The Music of Chance [DVD]
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Professional gambler Jack Pozzi (James Spader) hitches a lift with a retired fireman (Mandy Patinkin) after being kicked out of a poker game. Desperate to raise $10,000 for another game, scheduled for the following day with two retired millionaires, Pozzi persuades the fireman to front up the money and the two of them drive to their opponents' Pennsylvanian mansion. However, Pozzi's luck deserts him, and in order to pay off the debts they have incurred, the pair agree to build a wall in the house's grounds... Based on the labyrinthine novel by Paul Auster, who makes a cameo appearance.
"A gripping, intellectual thriller" -- The Observer
" offbeat and made with cool style by director Philip Hass, it is distinguished by excellent performances ." -- Empire --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The plot is about how a bet goes wrong, and how much chance and coincidence can affect the future.
I wholeheartedly recommend this film. It's not usual for a film to stay with me for that long - it has a truly chilling appeal and the only reason it only gets 4 stars is that the style is actually distressing and might upset some people.
I'm now doing my best to get to see it again!!! You won't regret your two hours if you manage to track this one down.
The style of the film is in a traditional format, dramatic based scenes, that was more typical of feature films in the 1970s and 1980s. (Even in the early to mid 1990s, this film came across as something of a lovely throwback in time to me.) This was the age of real interest in real story telling of value, and so when films went deep in this way, people thought it made a great film. And "The Music of Chance" does, but it's a format that isn't so much taken these days. Nowadays, there's usually something else, some additive or perhaps superfluous element or layer to catch attention, beyond the essential quality of the dramatic story in the spoken words itself.
So it's a joy to see such a basic, excellently made film again, as only the best could be made. Though it's not so easy to watch in these years due to we being used to our attentions being wrought and focussed in particular, less basic (but perhaps more base or sub-level) ways.
Top level acting and direction. It's been a while since I saw the utter coherence between direction team and actors with such beauty. Great professionals were involved, it looks like you are watching a thing of joy.
If you feel a little bored 20 or 30 minutes into this film - just don't give up. It's a lower key film in format and what is demanded of you, so it demands a kind of more sleepy but concerted attention than usual.Read more ›
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I bought this DVD for pennies in a charity shop so didn't have a clue what to expect.I won't attempt to give a summary of the story as this has been done very well by other... Read morePublished 14 months ago by deltak
I loved this film and I loved the book. Something about the story has haunted me for years. It really gets under your skin.Published on 13 Aug. 2014 by Sara O'Dell
This is a great film for people who don't like their films to be predictable. This is so unpredictable that, even at the end, there is a lot of uncertainty about what has actually... Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2013 by Radiant Rose
The Music of Chance was the first book I've red from Paul Auster. At the end of the book I was kind of frustrated by it's ending and thought I wouldn't read any more book from... Read morePublished on 30 Nov. 2010 by Brazune
Great to be able to get hold of fairly obscure films like this. Really enjoyed it. I'd read the book, which is brilliant, and the film did not let it down.Published on 24 Sept. 2009 by Pitsku