO BRITISH!) The Deep Blue Sea (2011)

This is a particular recommendation because it is not a release. I decided to rescue this film on theatres because it is a good example of the British label on cinema. I had the opportunity to watch this film last year in a festival but the release was delayed until recently. This is not a simple film because it is directed by Terence Davis, one of the British filmmakers acclaimed by critics, a particular artist whose cinema  is closer to art   than it is to entertainment. The cinematographic rhythm is very slow and there is a very theatrical staging but the plot is very easy to follow and Rachel Weisz is fantastic. I loved it!

The Deep Blue Sea [The Deep Blue Sea]-2011  Directed by Terence Davis

Screenplay: Terence Davis (Novel: Terence Rattigan)

Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale, Ann Mitchell…

Genre: Melodrama | Romance

Length: 98 min.

Synopsis: The wife of a British Judge is caught in a self-destructive love affair with a Royal Air Force pilot.IMDb

Los Angeles Times has written:


Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

BASIC CLASSICS! The Dead (1987)

Finally, and as usual past year, I will recommend a film from alternative screens. This weekend we can enjoy an absolute masterpiece in Círculo de Bellas Artes. John Huston filmed this sad story when he was very ill in a wheelchair, in fact, he died soon and this is his last work. This film is an adaption of The Dead, the short story that close Dubliners, the amazing book of James Joyce. This was the John Huston’s testament, a film that celebrates the joy of life and the sadness of the memories. Essential.


The Dead [Dublineses (Los Muertos)]-1987  Directed by John Houston

Screenplay: Tony Houston (Story from Jame Joyce’s book Dubliners)

Cast: Anjelica Houston, Donald McCann, Hellena Carroll, Ingrid Craigie…

Genre: Drama | Romance | Literary adaptation

Length: 83 min.

Synopsis: Gabriel Conroy and wife Greta attend a Christmas dinner with friends at the home of his spinster aunts, an evening which results in an epiphany for both of them.IMDb

Cine Círculo de Bellas Artes (CBA)

Alcalá, 42 Metro: Banco de España/Sevilla

VOSE. Price: 5€ (Normal). 3, 40€ (Reduced)

Friday 05 October:  7:30 pm

Saturday 06 October:  10:00 pm

Sunday 07. October: 7:30 pm

The Guardian has written:


Famous scene when Gretta (Anjelica Huston) hear the traditional irish song that brings the memory of her boyfriend died in his youth. No dialogues:


  1. deep blue sea hm

  2. Hello everybody, it’s nice to have you here again. I will read your blog and commentaries regulary. It’s possible that I will go to London very soon. I expect to go to the theatre, but I do not know if we will able to do it.

    The John Houston’s film seems interesting…but I am reasonabily esceptical about Bel Ami…with Robert Pattinson from Twiligth saga playing the main role…yew…

  3. Great, Rosa! Congratulations. Tell us if you finally go to London!
    Thank you for still reading our blog, your opinion are always very valuable.
    “Bel Ami” looks bad but choosing films made in England is the main priority because we need to practice our English. Usually, it is not easy to find masterpieces in theaters, it is easier in Filmoteca Española o CBA. Most of the new films are just average but it is exiting to look for the good ones.
    Best regards!

  4. You know, probably he is not as bad actor as we think…but look at his face…it is like if he always were suckling a lemon…

  5. antonio!!!! wonderful!!! thanks for your help!! for your work!!!

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