Friday, 19 March 2010

4 Great Biopics You May Have Missed

This guest post is contributed by Pamelia Brown, who writes on the topics of associate degree . She welcomes your comments at her email Id:
Walk the Line, Ali, and The Aviator were all critically acclaimed films that were also huge blockbusters. Major movie stars that happen to be at the peak their career headline stories about entertainers and public figures who are just as dynamic, and they become films that everyone puts on their must-see list. But this list highlights four great biopics that you may have missed, or just forgotten about. They deserve to be seen, too.
The Spirit of St. Louis
 Jimmy Stewart famously depicted Charles Lindbergh in this 1957 film directed by Billy Wilder. In the movie, Lindbergh prepares for and flies across the Atlantic in his plane, "Spirit of St. Louis," as he struggles with technical problems and his own faith. Recent movies like Aviator and Amelia may have better cinematography for up-in-the-air shots, but this is a classic movie that Stewart takes to another level.
The Last Emperor 
This 1987 film deals with the story of the last emperor of China, Puyi, and it is directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, who won an Academy Award for the movie. While China has a reputation for banning movies and propaganda that it believes undermine the integrity of the country, Bertolucci was granted official permission to film inside The Forbidden City. The Last Emperor earned nine total Academy Awards, an Oscar for every category in which it was entered.
La Vie En Rose
Marion Cotillard won an Oscar for La Vie en Rose in 2009, but the French-language film was still not a blockbuster hit in the United States. Cotillard played legendary singer Edith Piaf, who was one of the most popular entertainers in France, especially during World War II. The young and graceful Marion Cotillard transformed herself into a rough, sad and often crude woman in a film that is supremely emotional and colorful.
Mrs. Brown
Hollywood loves making movies about English aristocracy, and films like Elizabeth, The Queen, The Other Boleyn Girl and The Duchess have all starred famous actresses and performed well at the box office. The 1997 film directed by John Madden Mrs. Brown stars Judi Dench -- who has appeared in other English royalty films -- as Queen Victoria during her grieving widow years. As she befriends a Scottish houseman, Queen Victoria emerges from her isolation and learns how to live and rule again. The film was nominated for two Oscars, and won numerous other awards, including two BAFTAS and a Golden Globe.
Four excellent biopics. Have you seen any?


Mike Lippert said...

Ha, you are right, I've missed all of these except the Last Emperor. Thanks for the tips, they're now on my list.

Walter L. Hollmann said...

Ah, The Spirit of St. Louis. Haven't seen it since I was eight years old and my friend's grandpa put on TV. I do remember James Stewart trying to stay awake, though. And La Vie en Rose was among My Top Ten the year it came out. Cotillard is such a fantastic actress, and that performance is one for the books. Almost saw Mrs. Brown the other night, but it was 4:00am and I was tired...

Burning Reels said...

Never seen Spirit of St Louis!

In terms of the others, i'd rank them as follows:

The Last Emperor
Mrs Brown
Le Vie en Rose (wasn't a fan)

Has Bertolucci retired now?

CrazyCris said...

I'll have to look for the Jimmy Stewart one! The others I've seen, and actually rewatched La Môme (original title of La Vie en Rose) last week on dvd, was trying to get my family to watch something "different" (i.e. in French!) and the loved it!

Those are great examples!

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

good work pamelia. i've never even heard about that stewart/wilder piece and i keep forgetting how good mrs. brown is.