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8.556696 - CINEMA CLASSICS 2003



“Find Your Voice” … “Every Moment Is Another Chance”


[1] 8 MILE (2002)

Director:  Curtis Hanson

Cast:  Eminem (Jimmy), Kim Basinger (Stephanie), Mekhi Phifer (Future), Brittany Murphy (Alex), Evan Jones (Cheddar Bob)

Story:  The people of Detroit know 8 Mile as the city limit, a border, a boundary. It is also a psychological dividing line that separates Jimmy Smith Jr. from where and who he wants to be. 8 Mile is a fictional examination of a critical week in Jimmy’s life. Rapper Eminem stars in his first leading movie role.

Music:  ‘Flight of the Bumble Bee’ from The Tale of Tsar Saltan by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov

“His Life was an Empty Page. Then He Wrote to Boy in Africa”


[2] ABOUT SCHMIDT (2002)

Director:  Alexander Payne

Cast:  Jack Nicholson (Warren Schmidt), Hope Davis (Jeannie Schimdt), Dermot Mulroney (Randall Hertzel), Kathy Bates (Roberta Hertzel)

Story:  Warren Schmidt, a man in his 60s feels all at loss when he faces retirement.  Shortly afterwards his wife passes away and he must come to terms with his daughter’s marriage to a man of whom he does not approve. He realizes that his own life has been a failure.

Music:  Gnossienne No.4 by Erik Satie

“The True Story of a Real Fake”


[3] CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (2002)

Director:  Steven Spielberg

Cast:  Leonardo DiCaprio (Frank Abagnale Jr), Tom Hanks (Carl Hanratty), Christopher Walken (Frank Abagnale Sr), Martin Sheen (Roger Strong)

Story:  Based on the true story of con artist Frank Abagnale Jr. who managed to pass himself off as an airline pilot, doctor, assistant attorney general and history professor. He also cashed  in more than US$ 2 million in fraudulent cheques, before being finally tracked down and apprehended by FBI agent Hanratty.

Music:  2nd movement from Piano Concerto No.11 by Franz Joseph Haydn

“A Generation’s Final Journey … Begins”



Director:  Stuart Baird

Cast:  Patrick Stewart (Starfleet Commander Jean-Luc Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Commander/Captain William T. Ryker), Brent Spiner (Data T4), LeVar Burton (Lt. Commander Georgi La Forge), Michael Dorn (Lt. Commander Worf)

Story:  Picard and his crew of the Enterprise are deflected to the planet Romulus, supposedly to negotiate peace with the Romulans. It is soon obvious, however, that the Romulans have no thoughts of peace – they are planning an attack on Earth.

Music:  Cançons i danses No. 6 by Federico Mompou

”The Days Are Numbered”


[5] 28 DAYS LATER (2002)

Director:  Danny Boyle

Cast:  Cillian Murphy (Jim), Naomie Harris (Selena), Megan Burns (Hannah), Brendan Gleeson (Frank), Christopher Eccleston (Maj. Henry West)

Story:   A potent virus escapes from a British research laboratory. It kills in seconds and is transmitted in a drop of blood. After the 28 days of the movie’s title a handful of survivors set out to save the human race from total extinction.

Music:  Ave Maria by Charles Gounod, adapted from J.S.Bach’s Well-tempered Klavier

“When you are searching for a killer … the last suspect you want to see is your son”


[6] CITY BY THE SEA (2002)

Director:  Michael Caton-Jones

Cast:  Robert de Niro (Detective Vincent La Marca), Frances McDormand

(Michelle), James Franco (Joseph ‘Joey’ Nova), Eliza Dushku (Gina), William Forsythe (Spyder), George Dzundza (Reg Duffy)

Story:  After his divorce Detective Vincent La Marca leaves Long Island for a distinguished career with the New York Police Department. His devotion to the cause and his incorruptibility are well known but they are both put to the test when in a murder case everything points to his son, with whom he has not been able to maintain a working relationship.

Music:  Prelude in D flat major, Op.28, No.15, ‘Raindrop’ by Fryderyk Chopin

“Love is here to stay … so is her family”



Director:  Joel Zwick

Cast:  Nia Vardalos (Toula Portokalos), Michael Constantine (Gus Portokalos), Lainie Kazan (Maria Portokalos), John Cornett (Ian Miller)

Story:  Toula Portokalos is Greek and works in the family’s restaurant, Dancing Zorba’s. All her father wants is for her to marry a nice Greek boy. But Toula falls in love with a high school teacher, Ian. and they date secretly before telling her father. Some adjustments have to be made: Gus has to live with having a non-Greek for a son-in-law and Ian has to get used to Toula’s family which is huge. 

