Before Night Falls Movie Review 2000

Information and Film Reviews for Before Night Falls the Movie

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Director Schnabel takes a quantum leap in skill in his second film (after "Basquiat"). This time his tortured artist is the literally tortured late Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas (Bardem), who falls victim to Castro's repression against both his writings and his sexuality (he's gay). Arenas gets thrown into prison, eventually gets released after confessing his "crimes," and makes his escape as part of the 1980 Mariel boatlift. Ironically, freedom offers little solace to Arenas either in Miami or his last home in New York. Spanish actor Bardem is outstanding as the poet who only seeks to be true to himself and pays a tragic price. Based on the writer's autobiography.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 134 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Biopics: Writers, AIDS, Gays, Cuba, Men in Prison, Great Escapes, Poetry, Writers, New York, New York, Struggling Artists
Julian Schnabel, Lazaro Gomez Carilles, Cunningham O'Keefe
Javier Bardem, Olivier Martinez, Andrea Di Stefano, Johnny Depp, Michael Wincott, Sean Penn, Hector Babenco, Najwa Nimri
Xavier Perez Grobet, Guillermo Rosas
Julian Schnabel
Carter Burwell
Fine Line Features


Ind. Spirit 2001: Actor (Bardem); Natl. Bd. of Review 2000: Actor (Bardem); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 2000: Actor (Bardem).

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