terça-feira, janeiro 15, 2019

Ecos from The Graduate (1968)

Em 15 de janeiro de 1968 estreava nos cinemas brasileiros o filme A Primeira Noite de um Homem com direção de Mike Nichols  e trilha da dupla Simon & Garfunkel. 



Mr Robinson find out that Benjamin has come to visit Elaine and threatens to prosecute Benjamin (he was also told the rape story). He takes Elaine out of school to marry family friend, Carl. Benjamin storms the wedding and Elaine runs away with him.

This was a really beautiful film, both visually and emotionally. The topic could have so easily seemed so yucky and seedy, but they handled it delicately. Mike Nichols's direction is wonderful. He got fantastic performances out of all the actors. You keep forgetting that he's one part of the HILARIOUS comedy duo, Nichols and May.

The themes of the film are the lost innocence of youth, and the way youth and "potential" can alienate you from the world. A sort of delayed teen angst is what comes from the story. The scene where he doesn't want to go and see his parents and he stays at the bottom of his pool in a scuba suit just floating to avoid is family.

Dustin Hoffman is perfect as Benjamin. He was convinced that Mike Nichols was looking for a Robert Redford type (in the original novel, Benjamin is described as tall blonde and very American). Mike Nichols said, "Didn't you find the script funny?" Dustin said yes, and Nichols replied, "Well maybe he's Jewish inside." It's the little accents of his performance that stand out. The way he lets out little nervous squeals when he's worried and when he is banging is hands on the church window he just does little focused taps, very neurotic. It goes down a treat.

Anne Bancroft is genius in the role of Mrs Robinson. Everyone from Joan Crawford to Ava Gardner to Jeanne Moreau was tested for the role, but Anne Bancroft simply was Mrs Robinson. The scene in bed where she describes why she got married is very touching. She lets you see just enough vulnerability. She was only 36 when she played the role, but you would never guess. She looks very young at some points and very old at others. She's perfect for Mrs Robinson.

Another sterling performance is Katharine Ross as Mrs Robinson's daughter, Elaine. She's looks just right to be playing the typical kind of "girl next door" character, but she takes it a whole step further than that and makes Elaine very intelligent and sensitive.

The scene at the end is extremely powerful, mainly because she does so little. It's a real lesson, one that I will definitely be taking, in the power in her stillness as an actress. She doesn't have to do a lot to be impactful.

terça-feira, janeiro 08, 2019

Bad Toro Palermo.

Abrindo a tarde do primeiro dia de 2019 — com Ana Lucia Neves em Bad Toro Palermo.

Palermo, Buenos Aires

Thich Nhat Hanh

Preocupar-se é ocupar-se previamente com algo que ainda não está acontecendo. Assim, quando o acontecimento se der, estaremos sem a suficiente e necessária energia para enfrentá-lo, pois a mesma foi desperdiçada antes do tempo. Em outras palavras: se nossa mente está presa a lembranças do passado ou a ideias do futuro, não estamos vivos, mas adormecidos, pois a vida se passa no presente, no aqui e agora.

Uruguay, Colonia del Sacramento.

Uruguay, Colonia del Sacramento.

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