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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

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Nelson Mandela’s life story is told with this Justin Chadwick-directed adaptation of the once-imprisoned South African leader’s autobiography. William Nicholson provides the script, with Idris Alba and Naomie Harris heading up the cast.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is a biographical film directed by Justin Chadwick and scripted by William Nicholson. The film is based on the 1994 book Long Walk to Freedom by anti-apartheid revolutionary and former South African President Nelson Mandela. The film is scheduled to premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in September, before being released on November 29, 2013. It stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is a South African film based on Long Walk to Freedom, the 1995 autobiography by Nelson Mandela, a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician. Producer Anant Singh started working on the project after interviewing Mandela while he was still imprisoned two decades ago. Following the publication of Mandela’s autobiography, Singh was granted the rights to the film adaptation, which was completed 16 years later by screenwriter William Nicholson. The film is directed by Justin Chadwick.

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Directed by: Justin Chadwick
Starring: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto, Robert Hobbs, Grant Swanby, Terry Pheto
Screenplay by: William Nicholson
Production Design by: Johnny Breedt
Cinematography by: Lol Crawley
Film Editing by: Rick Russell
Costume Design by: Diana Cilliers, Ruy Filipe
Set Decoration by: Fred Du Preez, Melinda Launspach, Mandla Mathenjwa
Music by: Alex Heffes
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence and disturbing images, sexual content and brief strong language.
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Release Date: November 29, 2013

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The Butler

The Butler Movie

The film revolves around the true story of an African-American butler who served at the White House. The film is based off the story A Butler Well Served By This Election, written by Wil Haygood. The story revolved around Eugene Allen, who was a Presidential butler from 1952 to 1986, and is paralleled with the election of Barack Obama.

Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of 20th century America, Academy Award® nominated director Lee Daniels’ (Precious) epic drama The Butler tells the story of Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), an African American butler who serves at the White House during seven presidential administrations between 1957 and 1986.

Inspired by Wil Haygood’s 2008 Washington Post article “A Butler Well Served by This Election” about the real life of former White House butler Eugene Allen, LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER traces the dramatic civil rights struggles that ultimately made it possible for an African American to rise to the highest position in the White House with the election of Barack Obama in 2008.

Opening in the fiercely segregated South in 1926, young Cecil Gaines works with his family in the cotton fields of Macon, GA. The tragic death of his father at the hands of his employer opens up unexpected opportunities for a young and impressionable Cecil, who is then taught the duties of a house servant under the critical eye of the plantation’s white matriarch. Armed with these new skills and concerned for his own life, Cecil sets out for a better life as a young man.

Struggling outside of the confines of the plantation, an act of desperation introduces Cecil to a much-needed father figure, who provides guidance and a job at a local hotel. Thriving under his tutelage, Cecil is encouraged to move to Washington, DC, to take a position at an elite hotel. Excelling there, Cecil is noticed by a White House administrator, who gives him the chance of a lifetime: a job as a butler at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, insuring a comfortable middle-class life for Cecil’s wife Gloria (Oscar® nominee Oprah Winfrey) and sons Louis (David Oyelowo) and Charlie (Elijah Kelley), far from the cotton fields of the South.

While Presidents come and go, from Eisenhower through Reagan, Cecil and the rest of the butler staff remain, serving in the background as firsthand but silent witnesses to history and the inner workings of the Oval Office while the civil rights movement unfolds. Regardless of his personal opinions, Cecil remains fiercely committed to his duties at the White House, but tensions grow at home as his sons become affected by the social and political upheaval that characterized the 1960s and 70s.

Louis chooses to attend college in the South so that he may become an active part of the burgeoning civil rights movement, participating in department store sit-ins and freedom rides – putting him in physical danger and widening his rift with Cecil. Charlie instead elects to work for change from within, enlisting to fight for his country in Vietnam. Facing these disruptions to her family, as well as Cecil’s neglect as he tends to his First Family, Gloria turns to alcohol and the embrace of a neighbor. As he grapples with his family’s actions and his own conscience, Cecil finds himself at the crossroads of previously unimaginable social change.

