Saturday: 14.February.2004

The Dreamers - Bertolucci

Saw The Dreamers last night: a film by Bernardo Bertolucci, an Italian director who is no stranger to controversy. [He directed The Last Tango in Paris, starring Marlon Brando. I also enjoyed his 1998 film: Besieged.]

The Dreamers is rated NC-17 (no one under 17 allowed in), and indeed, they checked everyone's ID at the ticket counter. We caught it at the Sunflower in Costa Mesa. Yesterday was opening night, with the theater comfortably full.

Artistic film, set in Paris, 1968. The theme: Fantasy vs Reality. I think we all create our own, little fantasy worlds. Sometimes that's healthy & sometimes it's not. And that's all I'll say about the film. I think it's a film that's best seen when you know nothing about the storyline (as are most films), so you have no preconceived notions or expectations to color your perception. Reviews posted here.

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The movie provided ample food for thought. So afterwards, we stopped by Habana's restaurant (at the Anti-Mall down the street) to share our perspectives & insights over some homemade sangria & Cuban cuisine. They must have 500 candles lit at that place. I heard that electricity in Cuba is not very reliable. Had to wait almost 30 minutes to get a table at 10-PM.





Posted by Rad at February 14, 2004 12:31 PM

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The Dreamers acn be considered a failure of a master... Bertolucci has employed his old tricks to underline the beauty and self-destruction of humanity as seen in 'Last Tango', 'Spider Stratagem' and to some extent even 'Stealing Beauty'. What the old master also did was look at the situation, the plot in a highly americanised way with a lost sense of subtelty. No one is disputing that the self-concious camera angles, the rich slightly gone-off colour work, but they are all used without a sense of freshness, like a rehersed senario. Nice to see such ambitious theme of course - reality vs fantasy, but that was roughly it in the film. That one theme is taken out of any real context and exagerrated beyond all proportion. It is an important film, nonetheless, as it still puts 90% of the rest of american-funded films to shame, but Bertolucci didnt do himself justice..

Posted by: Anna at April 26, 2004 03:20 AM