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RELEASES! Les Misérables (2012); The Master (2012) | BASSIC CLASSIC! The thief of Bagdad (1940)

January 7, 2013

Happy New Year! After these special days, we return with great proposals, among themselves to watch a lot of films in English. This firs moth will release several important films of Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino or Dustin Hoffman. To begin I recover two of the most important films released in Christmas and a beautiful British classic in Filmoteca. Enjoy it!

RELEASES! LES MISÉRABLES (2012)

One of the greatest musical of ever has a new cinema version, starring Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman or Helena Bonham Carter, this adaptation is the most important British production of 2012. If you watched the musical you need to compare with this film, it could be curious!

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Les Misérables [Los Miserables]-2012 Directed by Tom Hooper

Screenplay: William Nicholson (Novel by Victor Hugo)

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Helena Bonham Carter, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway…

Genre: Drama | Musical

Nationality: United Kingdom

Length: 152 min.

Synopsis: In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever.

Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

Time has written: http://entertainment.time.com/2012/12/11/les-miserables-the-youtube-version/

 

RELEASES! THE MASTER (2012)

 Paul Thomas Anderson who directed the acclaimed movie Magnolia (1999) returns with The Master, an essay about loneliness and power. It is inspired in the Scienciology Church’s leader but there are not explicit references in it. This is a very intense film that you will like if you enjoy other works of this director as There will be blood (2007) or Punch-Drunk Love (2002).

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The Master [The Master]-2012 Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Laura Dern…

Genre: Drama | Biopic

Nationality: USA

Length: 137 min.

Synopsis: A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future – until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.IMBb

Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

The Guardian has written: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/sep/01/the-master-review

 

BASIC CLASSICS! THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (1940)

There are several The Thief of Bagdad’s versions but this is very special. Filmed with a very good taste this British remake is recommended to people who like classic productions, filmed in theatrical sceneries, with beautiful costumes and a touch of magic. Based in Arabian Nights (Las mil y una noches), to watch this film is an absolute pleasure.

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The Thief of Bagdad [El ladrón de Bagdad]-1940 Directed by Michael Power

Screenplay: Lajo Biro and Miles Malleson (Based on Arabian Nights)

Cast: John Justin, Sabu, June Duprez, Conrad Veidt, Miles Malleson…

Genre: Fantastic | Adventures

Nationality: United Kingdom

Length: 109 min.

Synopsis: After being tricked and cast out of Bagdad by the evil Jaffar, King Ahmad joins forces with a thief named Abu to reclaim his throne, the city, and the Princess he loves.IMDb

Theatrical Trailer (VO):

Time Out London has written: http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/79226/the-thief-of-bagdad.html

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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.