and Death on Long Island/B,B
going on with Giles De' Ath? The fussy British writer has
recently lost his wife and continues in a sheltered scholarly life,
oblivious to the world around him. Giles prides himself on his
obliviousness to the modern world. In a rare radio interview,
Giles responds to a question about his chosen writing tool with
a self-assured "I'm a writer. I write. I don't process
words." But Giles De'Ath is about to break out in the most unexpected way. It all has
something to do with E. M. Forster and teen movies. Are you ready
to join Giles on a journey from domestic bliss to
De'Ath begins his journey in London, detouring from the clubby
surroundings of his everyday life into local movie, and with
eyes wide chagrin watches the wrong film in a small two screen
house. Before long, Giles
pursues his new found obsession to the shores of backwater Long
Island, on the fringes of the Hamptons, where the best accommodations
he can find is a quickie motel. But this is one determined
writer, and he charms his way through every situation.
Richard Kwietnieowski does an excellent job of moving the film
along at a crisp pace from his own screenplay. The photography
is relaxed, clean and unobtrusive. Don't expect laughing out
loud humor here, but a good smile is likely to remain on your
face for much of the film.
Hurt does wonders with the role of Giles De'Ath. Hurt's line
readings have marvelously droll inflections. Even the way he
stands or tilts his head quizzically works wonders with his
character. Hurt is charming without being smarmy and his way.
He's a traveler riding on his use of language. Jason
Priestly, playing actor Ronnie Bostock, makes a good foil
for the wit of John Hurt. Fiona Loewi is very charming as
Ronnie's girl Audrey, but perhaps a bit more subtlety of
expression would have extracted that last ounce of humor from
Love and Death on Long Island is
a reasonably sharp DVD. Some scenes have a slight softness in
finer detail, otherwise everything is consistently resolved. The
color tracks well, with a brightly saturated range. The only
bloom I noticed was on the red light of a traffic signal. There
is a slight persistent noise in the picture, possibly related to
film grain, but it does not come off that way. It is not very
intrusive, but it keeps this disc from getting a higher rating.
The Dolby Digital 2-channel sound in nicely matrixed and well
balanced. Surround information brings a nice ambiance tot he
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