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The Razor's Edge (Sous-titres français)

Bill Murray , Theresa Russell , John Byrum    DVD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Missing something June 11 2002
Format:VHS Tape
A good film version of the Maugham classic with gorgeous cinematography ,excellent casting and acting, this Razor's Edge is very entertaining and thought provoking. Bill Murray seems a strange choice to play Larry but ultimately plays him to perfection . The other actors all do quite well in their character portrayals. This is an admirable effort to transfer a complex and unusually structured work of fiction to the screen that succeeds to an extraordinary extent.However I felt that the ommission of the author's veiwpoint and narration as written in the novel distorted the story to a degree.
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Bill Murry, usally noted for his jokes and cut up hummor, shows off some of the true actors craft in this modern rendition of Sumerset Maughms classic. The main chacter stuggles with life, love money and a bit of reality. The search for the true meaning of life shows Murrys talent as he becomes "every man" in the search.Set in Paris, India,and WWI France. A well done film that was over shadowed by others in its time (Out of Africa, A Passage to India) If you liked them, you'll like this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Quest for Wisdom June 8 2004
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There's no need to go into a long synopsis of this movie, or to analyze Bill Murray's performance. This is a movie about a regular guy that suddenly has his world shattered, and so he sets off on a quest for wisdom. As for Murray's portrayal of the central role, Larry Darell, I thought it was perfectly fitting that a man most of us see as a kind of big-hearted clown is here cast as a spiritual adventurer. After all, must these two types by very different from each other? The movie works very well if you don't try to typecast Murray or go into the story with preconceptions about what kind of character Larry Darell is supposed to be. In fact, a big message in the story is about not being trapped by preconceptions about the way things are "supposed to be".
Some of the images in this movie are stunning, and there are times when I get the feeling that I'm looking at one of those Asian landscape paintings in which the tiny figure of a man sits in silent meditation among great mountains, a broad sky, and placid valleys. Without beating you over the head with it, the camera work constantly reminds you that life is bigger than you and that the world is full of wonders. The story reminds us that such wonders can be either beautiful or ugly, with many of them being both at the same time.
The reason I don't give it 5 stars? It left a lot of character development unaddressed, and the viewer simply had to fill in the blanks for many of Larry's challenges and realizations. If you don't find it tugging at your heart, and if you don't find yourself solemnly nodding at some of its poignant observations about life, and then laughing at some folly we all share, then it's not due the movie's shortcomings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sleeper If Ever There Was One! Dec 12 2003
Bill Murray is brilliantly casted in the role of the main character; a man seeking the meaning of life on a spiritual quest that sacrifices everything and everyone in his world.
There are significant differences between this film and the novel by W. Somerset Maugham. The narrator is not a character in the film as in the book. Larry Darell does not visit the Dalai Lama in the book as he does in the film, but rather spends several years in India living with a Hindu holy man. Larry's philosophical and religious revelations in the book stem from Hinduism rather than Buddhism, as in the film. There are also other significant small details that are not as obvious in the film as in the novel; for example, the effect of the Great Depression on Gray's family fortune and why he & Isabel must move to Paris and live with Uncle Elliot.
It would be a mistake to think of this movie as a sort of spiritual parallel to "Seven Years in Tibet". It's actually got more in common with the Great Gatsby. This isn't a story about a Westerner becomming turned-on by Eastern religion as much as it's a story about aristocratic Americans from Chicago living as expatriats in Paris in the years 1918-to-1930-something, (as seen through European eyes).
There are some fabulous acting performances in this film, foremost of which is Denholm Elliot in the role of Elliot Templeton (perhaps the best of his career). Bill Murray should have received on Oscar for his performance. Word on the street today is that what an incredible film "Lost in Translation" is, and how it shows a side of Bill Murray we haven't seen before, but I disagree. Those critics need to go back and have a look at "The Razor's Edge" and they will see that "serious" side of Murray, but in a much better-written and more moving story.
This DVD is a nice presentation: a 16x9 widescreen picture that looks good and the sound is fine as well. You won't be sorry you purchased it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highest Quality Remake of a Timeless Classic April 15 2003
Having seen the original Tyrone Powers version of this movie from the 30's I approached this movie with some trepidation. For some reason I could not visualize Bill Murray fitting into Powers' shoes, and yet Murray has filled his character with even more sensitivity and power. I must now say that this is a VERY WORTHY remake of the film. Murray's performance is impeccable, sensitive and truly belies heartfelt emotion. The cinematography is of the highest caliber - it is lush, sensual and with impeccable detail. I also must commend the soundtrack as it is wonderful with some excellent period renditions of popular 30's era French songs. There have been very few films of this caliber to ever come along; clearly that it is not a mass market favorite is understandable; The film it is dealing with matters related to the soul and the awakening of a profound awareness in man; there are many hidden truths that are alluded to in this film which a student of esotericism or platonic philosophy would find much to chew over here. It is a warm, leave the movie and feel good film. It actually lacks some of the hard edge that the original has, and leaves the viewer with a warmer and more more optimistic outlook than the original 1930's version did. Exquisite viewing and a fine conversation starter afterwards! I must say that this Murray's strong desire to make this film, and Murray's others work, Ground Hog Day are packed with esoteric issues, which lead me to conclude that Bill might be a man of profound philosophy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on an old story
I'd already seen the Tyrone Power version of this book, and Bill Murray's version tells essentially the same story, but with a different point-of-view, and selecting different... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Arthur Waite
3.0 out of 5 stars a moving portrayal of one man's journey of self discovery
The Razor's Edge is the story of a man who could have had a life of
wealth,but decided he wanted more.he goes on a journey of self
discovery and enlightenment. Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2007 by falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best...
Superb, unaffected and affecting all at once. I saw this film when it first came out, loved it, and never forgot it. I'm so glad it's available on DVD. Read more
Published on July 5 2007 by rmckim
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Acting, Poor Editing
First off, I like Bill Murray. Unfortunately he simply doesn't have the acting talent to play this role. Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by Derek
5.0 out of 5 stars All or Nothing
Funny how every review is either 5 stars or 1. I guess you either get it or you don't.
I got it, obviously . . .
Published on May 16 2004 by Jason Parks
1.0 out of 5 stars Good film; terrible DVD
As a fan of the film, I was excited to learn that it had finally been released as a DVD that was "digitally mastered" and "remastered in high definition. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrid, horrid mockery of a fine piece of literature
I cannot warn you AWAY from this film enough. Did Bill Murray even READ this book??? My god! This was a serious piece of work and Bill approached it like it was Caddyshack. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2003 by Alicia Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars The Razor's Edge: art made movie.
It is a treasure as far as movies and art is concern.
J.Botto Bellaire, TX
Published on Oct. 25 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Movie= The Razor's Edge
Even though this movie is loosely based on the book.
It is a painfully, yet spirtiual adaptation.
Bill Murray gives a performance that is truely beautiful. Read more
Published on July 25 2003 by Heather Gortney
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done, Bill!
This is a film that was unfairly maligned by critics, but demonstrates Bill Murray's tremendous range as an actor and the skill of a director who accurately and lovingly depicts a... Read more
Published on July 1 2003 by Kenneth M. Pizzi
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