Through the eyes and emotions of the Gaines family, Daniels’ film follows the changing tides of American politics and race relations; from the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, to the Freedom Riders and Black Panther movements, to the war in Vietnam and the Watergate scandal, Cecil experiences the effects of these events as both an insider and a family man. Drawn into conflict with his headstrong sons, eager to forge their own paths in a rapidly transforming world, Cecil’s story is as universal as it is extraordinary, speaking to the way each generation attempts to define the American Dream.

With an incredible supporting cast that includes Yaya Alafia, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Elijah Kelley, Minka Kelly, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber and Robin Williams, LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER is a story about the resilience of one man, the growth of a nation, and the power of family.

About the Production

In 2008, during the weeks leading up to the historic election of Barack Obama, The Washington Post writer and former foreign correspondent Wil Haygood made a mission for himself: to find an African American who had worked in the White House and witnessed the Civil Rights movement from behind the scenes. After countless phone calls, Haygood discovered the person he was looking for right under his nose in Washington, DC. His name was Eugene Allen, he was 89 years old, and he had served under eight presidents from the 1950s through the 1980s. Meeting with Allen and his wife Helene for a number of hours, the writer was able to profile a man whose firsthand access to some of the nation’s most pivotal events – and the men in power behind them – was unprecedented.

Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal originally read the interview with Allen in the Washington Post and brought the material to the attention of producer Laura Ziskin. The Post ran the story on the Friday following Obama’s victory. Ziskin, the powerhouse behind such hits as PRETTY WOMAN, AS GOOD AS IT GETS, and the SPIDER-MAN franchise, immediately agreed that Allen’s story had extraordinary potential to be made into an epic film. Despite being approached by several other producers about the rights to Allen’s story, Haygood was convinced that ZIskin’s passion and vision for the project were unmatched and agreed that they should get the ball rolling on making the film as soon as possible.

Sony optioned rights to the project, with screenwriter Danny Strong – most recently the writer of HBO’s critically acclaimed film GAME CHANGE – in charge of creating a fictional story inspired by Haygood’s article. Ultimately Sony chose to not move forward with the film. This left Ziskin, whose passion for the project was unfailing, to return to the drawing board and round up funding independently. In hunting down potential investors, Ziskin looked to approach business people and film enthusiasts who were particularly dedicated to arts projects with a social message, like BET co founder Sheila Johnson. Eventually, others such as Michael Finley and Buddy Patrick came on board. Ultimately, it would take a village to get this movie off the ground with several different financing entities committing to bring this project to the finish line, also including Earl Stafford, Harry I. Martin, Jr., Charles Saveur Bonan, Film Partners and Al Film.

Ziskin had her eye on Lee Daniels to direct the project, who was fresh from his tremendous success with the Oscar-winning PRECIOUS. When the film that Daniels was attached to at the time, SELMA, ended up not getting off the ground, he was able to sign on with Ziskin instead. His expertise in the independent film world also proved helpful in raising money for the production. Daniels and Ziskin along with her producing partner, Pam Williams, worked closely together developing the project, even as she became more and more ill with cancer. With Ziskin’s sad and untimely death in June 2011, Williams took the reins on getting the rest of the film in place.

Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey were next to sign on in the lead roles of Cecil and Gloria Gaines. David Oyelowo, who worked with Daniels in THE PAPERBOY, also signed on to play Louis, their headstrong activist son. Soon came a list of confirmed all-star talent, including Yaya Alafia, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Elijah Kelley, Minka Kelly, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber and Robin Williams.

Many of the actors signed on with such a love for the project, they agreed to accept far less pay than usual; some even were willing to cancel previous engagements and tour dates to take part in the filming. Daniels shot the film in New Orleans, during the summer of 2012, over the course of 41 days – a relatively tight period of time considering the historical scope of the production and the size of its cast. In September of that year, while still in production, The Weinstein Company acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.

