The Happy Prince (2018)

RUPERT EVERETT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/Belgium/Italy/Germany, 2018.  Maze Pictures, Entre Chien et Loup, Palomar, Cine Plus Filmproduktion, Robert Fox Limited, BBC Films, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Daryl Prince Productions, Heimatfilm, Raindog Films.  Screenplay by Rupert Everett.  Cinematography by John Conroy.  Produced by Sebastien Delloye, Philipp Kreuzer, Jörg Schulze.  Music by Gabriel…

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Hamlet (1990)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Mel Gibson is excellent in the title role of the much-depressed Danish prince whose recent loss of his father has put him into a quandary: is it possible to forgive his mother (Glenn Close) for immediately following the death of her husband with the marriage of her husband’s brother? When his father’s…

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Malena

BBBB (out of 5) Monica Bellucci stars as the title character, the most beautiful woman in a small Italian village who is also the object of affection for a burgeoning young boy who becomes so obsessed with her that he follows her everywhere. Naturally, the dowdy women in this poor village do not take to this…

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Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina

B (out of 5) Relentlessly boring adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic weepie has Sophie Marceau giving a two-dimensional performance as the classic heroine who throws all her privilege over for love with a sexy soldier. Married to codgery old James Fox, Marceau finds solace and renewed passion in the arms of military man Sean Bean,…

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Immortal Beloved

BBB (out of 5) When Ludwig van Beethoven died, he left an important piece of music behind him that he inscribed as being dedicated to his “immortal beloved”.  In this film, three very different women reply to that particular endearment, and we are given the opportunity to examine his relationships with all of three of…

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The Voice Of The Moon (La Voce Della Luna)

BB.5 (out of 5) Alas, the brilliant career of director Federico Fellini didn’t end on such a high note. This exasperating, muddled film will only be of interest to his most ardent admirers, but even they won’t be too thrilled. Roberto Benigni plays a wanderer roaming the Italian landscape lost in fascination with the moon…

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And The Ship Sails On (E La Nave Va)

BBBB (out of 5) This beautiful Fellini film doesn’t have much in the way of story but is a feast for the eyes and ears. A diverse group of aristocrats and commoners board a ship upon which they hold a memorial for a famous actress (Janet Suzman) whose wish was to be buried at sea….

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Reality

BBB (out of 5) Matteo Garrone follows Gomorrah with another unsparing look at contemporary life, this time examining the madness of celebrity culture.  Luciano is a Neapolitan fish merchant with an unwavering devotion to his family who auditions for the Italian version of the reality series Big Brother at a shopping mall to make his…

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The Passion Of The Christ

BB.5 (out of 5) The life of Christ as seen through the eyes of Braveheart. Jesus Christ (Jim Caviezel in a prosthetic nose) is arrested in the garden of Gethsemane after being betrayed by his disciple Judas, brought to trial before both Hebrew and Roman governments and then tortured and crucified as a blasphemer and dangerous…

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