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Film Review: The Notebook

February 23, 2007
Posted by mmarvs in : Films, General
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The Notebook, adapted from Nicholas Spark’s best-selling novel by director Nick Cassavetes and screenwriters Jeremy Leven and Jan Sardi is a love story told by an aging man (James Garner) to a woman suffering from dementia (Gena Rowlands, Cassavetes’ mom in real life). The film finally centres around the relationship between the narrator (Garner) and the listener (Rowlands).

The Notebook follows the lives of two North Carolina teens from very different worlds: Noah, a poor labourer boy, and Allie, a rich girl. That doesn’t stop them from spending an incredible summer together before they are separated, first by her parents and then by WWII.

The film unfolds in two time frames featuring the same characters. In the modern day scenes Noah is played by James Garner and Allie by Gena Rowlands. In the sequences that transpire around WWII, the leads are Ryan Goslin and Rachel McAdams.It’s a classic love story but it’s entertaining, beautiful and passionate. Two strong characters that make us think they are not meant to be together. The best of the film is the reason why the notebook was written. The film has a nice ending.

In my opinion this film is easy to follow without subtitles. Ryan and Rachel have beautiful voices but maybe it is a little bit more difficult to understand the two old ones.

Nuria Lagunas García

Film Review: The End of the Affaire

February 23, 2007
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end-of-affaire.jpgThe end of the affair, directed by Neil Jordan, tells a tragical love story set in London during the Second World War. The film, based on a novel by Graham Green, is starred by Ralph Fiennes, who played the part of a writer in love, and Julianne Moore, a married woman who acted the role of his lover.

From my point of view, the plot is quite good because it’s not the classical love story, it explains an unusual love triangle formed by a husband addicted to work and incapable of showing his true feelings to his wife, a woman tired of feeling lonely and a jealous and passionate writer. I think that the relationships among this three people are very surprising, above all at the end part.

Of course, love is the main topic in the film. As I see it, Neil Jordan focuses the plot on the battle between the affair of the main characters (human love) and the potential existence of miracles (divine love). The result is a deep analysis of human feelings about loving and believing.

It seems to me a great film because of the psychological treatment of the people and the development of the facts. That’s the reason why you cannot see it only once! 

María Rodríguez Gil
Ciclo elemental - Inglés

Book Review: Last Exit to Brooklyn

February 23, 2007
Posted by mmarvs in : Books, General
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last-exit.jpgLast Exit to Brooklyn is a classic postwar American novel. It was written by Hubert  Selby’s, Jr. who was born in Brooklyn in 1928. Last Exit to Brooklyn  was his first writing and it was originally published in 1964. 

Selby’s first work is a searing portrait of the powerless, the homeless, the dispossessed  which is as fiercely and frighteningly apposite today as it was when first published more than forty years ago. 

Last Exit to Brooklyn ties together six short stories, examining low-life misfits who are affected by the ongoing strike at the local metals factory. It is an extraordinary achievement, a vision of hell so stern it cannot  be laughed at or brushed aside. It depicts the beauty created out of the tortured darkness of our soul. It is one of the really great Works of fiction about the underground laberynth of the American cities. 

Uli Edel’s film version of the book, made in 1989 and released in 1990, did not stick around for long and has been fairly difficult to see ever since. 

Mr. Selby has since written four other novels, The Room, The Demon, Requiem for a Dream, The Willow Tree and a collection of short stories, Song of the Silent Snow. He lives in
Los Angeles.
 

Heliodoro Gutiérrez