May 02, 2003 to be more coherent and concise, malkovich read the novel the dancer upstairs, liked it, and immediately bought the rights. My book club read the dancer upstairs by nick shakespeare, and it was enjoyed by all. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the enter key is pressed. Nicholas shakespeare novel, nicholas shakespeare screenplay. John malkovichs the dancer upstairs was filmed before 911, and is based on a novel published in 1997, but has an eerie timeliness in its. Though based on fact, the ending of the movie, especially when yolandas character drastically changes direction, is not convincing. The subtle cinematic clash of titanic ideas makes the film a mustsee for philosophy buffs and patrons of the big screen. The dancer upstairs, john malkovichs directorial debut, is a stoic tease of a movie. John malkovichs directorial debut, the dancer upstairs, is based on nicholas shakespeares 1995 novel by the same name. The dancer upstairs marks john malkovichs debut as a film director, but its hardly his first time in the directors chair.
Met javier bardem, juan diego botto en laura morante. I loved the movie and wasnt disappointed by the book, great novel on the hunt for the shinning path leader. Watch the dancer upstairs 2003 movie webdl this is a file losslessly ripped from a streaming service, such as netflix, amazon video, hulu, crunchyroll, discovery go, bbc iplayer, etc. Malkovichs first film is a triumphant and terrifically stylish exercise in moviemaking. Apr 20, 2019 the dancer upstairs 2003 movie overview. Film isnt about what really is, film is about what appears to be, says malkovich. Each revelation shifts our allegiances, tilting the axis of the book. Exceprt from the dancer upstairs i crossed the yard to the old depot. The dancer upstairs 2002 rotten tomatoes movie trailers. With a clever grahamgreeneesque script, choice acting by the whole ensemble especially bardem, fine music by alberto iglesias, and the strong directorial control of malkovich, the film zips along. The persistent but nottoodistracting edge haloing that goes on throughout the film is the worst thing that can be said about the transfer.
Dancer upstairs anamorphic closedcaptioned colour dolby. British journalist john dyer, about to be reassigned when his paper opts to close its south american bureau, pursues one. The dancer upstairs is an absorbing story, very well directed, but if it aims for clarity, it falls a bit short. In an unusually rich, daringly graphic novel of love and terror, one of englands finest young talents returns to the setting of his awardwinning novel, the vision of elena silvesa country not unlike peruto tell the story of agustin rejas and his manhunt for the terrorist rebel leader, ezequiel. Miranda is a crew member of a nightly radio programmme. Mirandas daily dog walking strolls are excuses to pursue sexual encounters. John malkovich s the dancer upstairs was filmed before 911, and is based on a novel published in 1997, but has an eerie timeliness in its treatment of a terrorist movement that works as much through fear as though violence. A police detective in a south american country is dedicated to hunting down a. The commentary track for foxs dvd of the dancer upstairs, by director john malkovich and star javier bardem, begins four minutes into the film. Until then, the dancer upstairs makes for rewarding viewing. She and her husband felix, a cop, are parents of a girl. The film is an adaptation of the book the dancer upstairs by.
The dancer upstairs is a 2002 spanishamerican crime thriller film produced and directed by john. Although never specifically identified in the book or in the subsequent film, this book. An accomplished and ambitious directorial debut from john malkovich, the dancer upstairs is adapted by the british writer nicholas shakespeare from his own novel, which itself was inspired by. Nicholas shakespeare wrote the dancer upstairs twiceas an intriguing novel in 1995 and a screenplay that became a riveting film in 2002. It is based on the maoist insurgency of the 1980s in peru, and tells the story of agustin rejas. Released may 2nd, 2003, the dancer upstairs stars javier bardem, juan diego botto, laura morante, elvira minguez the r movie has a runtime of about 2 hr min, and received a score of 64 out. The version sold by amazon as an instant video product is at best a 3 star, and maybe a 2 star. The dancer upstairs is a 1995 novel by nicholas shakespeare. The reason is that key parts of the plot are spoken in the language quechua. The world of the dancer upstairs is closer to conrad, with ezequiel a kind of kurtz figure whose jungle is everywhere.
An aspiring screenwriter would do well to read the novel and then to watch the film. An accomplished and ambitious directorial debut from john malkovich, the dancer upstairs is adapted by the british writer nicholas shakespeare from his. All the dots are there but malkovich and shakespeare who adapted his book for the screen. For more celebrity interviews, movie trailers, and entertainment news. Most filmmakers jump right in to tell you what they. The dancer upstairs 2003 stream and watch online moviefone. It is based on the maoist insurgency of the 1980s in peru, and tells the story of agustin rejas, a police lieutenant later promoted to captain, hunting a terrorist based on abimael guzman, leader of the shining path.
The dancer upstairs, on the other hand, could use some. True, the film is a trifle slow at times but this just shows that malkovich will not be rushed when the material itself demands deliberation and care. The dancer upstairs the books the book club abc tv. Its like watching a courtroom drama where the very ideas by which we live our lives are put on trial, and were not yet certain whodunit. It vividly creates a world unnerved by the menace of political instability, and its varied effect on the citizenry. The book was inspired by the capture of the peruvian terrorist. Its a sophisticated film, a thriller for audiences willing to think, but its primary currency is emotional rather than intellectual. As is often the case with smaller, independent, or arty films, the dvd release will no doubt give this title more life than it received in the theaters. The dancer upstairs by nicholas shakespeare goodreads. In 2002 it was given a film adaptation under the same title references. Violence is definitely a key ingredient of the dancer upstairs, but it is not visually stimulating blood and beatings, but rather the instantaneous bullet or bomb, relentlessly repeated within a failing nations rising death toll.
