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Offline southendmd

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"A Single Man" (beware spoilers)
« on: December 27, 2009, 12:21:43 pm »
I just saw an astonishing film:  "A Single Man", directed by Tom Ford (yes, of Gucci fame) and starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore.  It's based on Christopher Isherwood's novel, about one day in the life of a bereaved man in 1962.

I can't say enough about Colin Firth's performance.  I couldn't take my eyes off him; he expresses so much with his face.  It's 1962, he's lost his partner (Matthew Goode), and can hardly tell a soul.  Partly because of the time, and partly because he's a Brit who's perfectly mannered and creased.  

The production is almost unbearably beautiful, with music to match.  No doubt it will be criticized for being "too perfect", too much like a fashion magazine spread, but I didn't find it distracting.  Rather, it added to the loss and longing.  Even the saturation of color changed, depending on the protagonist's mood.  

Important bits of youth and beauty intrude on his sadness, especially a student played by Nicholas Hoult, whose almost-directness is alarming.  

I'm sure I'll be thinking of this film for some time to come.  In fact, I think I'll see it again.
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Re: "A Single Man"
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2009, 12:30:10 pm »
This sounds like something that I'd like to see. Always nice to see Colin Firth, if nothing else. Thanks for the recommendation, Paul.

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Re: "A Single Man"
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2009, 02:07:58 pm »
Lucky you Paul, I'll have to wait untill March 3rd till this movie is released over here.  :-\

I've read some very very good reviews and now, with your recommendation, I'm really looking forward to this movie. And Colin Firth is such a good actor (although not every movie he was in took advantage of his huge talent), I've been very impressed with him ever since I saw A Month In The Country, way back in '87.

Thanks for posting those pictures Paul. Wow again!
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Re: "A Single Man"
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2009, 04:18:29 pm »
Cheers, Monika and Fabienne!  It'll be worth the wait.


Meanwhile, I bought the novel today.  Most of the regular bookstores didn't have any  Isherwood.  So, I went to the LGBT bookstore called Calamus (a Walt Whitman reference) and they had a stack of the new edition of the novel.  Instead, I found an anthology from the 80s, edited by his partner Don Bachardy, and with a foreward by Gore Vidal (to whom A Single Man is dedicated).  


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Re: "A Single Man"
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2009, 04:48:16 pm »
Thanks for the review, Paul.  I hadn't heard anything about the film except that Colin Firth was in it.  I really want to see it now.
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Re: "A Single Man"
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2009, 05:05:34 pm »
I just came back from the cinema. I saw "A serious man" with a friend.

The trailer they showed previous to the film was " A single man"!  (lots of men around these days LOL!)

It opens mid February here. We were both intrigued by the trailer, and decided to see it.

Thanks for the review Paul. It confirms the impression we got from the trailer.

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Re: "A Single Man"
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2009, 06:11:40 pm »
Didn't you also tell us about Chris and Don, the film about the couple? I saw that this summer and enjoyed it very much! A Single Man will go to the top of my must-see list!
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Re: "A Single Man"
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2009, 09:20:20 pm »


Instead, I found an anthology from the 80s, edited by [Isherwood's] partner Don Bachardy, and with a foreward by Gore Vidal (to whom A Single Man is dedicated).  


Didn't you also tell us about Chris and Don, the film about the couple? I saw that this summer and enjoyed it very much! A Single Man will go to the top of my must-see list!



Don Bachardy is listed in the end credits of A Single Man  as "Consultant."

I should think so!
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Re: "A Single Man"
« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2009, 09:57:05 pm »
Didn't you also tell us about Chris and Don, the film about the couple? I saw that this summer and enjoyed it very much! A Single Man will go to the top of my must-see list!

Yes, Tru and I saw that at the Ptown film festival in June 2008, and it was the highlight (along with "Were the World Mine").


Don Bachardy is listed in the end credits of A Single Man  as "Consultant."

I should think so!

Not only that, he has a cameo!


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Re: "A Single Man"
« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2009, 10:06:31 pm »


Not only that, he has a cameo!

That's it, I'm going tomorrow!

(Paul, when is Don's cameo? I'm slow on the uptake, and I don't want to miss it!)
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