June 2011



The first time that I saw you
Looking like you did
We were young, we were restless
Just two clueless kids
But if I knew then what I know now
Id fall in love

On a bus in Chicago
Three rows to the left
You know my heart was racing for you
But we never even met
But if I knew then what I know now
Id fall in love

Chorus
Cause love only comes once in awhile
Knocks on your door and throws you a smile
And takes every breath, leaves every scar
Speaks to your soul and sings to your heart
And if I knew then what I know now
Id fall in love

On a summer night in August
In the back seat of my car
Instead of trying to get to know you
I took it way too far
But if I knew then what I know now
Id fall in love

Repeat Chorus

Oh I used up a lot of chances
I cant get them back
But if again it comes calling
Im gonna make it last

Repeat Chorus

Oh if I knew then what I know now
Id fall in love

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Notting Hill là bộ phim lãng mạn sản xuất năm 1999 với bối cảnh tại Notting Hill, Anh Quốc bắt đầu công chiếu vào ngày 21 tháng 5 năm 1999. Kịch bản do Richard Curtis, tác giả của kịch bản Bốn đám cưới và một đám ma (phim), biên soạn. Roger Michell là đạo diễn và Duncan Kenworthy là nhà sản xuất. Trong phim có sự tham gia của một số ngôi sao điện ảnh nhưHugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Rhys Ifans, Emma Chambers, Tim McInnerny, Gina McKee và Hugh Bonneville.
Bộ phim được các nhà phê bình đánh giá cao và trở thành phim của Anh có doanh thu lớn nhất. Phim đoạt giải BAFTA và được đề cử ở hai thể loại khác. Notting Hill cũng đoạt nhiều giải thưởng khác bao gồm giải British Comedy Award và Brit Award cho bài hát trong phim.

Đạo diễn Roger Michell
Sản xuất Duncan Kenworthy
Kịch bản Richard Curtis
Diễn viên Julia Roberts
Hugh Grant
Hugh Bonneville
Emma Chambers
Rhys Ifans
Tim McInnerny
Gina McKee
Âm nhạc Trevor Jones
Quay phim Michael Coulter
Studio PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Working Title Films
Dựng phim Nick Moore
Kinh phí $42 million
Thời lượng 124 min.
Quốc gia United Kingdom
Ngôn ngữ English
Phát hành Universal Pictures
Công chiếu 21 May 1999
Doanh thu $363,889,678

William Thacker (Hugh Grant) là chủ một hiệu sách tư ở Notting Hill chuyên về sách du lịch. Anh vẫn đang tự dằn vặt mình về chuyện vợ anh đã bỏ anh và ra đi với một người đàn ông trông giống hệt Harrison Ford. William ở cùng nhà với một người lập dị gốc xứ Welsh tên là Spike (Rhys Ifans).
Thacker tình cờ gặp minh tinh Hollywood Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) khi cô tạt qua hiệu sách để mua một cuốn sách. Sau đó, cả hai lại va vào nhau trên phố và va chạm này làm William dây nước cam lên áo cả hai người. Anh đề nghị Anna về nhà mình ngay gần đó để thay áo. Cô đồng ý và sau khi thay áo xong, đã tặng William một nụ hôn và bắt đầu quyến rũ lẫn nhau.
Vài ngày sau, William hỏi Spike là có ai nhắn lại gì cho anh qua điện thoại không. Spike gặp vấn đề về trí nhớ và chỉ nhớ mang máng là “Có cô gái Mỹ tên là Anna”. Anna ở kahchs sạn the Ritz, đăng ký với tên giả là “Flintstone”, và mời William tới thăm. Phòng của Anna lúc đó là trung tâm báo chí và người ta nhầm tưởng William là nhà báo. William hoảng sợ và nhận là mình làm cho tạp chí “Chó và Ngựa”. Anh phải phỏng vấn như phóng viên thật tất cả mọi người trong đoàn làm phim Helix của Anna dù chưa bao giờ xem phim này. Sau đó, William mời Anna tới dự sinh nhật em gái mình.

Đó là tại nhà của Max (Tim McInnerny) và Bella (Gina McKee), Anna cảm thấy rất thoải mái với bạn bè của William. Sau đó họ đến một quảng trường ở London. Hai người bắt đầu hẹn hò nhiều hơn , đi xem phim và đi ăn cùng nhau. Anna mời William đến phòng của cô, chỉ đển tìm anh bạn trai người Mỹ của cô, Jeff King (Alec Baldwin) đã ở sẵn trong phòng. Anna xin lỗi khi King ra ngoài và William đang giả vờ là người bồi bàn nhận ra anh phải đi. Sau khi Anna và King chia tay , cô đã đến nhà William và mong muốn ở lại đó, Những bức ảnh nhạy cảm của cô bị rò rỉ ra bên ngoài và cô cần phải tránh đi 1 thời gian. Hai người đã qua đêm với nhau lần đầu tại đó. Vào buổi sáng hôm sau , William thấy đầy phóng viên trước ngưỡng cửa nhà mình,chính mấy ời nói bất cẩn của Spike đã đánh động đám phóng viên. Anna cho là William đã phản bội cô nên cô đã vô cùng tức giận và bỏ đi. William quyết định anh sẽ quên Anna.

