American Beauty 美國心玫瑰情

01/10/1999 類別: 劇情 (Drama) 規格: 122' 國別: 國別:美國USA English - 美國 Color BIG5
DVD Universal Studios 24/10/2000 http://imdb.com/title/tt0169547

Screenplay

導演: 山姆曼德斯 (Sam Mendes)
劇作家: Alan Ball – 製片: Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks – 攝影師: Conrad L. Hall – 作曲家: Thomas Newman – 剪接師: Tariq Anwar, Christopher Greenbury – 美術指導: Naomi Shohan

本片曾獲得金球獎六項提名:最佳影片、最佳導演、最佳劇本、最佳原著配樂、最佳男、女主角。

故事的主人翁賴斯特罕住在一個典型的美國小鎮裡,他面臨中年危機,突然對自己的生活感到不滿:和太太卡洛琳的性生活不協調,和女兒小珍的關係陷入冷戰,他在公司的職位岌岌可危。於是他急於尋求新的變化、新的刺激和新的人生。

就在這個時候,他見到了小珍性感可愛的死黨好友安琪拉,於是他的人生從此改頭換面。首先,他決定先辭掉工作,並要脅老闆付他一大筆遣散費,然後再反抗一向對他頤指氣使的老婆,公然再她面前抱怨她的性冷感,然而卡洛琳也不是省油的燈,她開始跟一名房屋仲介大亨大搞婚外情,小珍也變得越來越孤僻,父女之間的感情越來越糟,這時隔壁搬來的新鄰居費茲一家,費家獨子是個特立獨行的怪胎,他的出現為班罕一家帶來爆炸性的變數......

From its first gliding aerial shot of a generic suburban street, American Beauty moves with a mesmerizing confidence and acuity epitomized by Kevin Spacey's calm narration. Spacey is Lester Burnham, a harried Everyman whose midlife awakening is the spine of the story, and his very first lines hook us with their teasing fatalism--like Sunset Boulevard's Joe Gillis, Burnham tells us his story from beyond the grave. It's an audacious start for a film that justifies that audacity. Weaving social satire, domestic tragedy, and whodunit into a single package, Alan Ball's first theatrical script dares to blur generic lines and keep us off balance, winking seamlessly from dark, scabrous comedy to deeply moving drama. The Burnham family joins the cinematic short list of great dysfunctional American families, as Lester is pitted against his manic, materialistic realtor wife, Carolyn (Annette Bening, making the most of a mostly unsympathetic role) and his sullen, contemptuous teenaged daughter, Jane (Thora Birch, utterly convincing in her edgy balance of self-absorption and wistful longing). Into their lives come two catalytic outsiders. A young cheerleader (Mena Suvari) jolts Lester into a sexual epiphany that blooms into a second adolescence. And an eerily calm young neighbor (Wes Bentley) transforms both Lester and Jane with his canny influence. Credit another big-screen newcomer, English theatrical director Sam Mendes, with expertly juggling these potentially disjunctive elements into a superb ensemble piece that achieves a stylized pace without lapsing into transparent self-indulgence. Mendes has shrewdly insured his success with a solid crew of stage veterans, yet he's also made an inspired discovery in Bentley, whose Ricky Fitts becomes a fulcrum for both plot and theme. Cinematographer Conrad Hall's sumptuous visual design further elevates the film, infusing the beige interiors of the Burnhams' lives with vivid bursts of deep crimson, the color of roses--and of blood.

凱文史貝西
Kevin Spacey
as Lester Burnham
安娜特班寧 Annette Bening as Catherine Burnham
莎拉博琪 Thora Birch as Jane Burnham
魏斯班特利 Wes Bentley as Ricky Fitts
米娜蘇瓦利 Mena Suvari as Angela Hayes
克里斯庫伯 Chris Cooper Col. Frank Fitts, USMC
彼得葛拉罕 Peter Gallagher Buddy Kane


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