Alas there hasn’t been much notable movie watching lately at the Classical Bookworm home theatre (to use the term extremely loosely). A couple of weeks ago I did see a very good film about Polish pianist Wladislaw Szpilman. The Pianist is set in Warsaw around the time of World War II and chronicles his familys experiences as Jews under Nazi rule and his struggle to survive during the occupation, bombing, and levelling of Warsaw. It is not an adventure story nor a sentimental hero’s tale; it is an extremely well-played character study and real human story. It’s a beautifully made film.
Did anyone else watch the new “Masterpiece Classic” version of Wuthering Heights? I confess that I still have not read the book, though I have the general idea. I can’t say whether the production was true to the book, but I thought Tom Hardy (any relation?) did a fantastic job of playing Heathcliff as a man beaten down by life and slave to an powerful and eternal passion for Cathy Earnshaw. He looked the part, and the slightest flicker of his eyes spoke volumes. I must see what else he has done because he is an extraordinary actor. You could see the tenderness underneath the violence. His primal scream when he learned of Cathy’s death was astounding. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s worth watching just to see that.
So, seen any good movies lately?