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RELEASES! Cosmopolis (2012); The Impossible (2012) | BASSIC CLASICS! Vertigo (1958)

October 9, 2012

There are not any British releases this week, however we can enjoy with three releases shot in English and directed by filmmakers with a distinguished touch: David Cronenberg, Juan Antonio Bayona and Tim Burton. The three of them aspire to be on the top of the box office this week. Nevertheless, no one can compete with the absolute masterpiece of the week, Vertigo by Alfred Hitchcock, a film that has recently been chosen by the prestigious cinema magazine Sight & Sound as the best film of all time.

RELEASES! Cosmopolis (2012) by David Cronenberg

One of the most influential directors of the world returns with a curious film, based on a novel written by John DeLillo (with the same title). Cosmopolis is the particular vision of a genius about our time, a essay about capitalism. Starring Robert Pattison, his presence can confuse because it is an absolute author film, it is not a blockbuster. I read the novel and I did not like it, plain of nervous dialogues (perhaps, this is the best of the novel) and with an attractive plot, the story became in a quite boring and absurd fable. In spite of this handicap, I hope that David Cronenberg, who has shown his talent in masterpieces like Videodrome (1983), Dead ringers (1988) or Crash (1996),  might have done something interesting with this novel.

Cosmopolis [Cosmópolis, 2012] Directed by David Cronenberg

Screenplay: David Cronenberg (Novel by John DeLillo)

Cast: Robert Pattison, Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Mathieu Amalric, Sarah Gadon…

Genre: Drama | Road Movie | Author film

Nationality: Canada

Length: 108 min.

Synopsis: Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager’s day devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart.IMDb

Time Out London has written:

http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/91485/cosmopolis.html

Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

RELEASES! The Impossible (2012) by Juan Antonio Bayona

Yes, this is a Spanish release but it looks like an American blockbuster. After a great success with his debut in 2007, El Orfanato, Juan Antonio Bayona releases this spectacular super production based on true events, namely the terrible tsunami that hit the coasts of East Asia in 2004. The Spanish director focuses his story on the protagonist family, with a shocking arrival of the huge wave. I could watch this film in the last edition of Festival de San Sebastián and there were fainting fits (some people are too sensitive). I think that is an interesting film, very entertaining but, sometimes, too melodramatic (abusing the music is very heavy).

The Impossible [Lo Imposible, 2012] Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona

Screenplay: Sergio G. Sánchez

Cast: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Marta Etura, Geraldine Chaplin, Tom Holland…

Genre: Drama | Disaster film | Family

Nationality: Spain

Length: 107 min.

Synopsis: An account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time.IMDb

Variety has written:

http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117948281?refcatid=31

Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

BASIC CLASSICS! Vertigo (1958) by Alfred Hitchcock

Is there anyone that can not watch this wonder? The most perturbing film by Alfred Hitchcock [maybe together with Psycho (1963), The Birds (1963) or Frenzy (1972)] that has a lot of interpretations. Vision of this film leaves a strange feeling, maximizing its superb score (by Bernard Herrmann), a beautiful photography (by Robert Bucks), starring James Stewart and Kim Novak… Even the credit titles are great! Designed by Saul Bass (the person honored in the film series). I include these in a link. Enjoy it!

Vertigo [Vértigo (De entre los muertos)] Directed by Alfred Hichcock

Screenplay: Alec Coppel & Samuel Taylor

Cast: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Henry Jones, Lee Patrick, Tom Helmore…

Genre: Drama | Thriller | Cult movie

Nationality: USA

Length: 120 min.

Synopsis: A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend’s much-younger wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.IMDb

CBA – Cine Círculo de Bellas Artes

Alcalá 42 (Marqués de Cubas St. Access)

Metro: Sevilla / Banco de España

Friday 12 October: 7.00 pm.

Saturday 13 October: 10.15 pm.

Sunday 14 October: 4. 30 pm.

VOSE. Tickets: 5’5€, 4€ (Reduced)

Vertigo, the best film of ever time, according to Sight & Sound:

http://www.bfi.org.uk/news/50-greatest-films-all-time

Celebrities credits designed by Saul Bass:

 

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2 comments

  1. So…we have again Robert Pattinson. He seems to be ubiquous, like the air…Perhaps he is not as bad actor as he seems, but, being all the time with that face, like if he had a pain in his tummy…it’s hard to say.

    Vertigo (in Spain, it had the absurd name of De entre los muertos) is not only one of Hitchcock’s masterpieces…but one of the masterpieces of the cinema of all the times. I recommend you to read the book Lo bello y lo siniestro, by Eugenio Trías, in where this film is deeply analized and commented. If you are a fan of Hitchcock, you shouldn’t miss this. Neither do you if you are not.


  2. Poor Pattison! He wants go out of this stereotype of languid vampire. At least he is trying it!
    I know that book but I have not read it yet. It is easy become a Hitchcock’s fan because he is an excelent filmmaker. It is curious because Vertigo did not have a great success the year of it release and, after the years, this is one of his titles more remarkable.
    Time puts everything in its place (I do not know if this can be said like into Spanish!).



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