Review of the Movies, "The Last Tango in Paris", "Barefoot in the Park," "The Green Mile"

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 10th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1l8__5s8/
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The following is a review of three movies, "The Last Tango in Paris," was listed under erotica, 'Barefoot in the Park" is a wonderful comedy and "The Green Mile, is a prison drama. The major stars in these movies were: Marlon Brando, Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, and Tom Hanks.

Last Tango in Paris

Last Tango in Paris originally released in 1972, is a film classified under the genre of erotica. The film was quite provocative film of its day because of the sexual nature.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci Main Characters:

Paul - Marlon Brando Jeanne - Maria Schneider

This movie is all about sex and sexual fantasies of Bertolucci himself, hidden in the character, simply known as Paul. Paul, American living in Paris combs the streets of Paris looking for love. He meets a young woman who is looking to rent an apartment, a very impersonal affair continues where the couple have sex continually in the apartment but no names or personal information is to be divulged.

Paul is rather brutish and Jeanne masochistic. The scene with the butter was the talk of the town at the time. There is a macabre scene with Paul talking to his dead wife displayed on the bed surrounded in flowers. This is the first time we get a glimpse of the man that Paul is and the anger he displays for his dead wife, perhaps even taking this anger out on the young Jeanne, who is only 20 years old, while he is 45. Jeanne finally decides to free herself of this sexual depravity at the very time Paul begins to open up to her. Jeanne is getting married and ready to leave Paul behind but is Paul ready to give her up?

I am no sexual prude but I was disturbed by this said to be classic for its very poor image of women being sexual objects.

Barefoot in the Park

If you enjoy a whimsical wacky vintage movie you will enjoy Barefoot in the Park.

Release: 1967 Genre: Romance, comedy Director: Gene Saks Screenplay: Neil Simon

Characters:

Paul Bratter: Robert Redford Corie Bratter: Jane Fonda Victor Velesco: Charles Boyer Mildred Natwick: Ethel Banks

The story revolves around the Bratters, a young married couple who find an apartment, which is a dump on the sixth floor of a new york tenement building, but what makes the apartment's only redeeming quality is the rather bizarre and exotic neighbor, Victor Velesco, played by the great Charles Boyer.

The Green Mile

The Green Mile to the chair Released 1999 Based on the Stephen King Novel Screenplay by Frank Darabond Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy Four time Oscar winner and winner of several other awards such as the Peoples choice awards.

Set in a prison in the 1930's, The Green Mile is a wonderful, powerful account, of the lives of death row inmates and the guards who watch over them. But with all Stephen King novels there has to be something far from the ordinary to be happening here. We find that out quickly when a huge 8 foot massive beast of a man by the name of John Coffey played by Michael Clarke Duncan is sent to the prison, accused of raping and killing twin girls.

Though the rest of the prison guards do not care, Paul Edgecomb, played by Tom Hanks, can't help but notice that this man is very different. He is accused of rape and murder yet he is so childlike in many ways, he is afraid of the dark and can't sleep without a light on, he is gentle and simple and loves a very strange little mouse by the name of Mr. Jingles..

Paul begins to believe this man just could not do the things he was accused of doing. He also discovers there is something very special about this gentle soul. He has the power to heal sickness. He also heals Paul from a urinary tract infection and Paul smuggles him out of the prison one evening to heal a woman suffering from cancer.

My thoughts


Unless you have a heart of stone you will fall in love with this movie and you will love John Coffey. I was impressed with Duncan's performance and that of the great Tom Hanks, I could feel the emotion that his character had to be going through. He had a job to perform yet he knew in his heart this man was not guilty, and he did all he could to find out what happened and who actually did do the killing.


All photos taken from the public domain


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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar peachpurple
10th Nov 2015 (#)

sounds like a good movie

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author avatar Sherri Granato
10th Nov 2015 (#)

I have watched two of the three. They are definite classics. Green Mile was unnerving. I love how you classified Barefoot in the Park as a whimsy vintage. Cute. Great reviews. Congrats on that gold star too.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
10th Nov 2015 (#)

Interesting post!

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