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Madagascar Skin [VHS]

3.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bernard Hill, John Hannah, Mark Anthony, Mark Pettitt, Danny Earl
  • Directors: Chris Newby
  • Writers: Chris Newby
  • Producers: Ben Gibson, Julie Baines, Sarah Daniel
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Cinevista Inc.
  • VHS Release Date: December 17, 1997
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304765908
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,555 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I have been a fan of Bernard Hill for many years...ever since the movie Shirley Valentine. I stumbled across Madagascar Skin by accident. At first, I wasn't sure about buying this film because every review I ran across wasn't very positive. However, I was pleasantly suprised and I am glad I took a chance on this film.
The movie does unfold a little slowly at the start but the acting is strong and Bernard Hill is a delight. The basic story is about two men that are outcasts from society, they find each other and end up falling in love despite one being gay and the other straight.
Yes, the film is a bit artsy and at times I wanted it to go a little deeper but it touched me, especially the end of the film. On one hand the end left me wanting more and caring about both characters and on the other hand it was appropriate and satisfying. Bravo to Harry and Flint for finding and holding on to their little piece of joy in this world.
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TAKEN FROM MY NATIONAL ARTS CLUB PROGRAM: A unique gem of a film evocative of "Harold and Maude," "Alice in Wonderland," a Grimm's fairy tale and "The Odd Couple" all rolled up into one, going from despair to uplifting Chaplinesque ending. Far transcends (and is not part of) the new "Queer cinema"(though would be a worthy addition). Very embracing, humane. The filmmaker has been very quiet since - but take note: an earlier film was selected for the Cannes Film Fest's "A Certain Slant" films of special originality and distinction.

PLOT: Harry, a despairing gay man spurned because of a port-wine birthmark shaped like Madagascar on his face, abandons the twilight world of London's gay club scene. Wandering a deserted beach, he kicks an overturned bucket and discovers Flint---buried up to his head. A weather worn, worldly "heterosexual" with a murky past, Flint lets Harry nurse him back to health in an abandoned cottage. As their mutual distrust melts away, something magical happens---reminding us love can be found in the strangest places. NY TIMES "Chris Newby's exquisitely photographed film...a surreal comic ode to unlikely erotic fulfillment." I screened this at the National Art Club, selecting it under the Film Experts' series of "favorite" little known film.

--DR JUD NEWBORN, author of the acclaimed "Sophie Scholl and the White Rose," companion to the Academy Award nominated 2006 film. He serves today as Special Projects Curator for the renowned Cinema Arts Centre (LI), bringing in and interviewing leading actors and directors. Founding Historian of New York's Museum of Jewish Heritage (1986-2000), Dr. Newborn is also a Holocaust expert, dramatic multimedia lecturer,lyricist and cultural anthropologist (Ph.D with Distinction, University of Chicago).
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This European import is more than a gay love story: it's a film packed with startling images, and a work of cinematic literature.

When a shy gay man rejected at local gay bars because of a large birthmark on his face flees his lonely life and makes his way to a remote patch of coastline, a chance encounter with a shady older man shatters his self-imposed exile from the world of men and leads to love. But the journey is neither easy... nor straight, in any sense of the word.

This lovely film from 1995 features early work by John Hannah and Bernard Hill, both of whom have gone on to do well for themselves in Hollywood productions. It also marks Chris Newby's last turn as writer / director; when oh when will Newby make another movie?
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Beautiful movie. Wonderful and different from most of this genre. Have watched it several times. Always enjoy it.
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Off-beat British film. Look closely and you'll see famous actors from other films. Touching, and a tad quirky.
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I will watch anything with John Hannah, which is the only reason I watched this. He is a great actor, but this film left me wondering what it was really about. I guess it confirms that John is a good actor, because I watched the whole movie.
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