Nothing Human Loves Forever
Miriam and John are an elegant couple with a dark secret: they are vampires. Feeding on human blood, Miriam has lived for over 2000 years. She gave her lover the gift of eternal life and together they hunt. But John begins aging rapidly, he seeks the help of Dr. Sarah Roberts. Miriam is immediately drawn to Sarah, desiring her as her next immortal companion...
Stylish debut! I now see Tony Scott acclimated his editing style from the get-go. It's edited like a seasoned master. The cast is full of pros. The atmosphere is chilling. The color scheme looks gorgeous. It's sexy as hell and the blood use is very effective. The story though... a little muddled and confusing, yet rightfully simple. I was very surprised at how well many aspects of this hold up, and it'd work marvelously as a double-bill with the other Scott brother's debut, The Duellists, also very haunting and assured with it's editing.
Bowie and Deneuve in a shower scene? It's a wonder the camera lens didn't crack, overwhelmed by so much beauty.
It's only through vicarious consumption that I know about the more recent trends for vampire-themed absolutely everything, so whilst watching The Hunger I felt that only in Buffy the TV series had the blood-supping immortals been anywhere near this sexy, hideous, malevolent and sympathetic all at once. It also features a great rarity: non-tacky portrayal of lesbian vampires (more accurately, bisexual female ones).
Arthouse in its look and sound (Bauhaus followed by classical), with a horror and sci-fi theme, the direction, casting and performances turned what seems - now - like a pretty standard story into something very special and influential.
This film sucks.
Erm, right, seriously watch it for Bowie, the rest is just a bunch of pretentious tittle tattle.
Who knew that vampires and lesbian erotica could be THIS BORING?
The opening credits (set to Bauhaus's great "Bela Lugosi's Dead") are awesome, as is the ghoulish finale, but everything in between is a beautifully photographed, meticulously lighted...snore.
Catherine Deneuve stars (meaning there are more shots of her staring blankly into space than there are shots of David Bowie and Susan Sarandon staring blankly into space) as a 2,000 year-old Egyptian (???) vampire who takes a new lover every few hundred years when the old lover literally starts to fall apart. The movie takes place during the window of time when Bowie is falling apart and Sarandon is looking tasty.
If you took out all the pretentious slow-motion, weird editing, and all those blank stares, you would have MAYBE 30 minutes of story. But it sure does look pretty.
MACABRE MARATHON : DAY 4
A very engaging and stylistic drama, full of great performances and cinematography. Opening with Bauhaus' "Bela Lugosi's Dead" was a great unexpected touch, as the song has been always been an essential part to all my Halloween music playlists (and I have created them for many years!).
The script was simply full of implication, for example they never (at least to my knowledge) said the word 'vampire', even though it meets all the connotations of a vampire film, which was very much appreciated. The music was also brilliant and an integral part of the film.
David Bowie's performance was remarkable, particularly when he is unrecognisable - which reminds me of how much I enjoyed reading…
Slow and oddly plotted, but aesthetically pleasing. Didn't play to it's strengths, namely the charisma of the the cast. Some real gems hinted at in the script, but never fully explored to my satisfaction. Didn't know I was waiting my whole life to watch a Catherine Denevue/Susan Sarandon sex scene, but now it's happened, my life is all downhill from here.
Bela Lugosi's dead. End.
[AVC Watch This] Really doesn't feel like a Tony Scott movie. I guess there are some rapid editing at times. And really those times are the best parts of the movie - the opening and when Susan Sarandon is having flashback.
The soundtrack - something that Scott became very good with - was pretty jaring most of the time.
Μισό αστεράκι για το Bela Lugosi Is Dead, μισό για τον Μπάουι και ένα για το "μπιφτέκι" Σάραντον - Ντενέβ (χριστέ μου πώς μιλάω έτσι).
Publiqué el 19/03/2011:
Cuando salimos de ver The Hunger, Isa y yo dijimos: Nuestra primera hija se llamará Mallihka...
2011-03-19 11:30:56 (+00:00)
Y el 20/08/2012:
¡Ah cabrón! RT @chicagotribune: Reports: 'Top Gun' director Tony Scott dies after jumping off bridge. Details soon at t.co/d7MC1FOI
2012-08-20 01:40:25 (EDT)
Agree :-( RT @joshuathomasg: I can't believe Tony Scott died! What a sad day. True Romance will forever be one of my favorite films.
2012-08-20 01:42:34 (EDT)
"El Ansia" y "True romance" son piezas inolvidables en una carrera irregular pero fecunda. Recordar a Tony Scott por "Top gun" es casi cruel
2012-08-20 01:55:57 (EDT)
The hunger has great atmosphere and Catherine Deneuve ist so unbelievable beautiful. The ending was kinda dull, but overall I enjoyed this early scott very much.
Hothouse lusty and boldly audacious. Feels both more of its time and way ahead.
This film is pretty much responsible for my descent into goth music during my teen years. For that i need to thank it for introducing me to Bauhaus, and also for convincing me that David Bowie is a vampire.