Year of Release: 2000
Director: Julian Schnabel
Approx. Running Time: 133 minutes
My Rating: 1 star (Out of 5)
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From Back Cover:
-Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
One of the most universally acclaimed films of the year, Before Night Falls appears on over 75 "Ten Best" lists and features Academy Award nominee Javier Bardem in a "mesmerizing and inspired performance!" (Rex Reed, New York Observer)
Julian Schnabel (Basquiat) directs this incredible journey through the life and work of the late Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas. Victimized by a government that banned his books and jailed him for a crime he didn't commit, Reinaldo endured unspeakable persecution and oppression. Without a country but not without integrity, he fled to America where he continued to fight for personal expression and produced a stirring body of work.
Featuring a dual performance by Johnny Depp, Before Night Falls is a tribute to the liberating power of art...and one man's undying passion for life.
-Guy Flatley, Interview
I wanted to like this movie, I really did. I mean, it's got Johnny Depp playing not one, but TWO different characters and also has Olivier Martinez - two very attractive men and I do love my eye candy, but damn was I bored to death in this one. It drags on and on, the cinematography - which I suppose is meant to look gritty - just looks poorly done and I don't know enough about the subject (Reinaldo Arenas) to give a damn.
Rated R (MPAA)
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