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Camilla
     

Camilla

Director: Deepa Mehta,

Cast: Deepa Mehta, Jessica Tandy, Bridget Fonda, Elias Koteas

 

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Jessica Tandy's last leading performance was in Camilla, which comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Soundtracks are rendered in both English and French. The English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials are limited to trailers. This is a slim, but decent release from

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Jessica Tandy's last leading performance was in Camilla, which comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Soundtracks are rendered in both English and French. The English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials are limited to trailers. This is a slim, but decent release from Disney/Buena Vista that will please its intended audience. There is little here, however, for the average DVD consumer.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
As a film, Camilla is, at best, average, the kind that a person can watch while doing something else without ever worrying that he or she will have missed an important or unexpected plot turn. As a showcase for the talents of the late Jessica Tandy, however, Camilla works very well. Tandy is positively luminous in what would turn out to be her last starring role on the big screen, taking situations that have been used in film for years and making them seem fresh and, at times, even magical. Tandy is even able to pull off a skinny-dipping scene that, in other hands, would come across as embarrassing, coy, or campy. There's a glow radiating from Tandy, a ferocious attachment to living life to the fullest that is practically palpable and goes a long way toward making the by-the-numbers twists of the plot palatable. Although Camilla is a buddy movie, the part of Freda is fairly thankless. Yet Bridget Fonda does quite well with it; she's especially effective in those moments when she merely registers her character's reaction to and enjoyment of her newfound, strange friend. If she's less effective when her character is going through the angst of deciding about her career, it's largely due to a failure in the writing, not in the actress. Deepa Mehta has directed with sensitivity, if less imagination, than one would hope, and the supporting cast is generally good.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/13/2002
UPC:
0717951005595
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:31:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Dolby Digital Surround; Widescreen (1.85:1); Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jessica Tandy Camilla Cara
Bridget Fonda Freda Lopez
Elias Koteas Vincent Lopez
Maury Chaykin Harold Cara
Graham Greene Hunt Weller
Hume Cronyn Ewald
Ranjit Chowdhry Kapur
George Harris Jerry
Sandi Ross Border Guard
Gerry Quigley Border Official
Devyani Saltzman Girl
Camille Spence Girl
Martha Cronyn Coat Check Woman
Sheilanne Lindsay Lauron Tinscheff
Don McKellar Security Guard
Deirdre Bowen Actor
Howie Mandel Actor

Technical Credits
Deepa Mehta Director
John Altman Score Composer
Jonathan Barker Executive Producer
Elisabetta Beraldo Costumes/Costume Designer
John Bloom Editor
Milena Canonero Costumes/Costume Designer
Suzanne Colvin Associate Producer
Guy Dufaux Cinematographer
Barry Farrell Editor
Patricia Green Makeup
Christina Jennings Producer
Sandra Kybartas Production Designer
Daniel Lanois Score Composer
Bruce Nyznik Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Quarrington Screenwriter
Simon Relph Producer
Gareth Tandy Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits: Bohemian Artists [8:09]
2. A Real Lesson [5:07]
3. "The Middle of a Story" [4:58]
4. "Opportunity of a Lifetime" [5:16]
5. "Let's Go to the Concert" [8:17]
6. "When Things Sink They're Sunk" [3:54]
7. "My Mom's Run Away From Home" [5:59]
8. Cautious Cows [5:59]
9. Kidnapped? [8:51]
10. "A Stupid Old Cow" [3:00]
11. Ewald's Evening [4:41]
12. Under the Angel [7:24]
13. "I Give You Back Yourself" [7:49]
14. End Credits [9:01]

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