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Title: Heartless Directed By: Philip Ridley Starring: Jim Sturgess, Clemence Poesy, Noel Clarke, Luke Treadaway, Justin Salinger, Ruth Sheen, Nikita Mistry, Joseph Mawle Most would think you could never have too many good ideas, however, when you’re trying to pack all of those concepts into just one film, they’ll inevitably flounder. Luckily, writer-director Philip Ridley manages to keep just enough of his plot afloat to make Heartless a worthwhile film, but had he opted to just keep things simple, not only would Heartless be a far better film, but Ridley would still have some of those brilliant ideas to save for later. Jim Sturgess is Jamie, a seemingly sweet [...] »
- Perri Nemiroff
Making its premiere this week, a new stage version of Ingmar Bergman’s legendary film, Through a Glass Darkly, has hit the stage, and according to a review from Reuters, it’s one hell of an adaptation.
If there is ever a filmmaker more reliant upon mood and atmosphere, it is the legendary auteur, Bergman. The outlet would love to let you all know that the play takes up the film’s perfect sense of claustrophobia that makes Through A Glass Darkly still one of the filmmakers best.
The film follows a woman named Karin, who has returned home after spending a bit of time away at a mental hospital. While the film stared Harriet Andersson and Max Von Sydow, the play features performances from the likes of stage veteran Ruth Wilson, Ian McElhinney and Justin Salinger, who all give great performances.
Personally, while Bergman will always be a name »
- Joshua Brunsting
Films rarely make good plays. But there is something about the claustrophobia of Ingmar Bergman's work, as we know from Scenes From A Marriage, that lends itself to adaptation. And Jenny Worton's version of Bergman's Oscar-winning 1961 movie proves to have a strange, haunting theatrical power.
Bergman's story, originally shot on his dwelling place of Faro, shows us four people on an island. "Everything will be perfect this holiday," blithely announces Karin as they arrive. But she appears to be suffering a bipolar disorder which throws the problems of those around into sharp relief.
Her doctor husband, Martin, is caring but ineffectual; her younger brother, Max, who aims to be a writer, is full of pubescent anguish; and her father, David, who actually is a novelist, is afflicted by the artist's clinical detachment. The focus, however, is on Karin, who is torn between two worlds and drawn to »
- Michael Billington
3 items from 2010
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