|Another Country (DVD, 2004, 20th Anniversary Edition) (DVD, 2004)|
|Another Country DVD 2004, 20th Anniversary Edition) Colin Firth RARE OOP!|
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|ANOTHER COUNTRY (DVD 2004 20th Anniversary Edition) COLIN FIRTH, RUPERT EVERETT|
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From Julian Mitchell's play and novel, "Another Country" is based upon the 1930's Burgess-Maclean gay spy scandal.
In the 1930s, an upper-class British socialist Tommy Judd (Colin Firth) & young gay man Guy Bennett (Rupert Everett) are at the end of public school at Eton. Tommy, the activist Marxist intellectual, practices noncooperation with Eton's social hierarchy. In contrast, Guy, when not cruising for handsome young men, is aiming to become an upper-classman in the social hierarchy that Tommy protests.
Unfortunately a teacher discovers the pair of gay students & maniacally names them. Afterwards one commits suicide; school scandal ensues. Although the administration & loyal students try to ensure the scandal doesn't tarnish the school's or Alumns' reputation.
Since gay sexuality is common place & Guy's had sex with most of the prefects in his house, as he strives to climb to be top prefect, the adminstration's new restrictive regulations bother him. Putting a stop on Guy's (Oscar) Wildean actions when he's in love with James Harcourt (Cary Elwes), a dream partner another houses, Guy's especially perturbed.
When autocratic prefect Fowler (Tristan Oliver) intercepts a love letter from Guy to James, Guy is sentenced to brutal beatings. This puts an end to Guy's cooperation with the British power and class system. Tommy's communist teaching at last makes an impression. Guy becomes a spy in exile living in Soviet Moscow.
Actors Everett & Firth played in the original London theater production with Kenneth Branagh & Daniel Day-Lewis. A factual movie about the Burgess-Maclean gay spy scandal is well done in the made for TV film "An Englishman Abroad"~
I have owned Another Country on VHS but was delighted to purchase this restored version on DVD with amazing specials. "Another Country" is not a story for the squeamish. But if you like real emotion and honest to goodness life issues you will enjoy this film. The young Rupert Everett, Colin Firth and Cary Elwes are marvelous in this tale of English youth struggling with sexual and political identity at a British boys school.
One of the specials that tempted me to buy this version is a segment recorded from the orginal stage play of Another Country. In the stage version the role of Judd is played by a very young Kenneth Branagh. It was his first real break-through role. There is also an interview with the young actors Rupert Everett and Kenneth Branagh following the clip.
The pace is unrelenting, the characters engaging, and the cinematography is stunning. I highly recommend this film to anyone who enjoys provocative cinema.
Very good movie, & so very sensitively done. Relates the multiple-faceted life within an English military boarding school for boys. Depicts their personal relationships with one another, the inner workings of the school's politics, their rules, regulations, & the interdisciplinary actions taken, for "conduct unbecoming."
Portrays the hypocrisy, toward certain circumstances, that is always present, whether overt, or lurking just beneath the surface, that brings about public ridicule & humiliation, personal shame, & deeply tragic results.
It touches on mere glimpses, of a few of the student's relationships with their parents, especially with their fathers, that is a key to who they are, & why they feel as they do, in some instances.
Superb cast, cinematography, directing, & producing. Fantastic score colors every nuance of a scene, like a well executed painting of a landscape, & well defines each character, & their emotion, & situations portrayed. The original melodies are so very hauntingly beautiful, emotionally moving, & very poignantly unforgettable.
Not a family film, & one only for the very mature adult.
There are no bad actors, in this film. Rupert Everett shines, as Guy Bennett, & Colin Firth is incomparable, as his best friend, Tom Judd.
I enjoyed this film. I'm not one of those people that have to disect a film to give critical views. I enjoyed this movie and thought the main characters were excellent. Does make me wonder if English boarding schools are really like this. Meaning the way they run things.....wonder if they are still run this way. I read and hear different things about the school system over there.
Rupert Evert, Cary Elwes and Colin Firth doing some of their best early work. Rupert's character is a younger more rebelish version of his character in My Best Friend's Wedding. Cary is the shy quiet unsure boy just coming into his own. (See Cary in LADY JANE for his best performance ever). Colin - always good in anything he does.