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L'amour partira demain
Written by Jean-François Fréret, Serge Pérathoner & Jannick Top
Performed by Marie Trintignant
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Reminds me of No Way Out and other avant gard films.
Wings of Fame is a discussion of the fleeting nature of fame and how little it actually means in terms of happiness or fulfillment.
Peter O'Toole is a great actor. Colin Firth is the author of a book titled Wings of Fame that the actor claimed as his own work.
The actor is at the height of his fame. The book would have given the writer the fame he deserved.
In a moment of anger and opportunity, the writer shoots the actor at a film festival in front of his adoring fans. Then the film begins in earnest.
The two are linked together by the act of murder. The journey they take to discover themselves and each other is fascinating.
Many philosophical questions are asked, but no conclusions are drawn. The one thing that is pointed out graphically is that all famous people fade in the memory of the living once they are no longer producing anything new.
The film is slow paced but loaded with acid wit that Dorothy Parker would admire. It also contains brilliant acting by O'Toole and Firth.
The cinematography is wonderful and full of references to modern art.
This is not a film for everyone. But those who love films with depth and challenge and those who love great acting will find a great deal in Wings of Fame to applaud and think about for a long time after it ends. I was grateful for the privilege of watching two great actors explore the nature of fame and its consequences.
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