Before Night Falls


(out of 5)

Gorgeous adaptation of Reinaldo Arenas’ best-selling autobiography of the same name.  gives a towering performance as Arenas, the Cuban poet who found himself constantly in a state of being unwanted by the world around him, and yet still retained the ability to see the beauty in it. Using stock footage of Castro’s military-ruled Cuba, a haunting score by Carter Burwell (with Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson), and many cameos by famous actors ( being the only one that really misfires,  being an exceptionally good one), director Julian Schnabel has created one of the most touching, affecting and polished film works of its year.  stands out in a small role.

El Mar Pictures, Grandview Pictures

USA, 2000

Directed by

Screenplay by , , Julian Schnabel, based on the memoir by , and the documentary Havana by

Cinematography by ,

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2000

Academy Award Nomination
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Javier Bardem as “Reinaldo Arenas”)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Javier Bardem)


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