Financial analysis of the dancer upstairs 2003 including budget, domestic and international box office gross, dvd and bluray sales reports, total earnings and profitability. I wish i could have read the screenplay, but i was unable to find a copy either for sale or free on the internet. The dancer upstairs by nicholas shakespeare librarything. In a sequel of sorts to his awardwinning novel the vision of elena silves 1990, shakespeare again explores an explosive situation in latin america inspired by the shining path insurrection in peru, deftly mingling love and suspense in a powerful, persuasive narrative. At two and a quarter hours, the running time is a bit indulgent, but the dancer upstairs is a quality film in the tradition of those exciting costagavras thrillers like z and state of siege. The dancer upstairs by john malkovich javier bardem, juan. The dancer upstairs taunts with elusive and illusory imagery to be mined for meaning. Malkovich proves his devotion to actors, lingering on them during. In the dancer upstairs, author nicholas shakespeare poses questions both personal and universal in his telling of the tracking and capture of ezequiel, a peruvian revolutionary modeled on the real shining path leader abimael guzman, who was eventually captured in september 1992. Nicholas shakespeare, who wrote the screenplay and the novel upon which its based, served as a reporter during perus manhunt for the leader of the maoist terrorist group shining path. The story of detective agustin rejas, a man clinging to the hope of an impossible love in an impossible world. I have had this book on my shelf for years, i had thought it was going to be something like maos last dancer. The dancer upstairs john malkovich has made a clever movie about the hunt for a fat, cardiganwearing philosophy professor with blood on his hands.
The dancer upstairs is a 2002 spanishamerican crime thriller film produced and directed by john malkovich in his directorial debut, and starring javier bardem, juan diego botto and laura morante. The indian quechua language is indigenous to peru, ecuador and bolivia, so its difficult to place the narrative of this fictional tale anywhere but peru, where a bloody revolutionary struggle similar to this has been going on for decades. The dancer upstairs is a story reminiscent of graham greene and john le carr tense, intricate and heartbreaking. A police detective in a south american country is dedicated to hunting down a revolutionary guerilla leader. Malkovich brings a quality touch to his directorial debut. And eventually, you begin to see additional layers to the movie that you had missed before. To be more coherent and concise, malkovich read the novel the dancer upstairs, liked it, and immediately bought the rights. Jul 27, 2015 the dancer upstairs interview interview with javier bardem. John malkovichs intelligent, talky and ultimately slow directorial debut the dancer upstairs comes to dvd. Shakespeares own screenplay adaptation of the novel is inspired by the tale of perus shining path leader dr abimael guzman aka chairman gonzalo. On the dvd, the quechua parts are subtitled in english.
Although the movie is about a half hour too long, real languor begins to set in only during the final stretches. Foxs dvd of the dancer upstairs is a stunning transfer of a movie shot on beautiful locations in ecuador. John malkovich and javier bardem at an event for the dancer upstairs 2002 javier. The dancer upstairs 2001, directed by john malkovich film. The dancer upstairs is intelligently scripted, beautifully photographed, nicely paced and wellacted. In 2002 it was given a film adaptation under the same title. Nov 19, 2010 whether because they split the final book in half or its just one of the easiest to translate to the screen, harry potter and the deathly hallows part 1 is the movie most loyal to the book its. Filmed in ecuador, it stars javier bardem as augustin, an inward.
The dancer upstairs from the guardian the guardian. The dancer upstairs 2001, directed by john malkovich. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Dec 05, 2002 the world of the dancer upstairs is closer to conrad, with ezequiel a kind of kurtz figure whose jungle is everywhere. He has risen to the ranks of detective as an insurgent movement is bubbling that threatens to topple the government.
The movie itself, as released by the studio, is a 4 or 5 star movie. The readers changing sympathies fall into a sort of dance with the story itself. The dancer upstairs, like its painstakingly selfreflective protagonist flawlessly portrayed by the amazing bardem, refuses to pull its many threads all together, to name its outcome or claim. The dancer upstairs is presented in anamorphic widescreen on this dvd edition of the film, which preserves its 1. The dancer upstairs is, like its director, sleek, mysterious and intelligent. The dancer upstairs interview interview with javier bardem. Anamorphic closedcaptioned colour dolby dubbed dvdvideo ntsc subtitled widescreen. A doctor and a married mans extended affair affects the lives of not only the men involved but the wife as well. But its precisely this unconventional style that gives the dancer upstairs its edge. The dancer upstairs nicholas shakespeare, author nan a. Customers who viewed this item also viewed these digital items. A film of the book was made in 2002, directed by john malkovich and with a screenplay written by shakespeare. Tracking ezequiel, a delusional anarchist who incites the downtrodden masses to join in his brutal revolution against the fascist government in their unnamed latin american country, rejas finds solace in his sense of selfrespect and the joy that his daughter and wife bring him. The film is an adaptation of the book the dancer upstairs by nicholas shakespeare, who also wrote the screenplay.
It tells a fictionalized account of the pursuit of the enigmatic leader of a peruvian guerilla group. Interestingly id been discussing bel canto recently and then read the dancer upstairs and realizrd that the rebels in bel canto were most likely to have been based on the shining light revolutionaries depicted in this book. But until its lasthalf hour or so, it is also, unfortunately, mindnumbing. Malkovich was a charter member of the nowprestigious steppenwolf theater company in chicago, where he split time between acting and directing, developing the versatility that has earned him regard as one of the best character actors in the business.713 1392 133 131 423 180 813 1376 88 494 1436 601 38 1437 1028 1515 322 1251 1541 870 2 1139 65 1214 411 835 877 1180 1137 194 1242 295 752 1316 408