I found this DVD by accident in a little resale bookstore on Brand blvd in Glendale, Ca. I was shocked that I had never heard of it and purchased it for the $17.99 and took it home. Why I loved it: many people have complained about the pace, but that is one of my favorite aspects of the film. It moves like a sensual waltz. It has a beautiful pulse that grabs onto you and lets the well exuded emotions of the characters seep into your mind like old sepia photographs that you want to stare at for hours. It is raw and full of multi-layered subtext. I loved the story. There was no censoring or <more>
trying to look pretty or appropriate. John, Johnny, Cate and Christina, as well as Harry Dean Stanton and Oleg Yankovsky were all lost in this film and only the characters they played appeared on the screen. So believable and well acted. I have read several comments about the lack of lines for Cesar Depp's character and I do not understand that. He spoke so much without needing to speak out loud, besides, it was Susie's story. Amazing cinematography and art direction. The artistic craftiness that was transferred onto the screen in this movie reminded me of a short film called "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" based on short story by Ambrose Bierce. I saw it in a film class in college and then went back to my dorm room and painted for hours while listening to Mozart's Requiem and drinking red wine. Every time I closed my eyes, I saw photographs of the movie in my mind. I love to be affected that way.
images as poetry, music as dialog (by dandelion-1)
I enjoyed this movie, much more than I thought I would reading the synopsis of the story. I was caught up by this meditation on human spirit.The cinematography created one stunning image after another, carried along by one of the most beautiful soundtracks that I have heard.Two couples, sharply contrasted; one couple told you everything about themselves, while the other revealed only what could not be hidden: Susie and Caesar were stoical, passive, watching, and waiting....as a catastrophic moment in history enveloped them.It seemed to me that the director purposely expected the viewer to <more>
participate in the story, using imagination and wonder to ponder the unanswered questions about human nature and need.The ending of the film was a bit too abrupt. I would have loved to have seen more development leading up to the resolution of Susie's journey. But it certainly didn't mar the film for me, rather it emphasized why 'The Man Who Cried' was so completely non-commercial and why it mystified and therefore angered the 'connect-the-dots' crowd.If you are in the mood for a beautiful, lyrical, non-linear poem-film, give this one a try.
For emotion, and for scenery, this movie is fabulous. Moments of sheer brilliance from actors that we expect no less from. Great musical score!Johnny Depp, can express more emotion with a look, than most actors can with a thousand words. He and Christina Ricci play well opposite each other. Cate Blanchett and John Turturro, also worked well together, though her Russian accent got old fast.The plot certainly could have been a bit stronger. Thru most of the movie, I got the feeling that scenes were cut either for time or quality and this led to a sense of disjointedness in places. But using <more>
ones own imagination, certainly filled in the gaps - as I strongly suspected the Director expected.A movie I thoroughly enjoy re-watching.
The Man Who Cried is a story about a young jewish girl Suzie Christina Ricci who during World War II, get's seperated from her father at a young age, and goes on to live in england, where she becomes a singer/dancer and starts working in a theater. Suzie meets Lola Cate Blanchett , a russian woman who also works in the theater and them two become friends and roomates. One day, Suzie falls in love with a very handsome gypsy Cesar Johnny Depp , and they become lovers. All Suzie has left of her a father is a faded picture and she still is searching for him, hoping she will reunite with him <more>
one day. This was a very beautiful movie, the characters didn't talk to much, but you could understand everything that was going on because they were showing so much emotion. The music was great too and the whole movie was just wonderful. Christina Ricci is so beautiful, you won't be able to keep your eyes away from her. I would give The Man Who Cried 9/10
Beautiful film about risk, change and difference (by marioncap)
The only reason I did not rate this film a "10" was that the Christina Ricci character Feygele/Suzie , who is supposed to be a superb singer in the era before microphones, was not dubbed by someone who can actually sing. Ricci, gifted actress that she is, can't, and to a musician, that's a problem . Other than that, I loved this movie. Ricci and Depp, as impossible lovers who just happen to be members of the two peoples most persecuted by the Nazis a Jew and a Gypsy , are both perfection in their roles. John Tuturro and Cate Blanchett, as respectively an Alpha-male <more>
Italian tenor enamored of Mussolini, and Suzie's fellow dancer/confidante seduced by the tenor and his Fascist tendencies, are such compelling characters that they almost needed their own separate movie. The cinematography is beautiful throughout, and the sense of history, of the sweep of time, is wonderfully evoked. Last but not least, the score of the film memorably weaves together an old Yiddish lullaby with "Je crois entendre encore," the great tenor aria from Bizet's "Pearl Fishers." Both melodies share the same rhythmic and harmonic skeleton, and the film score reveals and celebrates it. A wonderful musical reflection on the theme of the film in general. Wait until the end of the movie to see what I mean -- the music explains it all.
