The ghosts and goblins have fled back to their ghoulish habitats, and All Hallows Eve is completed for another season. November has dropped onto us wet, and makes us look even harder for those last few halcyon days of Indian Summer still in store for us. This Friday, November 5, 2010, the Tacoma Film Club is pleased to launch their own version of the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. We will screen THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2009) at 924 Broadway. The film originally titled MAN SOM HATAR KVINNOR, is in Swedish with English subtitles. It was directed by Neils Arden Oplev. He is known mostly as a Swedish TV director, and has given us 12 projects since 1996, including WE SHALL OVERCOME (2006), winner of Best Picture at the Berlin Film Festival (2006), and WORLDS APART (2008).
In an interview on the BBC Breakfast programme, Noomi Rapace stated she prepared for seven months for her role. She was on a strict diet, took kick boxing lessons and had her eyebrow and nose pierced. The character Lisbeth Salander was inspired by a combination of the characters Jason Bourne and Marie in the Bourne Identity. Salander plays a character with similar capabilities to Bourne, while her physical/character traits, i.e. the piercings, short black hair and a prominent tattoo on her shoulder, are based on Marie.
Peter Travers from ROLLING STONE wrote, “Danish director Niels Arden Oplev fits the puzzle pieces together like a grandmaster of the mystery game, and whose gift for ratcheting up tension and deepening character makes him a talent to watch. His haunting and hypnotic movie gets under your skin.”
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2009)
Directed by Niels Arden Opley @ 152 minutes.
In Swedish with English subtitles.
The film stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre, Peter Andersson, Peter Haber, and Ewa Froling.
Synopsis: 40 years ago a young girl disappeared from a family gathering, and her body was never found. Her wealthy uncle, patriarch of the Vanger clan hired a disgraced journalist and a ruthless eccentric hacker to investigate–fearing that perhaps the guilty party would turn out to be someone from his own dysfunctional family.
The film won “Best Feature” at the 2010 Palm Springs Film Festival.
Roger Ebert wrote: The film is a compelling thriller to begin with, but it adds the rare quality of having a heroine more fascinating than the story.”
Claudia Pulg of USA TODAY wrote, “Don’t wait for the American-made version coming up in a couple of years — be sure to catch the riveting Swedish production of the best-selling book The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Its stylish and gritty authenticity is superbly suited to this murder mystery.”
So do yourself a favor and join us for the first installment of Stieg Larsson’s stylish trilogy of terror, revenge, and retribution. this Friday, October 5, 2010 at 924 Broadway in the Pythian Temple, street level, across the street from the Theater on the Square, in the heart of Tacoma’s Theater District. The TFC will offer the first two Larsson films, the first one this Friday, and the second one next Friday. For those of you who may have seen one or both of these films already, come and view them with us again, and get ready for the discussion this month. The third installment will open this Friday, as well, at the Grand Theater. Arrive by 6:15 pm and enjoy a wonderful meal prepared by the Phantom Director and Farishta. For those who are so inclined, please bring along wine, cheese, bread, or dessert to share. We will have the club raffle of course, tickets at one dollar, with the winner getting 40% of the proceeds, and second prize being a great DVD from my private collection. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO will screen at 7:15 pm. It runs at 152 minutes, 2 hours and 32 minutes, so we should be adjourning around 10 pm. See you at the movies!