Một năm sau đó Anna đến London để thực hiện bộ phim của Henry James và tình cở gặp lại William, cô đã mời anh vào xem. Trong khi nghe bản ghi của bộ phim , William tình cờ nghe thấy Anna nói với bạn diễn của cô anh chỉ là “ một người bình thường” với cô. William rời khỏi đó trong thất vọng tràn trề . Ngày hôm sau, Anna đến hiệu sách của William với hy vọng hàn gắn mối quan hệ của họ, nhưng William đang bị tổn thương đã từ chối cô, Anna tặng anh 1 bức vẽ của Marc Chagall nguyên bản , cô đã từng thấy bản in của bức này tại nhà William. Bạn bè của William khiến anh nhận ra nah đã phạm phải sai lầm lớn nhất cuộc đời anh. William và bạn bè anh bắt đầu tìm kiếm Anna khắp London trên chiếc xe của Max. Họ đến buổi họp báo của Anna và William đã thuyết phục cô ở hãy lại London với anh. Anna và William kết hôn, bộ phim kết thúc bằng cảnh William và Anna đang có thai ngồi ở 1 chiếc ghế công viên tại Notting Hill.

Nhạc trong phim
Âm nhạc trong phim được sáng tác bởi Trevor Jones [10], có thêm một vài ca khúc của một số nghệ sĩ khác như bản cover ca khúc “She” của Charles Aznavour do Elvis Costello trình bày, bản remix ca khúc “You’ve Got A Way” của Shania Twain, và bản thu âm đặc biệt “When You Say Nothing at All” do Ronan Keating trình bày – ca khúc này đứng đầu bảng xếp hạng âm nhạc nứơc Anh. Ca khúc xuất hiện lúc Will bước xuống Portobello Road là “Ain’t No Sunshine” của Bill Withers. Tony và Max chơi “Blue Moon” trên cây đàn piano tại nhà hàng của Tony vào đêm nó đóng cửa [11]. Ban đầu phiên bản “She” của , Charles Aznavour được sử dụng trong phim, nhưng các cuộc thử ngiệm với khán giả Mỹ , ca khúc không được đồng tình.Sau đó, Richard Curtis đề nghị Costello thu âm bản cover của ca khúc này. [12] Cả 2 bản ca khúc này đểu xuất hiện trong phim ,nhưng không có trong các bản phim phát hành ở Mỹ.

Các bài hát trong phim
“From The Heart” – Another Level
“When You Say Nothing at All” – Ronan Keating
“She” – Elvis Costello
“How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?” – Al Green
“In Our Lifetime” – Texas
“I Do (Cherish You)” – 98 Degrees
“Born To Cry” – Pulp
“Ain’t No Sunshine” – Lighthouse Family
“You’ve Got A Way” – Shania Twain (Notting Hill remix)
“Gimme Some Lovin'” – Spencer Davis Group
“Will and Anna” – Trevor Jones (Score)
“Notting Hill” – Trevor Jones (Score)
“Ain’t No Sunshine” – Bill Withers (bonus track)

Link: http://vi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notting_Hill_(phim)


Pearl Harbor is a 2001 American action war film directed by Michael Bay and produced by Bay, long-time partner Jerry Bruckheimer and Randall Wallace. It features a large ensemble cast, including Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Alec Baldwin, Jon Voight, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Dan Aykroyd, Colm Feore, Mako, Tom Sizemore, Jaime King and Jennifer Garner.
Pearl Harbor is a dramatic reimagining of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the subsequent Doolittle Raid. Some of its scenes were among the last to be filmed in Technicolor. Despite receiving negative reviews from critics, Pearl Harbor earned $449,220,945 at the world wide box office.

Directed by Michael Bay
Produced by Michael Bay
Jerry Bruckheimer
Randall Wallace
Written by Randall Wallace
Starring Ben Affleck
Josh Hartnett
Kate Beckinsale
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Tom Sizemore
Jon Voight
Colm Feore
Mako
Alec Baldwin
Music by Hans Zimmer
Klaus Badelt
Cinematography John Schwartzman
Editing by Roger Barton
Chris Lebenzon
Mark Goldblatt
Steven Rosenblum
Studio Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Release date(s) May 25, 2001
Running time 183 minutes
Country United States
Language English/Japanese
Budget $140 million[1]
Gross revenue $449,220,945

In 1923, two Tennessee boys, Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker, pretending to be fighting the Germans, climb into Rafe’s father’s biplane cropduster and accidentally start it, giving them their first taste of flying. Soon after, Danny’s father (William Fichtner) comes to drag him home, berating him for playing with Rafe and beating him. Rafe attacks Danny’s father calling him a “dirty German”; Danny’s father counters by explaining that he fought the Germans in World War I and wishes them to never witness the horrors of war.
By 1940, as grown men, Rafe (Ben Affleck) and Danny (Josh Hartnett) are First Lieutenants in the United States Army Air Corps under the command of Major Jimmy Doolittle (Alec Baldwin). Rafe meets Evelyn Johnson (Kate Beckinsale), a Navy nurse who passes him for his physical examination even though he has dyslexia, and is instantly smitten. The two soon begin dating and fall in love. However, Rafe has volunteered to serve with the Royal Air Force’s Eagle Squadrons. Before Rafe leaves for England, he makes a promise to Evelyn that he will come back for her. Evelyn and Danny are transferred with their respective squadrons to Pearl Harbor. Rafe is shot down over the English Channel and presumed killed in action. Three months later, Evelyn and Danny bond over their mourning for Rafe and unexpectedly develop feelings for each other. They soon begin their own relationship. On the night of December 6, 1941, Rafe unexpectedly returns, having survived the crash and been stranded in occupied France in the interval. He quickly realizes that Evelyn and Danny are now together, and the two friends soon get into a fight at the local hula bar. The next morning, on December 7, they are interrupted by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor by Zero fighters, Val dive bombers and Kate torpedo bombers.