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The Butler

Directed by: Lee Daniels
Starring: Forest Whitaker, David Banner, Michael Rainey Jr., LaJessie Smith, Mariah Carey
Screenplay by: Danny Strong, Wil Haygood
Production Design by: Tim Galvin
Cinematography by: Andrew Dunn
Film Editing by: Brian A. Kates, Joe Klotz
Costume Design by: Ruth E. Carter
Set Decoration by: Diane Lederman
Music by: Rodrigo Leão
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence and disturbing images, language, sexual material, thematic elements and smoking.
Release Date: August 16, 2013

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Haute Cuisine

Haute Cuisine Movie

Taglines: He runs the country. She runs the kitchen. Together they serve with excellence.

Hortense Laborie is a celebrated chef living in the Perigord region. To her great surprise, the President of the Republic appoints her as his personal cook. She accepts reluctantly but once she has accepted her nomination, Hortense works her heart and soul to produce both a stylish and authentic cuisine. For a while, she manages to impose herself thanks to her sturdy character and despite the jealousies she arouses among the other chefs. For a while only, unfortunately for her and for… the President.

Haute Cuisine is a French comedy-drama film based on the true story of Danièle Mazet-Delpeuch and how she was appointed as the private chef for François Mitterrand. The original French title is Les Saveurs du Palais.

Hortense Laborie (Catherine Frot), a renowned chef from Périgord, is astonished when the President of the Republic (Jean d’Ormesson) appoints her his personal cook, responsible for creating all his meals at the Élysée Palace. Despite jealous resentment from the other kitchen staff, Hortense quickly establishes herself, thanks to her indomitable spirit. The authenticity of her cooking soon seduces the President, but the corridors of power are littered with traps…

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Haute Cuisine

Directed by: Christian Vincent
Starring: Catherine Frot, Arthur Dupont, Jean d’Ormesson, Hippolyte Girardot, Jean-Marc Roulot
Screenplay by: Etienne Comar, Christian Vincent
Production Design by: Patrick Durand
Cinematography by: Laurent Dailland
Film Editing by: Monica Coleman
Costume Design by: Fabienne Katany
Art Direction by: Fanny Stauff
Music by: Gabriel Yared
Music by: Gabriel Yared
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language.

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Unfinished Song – Song for Marion

Unfinished Song - Song for Marion

Taglines: Open your heart. Find your voice.

Arthur Harris is the grumpy husband of Marion, who is terminally ill yet continues to participate with enthusiasm at her local seniors’ choir. Arthur is unimpressed when the choir, led by mistress Elizabeth, serenades the couple at their home. As Marion’s health deteriorates, Arthur is keen to please his dying wife and even agrees to take her place in the choir. The transition proves to be trying for Arthur thanks to the unconventional songbook that includes racier songs such as “Let’s Talk About Sex”. Arthur’s experience in this new social environment will take him on a journey of self-discovery and thaw his bitterness, qualities that he will need in his imminent transition to life without Marion.

The funny and uplifting story of Arthur (Terence Stamp), a curmudgeon old soul perfectly content with sticking to his dull daily routine until his beloved wife (Vanessa Redgrave) introduces him to a spirited local singing group led by the youthful and charming Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton). This unexpected friendship and his discovery of music revitalizes Arthur’s passion for new adventures and shows us all life should be celebrated at any age.

Song for Marion (released in the United States as Unfinished Song) is a British-German comedy-drama film written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams and starring Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston, and Vanessa Redgrave. The film was nominated for three awards—Best Actor, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress—at the 2012 British Independent Film Awards.

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Song for Marion

Directed by: Paul Andrew Williams
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston, Vanessa Redgrave, Terence Stamp, Anne Reid
Screenplay by: Paul Andrew Williams
Production Design by: Sophie Becher
Cinematography by: Carlos Catalán
Film Editing by: Dan Farrell
Costume Design by: Jo Thompson
Set Decoration by: Stella Fox
Music by: Laura Rossi
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexual references and rude gestures.
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Release Date: June 21, 2013

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Populaire

Populaire Movie

Populaire is a French romantic comedy-drama film directed by Régis Roinsard. It was co-written by Roinsard, Daniel Presley and Romain Compingt. Populaire was released in France on 28 November 2012. The film’s title is taken from the name of the typewriter (Japy Populaire) used in the film. Populaire tells the story of Rose Pamphyle (Déborah François), who is trained by Louis Échard (Romain Duris) to become the fastest typist in the world through winning the 1959 international speed typing contest in New York City.

