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|Starring:||Sean McGinley, Nastassja Kinski, Jimmy Herman, Julian Richings, Marie Brassard, Wes Bentley, Milla Jovovich, Marty Antonini, Sarah Polley, Peter Mullan, Tom McCamus, Duncan Fraser, Shirley Henderson, Ron Anderson, Ron Anders, Doctor Benoit|
|Run time:||1 hour 56 minutes|
|Rental release:||30 Jun 2003|
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Leone, Altman,Malick...Winterbottom!By a customer from Kettering , 06 Dec 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]As a lapsed cinema-goer, I have had the pleasure of 'discovering' the work of Michael Winterbottom only recently. In my (very long) lifetime I can think of few artists deserving of the title 'genius' but I believe Winterbottom comes pretty close. This is a phenomonal movie. Categorised as a Western, it is,rather, a brilliantly unusual adaptation of Hardy's Novel. The Script, Direction, Acting, Music and Cinematography are superb. This movie has been compared to 'McAbe And Mrs. Miller' and 'Heavens Gate'. To me it is also reminiscent of 'Days of Heaven' in stlye. In the end, Winterbottom seems to have his own unique vision which somehow transcends 'mere' movie making. It's as if he has absorbed major Directorial influences but taken his own path away from them to create original works of (dare I say) ART.
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Hardy transposed to the frontierBy scratlin (39 reviews) from Bristol , 03 Mar 2009Michael Winterbottom's mini epic (in some ways, on the same scale as 'There Will Be Blood', and dealing with similar themes) based on Hardy's 'The Mayor of Casterbridge'. Beautifully shot, and well acted with an eclectic cast (Peter Mullen of 'My Name is Joe' rubbing shoulders with Milla Jovovich - in her best role yet in my opinion - rubbing shoulders with Natassja Kinski. Winterbottom's trademark documentary style (mercifully side stepping the 'shaky camera work makes it more real' school of thinking) adds levels of realism which, when combined with truly breathtaking footage of the stark scenery, perfectly captures the heartbreaking drama of Hardy's story.
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INTERESTINGBy a customer from LONDON , 02 May 2007I LIKED IT BETTER THEN THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE FILM .
A VERY GOOD CAST AND WELL PLAYED
Cold MountingBy Alfod (115 reviews) from Walsall , 26 Oct 2005British director Michael Winterbottom made this between With or Without You and 24 Hour Party People, Thomas Hardy's story The Mayor of Casterbridge transplanted to America circa the Goldrush. Assembling an impressive cast which features Peter Mullan, Sarah Polley, Wes Bentley and Milla Jovovitch, Winterbottom has crafted another absorbing movie, the Canadian and Coloradan vistas he presents us with nothing less than awe-inspiring. Scripted by regular Winterbottom collaborator Frank Cottrell Boyce, once the (all fully-rounded) characters are established, the compelling storyline holds your attention even if you're familiar with the hardy Hardy original. Sarah Polley should have been Oscar nominated for her work as Hope and as ensemble casts go i've rarely seen better. The construction of the American railroads forms a backdrop to the main story; the arrival in pioneer township Kingdom Come by Elena Burn (Nastassja Kinsky) and her daughter Hope. Having hitched a ride with representatives of the railroad constructors (lead by Wes Bentley) they set up home in the township. Its founding father Daniel Dillon (Mullan), whose mistress is brothel-keeper Lucia (Jovovich) discovers that the new arrivals are the wife and child he exchanged for a small amount of gold while Hope was still a baby. Beautifully shot and never less than interesting (as well as a touch bawdy), this is worth seeking out.
a fantastic introduction to Thomas HardyBy a customer from the New Forest , 25 Oct 2005this is a simplified version of the mayor of castorbridge which introduced me to the greatness of hardy's story telling ability
Not for usBy crispin40 (562 reviews) from Stirling, Scotland , 07 Aug 2005I'm afraid this didn't pass the 10 minute boredom test so we gave up on it.
What we saw seemed to be overacted scenes of gratuitous sex and violence in a pseudo period setting. There was nothing in the characters that were introduced to us to convince us that we wanted to get to know more about them or learn more of their stories - past or present. Sometimes films don't fit the mood - it might rate a 4 or 5 star rating for other people but not for us.