Arrow Video USA
1998 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 122 min. / Street Date August 29, 2017 / Available from Arrow Video 39.95
Starring: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Sean Bean, Stellan Skarsgard, Skipp Sudduth, Michael Lonsdale, Jan Triska, Jonathan Pryce.
Cinematography: Robert Fraisse
Film Editor: Tony Gibbs
Original Music: Elia Cmiral
Written by J.D. Zeik, David Mamet (as Richard Weisz)
Produced by Frank Mancuso Jr.
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Ronin is something of a last gasp for the Mancuso-era United Artists (MGM), a lavishly appointed all-on-location major action picture directed by a great
His latest, Surviving Life (Theory and Practice), is doing the festival rounds, while its immediate predecessor, Lunacy (2005), has faded into the obscurity of the recent-but-not-current. I'm as guilty as anyone of this neglect: I didn't see Lunacy when it came out. preferring to wait for DVD release. I admit to being less than enamored with Conspirators of Pleasure (1996), although I quite liked Little Otik (2000), and even participated in a TV play somewhat influenced by it. Needless to say,
Mr. Hnizdo, by his own confession, seems to have been solely responsible for the defeat of the Nazis, and soon the boys are bound up in hero worship.
Quirks of character and fate dictate the meandering story line: For example, whatever the truth of his other exploits, Hnizdo turns out to be an inveterate and indefatigable womanizer. In the same vein, Eda's father (played by screenwriter Sverak), the persnickety head engineer of the local power plant, turns out to be at the very least the heroic equal of Mr. Hnizdo.
Director Jan Sverak, the screenwriter's son, elevates atmosphere above all, so that a ride the boys hitch aboard a passing freight train becomes an excuse for an idyllic evocation of landscape and aging machinery.
Despite some conversations among the adults, few overt political points are made, though the sense of missed historical opportunities and blighted futures is, if muted, hard to ignore. This is nostalgia with a sharp point.
THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Film export Prague Barrandov Film Studios, Creative Production Group Vydra, Dudova Production
Director Jan Sverak
Story-script Zdenek Sverak
Director of photography F.A. Brabec
Music Jiri Svoboda
Production designers Vladimir Labsky, Gabriela Kubenova
Editor Alois Fisarek
Eda Vaclav Jakoubek
Tonda Radoslav Budac
Igor Hnizdo Jan Triska
Mr. Soucek Zdenek Sverak
Running time -- 96 minutes
No MPAA rating
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