All Life Is Theater. Or A Movie?

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All Life Is Theater. Or A Movie?
All Life Is Theater. Or A Movie?

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Does the theater really bring something different and different to the cinema? To answer this question, we have selected films made by theater people over the past decade and have earned major awards, in order to understand what is so special about these "theatrical" ones.

Lay low in Bruges (In Bruges)

Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay, BAFTA Award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor (Colin Farrell). The film immediately after its release was included in the list of "250 best films according to IMDb".

Two assassins arrive in the quiet gingerbread town of Bruges, ostensibly to cover their tracks, and await further instructions from the boss. These instructions turn out to be an unpleasant surprise for them, and the whole story turns into an absurd interweaving of tragic and funny events. The word "fuck" is repeated 137 times in the film.

Although the trailer leaves a different impression, it is a calm film, with a minimum of action, completely built on the sparkling dialogues and deeply developed characters of the main characters, which immediately suggests the idea of ​​the theater and looks not so familiar to popular cinema.

The film was directed by Martin MacDonagh, an English theater director of Irish descent. Since 1997, after staging the play "The Beauty Queen of Linear" on Broadway, McDonagh has been honored with two major theater awards and has become one of the most famous theater directors of our time in the world. On his account, a couple of dozen successful performances and productions around the world. As many as seven of his plays are staged by various troupes in our country: in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Perm, Saratov, Novosibirsk and other cities.

With work in films, he performed only twice and both times with great success. His debut bloody tragicomedy "Six Shooter" won an Oscar for Best Short Film, and you already know everything about "Lying Down in Bruges."

Intimacy (Intimité)

Louis Delluc Prize and Berlin Festival Blue Angel Prize for Directing, Lumiere Brothers Prize, FIPRESCI Prize at the Rio de Janeiro Festival, European Film Award nomination.

The story of lovers who meet every Wednesday and without further ado, hastily have sex, knowing nothing about each other, not even names. Everything changes when a man tries to go beyond the established framework and learns a little more about his mistress. Sex scenes in the film are shown on the verge of ugliness and aesthetics, and the general mood is permeated with an endless feeling of loneliness and hopelessness.

The theatricality of the film can be traced rather in its complete naturalism, paradoxically. "Intimacy" was replicated largely due to the fact that all the sex scenes in the film actually take place.

Director Patrice Chereau is a world-class star and has an amazing hard work. On account of his 27 theatrical performances, 10 operas and 11 films, many of which were awarded prestigious awards, as well as 7 acting works. Chero graduated from the Paris Lyceum of Louis the Great, began his career as an actor and director on the Lyceum stage, staged Hugo, Lope de Vega, Marivaux. From the mid-sixties to the end of the eighties, he was three times appointed head of the theater in different French cities. He came to the cinema only in 1974, already being an established and famous theatrical figure. The world of cinema attracted the director and he continued to work in it as actively as in the theater.

American Beauty

5 Oscars, 6 BFTA Awards, 3 Golden Globes, Grammy Awards and 40 more awards from the Society of Film Critics.

The story of two neighboring American families, in which the misunderstanding, fears and desires of the parents turn out to be difficult and painful for their children, and ultimately destructive for themselves. The film, which showed the vices of society in the late nineties, made a splash not only in America, but throughout the world.

The film has a very mature direction and detail of the characters, each of which is spelled out to the smallest detail, which is more typical for the theater than for modern cinema. This is what amazed movie lovers all over the world.

Surprisingly, American Beauty, which has received so many awards and prizes, is director Sam Mendes' first film work. Prior to this, the Englishman Mendes worked exclusively in the theater. He took part in the Chichester Theater Festival, and his most famous theatrical productions are the musical Cabaret, The Cherry Orchard with Judy Dench, The Blue Room with Nicole Kidman, The Company.

Interestingly, it was after watching Mendes' Blue Room that director Stephen Daldry decided to invite Nicole Kidman for the lead role in the movie The Watch, which will be discussed later.

The Hours

Oscar for Best Actress Nicole Kidman (in total, the picture was nominated in nine nominations) and about 30 other various film awards.

The story of one day of three women, from early morning until evening. The stories are separated by almost a century, but at the same time there is some kind of mystical connection between them and they are all somehow connected with the book of Virginia Woolf "Mrs. Dalloway".

"The Clock" became one of the most notable film events of 2002, and still occupy a special place in the hearts of lovers of intellectual cinema.

Film director Stephen Daldry is from England and studied in Sheffield. He was a member of the Thonona theater, worked in a circus, wrote short scripts and became adept at directing. One of his first productions, Damned for Despair, was noted by many well-known critics. And the next performance "The Inspector Calls" caused a stir already among the secular public. In 1993 Stephen took over as Artistic Director of the Royal Theater. In 2000, he directed his debut feature film Billy Elliot. From that moment on, his film career went up, his films were awarded a number of awards and, more importantly, the love of the audience.

Moulin rouge! (Moulin Rouge!)

: Two Oscars, three Golden Globes, two MTV Movie Awards and a Palme d'Or nomination.

A colorful musical about the love of the poor young poet Christian, performed by Evan McGregor and the actress and courtesan from the Moulin Rouge cabaret Satine, performed by Nicole Kidman, whose name sounded here twice already. The film has an uncomplicated plot, many songs, dances and luxurious scenery, and director Baz Luhrmann admits that when making the film, he often turned to Bollywood films for inspiration.

A film about a cabaret cannot but contain elements of the theater, although here the colorfulness and musical design play a key role, and the dialogues are very simple. The connection with the theater is strongly traced in the very plot of the film, since it is composed of the storylines of three operas: La Traviata, La Boheme and Orpheus and Eurydice. The filmmakers also approached the design with theatrical corrosiveness: 80 costume designers worked on the production of 300 costumes.

The director of this magnificence, as already mentioned, is the Australian Baz Luhrmann, who began his career as a theater director. Baz initially studied to be a film director, but after graduating from the academy he did not go to the cinema, but gathered the theater troupe The Six Years Old Company and worked on opera productions and musicals. The success of the director was brought about by the production of Puccini's opera La Boheme, which was staged at the Sydney Opera House from 1990 to 1996.

He made his film debut in 1992 with Strictly Ballroom, also known as Australian Tango. His second film was "Romeo + Juliet" with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.The film adaptation of Shakespeare, heavily influenced by the rave era, won an award at the International Berlin Film Festival. It is interesting to note that together with "Moulin Rouge!" these films actually form a single trilogy called Red Curtain. The title of the trilogy also clearly refers to the theater.


In conclusion, I will add that cinema and theater are seemingly related things, but they still exist in parallel, each according to its own rules. Nevertheless, the connection between theater and cinema is direct, and primarily provided by people wandering from stage to the set and vice versa. At the same time, among directors, such a combination is much less common than it seems at first glance. And these, as a rule, are always outstanding figures.

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