Spring, 1958: 21-year-old Rose Pamphyle lives with her grouchy widower father who runs the village store. Engaged to the son of the local mechanic, she seems destined for the quiet, drudgery-filled life of a housewife. But that’s not the life Rose longs for. When she travels to Lisieux in Normandy, where charismatic insurance agency boss Louis Echard is advertising for a secretary, the ensuing interview is a disaster. But Rose reveals a special gift – she can type at extraordinary speed.

Unwittingly, the young woman awakens the dormant sports fan in Louis. If she wants the job she’ll have to compete in a speed typing competition. Whatever sacrifices Rose must make to reach the top, Louis declares himself her trainer. He’ll turn her into the fastest girl not only in the country, but in the world! But a love of sport doesn’t always mix well with love itself.

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Roinsard was planning to cast an unknown actress in the lead role of Rose Pamphyle, but chose Belgian actress Déborah François after she impressed him in her audition. After asking her father to find a typewriter for her, François practised for a week before the audition. She told Georgia Dehn from The Daily Telegraph, “I was so fast at the audition that everyone watching asked whether I had done it much before. Of course I didn’t admit to practising. I told them, ‘I’m just really motivated, I really want the part, I’m ready for competition.'”

François believed that she connected with Rose as soon as she finished reading the script. She loved Rose’s clumsiness and thought she was a bit like herself. François underwent six months of professional typing coaching before filming commenced. She had to practice for up to three hours every day. The actress explained that as they wanted it to be real, nothing is sped up in the film and her hands are featured in every scene.

Romain Duris was cast as Louis Échard. Duris was initially concerned about whether the costumes and style would take over causing the film to be stuck in the past. He said he needed the film to feel live and real. The actor watched several films starring Cary Grant and James Stewart as well as French classics directed by Marcel Carne and Claude Chabrol to see the differences between the provinces and Paris and the ways in which people behaved and spoke in the 1950s.

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Costume Design

Costume designer Charlotte David created and designed many of the clothes for the film. David previously created costumes for OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, which was also set in France in the fifties. Laure Guilbault from Women’s Wear Daily reported that the look of Populaire was inspired by Funny Face, The Seven Year Itch and Alfred Hitchcock films.

François revealed that she gave her own input for the costumes, saying “I loved being involved in the creation of costumes. I could say that these suspenders should be thinner, or this skirt should be worn with an extra petticoat, or have a bow added.” David thought the right lingerie was crucial to the look and pointy bras, girdles and bodices were used to underpin the silhouettes. Some of the lingerie was made by Parisian corsetry house Cadolle.

As Rose is “a young provincial woman”, she often wears pretty dresses, while Bejo’s character Marie, who is married to an American man, has a casual early Sixties look. David explained that she wanted Marie to be a modern woman and she found printed fabrics for her costumes at De Gilles, a fabric shop in Paris, which she used to make short pants. She then completed the look with silk knit jerseys, ballet shoes, headbands and tight cardigans. Lelia Delval, the hairstylist for Populaire, gave Bejo a red wig to wear, which the actress liked so much, she dyed her real hair red for her next film. The men wore tailor-made suits and tie clips. Duris’ character Louis sports a vintage Jaeger-LeCoultre watch.

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Music

The musical score of the film was written by French artists Rob and Emmanuel d’Orlando. The soundtrack also uses pre-existing music tracks. It was released on 28 November 2012.[8] Roinsard decided to use music from three years before and after the year in which the film takes place. When choosing the pre-existing music, Roinsard combined his love of American lounge music, light jazz and ’50s composers with French songs by lesser-known artists such as Jack Ary, Jacqueline Boyer and Les Chaussettes Noires, whose singer Eddy Mitchell appears in the film.

Roinsard thought Rob and Emmanuel d’Orlando’s score added “great emotional impact to the film.” The director was inspired by both ’50s and ’60s recording methods for the score, which was recorded in France. Roinsard added “The end result is close to a musical and I’m delighted since Stanley Donen and Bob Fosse are favorites of mine.”

