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Time To Leave [DVD] [2006] <b>DVD</b> ~ Melvil Poupaud
Time To Leave [DVD] [2006] DVD ~ Melvil Poupaud
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4.0 out of 5 stars affecting, 19 April 2014
Time To Leave did not work for me as well as some of Ozon's previous films when I first saw it, but coming back to it now it strikes me as better than I thought. I had found the main character, Romain, too cold, at least in the earlier stages of the film, and that his treatment of others was rather harsh. It seems that Ozon intended this, from what he says in the interview, and that we should change our feeling about him during the stay with his grandmother. Seeing it now I felt this was far more what did happen, and that his distance was to some degree motivated by a desire to avoid certain psychological situations. With his boyfriend, for instance, it is certainly in part to avoid the… Read more
The Elephant Man [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Anthony Hopkins
The Elephant Man [DVD] DVD ~ Anthony Hopkins
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5.0 out of 5 stars hurt into poetry, 18 April 2014
John Hurt has been unforgettable in a number of roles, but never more so than in The Elephant Man. It is the one where he is unrecognisable, both facially and in voice, yet retains something of his essential self in spite of this, coming through in the gentleness of speech and the expression of the eyes of John Merrick, the central character in David Lynch's unique film. At times it is hard to watch, Lynch captures the cruelty of human nature so precisely and unflinchingly. I dread seeing the scene where the crowd bursts into his rooms and he is humiliated to a kind of grotesque waltz, and this tone continues for quite a time. Yet there is great kindness shown him as well, by Dr. Frederick… Read more
Kammerspiel ~ Joseph Haydn
Kammerspiel ~ Joseph Haydn
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It seems a pity to see this CD listed bare, without a single comment ... it is in fact very well played and the pleasure of the sequence is considerable. The Haydn (Trio no. 39) gets things off to a solid, tuneful start; it really is a delightful work with an infectious exuberance in the gypsy rondo that gives it its name. It is given with great energy and brio here. The feeling carries over into the Mendelssohn Trio no. 1 which I loved; it can sound too manicured but here instead of bonsai you have an ideal garden which is a touch unkempt (the best kind?). It is not launched too fast, and the pianist, Paul Bateman, has a slightly deliberate touch that I like a lot. I imagine he would be a… Read more