Tracy Granger Gavin Buckley. Karen Finch Sophie Rowatt. Italy UK. Review by Matt J. John May, played by the brilliant Eddie Marsan, is a dull man. He dresses in dull clothes, lives in a dull apartment, works in a dull office, lives a dull life in solitude, and adheres to a dull routine.
Film: Still Life () | Chinese Movie Database
Brief Encounter is director David Lean's brilliantly-crafted, classic British masterpiece. Lean's film is a simple but realistically-honest, unsentimental, self-told social melodrama of the quiet desperation involved in an illicit, extra-marital love affair between two married, middle-class individuals over seven weekly meetings, mostly against the backdrop of a railway station. Characteristics of film noir also abound within the film - unglamorous locations, rain-slicked streets, dimly-lit interiors and dark train passageways in a tale of doomed, unfulfilled and frustrated love. The screenplay was adapted and based on playwright Noel Coward's short one-act half-hour stage play Still Life. It was expanded from five short scenes in a train station the refreshment tea room of Milford Junction Station to include action in other settings the married woman's house, the apartment of the married man's friend, restaurants, parks, train compartments, shops, a car, a boating lake and at the cinema , although the film still maintains chaste minimalism. Lean's earliest co-directorial effort was for Major Barbara with Gabriel Pascal - a film adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's social comedy. This simple, poignant 'womens-type' film was positioned between his classic war film In Which We Serve and his later epic films, including The Bridge on the River Kwai , Lawrence of Arabia , and Doctor Zhivago
I f you need a holiday from coercive cinema, signposted cinema, cinema that uses incessant close-ups and a musical score to tell you every dot and comma of what you are supposed to be thinking and feeling, then this is for you. Jia Zhangke's Still Life, a deeply felt and quietly impressive film, was the winner of the Golden Lion at last year's Venice film festival, and features the superb and elegant actress Zhao Tao, charismatic star of his previous films, Unknown Pleasures and Platform Still Life is a palimpsest of ideas and intentions - a meditation on mortality, a contemporary drama-documentary about an entire city preparing to be drowned in the service of China's Three Gorges hydro-electric dam project, and a portrait of a vast nation preparing for turbo-capitalist superpower status, but retaining the autocratic political habits of communism: high-handedly ordering the displacement of a million-and-a-half people, and the abolition of thousands of years of history.
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