DVD Before Night Falls [DVD] [Widescreen] [2001] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 7861),
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Before Night Falls [DVD] [Widescreen] [2001] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • The life of Reinaldo Arenas, an exiled Cuban homosexual writer, is chronicled in an adaptation of his memoir BEFORE NIGHT FALLS, directed by Julian Schnabel (BASQUIAT). Javier Bardem (in an Oscar-nominated performance) portrays Arenas as he journeys from poverty to university to the sexual revolution and homosexual subculture in Havana to persecution and imprisonment under the policies of Fidel Castro for being both gay and a writer. Despite the harsh conditions of prison, the courageous Arenas continued not only to write but also to publish his works abroad. Ultimately, he was allowed to leave Cuba for America, but there he faced new struggles as a man without a country battling AIDS. Schnabel's beautifully filmed sophomore directorial effort captures the essence of Cuba during the revolution. Johnny Depp is featured in the dual supporting roles of the cross-dressing prison inmate, Bon Bon, and the brutal officer, Lieutenant Victor. A well-disguised Sean Penn appears as Cuco Sanchez. Olivier Martinez as Lzaro Gmez Carillo and Andrea Di Stefano as Pepe Malas deliver standout performances. The film received accolades at the 2000 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): N5251

  • Credits
    Javier Bardem, Olivier Martinez, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, Michael Wincott, Hector Babenco, Vito Schnabel, Najwa Nimri, Olatz Lapez Garmendia, Sebastian Silva
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[A] powerful true story....Viscerally evocative..."

    "...[Javier Bardem] gives an undeniably dynamic performance....[Penn and Depp's cameos] are brief and well-integrated..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
    USA Today

    Ranked #5 in Entertainment Weekly's "Owen Gleiberman's BEST MOVIES OF 2000" -- "...[Bardem is] marvelous and moving..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Lushly beautiful..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Ambitious, stylistically audacious and intelligent....A complex and rewarding film..."
    Hollywood Reporter

    "...Redolent of atmosphere and rapturously cinematic, BEFORE NIGHT FALLS has a gift for creating visual mood that's so strong you'd swear it couldn't last -- but you'd be wrong..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Schnabel, the painter, makes his screen a rich canvas of dream sequences, fragmented childhood memories and the wild Cuban demimonde inhabited by Arenas and others who do not conform..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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