460055_1020_AProducers Film Picks for October 2009


DVD Choices


12 ANGRY MEN (1957) Directed by Sidney Lumet @ 96 minutes.

This film stars Henry Fonda, in one of his greatest roles, supported by Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Martin Balsam, Jack Klugman, Jack Warden, Ed Begley, and Robert Webber. Synopsis: During a murder trial a Hispanic teenager is accused of killing his father, and  there is only one dissenting juror—who feels that even though the young man was probably guilty, the facts of the case needed to be reviewed. Based on a Broadway play, this film crackles with energy, anger, and human drama. Juror #8 stands his ground, and after a time begins to convince some of the others that there might be room for doubt within the body of the evidence. This film is superbly acted and directed, not to be missed, listed as #9 on the IMDb’s poll of the greatest films ever made. Tagline: “Life is in their hands—Death is in their minds.”


12 (2007) Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov @ 159 minutes.

The film stars Sergei Makovetsky, Sergey Garmish, Aleksei Petrenko, and Nikita Mikhalkov. Synopsis: A loose remake of 12 ANGRY MEN, set in a Russian school, 12 jurors are struggling to decide the fate of a Chechen teenager accused of killing his Russian stepfather. One juror dissents, and begins to review the “facts” of the case.

Roger Ebert wrote, “This is a powerful new film inspired by a powerful older one.”


Theatrical Choice opening at the Grand Theater on Friday, September 25, 2009


COLD SOULS (2009) Directed and Written by Sophie Barthes & 101 minutes.

The film stars Paul Giamatti, Emily Watson, David Strathairn, Michael Tucker, and Dina Korzun. Synopsis: This film is an existential science-fiction surrealistic metaphysical dramedy and social commentary that is both very literary and very Russian. Compared by many to BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, in this movie Paul Giamatti plays an actor named Paul Giamatti involved in a hilarious scenario inspired by a dream Woody Allen had, and the philosophy of Gogol. It treads on the fine line between deadpan humor and pathos, between fantasy and reality.

Tagline: A soul searching comedy.




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