Films viewed in 2011

491. Before Night Falls

In Drama on April 18, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Dir. Julian Scnabel

Episodic look at the life of Cuban poet and novelist, Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990), from his childhood in Oriente province to his death in New York City.

MY TAKE

Following up from his impressive debut feature film Basquiat, writer and director (and celebrated painter) Julian Schnabel created another splendid achievement with Before Night Falls. The struggles of a Cuban writer in the 1960s, in a breakout performance by Javier Bardem, combines an impressive balance of hand-held grit and smooth artistic flourishes in the camera movements. The story is equally moving, providing a perfect portrait of a martyr to a cultural revolution. The film’s content earns it a special place in Queer Cinema, and one of Johnny Depp’s dual roles (the cross-dressing Bon Bon) risks making the straightest of men question where they stand.

 

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