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Critical Response

Populaire earned €406,295 upon its opening weekend in France. The film opened to 450 theatres and landed at number three in the French box office top ten. As of 28 May 2013, Populaire has grossed $5,315,819 worldwide. Metacritic, which assigns a score of 1–100 to individual film reviews, gave Populaire an average rating of 60 based on four reviews.

Jérôme Vermelin from Metro France commented “Full of charm, this first film by young director Régis Roinsard is carried by an irresistible duo of Romain Duris and Deborah François.” Liz Beardsworth from Empire gave Populaire three stars and wrote “Roinsard keeps control of a film that vacillates between frothy fun and more serious social comment and cleverly uses subplots and supporting characters (including The Artist’s Bérénice Bejo) to touch on weightier themes. Quaint, but charming.”

IndieWire’s Kaleem Aftab awarded the film a B− and stated “With a great cast and sufficient laughs, Populaire could find international audiences, but it’s no Amelie. The orthodox script will not broaden appeal outside the dedicated romcom market and the language barrier may also be a problem for some.” Boyd van Hoeij, writing for Variety, said the film is “a colorful and impeccably styled romantic comedy that manages to turn the speed-typing competitions of the 1950s into entertaining cinematic fodder.” He went on to praise the performances of Duris and François, but thought the story did not quite take any unexpected turns or reveal any deeper emotions.

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Populaire

Directed by: Régis Roinsard
Starring: Romain Duris, Déborah François, Bérénice Bejo, Shaun Benson, Mélanie Bernier
Screenplay by: Régis Roinsard, Daniel Presley, Romain Compingt
Production Design by: Sylvie Olivé
Cinematography by: Guillaume Schiffman
Film Editing by: Laure Gardette, Sophie Reine
Costume Design by: Charlotte David
Set Decoration by: Jimena Esteve
Music by: Robin Coudert, Emmanuel D’Orlando
MPAA Rating: R for a scene of sexuality.
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Release Date: May 17, 2013

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Scary Movie 5

Scary Movie 5 Movie

Taglines: Evil is coming. Bring protection.

Happily-married couple Dan and Jody begin to notice some bizarre activity once they bring their lost nieces and nephew home. But when the chaos expands into Jody’s job as a ballet dancer and Dan’s career as an Ape researcher, they realize their family is being stalked by a nefarious demon. Together, with the advice of a psychic and the aid of numerous surveillance cameras, they must figure out how to get rid of it before it’s too late.

Scary Movie 5 (stylized as SCARY MOVIE) is a 2013 American comedy film and the fifth installment of the Scary Movie franchise. It was distributed by Dimension Films, a division of The Weinstein Company. The film is directed by Malcolm D. Lee and written by David Zucker. It was released on April 12, 2013.

Scary Movie 5 is the first and only installment of the franchise not to feature Cindy Campbell (played by Anna Faris) or Brenda Meeks (Regina Hall). It premiered on April 11 at the Hollywood’s ArcLight Cinerama Dome. The film parodies various horror films and other popular culture such as the novel Fifty Shades of Grey and Tyler Perry’s character Madea.

Despite being panned by most critics, the film was commercially successful, earning over $78 million against its $20 million production budget. It is the lowest grossing installment of the Scary Movie franchise.

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About the Story

Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan get together to make a sex tape with over 20 cameras beside Sheen’s bed. The time-lapsed tape fast forwards through the two doing all sorts of bedroom antics, including gymnastics, riding a horse, and having clowns jump in under the sheets. Sheen is pulled into the air by a paranormal force and thrown against walls, shelves, and doors until he lands on the bed again.

Lohan is frightened so she decides to go home when she flies into the air as well; she becomes possessed and throws him into the camera and kills him. The text explains that Sheen’s body was found that day but he didn’t stop partying until days later, and that his three kids were found missing, Lohan was arrested, again, and a reward was put out for the missing children.

