Thursday, August 24, 2017
Thursday Movie Picks: The Stage
For the fourth week of August 2017 as part of the Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer of Wandering Through the Shelves. We go into films revolving in or around the stage whether it’s about a play being set on the stage or the stories of what is happening in and around the stage. Here are my three picks:
1. The Last Metro
From the late, great Francois Truffaut comes one of his last great achievements in cinema set during Nazi-occupied France in World War II. While it is about a woman hiding her Jewish husband in a theater, it does revolve mainly around Catherine Deneuve’s character to try and keep the theater by staging a play where Denueve’s character falls for one of the new actors in company played by Gerard Depardieu. It’s a film filled with elements of humor and drama as it is one of Truffaut’s great films which is also complimented by the gorgeous cinematography of the late, great Nestor Almendros.
2. A Prairie Home Companion
Robert Altman’s final film is definitely a quintessential Altman film in terms of its broad ensemble cast, overlapping dialogue, and sense of looseness that happens throughout the film. It is all set in Garrison Keiller’s real-life radio show as it revolves around a final broadcast and stage performance as the theater is about to become a parking lot. Yet, there is a lot of craziness that ensue thanks in part to an incredible ensemble cast as well as moments that are touching as well as being very funny. After all, it is a film about death and since it was Altman’s final film. At least he and the people at Keiller’s show would go out in style.
3. Me and Orson Welles
One of the most overlooked films of the last decade comes in what is truly a gem from Richard Linklater as it revolves around Orson Welles in his days as a playwright. Set in the late 1930s, the film is about a young man who meets Welles as he would work and eventually take a small part in Welles’ production of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. The film takes place in the span of a week as it features Zac Efron as 17-year old high school student who is fascinated by Welles who is played with such charisma by Christian McKay. It is a tremendous film that explore what goes on in the theater as why rehearsals are important as it requires so much attention as Linklater definitely captures the spirit of Welles as an artist.
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