The surprise Japanese air raid sinks the battleships USS Arizona (BB-39), USS Oklahoma (BB-37) and many other ships. Back at the hospital, Evelyn helps tend to the dozens of wounded who come in and must help decide who can and cannot be saved. Meanwhile, Rafe and Danny are the only two who manage to get airborne and shoot down seven Japanese aircraft with P-40s using their reckless tactics, including an old game of theirs called chicken. The two men then go to the hospital, where Evelyn takes blood from them for the hundreds of injured soldiers, and later aid in trying to rescue the many men still in the harbor. In the aftermath, the survivors attend a memorial service for the fallen victims after the U.S. declaration of war on Japan. Rafe and Danny are both promoted to Captain, awarded the Silver Star and assigned to now-Colonel Doolittle for a dangerous and top-secret mission. Before their departure, Evelyn meets Rafe and reveals that she is pregnant with Danny’s child, although she doesn’t want Danny to know so he can focus on the upcoming mission. She says that she is going to remain with Danny, but deep down she will always love Rafe just as much.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Jon Voight) wants to send a message that the Japanese homeland is not immune from bombing. Danny, Rafe and others are to fly B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8), bomb Tokyo and some Japanese occupied territory in China. The two men succeed in their bombing but crashland into a rice field when their bombers run out fuel and are captured by the Japanese who run towards the crash site. Just as Rafe is about to be shot, Danny knocks the soldiers over and is instead shot himself while the other American crew mates fight off the remaining soldiers. Rafe holds a dying Danny in his arms, telling him he can’t die because he’s going to be a father. Danny tells Rafe that he needs to be the father to his child with his dying words “No, you are”, while being held in Rafe’s arms. The film ends a few years later with Rafe and Evelyn, who are together again, and their son, Danny (who is biologically Danny’s son), back at the farm in Tennessee visiting Danny Walker’s grave. Rafe then takes his son flying, with the two flying off into the sunset in the old biplane.

Awards
At the 2001 Academy Awards, Pearl Harbor was nominated for four awards, winning one for Best Sound Editing. Its other nominations were for Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects, and Best Original Song.[28]
At the Golden Globe awards it was nominated for best original score and best song.
At the 2001 Golden Raspberry Awards Pearl Harbor was nominated for six awards: Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, Worst Screen Couple, Worst Actor (Ben Affleck), and Worst Remake or Sequel (presumably of the 1970 film Tora! Tora! Tora!); but lost to Tom Green’s Freddy Got Fingered in all but the latter category, wherein it lost to Tim Burton’s version of Planet of the Apes.

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_Harbor_(film)


The Terminal is a 2004 comedy-drama film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones. It is about a man trapped in a terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport when he is denied entry into the United States and at the same time cannot return to his native country, the fictitious Krakozhia, due to a revolution. The film is partially inspired by the 18-year-stay of Mehran Karimi Nasseri in the Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Terminal I, Paris, France from 1988 to 2006.

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by Steven Spielberg
Walter F. Parkes
Laurie MacDonald
Andrew Niccol
Screenplay by Sacha Gervasi
Jeff Nathanson
Story by Andrew Niccol
Sacha Gervasi
Starring Tom Hanks
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Stanley Tucci
Barry Shabaka Henley
Kumar Pallana
Diego Luna
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Janusz Kamiński
Editing by Michael Kahn
Studio Amblin Entertainment
Distributed by DreamWorks Pictures
Release date(s) June 18, 2004
Running time 128 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $60 million
Gross revenue $219,417,255

Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) arrives at JFK International Airport, but finds that he is not allowed to enter the United States. While he was en route to the US, a revolution was started in his home nation of Krakozhia. Due to the civil war, the United States no longer recognizes Krakozhia as a sovereign nation and denies Viktor’s entrance to the US on the grounds that Viktor technically has no citizenship. Unable to leave the airport or return to Krakozhia, Viktor instead lives in the terminal, carrying with him a mysterious Planters peanut can. The mystery as to what the can contains remains an interesting plot point.
Viktor quickly befriends the staff at the terminal while being under the watchful eye of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Head Frank Dixon (Stanley Tucci), who wants Navorski removed from the airport. Initially being deprived of food by Dixon as a method of trying to get him arrested and made someone else’s problem, Navorski takes on the task of retrieving vacant baggage trolleys for the 25 cent reward from the machine. He uses this money to buy food from Burger King until eventually Dixon prevents him from collecting. He then makes his first friend, a catering car driver named Enrique (Diego Luna) who asks him to approach a female Customs and Border Protection officer named Dolores (Zoë Saldana) for him in exchange for food. With Viktor’s help, Enrique and Dolores eventually marry each other. He meets flight attendant Amelia Warren (Catherine Zeta-Jones), who asks him out to dinner, but he tries to earn money in order to ask Amelia out instead. He finally gets an off-the-books job as a construction worker at the airport earning $19 an hour.
Viktor is asked to interpret for a desperate Russian man with undocumented drugs for his sick father. Viktor claims it is “medicine for goat,” barring the drug from confiscation and resolving the crisis. Under pressure and the watchful eye of the Airport Ratings committee, who is evaluating Dixon for an upcoming promotion, Dixon has a falling out with Viktor. Though Dixon is advised that sometimes rules must be ignored, he becomes obsessed with getting Viktor ejected from the airport. An Airport janitor Rajan Gupta (Kumar Pallana), exaggerates the “goat” incident to his fellow co-workers and as a result, Viktor earns the respect and admiration of all of the airport staff.