Several months later, Ja’Marcus and D’Andre are walking in the Humboldt County woods in California in search of cannabis plants to steal. After stealing one and fleeing, they take shelter in a cabin in the woods. Upon entering they see three strange creatures, later confirmed to be Sheen’s children, and turn them in for the reward. The feral children are placed in isolation at a child development research center for a few months until they are deemed well enough to be returned to familial custody.

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When Sheen’s brother, Dan Sanders and his wife Jody come to collect them, they are told they can have them if they agree to stay in a large suburban middle-class home fitted with security cameras. Jody is reluctant to take the kids at first but soon adjusts to having them. In an attempt to bond with their new children, Jody auditions for a ballet performance, Swan Lake, and is cast in the lead role as the Swan Queen.

Meanwhile, a continuing pattern of bizarre paranormal activity in their new home makes them investigate further. They eventually learn from the children that the attacks on their home are by “Mama”, the mother of the children, who is under a curse and is trying to get them back so she can sacrifice both herself and the children.

Maria, the couple’s Hispanic live-in maid, is frightened and keeps experimenting with various rituals, Catholic and otherwise, to ward off the evil spirits in the house. During the day, Dan is frustrated with the modest progress of his test subjects at a primate intelligence research facility; ironically, Dan is not bright enough to realize that one of the chimpanzees, Caesar, is now actually much smarter than he is.

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Scary Movie 5

Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee
Starring: Ashley Tisdale, Simon Rex, Erica Ash, Molly Shannon, Heather Locklear, J. P. Manoux, Jerry O’Connell, Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan
Screenplay by: Pat Proft, David Zucker
Production Design by: Clark Hunter
Cinematography by: Steven Douglas Smith
Film Editing by: Sam Seig
Costume Design by: Keith G. Lewis
Art Direction by: Timothy David O’Brien
Music by: James L. Venable
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Release Date: April 12, 2013

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Quartet

Quartet MovieTaglines: Every diva deserves an encore.

Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred are in a home for retired opera singers. Every year, on October 10, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday. Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva, but she refuses to sing. Still, the show must go on… and it does.

Quartet is a British comedy-drama film based on the play Quartet by Ronald Harwood, which ran in London’s West End from September 1999 until January 2000. It was filmed late in 2011 at Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire. The film is actor Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut.

About the Story

The plot takes place in Beecham House, a retirement home for former professional musicians, patterned after the real-life Casa di Riposo per Musicisti founded by Giuseppe Verdi.

Reg, Wilf and Cissy are retired opera singers who often worked together in the past; among other residents are Cedric Livingstone, a former director, and diva Anne Langley. All the guests in the retirement home continue to be engaged in their former professions in one way or the other, including lecturing and initiating young people to music.

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Finances threaten closure of the home but proceeds from a yearly gala concert on Verdi’s birthday hold hope for a continuation of the place. However, Cedric has been rather desperate due to the fact that some of the most prominent singers have either died or decided not to participate at all. Reg, Wilf and Cissy, were in the cast of a very highly rated recording of the opera Rigoletto, which includes a famous quartet for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, and baritone. This version is very prominent amongst opera buffs as THE Rigoletto of the post-war era.

One day, Reg is shocked to find his former wife Jean Horton, the missing soprano of the Rigoletto recording, turning up to live at Beecham House. Reg is angry not to have been warned as their parting was on very sour terms.

At first Jean tries unsuccessfully to mend things with Reg. In the ensuing conversations her infidelity arises, as well as her past marriages, but Reg comes to understand that all that is past. In the meantime, Wilf and Cissy convince Cedric that bringing together those who sang the quartet on the famous recording to sing it again for the Verdi Gala concert will sell enough tickets to save the home. Enchanted with the idea, they convince Reg to overcome his objections to performing with Jean again. However, she is harder to persuade as she vowed never to sing again after retiring.

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Quartet

Directed by: Dustin Hoffman
Starring: Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Sheridan Smith
Screenplay by: Ronald Harwood
Production Design by: Andrew McAlpine
Cinematography by: John de Borman
Film Editing by: Barney Pilling
Set Decoration by: Sarah Whittle
Costume Design by: Odile Dicks-Mireaux
Music by: Dario Marianelli
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language and suggestive humor.
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Release Date: January 4th, 2013

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