Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Unforgettable scenes



  1. Titanic is based on a true event happened in 1912 when the largest passenger ship ever built in the world at that time sunk into the Atlantic Ocean after had crashed into a huge iceberg. The film, directed by James Cameron, tells a love story between Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet), who are members of different social classes. She is a first-class passenger, whose father died leaving her family in financial problems which will be solved by her engagement to a wealthy boy who also boards the ship in Southampton. Jack, a third-class passenger, meets Rose when she is about to jump into the sea, they fall in love each other and live a romantic affaire until the dramatic end, when the ship sinks and Jack dies to save Rose’s life. This moving film is an exhibition of luxury, spectacular visual effects and powerful moments such as the one when Jack stands on the edge of the ship’s bow with his arms stretched out to the sides and shouts out: ‘I’m the king of the world!’

  2. Great film indeed, Elena, and very nice comment!

  3. In the name of the father is set in the 70´s in Ireland and England and it is based in a true story. It tells the story of “The four of Guildford”. The story of Gerry Conlon (Daniel Day Lewis), an Irish man who moves to London in the middle of the 70´s.
    He is in the wrong moment in a non appropriate moment he is convicted to prison because he is falsely convicted to belong to IRA and he is also the responsible of a brutal terrorist attack.
    Since that moment he confesses a crime that he doesn’t commit. He and people he loves suffer agonies, Giuseppe, his father, also goes to prison.
    Gerry tries to prove their innocence and he is helped by a young lawyer, Emma Thomson in the film, who defends their ideas.
    The film is a drama that gossips the political system. It is directed by Jim Sheridan
    In conclusion it is difficult to choose a memorable scene but finally I choose the most gripping moment for me when Gerry Conlon is informed about his father has died after several years in prison and the rest of the prisoners reacts with a pacific protest.

  4. In the Name of the Father is just perfect; great plot, great actors and great accent, too, glad you've chosen it for your comment!

  5. In the name of the father is an Irish movie based in a true story. It takes place in different spots of the British Islands: Belfast, London and a prison somewhere throughout the green English lands. Such places are linked by a problem that decades ago was unfortunately famous over there, terrorism.

    The plot begins with a fact related with one of the places, London, where a bomb attack happened. Daniel Day Lewis plays the main character, a North Irish hippy dreamer and why not a bit foolish guy, who moves out to London with the aim of setting up a new life. He and more friends are found guilty as the author of the fatal explosion by mistake.
    Furthermore this confusion involves that some members of their families were arrested as well being supposed to belong to IRA as well, among them his father Guiseppe –impressive played by Pete Postlethwaite- . Since that event, the plot switches scenario and topic: both father and son are jailed and the movie is focus on the father-son relationship and the search of freedom helped by an enthusiasm young lawyer, Emma Thompson.

    After the dead of the father in prison, you start to get on with D.D. Lewis feeling a deep empathy towards him and his effort to restore the name of his father, an innocent honorable man. Finally you can’t avoid celebrate the success of the trial Iniesta’s goal in Johannesbourg ;)

  6. I left the cinema impressed and amazed after watching Jim Sheridan´s “In the name of the father”, based on the true story of Gerry Conlon (wonderfully played by Daniel Day-Lewis).
    Gerry Conlon is a troubled boy from Belfast (Northern Ireland). Due to his bad behaviour, his father sends him to London to spend a while with his aunt. But in London he is up to his old tricks again. During his stay there, several attacks are perpetrated by the IRA.
    Gerry and three of his friends are arrested and accused of planting a bomb in the Guilford bar, in which four soldiers and a civilian were killed.
    During several days they are physically and mentally tortured. Finally they are coerced into confessing their guilt.
    Bad news for Gerry arrives again: his father Giuseppe Conlon (Pete Postlethwaite in the film) and other relatives in London are arrested and accused of belonging to the IRA.
    At the trial, Gerry, his friends and his father are convicted and sentenced to prison.
    Five years later, Giuseppe dies in jail due to a long illness.
    The Guildford four spend 15 years in prison until the lawyer Gareth Peirce (Emma Thompson in the film) proves their innocence.
    The film claims the aberrations produced in England due to an antiterrorism law passed in the early seventies.
    But the film is amazing not only because of the story it tells but also because of the way for telling it: wonderful dialogues, music, actors and actresses and scenes. I bear an emotional scene in my mind: after Giuseppe´s death Gerry´s mates throw burning papers from their windows showing him their support.