One day, Viktor explains to Amelia that the purpose of his visit to New York is to collect an autograph from the tenor saxophonist Benny Golson. It is revealed that the peanut can Viktor carries with him contains nothing more than an autographed copy of the “Great Day in Harlem” photograph. His late father was a jazz enthusiast who had discovered the famous portrait in a Hungarian newspaper in 1958, and vowed to get an autograph of all the 57 jazz musicians featured on the photograph. He succeeded in obtaining 56, but died before he could finish his collection.
A few months later, the war in Krakozhia ends, but Dixon will still not allow Viktor to enter the United States. Amelia reveals that she had asked her ‘friend’ — actually a married government official with whom she had been having an affair — to assist Viktor in obtaining permission to travel within the US, but Viktor is disappointed to learn she has renewed her relationship with the man during this process.

To make matters worse, Dixon needs to sign the form granting Viktor the right to remain in the United States, but refuses. He instead blackmails Viktor into returning to Krakozhia, or he will deport Gupta to his native country, where he is wanted for assaulting a corrupt police officer. Upon hearing this, Gupta runs in front of Viktor’s plane and asks Viktor to go anyway. The plane is delayed, giving Viktor enough time to go into the city and obtain the autograph. With the blessing of the entire airport staff, Viktor leaves the airport after receiving a uniform coat from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Assistant Port Director and hails a taxi. Dixon, watching Viktor leave the airport, decides not to pursue him. As Viktor prepares to take the taxi to a Ramada Inn where Benny Golson is performing, he observes Amelia exiting from a cab, where she gives him a wistful smile. He has a short conversation with the cab driver, telling him how to avoid traffic on the way to the hotel and that he is from Krakozhia. The driver tells Viktor that he is from Albania and arrived earlier that week. He attends the show and collects the autograph, finally completing the collection. Afterwards, Viktor leaves and hails a taxi, telling the driver: “I am going home.”

Krakozhia
Krakozhia (Кракозия or Кракожия) is a fictional country created for the film, that closely resembles a former Soviet Republic. The natives speak the Krakozhian language. From January 16, 2004 to November 2004, the country was in civil war. When the war began, the President of the country was held hostage and a new regime installed, leading to Viktor finding his passport and visa useless. Consequently, Viktor must stay in the airport terminal for nine months, as the United States refuses to recognize the new Krakozhian government, after which peace is declared in Krakozhia and he is able to return home.
The exact location of Krakozhia is kept intentionally vague in the film, keeping with the idea of Viktor being simply Eastern European or from a former Soviet Republic. However in one of the scenes, a map of Krakozhia is briefly displayed on one of the airport’s television screens during a news report on the ongoing conflict. The country’s borders and location are those of the Republic of Macedonia. Throughout the film, it is learned that Krakozhia is bordered with Russia, that the Krakozhian language is akin to Russian, and that the Krakozhian national anthem is musically close to that of Albania (or the tune of Vajacki marš). Little else is known about Krakozhia, except that there was a lot of fighting which made the international news. We hear of the “northern area” being taken by rebels. The cover of the passport that Viktor shows to the customs officer in one of the initial scenes of the film closely resembles the Soviet passport. His driver’s license is Belarusian. One can see the words Вадзіцельскае пасведчанне (Vadzicielskaje pasviedczannie), which means driver’s license in Belarusian and the name of the Belarusian city of Homel.
The language which Hanks’ character speaks in the film, “Krakozhian”, is supposedly close to Russian to the point of mutual understanding, but is actually slightly-accented literary Bulgarian. Tom Hanks’ wife, Rita Wilson, whose father is a Pomak, is reported to have coached Hanks in Bulgarian in the course of the shooting of the film.[citation needed] In the same line the name of Viktor’s father is Dimitar Asenov Navorski, shaped after the Bulgarian three-section pattern and contains one name popular among contemporary Bulgarians—Dimitar (Димитър). The patronymic Asenov derives from one Bulgarian medieval dynasty and was borne by several Bulgarian Tsars, Ivan Asen II for example.
Krakozhia’s name was inspired by one of Spielberg’s favorite cities – Kraków in Poland.[citation needed]
The film presents a reasonably accurate picture of the process of naturalistic second language acquisition, according to professional linguist Martha Young-Scholten.[12]
John Williams, the composer of the music for the film, also wrote a national anthem for Krakozhia.

