Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1994. Geffen Pictures.Screenplay by Anne Rice, based on her novel. Cinematography by Philippe Rousselot. Produced by David Geffen, Stephen Woolley. Music by Elliot Goldenthal. Production Design by Dante Ferretti. Costume Design by Sandy Powell. Film Editing by Mick Audsley, Joke van Wijk.
Marvelous vampire horror film adapted by Anne Rice from her popular novel. A modern-day reporter (Christian Slater) in San Francisco sits down with a 400 year-old vampire (Brad Pitt) and finds out about his entire life history, starting from when he was turned to the world of the undead by a villainous companion (Tom Cruise), through to his relationship with their vampire child (Kirsten Dunst) and the terrible secret that nearly doomed him to eternal damnation on earth. Neil Jordan’s lush direction is the highlight of this exciting melodrama, aided by a sturdy performance by Pitt as the lonely, charismatic Louis and Dunst’s preternatural intelligence as Claudia, the girl who ages without physical change. Despite marketing him as the film’s star, Cruise’s role is less weighty than you’d be led to believe; considering the amount of derision voiced by Rice at casting him in the role, he fares a lot better than one might expect. Sandy Powell contributes beautiful costumes. Followed in 2002 by Queen of the Damned.
Academy Award Nominations: Best Art Direction; Best Original Score
Golden Globe Award Nominations: Best Supporting Actress (Kirsten Dunst); Best Original Score