Music:  Wiener Blut by Johann Strauss II

“Born into wealth. Groomed by the elite. Trained for combat”



Director:  Simon West

Cast:  Angelina Jolie (Lara Croft), Jon Voight (Lord Richard Croft), Iain Glen (Manfred Powell), Noah Taylor (Bryce), Daniel Craig (Alex West)

Story:  The heroine of a popular video games series, Lara Croft, comes to life in this movie. She is a wealthy tomb raider/archaeologist forever in search of treasures and artifacts in ancient tombs and ruins. Like a female Indiana Jones she sets to outwit a secret society bent on acquiring supreme power over the world.

Music:  2nd movement from Piano Concerto No.5, BWV1056, by Johann Sebastian Bach

“Attitude Meets Espionage”


[9] I SPY (2002)

Director:  Betty Thomas

Cast:  Eddie Murphy (Kelly), Owen Wilson (Alex), Famke Janssen (Rachel), Malcolm MacDowell (Gundars), Gary Cole (Carlos), Phill Lewis (Jerry)

Story:  A prototype fighter plane is stolen from the US Government and top spy Alex Scott is sent to bring it back. A wealthy weapons dealer, Arnold Gundars, is the prime suspect. To get close to him Alex is joined by Kelly Robinson, a boxing champion who counts Gundars among his most fervent fans and has a fight scheduled for the city where he is keeping the plane.

Music:  Hungarian Dance No.5 by Johannes Brahms

“Fate Has Found Its Hero”


[10] K-19 THE WIDOWMAKER (2002)

Director:  Kathryn Bigelow

Cast:  Harrison Ford (Alexei Vostrikov), Liam Neeson (Mikhail Polenin), Joss Ackland (Marshal Zelentsov), John Shrapnel (Admiral Bratyeev)

Story:  This is the story, set in 1961, of the maiden voyage of Russia’s first nuclear submarine and how it malfunctions, risking not only the lives of the crew but also a major nuclear disaster on the scale of Chernobyl. Captain Alexei Vostrikov and his crew race against time.

Music:  1st movement from Piano Sonata No.14 ‘Moonlight’ by Ludwig van Beethoven

“27,000 Nuclear Weapons. One Is Missing”

[11] THE SUM OF ALL FEARS (2002)

Director:  Phil Alden Robinson

Cast:  Ben Affleck (Jack Ryan), Morgan Freeman (DCI William Cabot), James Cromwell (President Fowler), Ken Jenkins (Adm. Pollack), Liev Schreiber (John Clark)

Story:  When the Russian president unexpectedly dies and is succeeded by someone whose politics are virtually unknown, panic strikes American CIA officials. CIA director William Cabot recruits young analyst Jack Ryan to advise on the situation. Then without warning a nuclear bomb detonates in a US city and everybody blames the Russians, but behind it all are terrorists. The movie is based on yet another novel by Tom Clancy, featuring Jack Ryan.

Music:  ‘Nessun dorma’ from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini

“Music was his passion. Survival was his masterpiece”


[12] THE PIANIST (2002)

Director:  Roman Polanski

Cast:  Adrien Brody (Wladyslaw Szpilman), Emilia Fox (Dorota), Michal Zebrowski (Jurek), Ed Stoppard (Henryk), Maureen Lipman (Mother), Frank Faylen (Father)

Story:  This movie is based on Wladyslaw Szpilman’s memoirs and shows him as a brilliant pianist. Being a Polish Jew he witnesses the restrictions the Nazis place on Jews in the Warsaw ghetto. When his family is rounded up to be sent off to the Treblinka concentration camp, he manages to escape deportation by living in the ruins of Warsaw.

Music:  Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23, by Fryderyk Chopin

“It’s you and Liam, against the world”


[13] SWEET SIXTEEN (2002)

Director:  Ken Loach

Cast:  Martin Compston (Liam), Annmarie Fulton (Chantelle), William Ruane (Pinball), Michelle Abercromby (Suzanne), Michelle Coulter (Jean)

Story:  Determined to have a normal family life when his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise money for a home. Another masterpiece of everyday realism from Ken Loach, director of ‘Kes’, ‘Bread and Roses’, ‘My Name is Joe’, ‘Carla’s Song’ and many others

Music:  ‘Der Hölle Rache’ from Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“He saw the world in a way no one could have imagined”


[14] A BEAUTIFUL MIND (2001)

Director:  Ron Howard

Cast:  Russell Crowe (John F. Nash), Ed Harris (William Parcher), Jennifer Connelly (Alicia Larde), Christopher Plummer (Dr. Rosen), Paul Bettany (Charles Herman)

Story:  This is a biography of John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathematics genius able to solve problems that baffled the greatest of minds. Also how he managed to overcome bouts of schizophrenia to crown his career by receiving the Nobel Prize.

Music:  1st movement from Piano Sonata No.11, K.331, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Notes by Lars Johansson

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