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Walk the Line (2005)
Biography,Drama,Music,Romance
USA / English
"Love is a burning thing. "
DVD : 9
A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.
Joaquin Phoenix Johnny Cash
Reese Witherspoon June Carter
Ginnifer Goodwin Vivian Cash
Robert Patrick Ray Cash
Dallas Roberts Sam Phillips
Dan John Miller Luther Perkins
Larry Bagby Marshall Grant
Shelby Lynne Carrie Cash
Tyler Hilton Elvis Presley
Waylon Payne Jerry Lee Lewis (as Waylon Malloy Payne)
Shooter Jennings Waylon Jennings
Sandra Ellis Lafferty Maybelle Carter
Dan Beene Ezra Carter
Clay Steakley W.S. 'Fluke' Holland
Johnathan Rice Roy Orbison
Director: James Mangold
Producer: James Keach,Cathy Konrad
Writer: Johnny Cash,Gill Dennis
the best film of 2005
I've long thought that James Mangold was one of the most underrated American directors; while other acclaimed auteurs like Wes Anderson and David Gordon Green have made names for themselves by essentially repeating themselves with each film, Mangold has attracted considerably less attention for actually having the gall to show some range. Like the great directors of the Hollywood studio system, Mangold shows visual and narrative skill across a wide array of genres: character-driven crime (COPLAND); horror (IDENTITY); issue-oriented drama (GIRL INTERRUPTED), etc. What each of these films shares in common is a stunningly elegant and expressive visual style, an attention to character reminiscent of Renoir, and an economy of storytelling that would make Howard Hawks envious.

Now Mangold has delivered his masterpiece, and it's the best studio release I've seen so far this year. WALK THE LINE, Mangold's story of the relationship between Johnny Cash and June Carter, is deliriously romantic, exhiliratingly entertaining (as a musical it invites and earns comparison with the best of Vincente Minelli), and profoundly moving--all set to a spectacular soundtrack. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon are both brilliant as Cash and Carter, but not only in the ways you would expect. Their most impressive achievement is to convincingly portray two people falling in love in a manner that's sincere and sweet but never cheaply sentimental. This is the most unabashedly romantic American movie since THE NOTEBOOK, but it's totally authentic and lacking in melodrama; the subtlety with which Mangold and his performers delineate the one step forward, two steps back nature of Cash and Carter's love affair is staggering. Phoenix is particularly brilliant, not only in the romantic scenes but in moments in which Cash discusses his brother's early death; in these scenes the major tragedies of both the character and the performer's lives merge in a way that is heartbreakingly real. And the movie gets across the intoxicating nature of creative collaboration between two people in love better than any film I've ever seen--perhaps no coincidence given that Mangold and his closest collaborator, producer Cathy Konrad, are married. I could (and will) go on about this movie for hours, but let's just say that it's the movie to beat for the rest of the year.

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Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
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Movie
Imdb rating: 8.0
Musician: T-Bone Burnett
Running time: 136 min
Technical
Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]; Stereo [English]
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:31:3