This was a truly excellent film which I felt got the very best out of the female lead and certainly showed off Johnny Depp's amazing good looks to the full! But, just when I got into the film, it finished!! It felt like this was a Part One of a Two Part epic. A lot more could have been added to this very nice, emotional and beautiful to look at film. I was left gasping for more and felt just a little denied! One got the feeling that the full story was stopped mid stream when there was certainly so much potential left unfulfilled. Having said all that, I loved the film so much and will <more>
watch it time and time again for all the beauty it bought across to me and the wonderful little gypsy dance scene between Christina and a male dancer unfortunately NOT Depp...shame! And the music....wonderful! I'm off now searching for all the info on the soundtrack. Amazing, sexy and teasingly hot violin strutting!!Highly recommended film, especially for Christina and Johnny fans.
an excellent director delivers a good movie: support both! (by kikiricky)
Although I agree with those who say that Sally Potter's THE MAN WHO CRIED doesn't entirely live up to her two previous works, I think that even so it is still a very good movie.Apparently things are slowly starting to get better for THE MAN WHO CRIED. At least it has now been played in several countries in Europe other than Italy like England, Germany and France and its score and screenplay are finally being sold by Amazon.co.uk. I'm hoping the VHS and DVD will soon be available also. I want to contribute to this movie's current rebirth by saying what I think makes it <more>
special and definitely worth seeing.The first thing that comes to my mind about THE MAN WHO CRIED is its formal visual beauty. It is extremely well directed and there are many scenes that I regard to be among the most beautiful ever filmed. Ms. Potter's talent as a film director is undeniable: her style is a mixture of choreographic elegance and subtle sensuality. I have never seen the camera move like it does in her pictures. In ORLANDO and in THE MAN WHO CRIED alike, it has a way of chasing the characters on scene, of playing with them, of circling around them, that makes it seem like an animated being rather than a mechanical object. It literally seems as if the camera dances with the characters it portrays! None of the movies by other directors I've seen so far are 'written' in this same 'language.' Ms. Potter's personal contribution to the renewal of the existing 'cinematographic grammar' shouldn't be underestimated.A second striking quality of THE MAN WHO CRIED is the music in it. The director said that 'The intention was to find a way of telling the story where music was carrying emotional and spiritual truth with as much force as the images and the characters.' By frequently reiterating a set of intensely powerful, culturally eloquent and evocative pieces among others, Purcell's Dido's Lament, Bizet's Je Crois Entendre Encore and instrumental pieces by Goliov which serve to remind the characters who they are and where they come from besides giving the movie cohesion , she succeeds in this difficult task brilliantly. And courageously: not many film directors, I believe, would dare to make a movie with four opera pieces constantly being sung! The idea that comes through is that when people are left without their cultural identity and/or dignity, music can save them for forgetting their 'Selves,' save them from silence and incommunicability.As far as the characters in THE MAN WHO CRIED are concerned, I think they are very well thought out and effectively depicted. It is especially admirable that the director would decide to give life to a 'mute heroine,' Suzie-Fegele, who says almost nothing throughout the whole movie, but expresses herself surprisingly well in spite of this. She conveys, with incredible force, that sense of inadequateness and discomfort so many are left with for life when they are put into a hostile environment during their childhood. Cristina Ricci seems embarrassed at times, and rightly so, for in this movie she plays the part of an outcast, and that's the way an outcast often feels, unfortunately. But there's also strength in her eyes, and determination, and, once again, rightly so, for despite all that fate has unjustly taken away from her, she has learned to go on, to look straight ahead and not ever give in, to live and not to let herself die. Cate Blanchett is an exceptional actress and she performs wonderfully in this movie: both her beauty and intelligent