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Terminal


The Pianist is a 2002 biographical war film directed by Roman Polanski, starring Adrien Brody. It is an adaptation of the autobiography of the same name by Jewish-Polish musician Władysław Szpilman. The film is a co-production between Poland, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
The film was awarded the Palme d’Or at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival,[1] BAFTA Award for Best Film, BAFTA Award for Best Direction in 2003 and seven French Césars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Brody.
At the 75th Academy Awards, The Pianist won Best Adapted Screenplay (Ronald Harwood), Best Director (Polanski), and Best Actor (Brody). The film was also nominated for four other awards, including the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Directed by Roman Polanski
Produced by Roman Polanski
Robert Benmussa
Alain Sarde
Gene Gutowski
Screenplay by Ronald Harwood
Based on The Pianist by
Władysław Szpilman
Starring Adrien Brody
Thomas Kretschmann
Frank Finlay
Maureen Lipman
Emilia Fox
Michał Żebrowski
Music by Wojciech Kilar
Frederic Chopin
Cinematography Paweł Edelman
Editing by Hervé de Luze Studio
Studio Canal+
Canal+ Studio Babelsberg
Distributed by Focus Features
Universal Studios
Release date(s) 24 May 2002 (Cannes)
6 September 2002 (Poland)
27 December 2002 (US)
6 March 2003 (UK)
Running time 150 minutes
Country France
Poland
Germany
United Kingdom
Language English
German
Russian
Budget $35 million
Gross revenue $120,072,577

Władysław Szpilman (Adrien Brody), a famous Polish Jewish pianist working for Warsaw Radio, sees his whole world collapse with the outbreak of World War II and the invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. After the radio station is rocked by explosions from German bombing, Szpilman goes home and learns that the United Kingdom and France have declared war on Nazi Germany. He and his family rejoice, believing the war will end quickly.
When the German Army enters Warsaw, living conditions for the Jewish population gradually deteriorate as their rights are slowly eroded: first they are allowed only a limited amount of money per family, then they must wear armbands imprinted with the blue Star of David to identify themselves, and eventually, in November 1940, they are all forced into the squalid Warsaw Ghetto. There, they face hunger, persecution and humiliation from the SS and the ever-present fear of death, torture and starvation. The Nazis become increasingly sadistic and the family witnesses many horrors inflicted on other Jews. In one scene, a group of Einsatzgruppen, led by an NCO, go into the apartment across from the Szpilmans. They order the family on the top floor to stand, then when an elderly man in a wheelchair is unable to comply, the SS throw him off the balcony. The rest of the family are then taken out into the street and shot, and the SS drive off, running over the bodies along the way.

Before long, the family, along with thousands of others, are rounded up as part of Operation Reinhard for deportation to the extermination facility at Treblinka. As the Jews are being forced onto rail cars, Szpilman is saved at the last moment by one of the Jewish Ghetto Police, who happens to be a family friend. Separated from his family and loved ones, Szpilman manages to survive. At first he is pressed into a German reconstruction unit inside the ghetto as a slave labourer. During this period, another Jewish labourer confides to Szpilman two critical pieces of information: one, that many Jews who still survive know of the German plans to exterminate them, and two, that a Jewish uprising against the Germans is being actively prepared for. Szpilman volunteers his help for the plan. He is enlisted to help smuggle weapons into the ghetto, almost being caught at one point.
Later, before the uprising starts, Szpilman decides to go into hiding outside the ghetto, relying on the help of non-Jews who still remember him such as an ex-coworker of his from the radio station. While living in hiding, he witnesses many horrors committed by the SS, such as widespread killing, beating and burning of Jews and others (the burning is mostly shown during the two Warsaw uprisings). In 1943, Szpilman also finally witnesses the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising he helped to bring about, and its aftermath as the SS forcibly enters the ghetto and kills nearly all the remaining insurgents. A year goes by and life in Warsaw further deteriorates. Szpilman is forced to flee his first hiding place after a neighbor discovers he is hiding there. In his second hiding place, near a German military hospital, he is shown into a room with a piano and then told to be as quiet as possible. Here, he nearly dies from jaundice and malnutrition.

In August 1944, the Polish resistance mounts the Warsaw Uprising against the German occupation. Szpilman witnesses the Polish insurgents fighting the Germans outside his window. Again, Szpilman narrowly escapes death when a German tank shells the apartment he is hiding in. Warsaw is virtually razed and depopulated as a result of the fighting (see Aftermath of the Warsaw Uprising). After the surviving Warsaw population is deported from the city ruins and the escape of German SS from the approaching Soviet Army, Szpilman is left entirely alone. In buildings still standing, he searches desperately for food. While trying to open a can of Polish pickles, Szpilman is discovered by a captain of the Wehrmacht, Wilm Hosenfeld (Thomas Kretschmann). Upon questioning Szpilman and discovering that he is a pianist, Hosenfeld asks Szpilman to play something for him on the grand piano that happens to be in the building. The decrepit Szpilman, still a pianist prodigy, plays an amazing piece that impresses Hosenfeld.
Hosenfeld lets Szpilman continue hiding in the attic of the building and even brings him food regularly, thus saving his life. Another few weeks go by, and the German troops are forced to withdraw from Warsaw due to the advance of Red Army troops. Before leaving the area, Hosenfeld asks Szpilman what his name is, and, upon hearing it, remarks that it is apt for a pianist (Szpilman being the Polish rendering of the German Spielmann, meaning “man who plays”). Hosenfeld also promises to listen for Szpilman on Polish Radio. He gives Szpilman his Wehrmacht uniform greatcoat and leaves. Later, that coat is almost fatal for Szpilman when Polish troops, liberating the ruins of Warsaw, take him for a German officer and shoot at him. He is eventually able to convince them that he is Polish, and they stop shooting.

