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Of Love & Shadows [DVD] [1994] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Antonio Banderas , Jennifer Connelly , Betty Kaplan    DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Antonio Banderas, Jennifer Connelly, Stefania Sandrelli, Diego Wallraff, Camilo Gallardo
  • Directors: Betty Kaplan
  • Writers: Donald Freed, Isabel Allende
  • Producers: Betty Kaplan, Aníbal Esmoris, Ernst Goldschmidt, Hervé Hachuel, Isidro Miguel
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Miramax Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: 17 May 2011
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,343 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars even jennifer connelly cant thrill in this! 6 May 2011
By babyday
A very dull movie,dont be fooled by the cover which depicts it as some sort of erotic thriller!There is no eroticism (unless you count the blink & miss sex scene) & no thrills to be had.i guess it should of detered me in the first place with it being political though this wasnt really made clear & i believed it would be a thriller which involves a jurno & a photographer falling in love.Well they do fall in love (in what feels like the first few scenes of the movie!) but both leads have zero chemistry & arent at all convincing! Avoid unless you like your films long & talky!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 30 April 2013
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This is a classic that should not be missed.
Entertaining, educaltional and romantic, trace of an ideology that now seems obsolete but which bases should serve to develop new currents of thinking and new humanistic aims.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbingly touching 17 May 2001
By A Customer
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This movie is one of my favourites.The moving feeling I had right after watching it for the first time still remains convincing and I am going to watch it again,as I think it is one of the best movies done.Based on a great Isabel Allendes novel it pictures the "hot" environment and latin-american ways.....And Antonio Banderas is simply gorgeous .Watch The House of Spirits or Eva Luna as well.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If there is ever a Director's Cut -- Let me know! 17 Jun 1999
By Eileen Gustafson - Published on
This is a film that makes me want to go out and get the book because I felt as if I needed to know all of the story. I had the feeling that much of the performance was edited out in order to fit in a 104 minute format. Sad! The story is of a young, sheltered woman who is awakened to the reality of life in a military dictatorship. Along the way she also learns "about love between a man and a women, love of family" love of country. Her teacher, Francisco Leal, a man who "works in the shadows" is played to perfection by Antonio Banderas. Jennifer Connelly is wonderful as Irene. The downside to this film is the heavy-handed editing.
31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A serious subject in a superficial movie 12 July 2003
By J. P. Ferraz - Published on
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Chile and Argentina have gone through tragic years during the 70's, and this movie attempted to tackle what happened - everyday at the time, in Chile. Two good actors (Banderas and Connelly) seem lost in a poor script and directorship, although Allende knew the subject from the inside (I did not read her book yet).
Banderas could not concentrate and acted quite bad, and you can see that the way his eyes wander in several scenes with Jennifer. She makes a big effort in her role, but this is not one of her good movies.
In Jennifer's attempt to bring the South American political disaster to the screen, a much better (remarkable) film is Waking the Dead. A must see!
Note: their love scene in Of Love and Shadows could produce a tender moment in this play, but was grossly produced and the director missed the chance, unfortunately.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars In the Shadows 7 Sep 2008
By Lee Armstrong - Published on
Betty Kaplan's "Of Love & Shadows" may not be quite as provocative as the cover suggests, but it is an interesting adaptation of Isabel Allende's book about the fascist politics of Chile under General Pinochet. This film was released in 1984. Jennifer Connelly who stars would win her Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2001 for A Beautiful Mind (Widescreen Awards Edition). As Irene becomes politically aware, we observe great changes. She moves from a superficial life of privilege to a dedicated freedom fighter. She is engaged to her cousin Gustavo played by Camillo Gallardo. The film sends out one signal as Gustavo disrobes and "presents arms" to his cousin then shifts as we see Gustavo as a hard government soldier. Meanwhile, Irene encounters Francisco played by Antonio Bandaras. Bandaras' performance was so real that I had a hard time hearing & even understanding him throughout the film. Mumbling aside, he's a serious worker "in the shadows" from the start and adds a layer of love as he falls for Irene. Why a guy with Antonio's looks was single in the first place was never explained. Diego Wallraff plays Jose, Francico's brother who is a priest and tries to get the Cardinal to help with releasing human rights information to the world. I found the backstory of the revolution in Chile to be interesting and the scenery as Irene & Francisco flee was breathtaking. While Betty Kaplan's direction seems to leave great holes in the story and sends out mixed signals between its romantic story & political intrigue, it is interesting for an evening's viewing. Enjoy!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Of Love and Shadows 23 Jan 2013
By David West - Published on
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Watching this movie made me realized I have seen the movie in past years. Movie came on time and in great condition. If you like Jennifer O' Connelly or Antonio B. get this movie. I'm glad I did after watching the movie again.
15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Betty takes Jennifer for a ride 18 July 2000
By Scott Andrew Hutchins - Published on
Jennifer Connelly must be desperate for work, becuase it's been ages since I've seen her in anyhting that showed off her considerable talents. This one is probably the worst. It's a ridiculous caper movie trying to masquerade as a serious film. It's starts out fairly decently with the Banderas character, then puts Connelly's in clear focus as the central character. Once it gets to the scene where they are investigating the cave as two professionals, then start doing it on the very uncomfortable cave floor, you know it's a stupid film, and it just goes downhill from there. It turns into maudlin sentimentality after that, with very overplayed scenes of him helping her after being shot down in the street. It wasn't the acting that was bad, though, it was everything else. I was hoping Banderas would just take her on his motorcycle and get Jennifer out of there, because they both deserve a writer/director better than Betty Kaplan.
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