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The Immigrant (2013)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  23 May 2014 (USA)
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In 1921, unfortunate circumstances drive newly arrived immigrant Ewa into a life of prostitution, and a complex, volatile relationship with two men - her conflicted pimp and his romantic cousin.

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Magda Cybulska
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Customs Officer Thomas MacNally
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Leo Straub (as Patrick O'Neill)
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Oskar Straub
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1921. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulska and her sister Magda sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, she quickly falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. And then one day, Ewa encounters Bruno's cousin, the debonair magician Orlando. He sweeps Ewa off her feet and quickly becomes her only chance to escape the nightmare in which she finds herself. Written by Wild Bunch

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Rated R for sexual content, nudity and some language | See all certifications »

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23 May 2014 (USA)  »

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$16,500,000 (estimated)

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$44,064 (USA) (16 May 2014)

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$1,984,743 (USA) (27 June 2014)
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Marion Cotillard was cast after she met director James Gray during a dinner at a French fish restaurant where Gray and her husband Guillaume Canet were talking about the script of Blood Ties (2013). Gray and Cotillard proceeded to get into an argument about an actor. "She threw bread at my head and she mentioned that she thought I was a jerk. And of course as consequence I immediately loved her." Gray told he had never seen Cotillard in anything before, but was instantly drawn to her. "I thought she had a great face, and not just physically beautiful because she is, but a haunted quality, almost like a silent film actress. I've talked about this, but she reminded me of Maria Falconetti in the Carl Theodor Dreyer film [The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)]; able to convey depth of emotion without dialogue specifically. I watched every film of hers I could get my hands on. And then I knew I had to write something for her. So that's the genesis of this thing [The Immigrant]. I wrote the movie for her and Joaquin Phoenix, and if they hadn't wanted to do the movie, I'm not sure I would have made it", he told. See more »

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Enrico Caruso would have been too ill to have performed in February 1921. After several years of poor health. His last performance was in late December 1920, after which his health deteriorated further and he underwent several surgeries. See more »

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Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Thomas Schippers, Franco Corelli, Orchestra Del Teatro Dell'Opera, Roma, Gabriella Tucci, Robert Merrill, Luciana Moneta, Angelo Mercuriali, Mario Rainaudo and Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
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An absolute masterclass in filmmaking & acting from all involved.
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A complex, nuanced, deeply affecting tale of morality and survival in 1920's New York. This is American cinema at it's finest. Nothing is black/white or good/evil in James Gray's films, instead we see intensely emotional portraits of real people struggling for happiness. Again, religion plays a central role in his work and the message, at least to me, seems to be: there is no god, there is only you.

Somehow Marion Cotillard keeps getting better and better and digging deeper into her characters. She is far and away the best actress out there and continues to work with the finest filmmakers. Her confession scene in this movie was stunning, beautiful- the best shot of the year. When the credits rolled i wasn't sure what i was feeling but i knew it was worthy of deep contemplation. Pure class, pure cinema.


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