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The Fever

The Fever
9:30-11 p.m., Wednesday, June 13


The problem with The Fever isn't its production values or its performances or even the idealism that it wears on its sleeve. All of those are beyond reproach. What proves to be its undoing is the heavy-handed fashion in which the upper-middle-class white guilt story line plays out.

There is nary an ounce of subtlety in the screenplay from Wallace Shawn (My Dinner With Andre) and Carlo Nero, which Shawn adapted from his own stage play. It's all about the illumination that comes over one older woman after she takes a step back to examine her privileged life through the prism of a poor, war-stricken country, but the HBO telefilm -- shot entirely on location in Zagreb, Croatia -- sounds the same strident note repeatedly while at the same time neglecting the eloquence of restraint.

Because Vanessa Redgrave is the film's sole star, the project's politicization is hardly a shock. She's a dynamic and courageous actress, an Oscar winner and an artist of impeccable talent. But Redgrave also has a history of injecting her belief system into her work, or at least the tendency to accept those that jibe with her social mindset. Fever is no exception.

While its class-conscious heart obviously is in the right place, it makes its points with such obsessive self-awareness and altruism that it tends to trump eloquent points about the widening gap between haves and have-nots.

At the core of the movie's world view are its generic underpinnings. It's set in an unknown nation so as to apparently remove preconceived notions from the equation, and its characters (including Redgrave) mostly have no formal names. Redgrave is Woman. There also is Piano player, Thin young man and Bitter man. Star cameos abound, also in plain wrap characters: Joely Richardson is Woman at 30, Michael Moore (yes, that Michael Moore) is War correspondent and Angelina Jolie portrays the Young woman in the church. The conceit is that it doesn't matter who these people are or where they are; it and they are simple metaphors for grinding injustice.

Fever is set in motion by the feverish semi-delirium of a well-off English woman (Redgrave), who is briefly consumed by a mysterious illness while traveling in a dirt-poor nation ravaged by war, atrocity and the stranglehold of a rich ruling class. Her fever sends her imagination into overdrive and a "psychological voyage of self-discovery" (as an HBO news release puts it). Narrating her own tale, she reflects on the happiness and comfort of her nice little life in the West while at the same time awakening to the poverty, misery and brutality that is the lot of so many who don't happen to be born into such fortunate circumstances. She gets bummed out that she suddenly sees herself as more shallow and less worldly wise than she had ever imagined.

Yet while the film likes to think it is making profound points about inequality and unfairness, the scribes fail to connect the dots in a way that would bring Fever anything approaching true insight. Director Nero and director of photography Mark Moriarty bring a grayish, washed-out look to the production that effectively matches its downbeat outlook, and the players -- Redgrave in particular -- supply artistic heft. But this still is mostly a piece about the residual guilt suffered by the blessed rather than the towering chronicle of class-consciousness that it so aspires to be.



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Executive producers: Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Blum

Co-executive producer: Carlo Nero

Co-producer: Andrew Warren

Associate producer: Igor Aleksander Nola

Teleplay: Wallace Shawn, Carlo Nero

Director: Carlo Nero

Based on the play by: Wallace Shawn

Director of photography: Mark Moriarty

Production designer: Ivica Trpcic

Costume designer: Vjera Ivankovic

Editor: Mel Quigley

Music: Claudio Capponi

Casting: Siobhan Bracke


Woman: Vanessa Redgrave

War correspondent: Michael Moore

Young woman in the church: Angelina Jolie

Diplomat: Rade Sherbedgia

Ranevskaya: Geraldine James

Violinist: Maxim Vengerov

Piano player: Vag Papian

Woman at 30: Joely Richardson

Jeffrey: Simon Williams

Woman's husband 30 years ago: Marinko Prga

Children: Lea Spisic, Raphael Sparanero, Tonka Simurina

Ballet dancers: Georg Stanciu, Jelena Knezovic

Michael Moore Takes on Acting Role

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Michael Moore Takes on Acting Role
Oscar-winning documentary maker Michael Moore has made his big screen acting debut, playing a political journalist in upcoming movie The Fever. The politically-outspoken Bowling For Columbine director stars alongside Vanessa Redgrave and her daughter Joely Richardson in the HBO Films production, which is currently in post-production in London. The film, directed by Redgrave's son and Richardson's half-brother Carlo Gabriel Nero, is adapted from Wallace Shawn's play of the same name, and follows the political awakening of a middle-class woman. Moore plays a rebellious reporter covering politics in countries under turmoil. Jason Blum, who produced the film with Redgrave, says, "Michael has one big scene with Vanessa, and we were a little nervous because no one's ever really seen him act before. But he totally pulled it off." Bosses have yet to decide if the film will be released to cinemas or make its debut on cable TV.

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