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4.0 out of 5 stars Unbearably long yes but it proves to be a bittersweet romance
One of the most haunting aspects of this movie is that my video store today has it under the "Adult entertainment" section which I thought was a joke. I first saw this on its release in 1988 at the age when I shouldn't have seen it. I'd forgotten so many details of it, and I was newly impressed at the film for the second time.
That aside, I must say that...
Published on Jun 30 2007 by Jenny J.J.I.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars cuts, cuts and more cuts
I like this movie very much. However I got really upset when I realized some ninkompoup has cut it in an absolutely unbelieveable way. It is claimed it is not rated, but displays an "R" and a bit smaller a "PG" and a "DP" rating. it stinks. I like comlete movies and I believe if anybody does any cutting it must be mentioned very clearly...
Published on Oct 22 2002 by rainer goltzsche
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and Wonderful Cinematic Experience,
This review is from: The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Widescreen) (DVD)This review refers to the MGM DVD edition of "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"......
"The Unbearable Lightness of Being" is a cinematic experience that will move you in many ways. The thrill of romance, the heartfelt friendships, the tension of Russian tanks rolling through Prague in 1968 and the passion of a people to take control of their own lives are all a big part of this wonderful film. It is beautifully filmed, with a hypnotizing screenplay, and a tremendous cast that fully capture the essence of each of the wonderful characters they portray.
It stars Daniel Day-Lewis, as Tomas, a renowned brain surgeon in Czechoslovakia(also renowned for his charms that no woman can resist)whose love for two very different women, creates a unique bonding and passionate love triangle between the three.
A nearly three hours, there is not a frame in this excellent piece of filmmaking that I would change. With each view I fall more in love with it and always come away completly moved. It is Directed by Philip Kaufman("Quills"/"The Right Stuff") and includes Donald Moffat and Stellan Skarsgard in the wonderful cast.The music adds the perfect feel to the rollar coaster of emotions in the story and the photography is outstanding.
This DVD by MGM is a nice transfer. The picture and colors are very good and it is presented in the theatrical release format of 1.85:1. The sound is superb in DD 5.1. It surrounds the room and every detail is clear and distinguishable.(The Criterion edition is in 2.0) Not much in the way of bonus features though, if that is what you are looking for. There is a theatrical trailer and it may be viewed with subtitles in English, French or Spanish. At this time I notice that Amazon is out of stock, and the merchants have some, but at very high prices. This DVD is not hard to come by. I found it at my neighborhood video store at the sugg. retail price(about half of what the sellers are asking for).
This is a film to be enjoyed many times over by anyone who enjoys, romance, drama, a little comedy, and fine filmmaking. It is however rated R for nudity and explicit love scenes.
Get ready for a moving experience and enjoy.....Laurie
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and intimate epic,
This review is from: The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Widescreen) (DVD)I have not seen this DVD (not released yet) but this is one of my all time favorite films. Philip Kaufman (who also directed "The Right Stuff", "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (remake), and "Henry and June") combines beautiful and erotic visuals with a compelling story of people caught up in the 1968 uprising in Czechoslavakia, and its aftermath.
Wonderful performances by Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin, and Daniel Day-Lewis.
Stands up well to repeated viewings. I have seen this in the theatre, on LaserDisc, and on the excellent Criterion DVD. Don't watch it full screen (4x3)!!
5.0 out of 5 stars a film to see,
5.0 out of 5 stars the Prague Spring,
When we first meet Tomas(Daniel Day Lewis) he is involved with Sabina(Lena Olin)and what they share is an almost religious belief in the erotic and an equalllly strong belief in retaining their individuality and frredom. On a visit to a spa in the country to perform an operation however Tomas comes across the innocent waitress Tereza(Juliette Binoche) and his life after that is never quite the same. Sabina resents the intrusion at first but soon she and Tereza are friends, in fact the moment they become friends on a rainy afternoon taking pictures of each other is one of the best scenes in the movie. A lot is made of the historical happenings and how they affect each characters personal life. I found it a little hard to believe that they would willingly return to Prague under communist rule after they had made their escape to Zurich but you may feel differently. The use of the terms "lightness" and "weight" that so often appeared in the book always seemed to my ears rather vague, the movie gratefully only employs those terms on rare occasion. The last scenes in the countryside are some of the most beautiful cinematography I have seen, quite memorable images evoking the really valuable things in life.
Certainly one of the best adaptations of a novel.
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving, But Incomplete,
2.0 out of 5 stars The unbearable lightness of being,
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5.0 out of 5 stars An investigation into the nature of relationships,
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great ones,
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Having lived many years in Eastern Europe, with it's intellectual standards it's hard to believe that this is an American film. It is a masterpiece. The more subtle is becomes, the more passions are evident. It is a story within a story withing a storym, and maybe too much for many to appreciate for it's deep texture and vibrant characterization.
Well written, excellent acting, superb photography. This one grows on you. I'e watched it three times (not for the sex scenes, which are mature themes, but tasteful). Having had a Soviet rifle pointed into my face, I can understand that courage and patriotism the Czechs expressed in 1968 and their feeing of being alone at that time.
Bravo, this is one of the best films of the last century.
4.0 out of 5 stars NO LONGER IN STEP,
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very bad movie,
This review is from: The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Two-Disc Special Edition) (DVD)I read the book of Milan Kundera and it was so so good !!!!! When i saw this movie it was so so awful !!!!! Very bad interpretation of this book and bad actors !!!! I heard that Milan Kundera wasn't consulted for this movie and he don't like it also !!!!!
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