Posts Tagged ‘Literature’


RELEASES! Stoker (2013), The Great Gatsby (2013) | BASIC CLASSICS! Brief Encounter (1945), Saturday night and Sunday morning (1960)

May 8, 2013

Two great releases are going to be shown on screens in the coming days, the new adaptation of the cult novel The Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet…) and Stoker, the American debut of a very interesting filmmaker from Korea, Park Chan-wook who has great success the last decade with the ultraviolent film Old Boy. There are two superb British classics in CBA: Brief Encounter and Saturday night and Sunday morning, a must!

RELEASE! Stoker (2013) by Park Chan-wook

Critics are divided analyzing Park Chan-wook’s debut in Hollywood. Korean director has had to soften his extreme style (that use to be very bloody) for American audiences and the result looks like a Hitchcock film. Starring Nicole Kidman and Mia Masikowska (the last Jane Eyre), this is the best option if you like thriller movies.

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 Stoker [Stoker, 2013]-Directed by Park Chan-wook

Screenplay: Wentworth Miller

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Mia Masikowska, Matthew Goode, Jackie Weaver

Genre: Thriller

Nationality: USA

Length: 98 min.

Synopsis: After India’s father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.IMDb

Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

Rolling Stone has written:

RELEASE! The Great Gatsby (2013) by Baz Luhrmann

At last (this film was announced for 2012) we can enjoy the Baz Luhrmann’s return. There is always controversy with his releases, his personal style can be very excessive and baroque but this is something negative or positive, it depends of the spectator. It is not easy to adapt this American literature classic written in 20s but excessive as it is there are a plenty of fans of his films.

The great gatsby

The Great Gatsby [El gran Gatsby, 2013]-Directed by Baz Luhrmann

Screenplay: Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce (Novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Macguire, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher

Genre: Drama | Romance

Nationality: Australia

Length: 143 min.

Synopsis: A Midwestern war veteran finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor.IMDb

Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

The Hollywood Reporter has written:

BASIC CLASSICS! Brief encounter (1945) by David Lean

David Lean is a safe. This is one of the most important films in his incredible career because he has a great success with this passionate love story. A curiosity: after this release, David Lean could roll the two Dicken’s adaptations of his filmography: Great Expectations (1946) and Oliver Twist (1948). Then came the most popular films as The bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) or Doctor Zhivago (1965). So excellent a director!

Brief Encounter

Cine Estudio Círculo de Bellas Artes

Calle Marqués de Riera 2, Metro: Banco de España

Tickets 5,5 € [4 Reduced]

On Thursday 9th 5.00pm; On Friday 10th 5.00 pm; On Sunday 12th 10.00 pm.

Brief encounter [Breve encuentro, 1945]-Directed by David Lean

Screenplay: Noël Coward, David Lean, Anthony Havelock Allan

Cast: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway, Joyce Carey

Genre: Drama | Romance

Nationality: United Kingdom

Length: 85 min.

Synopsis: Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband.IMDb

Theatrical Trailer (VO):

Top 12 in The Best 100 British Films by Time Out London:

BASIC CLASSICS! Saturday night and Sunday morning (1960) by Karel Reisz

The other British basic classic of the weekend on CBA screen is this film which it is said that this title is a good example of Free Cinema, one of the mean British Cinema movements in Twenty Century. This films were considered free in the sense that they were made outside the confines of the film industry and so they had a personal style influenced by this condition. All the great titles of this movement (such as If…, This sporting life or A taste of honey) are very important in British culture.


Cine Estudio Círculo de Bellas Artes

Calle Marqués de Riera 2, Metro: Banco de España

Tickets 5,5 € [4 Reduced]

On Saturday 11th 5.00 pm; On Sunday 12th 7.30 pm.

Saturday night

Saturday night and Sunday morning [Sábado noche, domingo mañana]-Directed by Karel Reisz

Screenplay: Allan Sillitoe (based on his own novel)

Cast: Albert Finney, Shirley Ann Field, Rachel Roberts, Hylda Baker

Genre: Drama | Free Cinema

Nationality: United Kingdom

Length: 89 min.

Synopsis: A rebellious, hard-living factory worker juggles relationships with two women, one of whom is married to another man but pregnant with his child.IMDb

Theatrical Trailer (VO):

Top 22 in The Best 100 British Films by Time Out London:


RELEASES! Wuthering Heights (2011) | BASIC CLASSICS! Sunrise (1927)

March 29, 2012

At last, we can enjoy a British vision of  Emily Brönte’s masterpiece. Experimental, sensual, different, controvert, original, boring, bizarre… We can put so many adjectives… But, to do it, we must watch it! Advertisement: This is not a faithful adaptation, it is a possibility of regenerating concepts from the novel, an essay of Wuthering Heights that it will give us a polemic (and interesting) conversation.

Moreover, I dare to recommend a silent movie, one of my favorite movies ever, Sunrise, a visual poem signed by Murnau in Hollywood that it is considered a masterpiece of the silent period, simple and beautiful at the same time, unique…

RELEASES! Wuthering Heights (2011)

What can we say about this immortal story? A volcanic passion written by a solitary woman in a desolate place, one of the superb chapters in British Literature History… What makes this  new adaptation interesting? It is directed by a woman, Andrea Arnold, with not much budget, with a radical and different point of view and (like always) it is British!

Wuthering Heights [Cumbres borrascosas]-2011 Directed by Andrea Arnold

Screenplay: Olivia Hetreed (Novel: Emily Brönte)
Cast: Kaya Scodelario, Nichola Burley, Oliver Milburn
Genre: Romance | Drama

Length: 128 min.

Synopsis: A poor boy of unknown origins is rescued from poverty and taken in by the Earnshaw family where he develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister, Cathy.IMDb

Theatrical Trailer (VO):

The Guardian has written:

BASIC CLASSICS! Sunrise (1927)

April starts in Filmoteca Española with a selection of the main films of the history of the Cinema, so we can watch Sunrise this Sunday, a film that represents the degree of stylization that got silent movies before the advent of sound. It is a nice story (not much original) but narrated with the style of a genius, composing planes with a delicious taste, being so interesting and amazing at the same time. If you want to start watching silent movies, this is an ideal election. I love this film!

Cine Doré (Filmoteca Española), Santa Isabel 3 [Metro: Antón Martín]
Sala 1. VO. English intertitles-Spanish subtitles. Sunday, 17:30. Price: 2’5 €. (2 € reduced)

Sunrise [Amanecer]-1927  Directed by Friedrich W. Murnau

Screenplay: Carl Mayer
Cast: George O’Brien, Jane Gaynor, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston
Genre: Silent cinema | Romance Drama

Length: 94 min.

Synopsis: A married farmer falls under the spell of a slatternly woman from the city, who tries to convince him to drown his wife.IMDb

Theatrical Trailer (VO):

The Guardian has written (Pamela Hutchinson chooses her favorite movies):


NEWS! There will be another “Wuthering Heights” movie!

January 12, 2012

Last year we could see another adaptation from Charlotte Brönte’s “Jayne Eyre” (Best Foreign Film nominated at the Goyas 2012), but the Brönte fever does not stop there. The new “Wuthering Heights” adaptation will be released on march 30  in Spain.

This is the trailer: