MOVIE: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” – Wes Anderson (2014)

MOVIE: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” – Wes Anderson (2014)

Last night I went to the cinema to watch “The Grand Budapest Hotel” with Stevie, so in the original language version. I don’t want to write so much as a review, since I read a lot about this movie and for sure better than what I’d write myself.
I only say this: after a 12 hours travel and a giant kebab, Stevie not only didn’t fall asleep, but we laughed and had fun for all the time of the movie. (Just so you know: it’s not I torture my boyfriend taking him directly to the cinema as he arrives from a long travel, but this was the only available play of the movie in original language in my city, and as you can guess we don’t have so many occasions of going out on a date at the cinema 😉 ).

The movie tells the adventures of Gustave H. and Zero Moustafa, concierge and lobby boy of the famous and rich Grand Budapest Hotel, after the first one is accused of killing a rich old woman and stealing a painting even if he didn’t do it; it’s a funny and enjoyable film, full of interesting and particular characters who move in the middle of an incredible story (sometimes similar to a fable) that teaches us, ironicly, that “[…] there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity. Indeed that’s what we provide in our own modest, humble, insignificant… oh, fuck it.” 😉

A fact I didn’t know and I found only today reading about the movie: it’s inspired by the work of Stefan Zweig, austrian writer, and to his autobiographical book “The World of Yesterday“.

★★★★★

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MOVIE: “Venus in Fur” – Roman Polanski (2013)

Last night’s movie: “Venus in Fur” – Roman Polanski (2013)

I don’t go so much at the cinema: I don’t have many friends going and to go alone make me sad. This doesn’t mean I don’t like it a lot. When I was living in Savona, for example, at elast once a week I was going to watch a movie at Nuovofilmstudio, and that was a habit I was loving.
Yesterday my friend Stefano proposed to go to watch the last Polanski’s movie, “Venus in Fur“; since of my devotion for Leopold von Sacher-Masoch‘s book I couldn’t say no.  Arrived at the cinema we saw the audience of the previous show going out: the were yawning, bored, saying the movie had been tedious and they didn’t like it. We didn’t become discouraged and went inside anyway.
The movie narrates about a director, Thomas (Mathieu Amalric), searching for the right actress for a theatrical adaptation of the famous 1870’s book, pillar of the masochist movement (which from von Sacher-Masoch, indeed, takes its name).
At the end of an unfruitful work day, an actress (Emmanuelle Seigner) barge into the thatre, and, despite of the delay, convince him to let her try the part. From this moment will begin a growing power play that transposes that of the book characters in the one between actress and director.
Surely the monothematic location (the story occurs almost completely on a theatre stage) and the two only actors helped the feedback of the rest of the audience (while we were watching the movie in the theatre we could hear a loud snoring xD). Talking about my opinion, I found the movie very intense and engaging: the continous passage between reality and play, the roles overturning, the fluctuating mood of the two characters took me glued to the screen until the ending, that I’m not going to spil you, but I literally loved.

Non vado molto al cinema: non ho tanti amici che ci vanno ed andarci da sola mi mette tristezza. Ciò non toglie che mi piaccia molto. Quando abitavo a Savona, per esempio, almeno una volta alla settimana andavo a vedere un film al Nuovofilmstudio, ed era un’abitudine che adoravo.
Ieri il mio amico Stefano mi ha proposto di andare al cinema a vedere l’ultimo film di Polanski, “Venere in Pelliccia“; vista la mia adorazione per il libro di  Leopold von Sacher-Masoch non potevo che dir di sì. Arrivati alla sala abbiamo visto uscire gli spettatori della proiezione precedente: sbadiglianti, annoiati, in molti dicevano che il film era noioso e non gli era piaciuto affatto. Non ci siamo lasciati abbattere e siamo comunque entrati in sala.
Il film racconta di un regista, Thomas (Mathieu Amalric), in cerca dell’attrice giusta per un adattamento teatrale del celebre libro del 1870, pilastro del movimento masochista (che da von Sacher-Masoch, appunto, prende il nome). Alla fine di una giornata di infruttuoso lavoro, irrompe in teatro un’attrice (Emmanuelle Seigner) che, nonostante il ritardo, lo convince a farle provare la parte. Da questo momento in avanti inizierà un crescente gioco di forze che traspone quello dei personaggi del libro in quello tra attrice e regista.
Di certo l’ambientazione monotematica (il film si svolge praticamente tutto sul palco di un teatro) ed i soli due attori presenti hanno aiutato la reazione del resto del pubblico (durante la nostra proiezione in sala si sentiva anche un profondo russare xD). Per quel che mi riguarda, ho invece trovato il film davvero intenso ed avvincente: il continuo passaggio tra realtà e recitazione, il ribaltamento dei ruoli, l’altalenante umore dei due personaggi mi hanno tenuta attaccata allo schermo sino al finale, che ovviamente non vi svelo, ma che mi è piaciuto moltissimo.

★★★★★

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