Film Picks for TFC January 2009

curious-case-of-benjamin-button-theThe Producer’s Committee Film Picks for January 2009

 

DVD & VHS

 

THE TIN DRUM, aka DIE BLECHTROMMEL (1979) 

Directed by Volker Schlondorff @ 142 minutes.

The film stars David Bennett, Charles Aznavour, Mario Adorf,  and Angela Winkler.

This is a sweeping mesmerizing adaptation of the Gunter Grass novel. Synopsis: Three-year old Oskar, a child with an adult intellect, in the Germany of the 30’s, decided to simply “cease growing” as a personal protest to the Nazi rise to power. He conveyed his anger and angst by pounding on his toy drum and screaming. A surreal and magical tale that captures the supreme madness of war, and the dangerous folly of those responsible. Tagline: “A savage, sweeping epic of society in chaos.” This incredible film won the Best Foreign Film Academy Award, and the Palm D’Or at Cannes. 

 

THE NAVIGATOR: A Mediaeval Odyssey (1988)

Directed by Vincent Ward @ 92 minutes.

The film stars Bruce Lyons, Chris Haywood, Hamish McFarlane, Marshall Napier, and Noel Appleby. Synopsis: The film opens up in a tiny medieval 14th century English village during the time of the Great Plague. A psychic boy leads a group on a tunneling expedition, seeking to escape black death and despair. But when the scruffy band emerges they find themselves in a modern New Zealand city in 1988. Ward was a wizard, never using special effects, working on a meager budget, he created an imaginative, richly photographed, strongly written, lush fable that will stay with you for a lifetime. Called, “One of the greatest of unknown films,” Tagline was, “Time-Travel Adventure of the Year.”

The Theatrical Release, opening on December 24, 2008:

 

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (2008)

Directed by David Fincher, written by Philip Roth, based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The film stars Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Julia Ormand, and Elias Koteas.

Synopsis: “ I was born under unusual circumstances.” A man born in his 80’s, then ages backwards for the rest of his life–a grand tale that spans an arc from WWI 1918 to the 21st Century. We find a man who cannot stop time, but does discover something that lasts beyond it. Tagline: “Life is not measured in minutes, but in moments.”

BENJAMIN BUTTON will open in wide release for the Christmas holiday.

THE TIN DRUM will screen at CSL on Friday, January 2, 2009.

THE NAVIGATOR will screen at CSL on Friday, January 9, 2009


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About Glenn Buttkus

Former actor and Special Ed teacher for the blind, newly retired, spending my days struggling as poet, photographer, novelist, husband, and grandfather.
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