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Before Night Falls

(DVD - 2001)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Before Night Falls
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A look at the life of Reinaldo Arenas, from childhood in Cuba to his death in New York City. His writings and homosexuality get him in trouble with Castro's Cuba and he spends two years in prison before leaving for the United States.
Title: Before night falls
[videorecording]
Publisher: [United States] : New Line Home Entertainment, [2001], c2000
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (134 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Fineline Features ; Grandview Pictures ; Jon Kilik presents a film by Julian Schnabel
Notes: Widescreen format
Originally released as motion picture in 2000
Based on Antes que anochezca / Reinaldo Arenas
Special features: Commentary with Julian Schnabel, Javier Bardem, Lazaro Gomez Carilles, Carter Burwell, Xavier Perez Grobet ; documentary shorts ; cast & crew filmographies ; theatrical trailer
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Summary: A look at the life of Reinaldo Arenas, from childhood in Cuba to his death in New York City. His writings and homosexuality get him in trouble with Castro's Cuba and he spends two years in prison before leaving for the United States.
Awards & Distinctions: Independent Spirit Award, 2001, Best Male Lead (Bardem); NBR Award, 2000, Best Actor (Bardem); NSFC Award, 2001, Best Actor (Bardem); SEFCA Award, 2001, Best Actor (Bardem)
Venice Film Festival, 2000, Grand Special Jury Prize (Schnabel); OCIC Award, Special Mention (Schnabel); Rota Soundtrack Award (Carter Burwell); Volpi Cup, Best Actor (Bardem)
ISBN: 0780634934
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama BEFORE
Credits: Directed by Julian Schnabel ; produced by Jon Kilik ; written by Cunningham O'Keefe, Lazaro Gomez Carilles, Julian Schnabel ; directors of photography, Xavier Perez Grobet, Guillermo Rosas ; editor, Michael Berenbaum ; music, Carter Burwell ; costume designer, Mariestela Fernandez ; production designer, Salvador Parra.
Performers: Javier Bardem, Olivier Martinez, Andrea Di Stefano, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, Michael Wincott.
System Details: DVD, widescreen enhanced, Dolby digital, 2.0 or 5.1 surround sound
Other Language: In English and Spanish with optional Spanish soundtrack ; optional subtitles in English, French or Spanish ; closed-captioned in English for the hearing impaired
Subject Headings: Arenas, Reinaldo, 1943-1990 Film adaptations Arenas, Reinaldo, 1943-1990 Drama Authors, Cuban 20th century Biography Drama Poets, Cuban 20th century Biography Drama Gays Cuba Biography Drama Cuba History Revolution, 1959 Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Biographical films
Topical Term: Authors, Cuban
Poets, Cuban
Gays
Publisher No: N5251 New Line Home Entertainment
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Comment by: multcolib_spanish May 15, 2014

Película adaptada de la vida del cubano Reinaldo Arenas (Antes que anochezca), quien luchó para escapar la persecución por ser homosexual y dicidente durante la dictadura de Batista. Interpretada por Javier Bardem y filmada en las semi ruinas del ex templo jesuita de San Francisco Javier en Verac... Read More »

Javier Bardem is outstanding in his role as Reinaldo Arenas. Watch for the surprising appearance of Johnny Depp.


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Película adaptada de la vida del cubano Reinaldo Arenas (Antes que anochezca), quien luchó para escapar la persecución por ser homosexual y dicidente durante la dictadura de Batista. Interpretada por Javier Bardem y filmada en las semi ruinas del ex templo jesuita de San Francisco Javier en Veracruz. Si les gustó la película, ¡lean el libro!

Dec 12, 2013
  • Green_Bird_203 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A break through performance by Javier Bardem.

Mar 12, 2013
  • Quimeras rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I believe folks who are passionate about literature and who believe in the power of words will enjoy “Before Night Falls”. It is a wonderful movie, which I have seen more than once. I would, however, have preferred a Spanish language film since I believe this would have added greater authenticity to the plot and characters.

Jan 12, 2013
  • EuSei rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

We enjoyed this movie very much. The views of Cuba are beautiful; Bardem is perfect in Arenas’ skin. But the most important part of this movie is that it portrays the horrors of the “revolution” brought to Cuba by the two monsters: Fidel Castro and Ernesto Guevara/Carnicero de la Cabaña—the darlings of the left—and how they hated homosexuals. It also shows the sad parts of homosexuality that are nowadays hidden and glamourized. A must see, especially to the ones who idealize communism and homosexuality. NOTICE: Attempts to censor (“Report this”) my comments will be fiercely fought under the aegis of American Libraries’ beloved principles: Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Read, Intellectual Freedom.

Jun 20, 2012
  • AmyEighttrack rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A fascinating story that ought to make any LGBT person reconsider Castro's Cuba post-revolution. It's an artistically engrossing film on so many levels. Director Julian Schnabel paints a fine canvas from the excellent (and also highly-recommended) memoir by Reinaldo Arenas. The extras and commentary are also worthwhile.

Jan 25, 2012
  • lasertravis rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Very well acted and at times visually beautiful film that held no real interest for me. I never really cared about the main character or the outcome. Informative film about the struggles of gay men in Cuba and a struggling writer.

Aug 14, 2011
  • GrandCru rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

very moving true story, bardem's movies stay in your mind long after viewing.

Aug 08, 2011
  • bstudent rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Admitidly I didn't catch all this one but it seems to me you either have to be embracing humanity and individuals plight through it or just plain gay for this one. Didn't care for it much, didn't watch much of it. That which I did see was quality film work.

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