THE RAZOR’S EDGE
1946, 20th Century Fox, 145 min, USA, Dir: Edmund Goulding

A young man returns from World War I and searches for the meaning of life while surrounded by his unhappy and more materialistic friends. Based on the novel of the same name by W. Somerset Maugham, this was Tyrone Power's first film after his return from WWII. It was to serve as a signal to him that the head of the studio, Darryl F. Zanuck, was going to allow him to do more serious roles. The signal proved false. Also starring Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb, John Payne and Anne Baxter (who won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award). THE RAZOR'S EDGE was the biggest grossing film for 20th Century Fox in 1946 and nominated for three other Oscars, including Best Picture.


THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING
1988, Saul Zaentz Co., 171 min, USA, Dir: Philip Kaufman

Director Philip Kaufman’s sublime adaptation of Milan Kundera’s almost unfilmable novel, with Daniel Day-Lewis in one of his finest performances as Tomas, a free-spirit Czech doctor torn between the love of vulnerable Tereza (Juliette Binoche), whom he marries, and worldly Sabina (Lena Olin), as all three are caught in the turmoil of the 1968 Soviet invasion. Jean-Claude Carrière collaborated with Kaufman on the masterfully balanced screenplay. “What is remarkable about THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING … is not the sexual content itself but the way Kaufman has been able to use it as an avenue for a complex story, one of nostalgia, loss, idealism and romance.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago-Sun Times.


THE DAYS TO COME
ELS DIES QUE VINDRAN
2019, Film Factory, 97 min, Spain, Dir: Carlos Marques-Marcet

Carlos Marques-Marcet’s third feature-length film follows a couple in Barcelona, Vir (Maria Rodríguez Soto) and Lluís (David Verdaguer), who have only been dating for a year when they discover they have become pregnant. The film has a compelling documentary quality, in that the actors are a real-life couple expecting their first child. Marques-Marcet seizes this opportunity to create a hybrid film that offers an intimate and realistic view into the joys, fears and challenges of pregnancy, and the radical change it brings to a relationship. The film took home several awards at the recent Málaga film festival. “A film that's neither quite documentary nor quite fiction, and all the more intense because of that.” - Jonathan Holland, Hollywood Reporter.


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