THE KREUTZER SONATA
2008, 99 min, USA, Dir: Bernard Rose

Inspired by a Leo Tolstoy short story (which was itself inspired by the Beethoven composition of the title), this sexually explicit drama measures the toll that unbridled jealousy takes on a marriage. Edgar (Danny Huston) and Abigail (Elisabeth Röhm) have been together four years and have two children, though at the expense of her career as a pianist; when she begins rehearsing a duet with a violinist (Matthew Yang King), Edgar becomes convinced that the two are having an affair.


IVANS XTC
2000, 93 min, UK/USA, Dir: Bernard Rose

Director Bernard Rose’s (CANDYMAN) adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s novella The Death of Ivan Ilyich centers on a towering performance by Danny Huston as movie agent Ivan Beckman, whose greatest career triumph coincides with a diagnosis of terminal cancer. The self-serving girlfriend (Lisa Enos), director (James Merendino) and star (a wonderful Peter Weller) who surround Ivan but remain oblivious to his situation make this a stinging indictment of Hollywood at first glance, but by the final frame, this HD-shot drama emerges as something much deeper. Nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Director and Best Male Lead.


MR. NICE
2010, MPI Media Group, 121 min, UK/Spain, Dir: Bernard Rose

Inspired by Howard Marks’ popular autobiography, this sprawling cannabis tale recounts the Welshman’s rise to the top of the drug-smuggling world of the 1960s and 1970s, and his later reinvention as a marijuana evangelist. Rhys Ifans and Chloë Sevigny play Marks and his wife, Judy, with able support from Crispin Glover, David Thewlis and Ken Russell (yep, the famous director) as well as a fine Philip Glass score.


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