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Movie Review: 'Before Night Falls'

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Before Night Falls

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
125 minutes
Limited Release Date:
12/22/00
Wide Release Date:
01/26/01
performer:
Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, Andrea Di Stefano, Diego Luna, Olivier Martinez, Sean Penn
director:
Julian Schnabel
Producers:
Grandview Pictures
distributor:
Fine Line Features, Warner Home Video
author:
70572, 61587, 69113
genre:
Drama

We gave it an A

Julian Schnabel’s lyrical and wounding biographical epic may be the first dramatic feature to take us deep inside the lush, crumbling fortress of Fidel Castro’s Cuba. As the gay novelist and poet Reinaldo Arenas, who became a prisoner of the Castro regime, Javier Bardem, wearing a melancholy half-smile as ambiguous as the Mona Lisa’s, carries himself with a mournful, catlike tentativeness. The film zigzags before us in a manner as heady and unpredictable as it must have felt to the man who lived it. A

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