eyes were never this intense and captivating. Johnny Depp is, as always, very talented and very handsome.As I said at the beginning of my review, this movie isn't quite as good as ORLANDO and THE TANGO LESSON which were, in my opinion, two absolute masterpieces . While those two movies were perfect from the very beginning to the very end, THE MAN WHO CRIED is perhaps a little uneven, in that along with many breathtaking and superb scenes there are a few instances in which something seems to be missing overall I rate it 9/10 . Also, I personally would have preferred for it to be as multilingual as it was multicultural then again, I know this probably would have made the movie even less popular . Nonetheless I think THE MAN WHO CRIED has all the qualities of a good art product and I feel perhaps some haven't fully appreciated it because they weren't looking at it as one should look at 'poetry,' but rather as one normally looks at 'prose.' There's so much entailed in it, that needs to be interpreted, as with poetry. Sally Potter doesn't flaunt feelings, but they are there, and I guarantee they can stir you immensely if only you cooperate. Every minute of THE MAN WHO CRIED which I have seen three times already gave me something special to think about and remember, and movies don't do that to me very often. Consequently I think it would be a real pity for the public not to support this movie and its director. I think Sally Potter is one of the very best film makers around and I hope our support and enthusiasm will persuade her to do even better next time!
I will buy the soundtrack for this movie tomorrow. (by graces_diner)
The athmosphere in this film is created by using rich textures and suggestions of scent. It is carried to the audience by heart wrenching music, which touches all senses, enabling the viewer to fill their soul with unearthly beauty. In the wealth of sound and scenes, which are full of symbolism, words become unnecessary, the actors secondary and the direction, supreme. Pure theatre.
Revisiting The Man Who Cried at Home (by gradyharp)
Some films actually play more sensitively on the small screen of home viewing than when they are achingly spread across a large theater screen where all of the flaws show. For this viewer such is the case for THE MAN WHO CRIED: reduced to the intimate state this little film carries much more weight. Sally Potter wrote and directed this homage to the effects of WW II on Europe and in doing so created some memorable characters and deft images that linger.1927, Russia, and a Yiddish singer father Oleg Yankovsky sings to his beloved daughter, knowing of the impending gloom that seethes over <more>
Russia. With his family's interests at heart he flees to America, and encourages his daughter Suzie Christina Ricci to follow. Politics knock and Suzie's attempts to join her father results in her landing in England where she is accepted as a foster child by an English couple who try fervently to rid Suzie of her Jewishness for her protection.Time passes and Suzie moves to Paris to earn money as a singer. She meets fellow Russian ex-pat Lola Cate Blanchett and the two sing in a Parisian theater until they are invited to join the chorus of an opera company headed by Felix Perlman Harry Dean Stanton and starring the famous Italian fascist tenor Dante Dominio John Turturro . Suzie encounters a gypsy Cesar Johnny Depp and falls in love. With the advance of the Nazi troops toward Paris, the opera company fragments, the threat of Jewish and gypsy annihilation becomes a potent force, and Suzie and Lola manage to book passage on a boat to America. In America she searches for her father only to find him advanced in years, with a new family in tow, and critically ill. The full circle of the man who cried comes in the quiet of the hospital room, echoing songs of happier times.Sound sappy? Well, it sort of is, but so much of the plot and script problems pale in the manner in which the film is presented. The actors are solid the range of accents demonstrates a lot of coaching and some are outstanding: Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Johnny Depp, and Christina Ricci in her most sensitive role to date. The music is a mélange of Yiddish songs, operatic arias and original score by the highly regarded serious composer Osvaldo Golijov! The cinematography by Sacha Vierny is simply breathtaking, whether in the bleak blandness of Russia or the gaudy theatrics of Paris. In all, this is a beautiful film to watch and to hear, and that says a lot these days!