Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Women Men - Stories of Seduction|
Actors: Beau Bridges, Melanie Griffith, Dominic Hawksley, Ray Liotta, Louis Mahoney
Directors: Frederic Raphael, Ken Russell, Tony Richardson
Genres: Drama, Television
A short-film anthology that brings to life three famous short stories: "Hills Like White Elephants," "The Man in the Brooks Brothers Suit," and "Dusk Before Fireworks."
An excellent set of shorts, based on short story classics
Alan Nitikman | Oklahoma City, OK USA | 12/06/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"These 3 short pieces were unexpectedly excellent. The actors involved are - of course - stars, but the title suggests sexy late-night viewing. They are about seduction, but they are also about how to realize a short story on the screen and how bring a character fully to life in a few minutes. The first two pieces have stuck in my mind ever since I first saw them, especially the second.In the first piece, Beau Bridges is a smooth, sleazy traveling salesman on the make. If he didn't make the character so damned likeable, the piece wouldn't work. Elizabeth McGovern does her innocent, unsophisticated girl perfectly, and the piece becomes a dance with a predictable result. It is so well done, and so quickly paced, that it is fun to watch, despite that predictability.The "Hills Like White Elephants," an adaptation of Ernest Hemingway, starring Melanie Griffith & James Woods, took my breath away. Melanie Griffith has done her share of cute, lisping roles, but her work in this piece, especially given Hemingway's general lack of interest in his female characters, is just amazing. James Woods is always intense, but he was matched, almost blown off the screen, by Griffith. It was a revelation.As an actor, I have recommended this film to those who want to see some outstanding acting in an intense and rarely seen short form. For those that have said that Melanie Griffith is just "cute" and not that much of an actress, I prescribe the second story."