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This week’s theme is depressing movies…
The first film that springs to mind is the truly dreadful The House of Mirth. Despite being based on the classic novel by Edith Wharton, and starring the likes of Gillian Anderson, Anthony LaPaglia, Dan Ackroyd and Eric Stolz, I found myself being increasingly compelled to slash my wrists while I was sitting in that dark cinema. It’s a depressing plot and an over-long film. That’s 2 hours and 20 minutes of my life I will never get back. I’m only glad I got to see it for free (because I worked at the cinema), because otherwise I may have had to go postal on the cinema staff for agreeing to take my money for it!
Dancer in the Dark, however, was depressing but brilliant. Bjork was absolutely dazzling as the young mother whose sight is failing fast. She works hard to save money for a sight-saving operation, not for herself, but for her son, who has the same condition. She offsets the depressing reality of her life by imagining a dream world where everything is a Technicolor musical with her as the star. Also starring the wonderful Catherine Deneuve and a great turn from David Morse – this is one film where I’m quite happy to be depressed!
Another example of a depressing but magnificent film is Schindler’s List. All that death and torment and oppression, along with it being shot almost entirely in black and white (as if to highlight the fact that nothing in life is ever black and white – it’s all shades of grey), is made entirely inspirational by the performances given by the stars. We have both Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes at their very best, as well as the ever-wonderful Ben Kingsley. It really is awesome – all the more so because we know it’s true. It deserved every one of its seven Academy Awards.