Bel Ami

Bel-Ami is a film directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod and released in 2012. It is the ninth adaptation of the novel by Guy de Maupassant "Bel Ami"

Georges Duroy, ambitious young man and seductive, arrives in Paris driven by the desire to become a wealthy and influential personality. He will climb the social ladder as fast as his journalism career takes off. But how far is he willing to go to increase its ascent?

More than a century after the publication of the novel, the themes of Bel-Ami written by Maupassant are always a hot topic. For me the adaptation is too respectful ! However, Robert Pattinson offers us a very convincing as Georges Duroy because he is attractive! Too bad that the film has failed to show the great modernity of the novel.

Insurgent

Insurgent is a science fiction film directed by Robert Schwentke. This is an adaptation of the novel by Veronica Roth. The mains actors are Shailene Woodley and Theo James, they are the mains characters of the plot, Tris and Tobias renamed « Four ».
After his adventure in the first movie, Tris, Four and his brother Caleb are on the run. With her capacities of Divergent, Tris has managed to escape the Scholars program, which manipulated the Audacious soldiers to attack the Altruistes.Tris lost her faction, her friends and her parents. But she didn’t give up.
After finding a « box » containing a message of the founders, Jeanine, the Chief of all the factions, is sure to have informations against the Divergent. But she needs a compatible Divergent with all factions to open the box. Meanwhile, after learning that former Audacious were with the Sincere, Tris and Four will find them. Tris will have to face many hardships, because maybe she is the divergent needed by Jeanine..

 » The Theory of Everything « 

The Theory of Everything is a British biographical film directed by James Marsh and released in 2014. It narrates the life of physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking, especially his youth.

In 1963, in England, Stephen Hawking is a brilliant student in Cosmology at the University of Cambridge. He will meet Jane, an art studient, and fall in love with her. But one day he  learns that he has reaches of a neuromuscular dystrophy that affects on his members and his speech. This disease leaves to him just two years to live. However, thanks to the love of Jane, Stephen will fight his disease and will revolutionized the world of medicine and science by his research on what we have most precious: the time.

 » Unbroken « 

Unbroken is film directed by Angelina Jolie and released in 2014. The story is based on the novel by Laura Hillenbrand. This is the biography of the famous Olympian Louie Zamperini, who lived from 1917 to 2014.

The film describes the fate of this Olympic runner and hero of the Second World War. His plane crashed at sea in 1942, killing eight crew members and leaving three survivors on a lifeboat where two of them survived for 47 days before being captured by the Japanese navy and sent a camp for prisoners of war. His journey is admirable, he always displaying courage and loyalty even during moments of great suffering. He was a man of great integrity. All his life he recalled the memory of his races. He had a mind of steel. His story end well because at the end of the war he finds his family and friends, and he devoted to God. He finally ran at the Olympic games in Japan in 1980, at the age of 80 years old.

 » Animal Farm  » By G.Orwell

 » Animal Farm  » is a novel written by George Orwell published for the first time in England on 17 August 1945. The book is a cover of the events that took place in Russia and specially the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. Thanks to this book, he denounce Joseph Stalin‘s regime. It is a political satire, it is echoed of the story of Nineteen eighty-four, another Orwell’s novel on the same subject.

In this book, Orwell shows originality basing all his hard story on talking animals. The scene take place in a manor, like a big farm. These are two pigs, very respect of other animals, that will start their own « revolution ». They dream of a world without humans to enjoy many benefits.Then the oldest pig will push all the animals to rebel against the farmer, Mr. Jones, the only source of all their problems. Therefore the revolution occurs. One night after, the lack of food causes anger of all animals. They attack Mr. James and hunt the farm. The farm is recalled « Animal Farm ». The new leaders are quickly identified: Napoleon pigs and snowball. Both will create a political system: Animalism. They write the seven principles of this system :

  1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
  2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
  3. No animal shall wear clothes.
  4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.
  5. No animal shall drink alcohol.
  6. No animal shall kill any other animal.
  7. All animals are equal
At the beginning this new sytem contents all animals, everything works for the best. It there’s food for everyone, there is no slavery But gradually the system will drift. The pigs start walking on their hind legs, wearing the clothes of Jones and watching the works of other animals, a whip in his paw, like humans. They also make the farm to its original name of « Manor Farm ». One evening, they invite the farmers at the farm and they dealing with us. It remains just one principle in their regime :  » All animals are equal but some are more equal than others « .  At the end of the story, we can not even see the difference between humans and two pigs.
George Orwell‘s story is a clear comparaison with the Stalinist’s regime in Russia.

