Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. However, when Luis Buñuel is smoking, that cigar is, you should excuse the expression, on fire. Buñuel, born in Calanda, Spain in 1900, had a long and storied career as a film maker, iconoclast and social commentator.
Adapted from Joseph Conrad’s stirring novella Heart of Darkness, Francis Ford Coppola’s epic adventure set during the Vietnam War follows the central character, Captain Benjamin L. Willard (Martin Sheen) who has been sent on a secret mission to assassinate the renegade and presumed insane Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (Marlon Brando).
Rare is the motion picture that combines comedy, romance and drama in a unique and inviting way. Lost In Translation, from 2003, is just such a cinematic adventure. Written and directed by Sofia Coppola, it was her second feature film (after The Virgin Suicides). It features Bill Murray as aging actor Bob Harris, who befriends college graduate Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) in a Tokyo hotel.
One of the most heartwarming films in recent memory, Cinema Paradiso celebrates the power of the moving image in a most intriguing and innovative way. The narrative, relayed mostly in flashbacks, centers around a famous Italian film director named Salvatore Di Vita.