The wife's affair and a death in the family hasten the demise of an upper-class English marriage.We see the detritus of an abandoned camp in South America and a main character's hallucination. Then, the story beings. Tony and Brenda Last, lord and lady, live on his enormous estate with their young son. Tony's not much for parties, and Brenda joins London society, on the arm of a penniless man, John Beaver, a hanger-on at Tony's club. John is encouraged by his entrepreneurial mother, who sees a quid in Tony and Brenda. Brenda and John become lovers, Brenda spends more and more time in London, and Tony's without a clue. Then, bringing things to a head are tragedy, law suits, greed, and what should be a few-months' expedition to Brazil. We are each of us merely a handful of dust.
Queenella K (gb) wrote: this one is sweet and thrilling... it took me half way and knew who could be the killer and I got it right :p
Ross V (it) wrote: Forced unnatural dialogue and a cast of 50's stereotypes leaves this movie un-anchored in reality.
Heather M (de) wrote: This was a very well done Bollywood version of the Shakespeare tragedy.
Nolan M (de) wrote: Has many funny one-liners from Larry the Cable Guy, but overall is a terrible movie because of its weak and stupid storyline.
Morgan E (kr) wrote: I think this is one of Bob Odenkirks best films.
Wenqin C (de) wrote: how can I rate it if I can hardly understand what Jarman wants to say? But anyway,this one is much easierthan Blue for me....
Jack L (au) wrote: The Dead (1987) John Huston has always seemed to me to be very much an "American director", that is one of the reasons I haven't seen much of his work as I generally dislike those old American "Classics"; although I will admit that The Maltese Falcon was a good film. Yet this film, his final film, is very different from what you might expect if you're familiar with his other more famous films such as The African Queen and Treasure of The Sierra Madre. The Dead has nothing very flamboyant about it, it's not an adventure film or a mystery. It contains no Hollywood stars, was made on a small budget and it features no "heroic" plot And It's certainly not on such a grandiose scale as Huston's aforementioned films. Instead it's a rather simple film, it's very warm almost cosy. It depicts a simple family gathering, and is filled with entertaining, warm scenes which were hardly Huston's trademark. The Dead is adapted from the short story of the same name written by the Irish author James Joyce. It takes place during a gathering of friends and family for the Epiphany. The night is full of dancing, poetry reading, singing and piano playing and culminates in a meal. All this was entertaining enough yet I often wondered if there was anything more to the film, and then at the end as we see the couple of main characters discussing the past, the film got deeper and more interesting. The ending revelations and monologue of the main character, were very well done and quite thought provoking. It is set in Dublin, and most of the cast is Irish. So the film has an overall Irish feel to it, which isn't what I expected from one of John Huston's films. The Dead is a good film, it's not an exceptionally great film, yet it's a fun watch and I never really got bored. The whole film has obviously had a lot of work and a lot of love put into it, that's obvious right from the start, it is described as Huston's" labour of love". The camera work is pretty unremarkable throughout, it's very unintrusive and just leave the story to unfold itself. Although I did like the way the camera glided through the dancers, as if it were dancing as well. The lighting was very well done, it felt very authentic and generated the warm atmosphere very well. It was almost entirely filmed in studio's so before watching it is was a bit apprehensive as I generally don't like the almost claustrophobic feel of films filmed in studio's, yet I'm pleased to say, I didn't give that subject a second thought while watching the film. It makes very good use of the small space it has. The acting was good, nothing amazing but solid all around. I did think that Angelica Huston was a bit "too Irish" she seemed to be compensating for the fact that she was American while the rest of the cast were Irish. I also thought the Drunken character was rather overdone and he got slightly annoying, but no serious problem. Overall The Dead is an interesting, entertaining little film, it is not anything extraordinary and I wouldn't recommend putting on the top of your "to watch" list, yet if you stumble across it one day, as I did, you might find it well worth a look.
Iain B (mx) wrote: This was tense and thrilling... All you can expect from a tense thriller
Alexander P (us) wrote: Jarmusch blends the macabre of a McCarthy novel, dark campy humour and an indelible magical realism, in this quirky monochrome Western. 8/10.