Thanks to the use of the aniamls he can easily denounced the Russian’s power safely.

For example, he associate the pig Napoleon to the dictator Stalin.



Nineteen Eighty-Four

Nineteen eighty four is a film directed by Michael Radford and based on the novel by George Orwell. It is a science fiction movie. The story tells about the life of an employee called Winston. He lives in a world of war between three nations: Oceania, Eastasia and the Eurasia. This world is run by a man called Big Brother. Winston works for him. It is part of the proletariat, he lives in a very modest home. He is very intelligent and able to think by himself, but it’s totally forbidden. Population has confront a gigantic propaganda from Big Brother. His image is posted everywhere,  all man has in his home a kind of television screen who can hear or reprimand them if necessary. One day, Winston will commit a crime totally prohibited by the current regime. He will live a love story with a young woman. To punish him, the men of big Brother will use torture and barbaric methods. At the end, Winston suffered so much that it ends to be completely alienated by the dictates of Big Brother.
This film is quite disturbing for the audience, the story is purely invented, but we can easily make parallels with dicatures of history as fascism. With this film you can see to what extent man can go to protect his own interests. We also see that thought is the only thing that enables a man to survive, as long as there‘s hope there’s life. This film is a kind of warning, after seeing, we reflects on the human condition, on the fact that man can make the best like the worst.

 » Shakespeare in Love « 

 » Shakespeare in love  » is a movie realised by John Madden in 1998. The scenario of Tom Stoppard, is inspired of an episode in the life of Shakespeare dating in 1593.

The movie’s story takes place in London. Shakespeare is still a young playwright collapsing under debt. Harassed by his patron, Shakespeare promises to give him a new play entitled   » Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate Girl « . But he has no inspiration to write this play. However Lady Viola, a young noble woman, worshiping Shakespeare for his sonnets, dream to meet him and become an actress, but the theater is forbidden to women at this time. So, she disguises as a boy and wins the role of Romeo. But W.Shakespeare will quickly discover the indentity of this young girl and falls in love with her. Thanks to this love, the inspiration of Shakespeare will return, and he will finally find the plot and the new title of the play  » Romeo and Juliet « .

The story has many characters who really existed, but it is largely fictitious. In fact, we‘re not really sure of the reality of the fact evoked in this movie, because the story of William Shakespeare still has this day not totally full for the historians.

A play by Shakespeare : Macbeth

 » Macbeth  » is a tragedy by William Shakespeare written in 1606. The story is inspired of the famous character : Macbeth, King of Scotland. However the tragedy has many supernaturals elements, which makes the play more interresant for the spectators.

In this play, Macbeth and lady Macbeths ( is wife ) are the main characters because the essential of the tragedy shows how they gradually sink into madness. The plot take place around a battle where Macbeth, the King’s cousin and the general of the army, was noted for his courage, intelligence and loyalty. After winning the battle, he meets three witches who gives to Macbeth three differents titles, including the future king. Then they disappear. Later Macbeth is named  » Thane of Cawdor  » reward for his victory. He tells the new to his wife , but devoured by ambition and the desire to see the prophecy witches realised, she pushes him to murder Duncan, the King of Scotland . The son of Duncan (Malcolm and Donalbain) run away for fear of being murdered as their turn and they  leaving the free space to Macbeth. This is the beginning of a deadly cycle where Macbeth begins to assassinate anyone he thinks they can steal his throne. At the end of the play, Macbeth and his wife are plagued by guilty, and they become completely mad.

Macbeth is one of the many masterpiece of William Shakespeare,  it is a dark play, showing the criminal passion of an individual whose conscience is subject to evil.

 

Play : Frankenstein  » The Modern Prometheus « 

I want to talk about the play that we saw on Monday 6 January. This play talked about the story of Frankenstein. I wanted to see this play because I wanted to pour my general knowledge in english litterature. And like I am in litterature studies, in my mind, it was something important to see.

So, I explain what I saw. First Elisabeth’s father wanted to recreate life with electricity in a dead body, but something turn wrong, The student Victor’s tried to help him but they failed, and after that, the father of Elisabeth is died. Elisabeth and Victor are in love, but after have break the promise between them to never try again to recreate life, Victor has a idea, and with the stronger of lightning, he creates a terrible monster totally out of control.

This play was very interresting, and the actors was very talented because they spoke clearly. We could understand almost all of their replies. The staging was also very well done, and there were lots of costumes, characters, even if the troup had limited ressources. I found this play really well maked.