As newly freed prisoners of a concentration camp pass a fenced-in enclosure of German prisoners of war sitting on the ground and guarded by Soviet soldiers, they start collectively verbally abusing the prisoners, with one tirading that he used to be a violinist. A visibly beaten Hosenfeld, a shadow of his former once proud demeanor, comes up to the fence asks the violinist if he is familiar with Szpilman, which the violinist confirms. Hosenfeld states that he helped him in hiding and asks if Szpilmann can return the favor. Szpilman, now playing live on Warsaw Radio, is visited by the violinist in the studio, who takes him to the site with all the prisoners having been removed along with any trace of the stockade. In the film’s final scene, Szpilman triumphantly performs Chopin’s Grand Polonaise brillante in E flat major to a large audience in Warsaw. Title cards shown just before the end credits reveal that Szpilman continued to live in Warsaw and died in 2000, but that Hosenfeld died in 1952 in a Soviet prisoner-of-war camp.

Filming
Principal photography on The Pianist began on February 9, 2001 in Studio Babelsberg in Potsdam, Germany. The Warsaw Ghetto and the surrounding city were recreated on the backlot of Babelsberg Studios as they would have looked during the war. Old Soviet army barracks were used to create the ruined city, as they were going to be destroyed anyway.
The first scenes of the film were shot at the old army barracks. Soon after, the filmmakers moved to a villa in Potsdam, which served as the house where Szpilman meets Hosenfeld. On March 2, 2001, filming then moved to an abandoned Soviet army hospital in Beelitz, Germany. The scenes that featured the Germans destroying the hospital with flame throwers were filmed here. On March 15, filming finally moved to Babelsberg Studios. The first scene shot at the studio was the scene in which Szpilman witnesses a resistance mounted by the Jews from the Ghetto, which is eventually ended by the Nazis. The scene was complex and technically demanding as it involved various stunts and explosives. Filming at the studios ended on 26 March and moved to Warsaw on 29 March. The rundown district of Praga was chosen for filming because of its abundance of original buildings. The art department built onto these original buildings, re-creating World War II–era Poland with signs and posters from the period. Additional filming also took place around Warsaw. The Umschlagplatz scene where Szpilman, his family and hundreds of other Jews wait to be taken to the extermination camps was filmed at the National Defence University in Warsaw.
Principal photography ended in July 2001, and was followed by months of post-production, which took place in Paris, France.

Music
Further information: The Pianist (soundtrack)
The piano piece heard at the beginning of the film is Chopin’s Nocturne in C-sharp minor Lento con gran espressione, Op. posth.
The piano piece that is heard being played a next door neighbour while Szpilman was in hiding at an apartment was Chopin’s Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17, No. 4.
The piano music heard in the abandoned house when Szpilman had just discovered a hiding place in the attic was the Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven. It would later be revealed that German officer Hosenfeld was the pianist. The German composition juxtaposed with the mainly Polish/Chopin selection of Szpilman.
The piano piece played when Szpilman is confronted by Hosenfeld is Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23. Also, the version played in the movie was shortened. The entire piece lasts 9–10 minutes.
The cello piece heard at the middle of the film, played by Dorota, is the Prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1.
The piano piece heard at the end of the film, played with an orchestra, is Chopin’s Grande Polonaise brillante, Op. 22.
Shots of Szpilman’s hands playing the piano in close-up were provided by Polish classical pianist Janusz Olejniczak (b. 1952), who also performed on the soundtrack.
Since Polanski wanted the film to be as realistic as possible, any scene showing Brody playing was actually his playing voiced over by recordings provided by Janusz Olejniczak. In order for Brody’s playing to look like it was at the level of Władysław Szpilman’s, he spent many months prior to and during the filming practicing so that his keystrokes on the piano would convince viewers that Brody himself was playing. It was never specified whether or not it was actually Adrien Brody playing at certain points in the film, such as the beginning where Władysław Szpilman’s playing is interrupted by German bombing.

Awards and nominations
Wins
Academy Award for Best Actor – Adrien Brody
Academy Award for Best Director – Roman Polanski
Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay – Ronald Harwood
Palme d’Or, 2002 Cannes Film Festival[1]
BAFTA Award for Best Film
BAFTA Award for Best Direction – Roman Polanski
César Award for Best Actor
César Award for Best Director
César Award for Best Film
César Award for Best Music Written for a Film
César Award for Best Cinematography
César Award for Best Production Design
César Award for Best Sound
Goya Award for Best European Film
Nominations
Academy Award for Best Cinematography – Paweł Edelman
Academy Award for Best Costume Design – Anna B. Sheppard
Academy Award for Film Editing – Hervé de Luze
Academy Award for Best Picture
BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography – Paweł Edelman
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role – Adrien Brody
BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay – Ronald Harwood
BAFTA Award for Best Sound – Jean-Marie Blondel, Dean Humphreys, Gérard Hardy

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pianist_(2002_film)


The Notebook is a 2004 romantic film directed by Nick Cassavetes, based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a young couple who fall in love during the early 1940s. Their story is narrated from the present day by an elderly man played by James Garner, telling the tale to a fellow nursing home resident, played by Gena Rowlands, the director’s mother.

