Text: Alisa Taezhnaya
The dramedy "Revenge haute couture" is released - Australian film, where all the spotlights shine on Kate Winslet, one of the brightest actresses in Hollywood. An excellent reason to launch a new regular column: now, once a week, we will understand the filmography of the best actresses and actors of our time. The first heroine is a British woman who gave us not only Rose from Titanic and Clementine from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. We talk about her acting career and recommend several films with her participation, which are definitely worth watching.
“I have two pigs and eight chickens in an English suburb,” says Kate Winslet, mother of three, Oscar winner and one of the brightest actresses of her generation, in an interview. Middle-class well-being, a pastoral paradise, a woman who does not allow her household to hang out on social networks so that life does not rush by. Her image is much more common in the pages of some Marie Claire, where Winslet proudly promises that her figure is a classic hourglass - and wrinkles will remain with her even after she turns forty. She is not a sparkling or sharp-tongued celebrity who fosters British restraint in manners - she knows how to quickly put in place everyone who asks her about a fee, hip shape or Botox injections: she won't send it to hell, but she won't laugh it off either. “I don't want to waste time worrying about the size of my ass. I want to be as healthy as possible to get the most out of life."
There is nothing to justify, to joke and explain to her: for more than twenty years of her acting career, Winslet has visited a dozen first-class directors on the set - she was filmed by Jackson, Soderbergh, Cameron, Polanski, Mendes, Kaufman, Gondry, and each time she was invented anew. If you can imagine the heiress Meryl Streep, who can play almost anything - from a disaster film to a film adaptation of British classics, then, of course, this is Winslet: there is no doubt about it.
Kate Winslet's career began in theater and television, from where she, as a teenager weighing 90 kilograms, teased by her classmates, was taken to the lead role in Peter Jackson's "Heavenly Creatures". A showcase film about toxic friendship, with a hint of passion between two inseparable girlfriends - notorious and self-confident (she is brilliantly played by Winslet) - is based on a true story of a murder and reveals the mechanisms by which the interdependent "us versus all" relationship works. Violence of adults is reproduced in children, deception and manipulation become a bargaining chip, and a child hunted in a family subconsciously and easily becomes involved in a relationship with an abuser.
If you can imagine the heiress Meryl Streep, who can play anything from a disaster film to a film adaptation of a British classic, then, of course, this is Winslet
Of course, this is how "Heavenly Creatures" looks when you are already an adult - as a teenager it is an ideal detective story about girls and their secrets. The classic face of Winslet already in the first film draws all the attention to itself - the same will happen in the adaptation of "Sense and Sensibility", the famous British novel, which does not flourish in all hands. In a dress with a high waist, looking older than her years, she enters the world of Jane Austen, in which everything froze until the appearance of a suitable man, and the main occupation of a young girl is waiting inside the female world.
Emma Thompson not only played the role of the older sister, but also rewrote the script for the film adaptation, perfectly conveying the golden cage of nursing until the moment when the birds scatter into new nests and lose the fragile bonds of their father's house.Sisterhood is poisoned by accepted competition in society - both Thompson and Winslet are incredibly balancing on the verge of what is allowed between them and what they have a natural need for.
Kate's life-changing role in "Titanic" she begged by hook or by crook from Cameron, who saw Rose like Audrey Hepburn - fragile and vulnerable. It's incredibly funny to see an interview with Kate Winslet of that time, where journalists, one after another, discuss Leo's acting talents and appearance, as if not noticing that another phenomenal star is sitting in front of them. Remaining close friends, the two blew kisses to each other when they won Oscars, and joined forces in Change Road, Sam Mendes' poignant drama based on the Richard Yates novel about a young woman trapped inside the "mystery of femininity" and post-war America's course of well-being …
Winslet plays the caretaker
in a concentration camp so that it is impossible to take your eyes off her, and most importantly - to see
there is a killing machine in it, not a person
During the same period, Winslet plays the role that earned her an Oscar - Hannah, a Nazi concentration camp watchman who cannot read and survived an affair with a minor boy. “The Reader” looks to a large extent like a speculation on the history of Germany - written by the lawyer Schlink, once again he raises the question of people who worked under the Nazi regime and “just did their job”. Winslet plays this woman in such a way that it is impossible to take your eyes off her, and most importantly - to see in her a killing machine, not a person.
Roles in "Carnage", "Contagion", "Steve Jobs" and "Like Little Children" - like jewels in a crown, each sparkle differently, but Winslet's most spectator and beloved image is certainly in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Michel Gondry's surreal melodrama, where relationships build and fall apart like his trademark cardboard set. A mandarin clementine with colored hair - an impulsive and temperamental bookseller falling to pieces, she erases the memories of unhappy love and chooses the same person over and over again.
At the time of editing, his own girlfriend left Gondry - and the film became sharper, more painful and sadder, which is why it only won. Jim Carrey shattered the stereotype of himself as a hilarious antics, and Kate Winslet stepped out of suits and corsets to play the most incredible and earthy girl on the verge of a nervous breakdown. “Too many guys think abstractly of me or think that I complement them or make them livelier. But I'm just a confused girl looking for peace with herself, don't attribute your own to me."
