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From acclaimed director Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor Last Tango In Paris) comes a breathtaking film rich in passion desire and intrigue about a reclusive British pianist's infatuation with an African exile housemaid.Running Time: 95 min.System Requirements: Running Time 95 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA Rating: R UPC: 794043485923
Two disparate worlds come together in thoroughly unexpected ways in this intriguing film directed by Academy Award winner Bernardo Bertolucci. The opening sequence, in an impoverished, unnamed African dictatorship, is painfully intense: we watch in horror as the movie's heroine, Shandurai (serenely beautiful Thandie Newton), witnesses the brutal arrest of her husband, a rebellious reformer. Then suddenly we are transported to Rome, where Shandurai is studying medicine and cleaning house for a reclusive, wealthy pianist, Mr. Kinsky (David Thewlis). Knowing nothing of her past, Kinsky falls hopelessly in love with Shandurai. She finds his clumsy courtship insulting, especially in contrast to the heavy load she's borne in her life. But it gradually becomes clear Shandurai has sorely underestimated Mr. Kinsky.
This is a film by a true master of moviemaking craft, who refuses to spell things out or bludgeon the audience with a message. The story builds almost imperceptibly, with an accumulation of details, striking visual imagery, and a haunting soundtrack, in which classical piano, African music, and silence are all used to powerful effect. A tantalizing erotic undercurrent bubbles to the surface as the narrative takes the story in directions both unpredictable and captivating. --Laura Mirsky
Parts of the movie I did not understand what the actors were saying............. a bit confusing but I did enjoy Thandie Newton's role in the movie.Published 21 months ago by Pat Williams
one of my alltime favorites where movies are concerned. well played by daniel thelewis and thandie newton. the end leaves you wanting to know what happens next. love it.Published 21 months ago by sharlopunch
A surprising finish and authentic characters make me glad I took a friend's suggestion!! Thats all i have to say.Published on July 7, 2013 by Agnes R.
THIS IS A VERY GOOD LITERARY REPRESENTATION OF BLUES, BY THE LYRIC POET. WHAT THE POET LYRIC SINGS ABOUT IN LYRIC THE FILM MAKER PRESENTS IN VISUALS WITH SPOKEN WORD.Published on June 3, 2013 by Delridge L. Hunter
A nice movie to watch. I really felt bad for Mr. Kinsky( he seemed so lonely and without friends) I know it was just a story or movie, but at least they finally had a... Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by Emily V. Worrell
The description on the package was more informative than the movie itself. The movie was lacking in storyline, dialogue and quality of film. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Tonie
This is such a romantic movie in a very unconventional sense. I love it and can watch it over and over. It's fascinating inspite of the fact that there isn't much dialogue. Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by Chloe
This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. The dialog could be condensed into 6 minutes. Shandurai flees Africa and somehow ends up in medical school. Read morePublished on November 25, 2012 by R. Jacobson
It is doubtful whether a more compelling narrative of altruistic love has ever been created in visual form. Read morePublished on May 6, 2012 by David M. Goldberg