  7. Jose said...
    Saving Private Ryan

    Based on the real-life case of the Niland Brothers, Saving Private Ryan is set during the invasion of Normandy in World War II.
    Tom Hanks plays Captain John Miller, the man in charge of searching and safely returning Private James Ryan (Matt Damon) who is the last survivor of four brothers serving somewhere behind enemy lines.
    The film shows gory and realistic battle scenes along with brutal depiction of the horrors of war.
    The acting is brilliant. Tomas Edwards plays the role of Sergeant Mike Horvath who nearly shoots one of the platoon's men who is preparing to abandon the mission. Edward Burns plays Private Richard Reiben, a soldier who doesn't believe in this mission and the lives it puts at risk. He asked “You want to explain the math of this to me? I mean, where's the sense in risking the lives of the eight of us to save one guy? “
    This film has many awesome actions sequences, such as an intense sniper battle although the most memorable scene is the opening recreation of the Battle for Omaha Beach.
    The mission to save Private Ryan is a painful and emotional one, resulting in possibly the best World War II movie ever made.

  8. Casablanca is set during World War II in the Moroccan city of Casablanca. This memorable film, directed by Michael Curtiz, tells the romantic story of two men vying for the same woman’s love triangle starring Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) and Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). With rich and smoky atmosphere, anti-Nazy propaganda, Max Steiner’s musical score, suspense, unforgettable characters and wonderful lines of dialogue, is focused on the themes of lost love, honor and duty, self-sacrifice and romance within a chaotic world. One of the most famous scenes is in the Rick’s Café Americain, when Ilsa ask a waiter to call the pianist Sam and he places himself at the piano (something funny: the piano is absent in previous shots, and suddenly, the very useful piano appears next to the table of Ilsa). Then, Ilsa ask questions about her lover Rick, and finally she asks him to play some of the old songs: “Play it, Sam. Play As Time Goes by”. When he plays it on the piano, she will insist once again: “Sing it, Sam”. The lyrics go like this: You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss…

  9. Very nice comments indeed by all of you, thanks ever so much for posting. Do not forget to keep on posting new film reviews!

  10. Casablanca (1942) has become a legendary film. It is a romantic melodrama set against the backdrop of WWII.
    The plot is based on the play “Everybody comes to Rick’s”. The film was directed by Michael Curtiz. .
    This sentimental story has a superb soundtrack which brings suspense in the plot, the characters are memorable and some of the scenes are unforgettable.
    The film tells the story of Rick Blaine (played by Humphrey Bogart), a cynical American who owns the most popular bar/casino in Casablanca, and Ilsa (portrayed by Ingrid Bergman), Rick’s lover from a past romance in Paris. Ilsa arrives in the city with her husband Victor, the leader of the underground resistance movement, who is being hunted by the Nazis. Rick is the one who can help the couple to get a visa to Lisbon, the gateway city from Morocco. Rick is torn between the love he still fells for Ilsa and a bitter resentment of her betrayal refuses. Meanwhile in this smoky and foggy atmosphere , Gestapo Major helps sophisticated French Captain Renault and his police cap, to solve the investigation of the murdered of two German couriers which valuable letters of transit out of Casablanca, happened to be in Ugarte’s hands, a North African black market dealer.
    Some of the most remarkable scenes in Casablanca are memorable, particularly when both Rick and Ilsa reveal their true feelings and Ilsa has to acknowledge that she is still in love with him. Or the one at the end of the film when they say good bay to each other, and Rick watches the plane take off carrying away his dreams of happiness , then Rick and Renault walk off into the fog together,…the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

  11. Thank you very much, Mercedes, for your comment. Casablanca is just the film, isn't it?

  12. Casablanca is a North American film released in 1942, starring two of the

    most famous hollywood stars; Humphrey Bogart plays Rick, a tough and squire guy

    who rules the most frequented Cafe of Casablanca, in Moroco during the

    Second World War. In the other hand we got Ingrid Bergman, this wonderful and

    talented actress is his long-lost love, she just had returned to the city

    accompanied by her actual husband who is wanted by the Gestapo. Ilsa (Ingrid

    Bergman) offers Rick to stay in Casablanca in exchange of her husband´s

    scape. Rick will have to choose between his past and his present lonely

    life. One of the most classic sequence happens when these two principal

    characters meet in Rick´s Cafe again. Ilsa is persuading the piano player to

    sing their song. " Play it Sam!!, some of the old ones, As time goes by" While

    the song is played Rick appears in the main room and immediately recognize the

    melody, he quickly finds Sam and tells him to stop, then he realizes that she

    is seated next. Their love remain strong spite of the time they have been

    separated. Which path would Rick follow before it´s too late.

    An romantic icon in the history of cinema, a classic film winner of three

    Academy Awards: best picture, director (Michael Curtiz) and adapted screenplay

    fom the work "Everybody comes to Rick’s" by Murray Burnett & Joan


  13. I see Casablanca is growing famous among you all, good, not only does it include unforgettable scences, but is is an unforgettable film itself! Thanks, Alex, for your comment.


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