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Avanti (Bilingual)
Avanti (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Jack Lemmon
Offered by Warehouse105
Price: CDN$ 43.52
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4.0 out of 5 stars Leisurely Romantic Comedy, July 12 2004
This review is from: Avanti (Bilingual) (DVD)
This one was not thoughfully picked , but caught my eye in one of those channel surfing routines.. where just after few seconds , didn't think of any other channels or anything else..
The English translation of Italian word 'Avanti!' is 'Go Ahead' and is usually used in response to 'Permesso?' asked by any of the hotel staff while knocking at the door of your room.
Released in 1972, this is Billy Wilder's yet another light comic offering where an American businessman Wendell Armbruster(Jack Lemmon) comes to Italy to pick his father's dead body. Once there he comes to know about the long kept secret of his father of having a relationship with some woman. This woman's daughter Pamela Piggott (Juliet Mills) a delightful Brit also comes to Italy to pick her mother's dead body. Wendell, a hyperactive & uptight fellow and Pamela, a loving & carefree person happen to share the same hotel and share the same reason for their Italy visit. After not-so many instances, both of them find themselves in their parent's shoes. As if their assets of love have been passed on to their offspring. At the end, the bodies of the dead are not taken back to their respective country, but buried where their love once bloomed!
Amidst all the tough & good times there is one character that is distinctly noticeable is of Carlo Carlucci(Clive Revill) an efficient,clever and very helpful hotel manager. He is shown to be know-it-all and handle-it-all kinda guy.
One gets a sneak peek at the Italian culture of long lunch hours, mafia ruling,a general laid back attitude of people,etc..Although the movie could have done without the nude scenes and the vineyard brothers & their unreasonable demands from Wendell.
The true meaning of 'Avanti' is revealed when Piggot says it in response to Wendell's asking 'Permesso?' to kiss her. This truly is a magical moment!! The lilting music, the wit of the characters played and the locales add to the magic of this enchanting experience.
I'm glad that a film picked by chance turned out to be such a pleasure and it belongs to my favourite genre of movies!

The Alchemist
The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars As simple as it gets..., May 28 2004
This review is from: The Alchemist (Paperback)
Paulo Coelho's captivative novel is a mild well-written story that allows readers to interpret it in any way they choose.. A candid description of a person's and everybody's need to realize one's destiny as the only compulsion.
This is a story about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who ventures from his homeland in Spain to North Africa in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a beautiful, young gypsy woman, a man who calls himself a king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is , but the boy tries to overcome the obstacles along the way through the desert. At the end of the day.. what is important is the treasures found within rather than the worldly possessions.
The words of wisdom don't come as heavy logs , but in small simple bundles which are easily taken in coz its something that one already knows, but never traversed through that kind of thought process.
Follow your heart and you would never want to get rid of this one!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Serene,Subtle,Sensitive!!, May 25 2004
Sofia Coppola's directorial venture which made her win an Oscar(2004) for Original Screenplay is a beautiful movie where Bob Harris (Bill Murray) an american actor going thru mid-life crisis, away from his family comes to Tokyo for a television commercial shoot ; accidentally meets Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) a fresh Yale graduate in Psychology who has a very busy photographer husband. Both of them going thru the same spell of loneliness & helplessness find comfort in each other's company that develops in an unlikely bond.
Two Americans stint with tokyo lifestyle is very amusing to watch.For those who are not familiar with Tokyo lifestyle like me , here is a good chance to go through Tokyo parties, karaoke bars, nightlife, etc..
The movie is a collection of very fine moments between the two, but the finest moment comes at the end when Murray is leaving Tokyo,both realize that there is no way they could ever maintain a relationship with each other, his final statement to her is whispered into her ear and we cannot know what it was he said.
Everything in the movie is handled so elegantly and tenderly!
If this one is 'to be found' in your collection, it would be as apt as its tag line 'Everyone wants to be found'.

The Pianist (Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]
The Pianist (Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]
DVD ~ Adrien Brody
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Price: CDN$ 33.73
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enduring effect..!!, May 18 2004
The movie is based on Wladyslaw Szpilman's real life experience in the midst of torment of World War II.
The movie shows The Pianist(Adrien Brody),a jew forced to live in the Warsaw Ghetto after escaping the deportation. The suffering and loneliness of an emotionally devastated, strong minded,but weak otherwise personage. In the midst of this, his fingers always keep on moving on a virtual piano, the only support in his (not-so)surving days until a German officer(Thomas Kretschmann) comes to his rescue.
The director(Roman Polanski) has excelled in remaining as close as possible to reality without being too loud abt it.
This is one of those movies which makes one speechless after watching it. Definitely a movie which cannot be easily forgotten!!

The Shawshank Redemption (Widescreen Edition)
The Shawshank Redemption (Widescreen Edition)
DVD ~ Tim Robbins
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 34.66
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5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid!!, May 17 2004
A great work depecting how hope/determination can be the main driving force in a man's life when he is surrounded with not-so good situations and trying to cope with fears of others as well as his.
Tim Robbins & Morgan Freeman shine all thru..!!
Rarely anyone would disagree of this masterpiece as not worth a collectible.

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