Directed by Nick Cassavetes
Produced by Toby Emmerich
Mark Johnson
Written by Jeremy Leven
Jan Sardi
Nicholas Sparks (Novel)
Narrated by James Garner
Starring Ryan Gosling
Rachel McAdams
James Garner
Gena Rowlands
Sam Shepard
James Marsden
Joan Allen
Music by Aaron Zigman
Cinematography Robert Fraisse
Editing by Alan Heim
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) May 20, 2004 (Seattle International Film Festival)
June 25, 2004
Running time 123 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $29 million[1]
Gross revenue $115,603,229

The film opens with an elderly man reading out of a notebook to an elderly woman about a story between two young lovers, Allie and Noah. The story dates back to the summer of 1940 in Seabrook, South Carolina. Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams) is a girl from a wealthy family spending the summer in Seabrook. At a carnival, Allie meets Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling), a local boy who works at the lumber mill. Over the summer, Noah and Allie fall passionately in love and spend every moment together.
Allie and Noah break up, but immediately regret the decision. Allie’s family leaves Seabrook the next day and Noah, devastated, writes her one letter every day for a year, which Allie’s mother hides. After Allie doesn’t reply to him, Noah moves to Atlanta. When Pearl Harbor is attacked, he enlists in the army for World War II while Allie attends college.

While in college, Allie volunteers as a nurse’s aide for wounded soldiers and meets the injured Lon Hammond, Jr. (James Marsden) — a young man who is handsome, charming, and from a wealthy family. Lon and Allie get engaged; meanwhile, Noah returns home. Noah’s father greets him and informs Noah that he is selling his current house so that Noah can purchase the old Windsor Plantation (the old abandoned house that Noah promised he would restore for Allie so that they could live there together). While visiting Charleston, South Carolina, Noah sees Allie walking down the street. He watches her go into a restaurant and smiles when he sees her, but then he witnesses Allie and Lon kissing. Devastated, Noah restores the old house, believing that if he keeps his promise to her, Allie will come back. Once he is finished building the home, Noah tries to sell it, but cannot bear to part with it.

In the present, it is evident that the elderly woman is Allie and the storyteller is Noah. However, she does not recognize their children and family due to her deteriorating dementia.
The film switches back to 1947. While trying on her wedding dress amongst family and friends, Allie reads about Noah’s house in the paper and faints. After some deep thinking, she decides to visit him. Noah and Allie talk during dinner, and Allie makes it clear that she’s getting married. They reminisce on their memories together, and when it is time for Allie to leave, Noah asks Allie to come back tomorrow for a surprise. The next day, Noah takes Allie out on the lake in a canoe to a picturesque setting amongst geese and they begin to talk. On the way back to the house in the rain, Allie gets upset and demands to know why Noah never wrote to her. Noah tells her he wrote to her every day for one year. He says to her that “it wasn’t over, it still isn’t over.” They kiss passionately and proceed to the house to make love. After two days of passion, Allie’s mother appears while Noah is out and says that Lon has followed her to Seabrook. Allie’s mother takes her for a drive to the lumberyard. She explains how she too once had a summer romance, and that she still watches her ex-lover sometimes. Once they drive back to Noah’s house, Allie’s mom hands her daughter the bundle of 365 letters that Noah had written, saying that she hopes Allie makes the right choice. Allie explains to Noah how Lon is in town and how the past few days had been wonderful, but very irresponsible. Noah is furious, accusing her of only loving Lon for his money, and says that if she leaves, he will hate her forever. He tells her that if she really wants to be with Lon, then she should go, because he lost her once and could do it again. Confused, Allie drives off.

Distraught, Allie stops her car, reads Noah’s goodbye letter, and then drives to the hotel where Lon is staying so she can talk about what happened. Allie says that she knows she should be with Lon, implying that she’s going to stay with him. However, the scene switches to Noah, who hears a noise from a car outside. Getting up, he sees it is Allie, who appears to have left Lon and come back to him.
Switching back to the present, Allie realizes that she and Noah are the people in the book. It is only a few minutes until she relapses again and begins yelling and pushing Noah away. Later that night Noah looks at the books and the audience finds out that Allie herself wrote the book with this message written on the front: “Read this to me, and I’ll come back to you every time.” Noah is also looking through a photo album, this tells the audience that Noah and Allie got married, had children and had a wonderful and loving life together.
The next morning the nurse finds Noah in a critical condition. He is saved from his heart attack and sneaks into Allie’s room at night when he comes back from the hospital. She wakes and is able to remember Noah and asks him whether their love is strong enough to make miracles and take them away together. Noah says that their love can do whatever they want it to do. In the morning, they are both found dead, lying peacefully side by side, holding hands. The film closes with a flock of birds flying over a lake.

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Notebook_(film)


Legends of the Fall is a 1994 epic drama film based on the 1979 novella of the same title by Jim Harrison. It was directed by Edward Zwick and stars Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and Aidan Quinn. The film was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, and Best Sound, and won the category for Best Cinematography.[1][2]
The film’s timeframe spans the decade before World War I through the Prohibition era, and into the 1930s, ending with a brief scene set in 1963. The film centers on the Ludlow family of Montana, including veteran of the Indian Wars, Colonel Ludlow, his sons, Alfred, Tristan, and Samuel, and object of the brothers’ love, Susannah.

