The Man Who Cried

The Man Who Cried

DVD - 2001
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Set against a romantic Parisian backdrop, the lives of four strangers, an innocent woman with a dangerous secret, a seductive cabaret dancer, a mysterious stranger, and an unscrupulous operatic tenor, collide on one fateful evening when secrecy is a matter of survival.

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66BENN
Jan 21, 2013

I thought the beginning was excrutiating in development of the storyline, and that it turned around anf got better about 1/3 into it. There are some moments, and I thought Cate Blanchett was impressive. Never heard of this movie until now. Surprising, given the cast. Ending was horrible. That part gave it a "based on a true story" feel; don't know if it was, or not.

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Monolith
Jun 25, 2012

The beginning of this movie was initially compelling, as the viewer cannot help but empathize with the hardships and sorrows of the poor, frightened little girl - all alone in the world. Fast forward to her becoming a young woman, 'Suzie', (Christina Ricci), eventually in Paris as an entertainer. While Ricci gives a confident performance, the story is scattered, and does not have the momentum it originally had. I was expecting an arduous journey from daughter after her father, but that was put on the back-burner. Instead we get these cartoon characters as her colleagues/'friends': Cate Blanchett as 'Lola', an unlikable Russian dancer, Johnny Depp as 'Cesar', some Rico Suavé gypsy character with limited dialogue, and John Turturro as 'Dante', a narcissistic Italian opera singer, obviously and comically mouthing the overdubbed songs. (Even the characters' names are ridiculous.) The strongest part of this story (daughter separated from father) was downplayed and we're left with some pretty cheezy stuff. The plot just fell short of what could have been something better.

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Jun 25, 2012

(Cesar's horse defecates on the stage) Dante: "That's it! Finished! Finito! No more horses! No more sh*t on the stage! No more dirt in the theater!" Felix Perlman (producer): "Dante, please, don't take it personally... Th-the horse was not making a comment on your performance..."

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