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Coffee And Cigarettes [2003] [DVD]
Coffee And Cigarettes [2003] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Roberto Benigni
Offered by Rapid-DVD
Price: £19.97

4 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious, moi?, 18 Mar. 2005
Intrigued by the concept and cast list, but ultimately disappointed by 95 minutes of dull, self-absorbed, pretentious drivel.
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Spellbound [DVD] [2003]
Spellbound [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Harry Altman|Angela Arenivar|Ted Brigham
Offered by Bee-Entertained
Price: £7.49

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Documentary or mockumentary?, 9 Jan. 2005
This review is from: Spellbound [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
For the first ten minutes of Spellbound you could be forgiven for assuming that this is another sarcastic slice of American life from Christopher Guest - some of the characters featured in the opening scenes could so easily have been plucked from 'Best in Show'. But as the laughter subsides, you realise that this truly is a very watchable documentary and a great insight into what is an important part of American society for thousands of kids (and their scary parents) - the national Spelling Bee.
The documentary follows eight kids from very different social and economic backgrounds as they prepare for, and then compete in the Bee. The dedication and determination shown by the competitors is extraordinary, whilst the pressure they are put under during the actual contest makes you wonder whether it is all worth it.
All in all, this is a very enjoyable documentary which reveals a snapshot of American life rarely touched upon and little known about in the UK.

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