4 movies and 1 TV show with Kate Winslet you might have missed
Freshness and sexuality versus overconfidence and macho - Sacred Smoke is not often remembered as an inspiration from the 90s in connection with Winslet: Kate played in it after Titanic, when she could afford any role. Piano creator Jane Campion co-wrote the screenplay with her sister about how easily sex appeal turns into a weapon of war. According to the plot, the hero of Harvey Keitel (his golden 90s with "Reservoir Dogs" and "Bad Lieutenant"), hired by an NLP psychologist and part-time detective, isolates a young girl at the request of her relatives: she urgently needs to be discouraged from her passion for India and Eastern teachings, newfound insight and understanding of their destiny. Kate Winslet, realizing the power of her charm, grimaces, straightens her shoulders and teases the middle-aged detective, making it clear that the power is on her side, and being part of the Indian teachings is no more offensive than under the heel of a family of manipulators. “Sacred Smoke” is a frivolous and caustic movie where everyone gets it. But Kate Winslet is fearless, knowing the value of herself and her choice and absolutely not giving in to another person who decides to explain life to her - his beating heart.
The director of Parent Traps and What Women Want, one of the few successful women in American comedy before Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham, envisioned a romance novel about a love quadrangle between California and a London suburb. “Vacation is when it lets go,” decide the two main characters (Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz) and switch houses for the weekend: a Hollywood villa versus a cute snow-covered hut. Both of them will unexpectedly meet the guys - the brother who came to the fire and the film composer, who was ugly thrown by the girl. The role of Kate Winslet is something in the spirit of Bridget Jones, but much more tragic. She is in love with her boss, who sprinkles pleasant hints, but becomes engaged to a trophy beauty. Escape to California is an extreme step, in which there is a way out: the new guy is a real kind, cinephile and smart (one of the best roles of Jack Black), and the elderly screenwriter next door says the right words at the right moment, when the nerves are already at the limit. Indeed, in every story from the textbook for the screenwriter there is a main character and there is her best friend, and only we can choose what role we want to play in the film with our participation. The most interesting thing about "Swap Vacation" is how the crumpled Iris turns from the best friend to the main character, finding her own boundaries.
The Todd Haynes miniseries is a remake of the Hollywood classic of the 40s with Joan Crawford in the title role: if the original works in the framework of noir, then the new version is a heartbreaking drama in the best sense of the word. For the leading role of businesswoman Kate Winslet received an Emmy and a Golden Globe - together with Olivia Kitteridge this is one of the must-see modern serial films with female heroines. Married Mildred Pierce is unhappy in her marriage and cannot come to terms with the scenario of a housewife in an ideal living room listening to her husband's stories about his work. In the midst of the Great Depression, when wives rarely took off outside the home, Mildred Pierce opened a restaurant in California, and then a chain, where he treats guests with home-cooked chicken and waffles. She leaves her husband with her young daughter, for whose sake she disappears at work day and night: she has a real singing gift and a rare mezzo-soprano timbre. Haynes surprisingly succeeds (unlike a similar experience with "Carol") to recreate a tight world of conventions around a woman and a patient character that breaks down barriers one by one. The core of the film is the hatred of a daughter in no need (Evan Rachel Wood) for an eternally working mother: a chicken in waffles stands with a stake in her operatic larynx, and the maternal fortune acquired on fast food causes only shame.
It is impossible to imagine how such a number of super-famous actors were persuaded to star in Movie 43 - the best and worst film in the world at the same time, consisting of a dozen comic sketches, from which it becomes scary from awkwardness, then sick from laughter. Crazy almanac, filmed according to the precepts of the Farrelli brothers and screenwriters with the names of Russo and Sosenko, for whom it was their finest hour. The excerpt with Kate Winslet and Hugh Jackman is the very first and completely cosmic: hello Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker and the traditions of American stand-up. Girlfriend shows Jackman on the cover of the city's top magazine. Headline "Why is he not yet married?", Biography details - a successful restaurateur and benefactor in the framework of the Paralympic competitions. Instead of an Adam's apple, Hugh Jackman's hero has a scrotum, which is why he is probably not married yet and loves soft cashmere pashminas so much. "The vodka is just right now," Kate Winslet quickly slaps a shot on a date with the man in her nightmares. A scathing commentary about blind dates, loneliness, and everything you ever wanted to know about the scrotum but were afraid to ask, on your screen for an unforgettable five minutes.
Love and cigarettes
The author's project by John Turturro, produced by the Coen brothers, is a wild beast in modern cinema: a musical romance from the life of the working class and one unfaithful husband (James Gandolfini), who must choose between a family with three grown daughters and one fantastic lover. She is played by Kate Winslet with red hair, straight bangs and the shapes of the star of Italian neorealism. Her heroine, the hairdresser Tula, bursts into the film accompanied by the Buena Vista Social Club song "El Cuarto del Tula" - and it immediately becomes clear who the vamp woman is. Susan Sarandon plays a tired wife with three frenzied daughters: family love has been smoldering for many years, although the couple has so much in common. A musical about the common people could have become the "Tenenbaum Family" with songs and dances, but for some reason it failed, remaining a guilty pleasure for fans of Turturro and Gandolfini. Tula is a woman, which is usually called fatal: who dyes her hair a bright color and because of which middle-aged men lose their heads and begin to do stupid things. She will paint her lips red, dance striptease and whisper dirty words on the phone - in general, portray the complete opposite of herself in the film.
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