August 1, 2021

Films that turn 30 in 2021. – Update México

Several interesting film productions have been released in 2021 for 3 decades. While we try to cover as much as possible in this regular space, some are left out. For that reason, we do a quick count of some of them.

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ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES.

One of the most famous legends in the world is that of Robin Hood, which emerged around the 12th century in England. This has inspired the creation of several heroes who fight for just causes and who, incidentally, are skilled at handling the bow and arrow.

On June 14, 1991, the version titled Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, directed by Kevin Reynolds and featuring fashion star Kevin Costner as the archer, as well as Morgan Freeman, hit theaters. (as Azeem Edin Bashir Al Bakir, or “the Moor”), Alan Rickman (Sheriff of Nottingham), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (as Lady Marion) and Christian Slater (as Will Scarlett). It also contains a very interesting cameo from ex-agent 0007, Sean Connery and a well-remembered track by Brian Adams.

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s animated film, represented another great success in its animated rebirth after a decade of lukewarm welcomes to its productions. Since 1989 and the arrival of The Little Mermaid, it became a tradition to see a new movie from the studios every year. Also, around the same time they established their arsenal of so-called Disney Princesses.

On November 22, this great production came to theaters to – citing the cliché – delight both children and adults.

The animation, which included a hybrid of traditional techniques as well as computer implementation, produced a surprising result. Unknowingly, they were marking the way for the dominance of computer animation in children’s animations.

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CAPE FEAR.

A remake of the story first presented in the cinema in 1962, Cape of Fear is an obligatory thriller from 1991 and the entire decade. It was presented in cinema on November 15 and was in charge of the director Martin Scorsese, with the actors Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis and the legends Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck who, by the way, act in the original version. .

Based on the 1957 novel, written by John D. McDonald and entitled The Executioners, Cape Fear is the story of a lawyer harassed by a criminal he helped convict and who has already been released from prison.

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POINT BREAK.

Released in theaters on July 22, 1991, Breakpoint was part of (and helped fuel) a temporary love for the themed bank robber groups, popularized by Quentin Tarantino in Reservoir Dogs.

The film directed by Kathryn Bigelow with Patrick Swayze (one of the most renowned actors at the time), Keanu Reeves (who was on the rise) and Gary Busey, is a crime story that had a second wave of popularity when it was released in homemade formats.

The themed thieves in this film use the masks of former US presidents, such as Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter Carter and Lyndon B. Johnson.

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THELMA & LOUISE.

One of the greatest examples of films about rebels, Thelma & Louise was released on May 24, 1991 in the United States. Directed by Ridley Scott and with performances – magnificent, by the way – by Geena Davis (Thelma) and Susan Sarandon (Louise).

Not only are their performances well remembered, but so are Harvey Keitel as Detective Slocumb, Michael Madsen as Jimmy, and Discovery Brad Pitt as JD.

A weekend trip that goes bad enough and turns into a chase also features one of the most memorable endings in movie history.

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JFK.

The production that hypothetically addresses the events surrounding the assassination of US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy on November 22, 1963. The film was one of the most talked about of that year. Celebrated and criticized alike, JFK is a criticism of the secrecy surrounding the event and the suspicious protection of the archives – and those involved – that were sealed and, as far as possible, buried under public scrutiny.

This adaptation of Jim Garrison’s book, “On the Trail of the Killers,” was directed by Oliver Stone and featured a great cast: Kevin Costner, Kevin Bacon, Tommy Lee Jones, Laurie Metcalf and Gary Oldman. Likewise, the soundtrack composed by John Williams is welcomed.

JFK is one of the most controversial films in Stone’s career, who can be brutal in addressing certain facts. JFK is proof of this. It was released on December 20, 1991. Stone won the Golden Globe for best director.

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DELICATESSEN.

The black comedy directed and written by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet became an instant cult classic. It is an apocalyptic tale with many elements to highlight, such as the editing, photography, soundtrack and, of course, its performances.

Slightly uncomfortable and, yes, very funny, we see a different France from how it is usually shown, although most of it takes place inside an apartment building, so we know its tenants and their vicissitudes. Coexistence is essential and at the same time, it sometimes requires a leap of faith, because we do not know who we can live next to us.

The cast is relatively small and starred Dominique Pinon as Louison and Marie-Laure Dougnac as Julie.

Delicatesen was, in turn, a success in the careers of Caro and Jeunet, who worked on other projects such as The City of Young Children (La Cité des enfants perdus, 1995) and Alien: Resurrection (1997). On her own, Jeunet, gave us the fabulous life of Amélie in 2001 and which we talked about here a few weeks ago.