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8.556813 - CINEMA CLASSICS 2004

“The GDR lives on – on 79 square metres

“The GDR lives on – on 79 square metres!”

[1] GOODBYE, LENIN! (2003)

Director:  Wolfgang Becker

Cast:  Daniel Brühl (Alexander Kerner), Katrin Saß (Christiane Kerner), Maria Simon (Ariane Kerner), Chulpan Khamatova (Lara), Florian Lukas (Denis), Alexander Beyer (Rainer), Burghart Klaußner (Robert Kerner), Michael Gwisdek (Director Klapprath)

Story:  East Germany, 1989. After the harrowing experience of watching her son being brutally arrested for protesting against the regime, Christiane Kerner falls into a deep coma. When she finally awakes eight months later, the German Democratic Republic is no more. To avoid a relapse, her son tries to create the illusion that nothing has happened. What starts as a simple lie gets more and more complicated, including fake TV programmes, people impersonating government officials and more. But can Daniel keep his mother from realizing that their world is not what it used to be?

Music:  Overture to the opera ‘William Tell’ by Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)


“Some things are not meant to be found”


Director:  Jan De Bont

Cast:  Angelina Jolie (Lara Croft), Gerard Butler (Terry Sheridan), Ciarán Hinds (Jonathan Reiss), Chris Barrie (Hillary), Noah Taylor (Bryce), Djimón Houmsou (Kosa), Til Schweiger (Sean), Simon Yam (Chen Lo)

Story:  Archaeologist and intrepid explorer Lara Croft starts out on a search for an underwater temple which will lead her to the legendary Pandora’s Box. At first she is thwarted by a Chinese crime organization led by Chen Lo who is in league with ruthless criminal Jonathan Reiss who wants to release plague and pestilence from the Box to put all mankind at his feet.

Music:  Flower Duet from the opera ‘Lakmé’ by Léo Delibes (1836-1891)


”The time has come for those who are different to stand united”

[3] X-2 (2003)

Director:  Bryan Singer

Cast:  Patrick Stewart (Professor Charles Xavier), Hugh Jackman (Logan/Wolverine), Ian McKellen (Erik Lensherr/Magneto), Halle Berry (Storm), Famke Janssen (Dr Jean Grey), James Marsden (Scott Summers), Rebecca Rominj-Stamos (Mystique/Raven Darkholme), Brian Cox (William Stryker), Alan Cumming (Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler)

Story:  An attempted murder of the President of the United States is the starting point of a new war between humans and mutants. Now is the time for all mutants to close ranks against a common enemy. He is General William Stryker who aims to eradicate them all. His methods are relentless and include an attack on Professor Xavier’s school. Magneto forms an unlikely alliance with the Professor to put an end to Stryker’s plans.

Music:  Romance from Eine kleine Nachtmusik by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)


“He Knows No Fear. He Knows No Danger. He Knows Nothing”


Director:  Peter Howitt

Cast:  Rowan Atkinson (Johnny English), John Malkovich (Pascal Sauvage), Natalie Imbruglia (Lorna Campbell), Ben Miller (Bough), Douglas McFerran (Vendetta), Tim Pigott-Smith (Pegasus)

Story:  When the English Crown Jewels are being stolen by dastardly French master criminal Pascal Sauvage and there is also the threat of abducting the Queen’s throne, it is time for special agent Johnny English to step in. At his disposal is an arsenal of technical gadgets to put James Bond himself to shame. After several near tailspins all ends well and Johnny even wins the love of double agent Lorna Campbell into the bargain.

Music:  ‘Zadok the Priest’ by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)


”An ordinary high school day. Except that it’s not”

5 ELEPHANT (2003)

Director:  Gus Van Sant

Cast:  Alex Frost (Alex), Eric Deulen (Eric), John Robinson (John McGarland), Elias McConnell (Elias), Jordan Taylor (Jordan), Carrie Finklea (Carrie), Nicole George (Nicole), Brittany Mountain (Brittany)

Story:  The stars here are actual high school students and we watch them go round their everyday chores, class work and sports, falling in and out of love. It is a myriad of small things uniquely well observed at a distance. This is very much the time of life where everything can change from light to darkness in an instant. All the while you have an uneasy feeling that something terrible will happen. And one day it does.

Music:  Adagio (1st movement) from ‘Moonlight Sonata’ by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)


“Trials are too important to be decided by juries”

[6] RUNAWAY JURY (2003)

Director: Gary Fleder

Cast:  John Cusack (Nicholas Easter), Gene Hackman (Rankin Fitch), Dustin Hoffman (Wendell Rohr), Rachel Weisz (Marlee), Bruce Davison (Durwood Cable), Bruce McGill (Judge Harkin), Jeremy Piven (Lawrence Green)

Story:  A young widow in New Orleans brings a multi-million-dollar civil suit against a big company, which she finds responsible for her husband’s death. But it is a trial that can be won before it has started, simply by manipulating the choice of jury. Rankin Fitch is the jury consultant who knows all about this and will stop at nothing to get his way. He wages a battle, no holds barred with juror Nicholas Easter and Wendell Rohr, an idealistic lawyer putting a passionate case for the widow.