Directed by Edward Zwick
Produced by Marshall Herskovitz
William D. Wittliff
Edward Zwick
Written by Jim Harrison (novella)
Susan Shilliday
William D. Wittliff
Starring Brad Pitt
Anthony Hopkins
Aidan Quinn
Julia Ormond
Henry Thomas
Music by James Horner
Cinematography John Toll
Editing by Steven Rosenblum
Studio Bedford Falls Productions
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date(s) December 16, 1994
Running time 133 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million
Gross revenue $66,502,573

Sick of the betrayals the United States government has perpetrated on the Native Americans, Colonel William Ludlow (Anthony Hopkins) retires to a remote part of Montana with One Stab, a Native American friend, where they build a ranch. Accompanying them are hired hand Decker, Decker’s Cree wife Pet and their daughter Isabel II. The Colonel’s wife, Isabel, does not adapt to the harsh winters and moves to the East Coast. Colonel Ludlow has three sons: Alfred, the eldest, is responsible and cautious; Tristan is wild and well-versed in American Indian traditions; Samuel, the youngest, is educated but naive and constantly watched over by his brothers.

At age 12, Tristan touches a sleeping grizzly bear. The bear awakens and slashes at Tristan, injuring him, but he stabs at the bear’s paw and cuts off a claw.
As the boys grow up, Samuel returns from Harvard with his fiancée, Susannah Fincannon. She finds Tristan captivating, but loves Samuel. Before they can marry, Samuel tells his family that he is leaving for Calgary to join the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and aid Britain[3] in the fight against Germany. Much to their father’s displeasure, Alfred and Tristan also depart.
During World War I, the brothers find themselves in the 10th Battalion, CEF.[4] Alfred, commissioned as an officer, leads a charge into no man’s land. Tristan abandons his unit to be at Samuel’s side. The attack is repulsed with heavy casualties, and Alfred is wounded. While visiting Alfred in the field hospital, Tristan learns that Samuel has volunteered for a dangerous reconnaissance mission. He rushes off to protect his brother but arrives too late to save him from being killed. Devastated, Tristan holds Samuel until he dies, then cuts out Samuel’s heart, which he sends home to be buried on his father’s ranch. Seething with hatred, Tristan single-handedly raids behind German lines, killing two gunners. To the horror of his fellow soldiers, he returns to camp with the scalps of German soldiers hanging around his neck. He is discharged from army service but does not go home. Alfred returns to Montana and proposes marriage to Susannah, but she declines.

Tristan returns home, where Susannah finds him weeping over Samuel’s grave. Susannah tries to comfort him, and they become lovers. A jealous Alfred confronts Tristan and later leaves to make his name in Helena. Tristan’s relationship with Susannah is doomed by his guilt and pain for failing to protect Samuel, as well
as feeling responsible for driving Alfred away. These demons force him to go travelling for several years. At the ranch, Susannah waits for him but eventually receives a letter: “All we had is dead. As I am dead. Marry another.” Alfred finds her weeping on the porch and tries to comfort her. Colonel Ludlow finds them together, leading to an argument and falling out between the Colonel and Alfred. Colonel Ludlow later suffers a stroke. He does not speak for years and the ranch deteriorates. In time Susannah agrees to marry Alfred, now a congressman. Alfred’s business and politics cause him to get involved with the O’Banion brothers, bootleggers and gangsters.
Tristan returns during Prohibition, bringing life back to the ranch and his father. He accepts Susannah’s marriage to his brother and later falls in love with and marries Isabel II. They have two children, the eldest being a boy named Samuel in honor of his late brother. Life seems to become normal again for Tristan as he finds true happiness in his young family. Tristan becomes involved in small-scale smuggling bootleg liquor, finding himself at odds with the O’Banion brothers. Tristan’s wife is accidentally killed by a police officer working for the O’Banions, and in a fit of agonized grief Tristan beats the officer nearly to death and has to serve thirty days in jail. Susannah visits, but Tristan refuses her advances and insists she “go home to Alfred”. After his release, Tristan and Decker kill those responsible for Isabel II’s death, including one of the O’Banion brothers.
Susannah commits suicide after realizing she cannot live without Tristan. When the remaining O’Banion brother comes for Tristan, he and the corrupt sheriff are killed by Colonel Ludlow and Alfred as Tristan attempts to protect his father. Alfred reconciles with his father and brother. Tristan, knowing he will be blamed for the men’s disappearance, leaves for the mountain country after asking Alfred to take care of his children. Over time, everyone in Tristan’s life dies before him. As an old man, Tristan enters a clearing to investigate an animal carcass and is set upon by a grizzly bear. He draws his knife and fights it. As they struggle, the image freeze-frames as One Stab narrates: “It was a good death”.

The film opened in limited release on December 23, 1994 and made $14 million in its first weekend in wide release a month later. It went on to have a final box office total of $66 million.[5]
Although released in the hopes of being an Academy Award frontrunner, the film was nominated for just three awards, in none of the major categories. It won for best cinematographer John Toll. The film was much more successful at the Golden Globes, where it was nominated for Best Picture (Drama), Best Actor (Drama), and Best Director. The film has a 63% positive review from critics on Rotten Tomatoes (although the “Top Critics” rating, based on the reviews of critics from major publications, is only 44% positive). Roger Ebert describes it as “pretty good … with full-blooded performances and heartfelt melodrama.” On the other hand, Rita Kempley of the Washington Post says “…the yarn doesn’t so much sweep as sprawl across the screen in all its panoramic idiocy.”

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legends_of_the_Fall

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