Music:  Habanera from the opera ‘Carmen’ by Georges Bizet (1838-1875)


“Prepare to be blown out of the water”


Director:  Gore Verbinsky

Cast:  Johnny Depp (Jack Sparrow), Geoffrey Rush (Barbossa), Orlando Bloom (Will Turner), Keira Knightley (Elizabeth Swann), Jack Davenport (Norrington), Jonathan Pryce (Governor Weatherby Swann), Lee Arenberg (Pintel)

Story:  This is a swashbuckler movie much in the same vein as those Errol Flynn used to star in. The era is the time when villainous pirates ruled the Caribbean seas, waters where merchant ships sailed at their own peril. The story is one of the rivalry between two pirate captains, with Jack Sparrow on the trail of the flamboyant Captain Barbossa, trying to recover his ship, The Black Pearl from him. To his aid comes young blacksmith Will Turner who hopes to win the hand of fair Elizabeth Swann over the worthy but dull officer her father has in mind for her.

Music:  Larghetto (3rd movement) from Concerto Grosso Op.6, No.12 by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)


“Feel the love”


Director:  Peter Segal

Cast:  Adam Sandler (Dave Buznik), Jack Nicholson (Dr Buddy Rydell), Marisa Tomei (Linda), John Turturro (Chuck), Luis Guzmán (Lou), Jonathan Loughran (Nate), Kurt Fuller (Frank Head), Krista Allen (Stacy)

Story:  After a silly misunderstanding over a headset aboard an airplane when everything careers completely out of control, diffident businessman Dave Buznik is ordered by a court to undergo anger management therapy by specialist Dr Bobby Rydell, whom he had in fact met on the airplane where it all started. Dr Rydell’s highly radical methods include moving in with Buznik who must finally decide to speak up for himself or go back to square one.

Music:  ‘I Feel Pretty’ from the musical ‘West Side Story’ by Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)


“This ship is our home. This ship is England”


Director:  Peter Weir

Cast:  Russell Crowe (Capt. Jack Aubrey), Paul Bettany (Dr Stephen Maturin), James D’Arcy (1st Lt Tom Pullings), Edward Woodall (2nd Lt William Mowett), Chris Larkin (Capt. Howard, Royal Marines), Max Benitz (Midshipman Calamy)

Story:  During the Napoleonic Wars a British frigate and a French man-of-war pursue each other off the coast of South America. Master of HMS Surprise is Captain Jack Aubrey, ‘Lucky Jim’ as he is called by his crew who are behind him to a man. There seems to be an element of personal vengeance in his ruthless pursuit of the the French ship. Classical music has a more natural place in this movie than usual, as Captain Aubrey and the ship surgeon Dr Stephen Maturin relax from battles by playing music for violin and cello. Also featured are parts  from  the Mozart Violin Concerto No.3,  the Prelude from the first Cello Suite by J.S. Bach and the Corelli Concerti Grosso Op.6 No.8.

Music:  Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis (excerpt) by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)


“It was the perfect honeymoon ... Until it began”

[10] JUST MARRIED (2003)

Director:  Shawn Levy

Cast:  Ashton Kutcher (Tom), Brittany Murphy (Sarah), Christian Kane (Peter Prentiss), David Moscow (Kyle), Monet Mazur (Lauren), David Rasche (Mr McNerney), Thad Luckinbill (Willie McNerney), David Agranov (Paul McNerney)

Story:  That there is truth in the saying “For better or for worse” is amply demonstrated to Sarah and Tom as they start out on their European honeymoon. Not only do they have to contend with giant cockroaches and eccentric locals, Sarah’s disapproving parents send along her ex-boyfriend, Christian, to make sure that the honeymoon is a disaster and break up the marriage.

Music:  Bridal Chorus from the opera ‘Lohengrin’ by Richard Wagner (1813-1883)


“The ultimate catch has met his match”

[11] DOWN WITH LOVE (2003)

Director:  Peyton Reed

Cast:  Renée Zellweger (Barbara Novak), Ewan McGregor (Catcher Block), Sarah Paulsen (Vikki Hiller), David Hyde Pierce (Peter MacManus), Rachel Dratch (Gladys), Tony Randall (Theodore Banner), Jack Plotnick (Maurice)

Story:  Feminist writer Barbara Novak is recently down from Maine to New York with a book called Down With Love to her name. In it she denounces romance and instructs women to have sex like men and not fall in love. When the book hits the best-seller lists, journalist Catcher Block is assigned to do an exposé on the author but in the end Love blossoms.

Music:  ‘1812’ Overture by Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)


Notes by Lars Johansson

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