Elegy

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Overview

Adapted from author Philip Roth's novel The Dying Animal, director Isabel Coixet's elegant tale of obsession explores the relationship between a highly respected professor Ben Kingsley and an impossibly gorgeous grad student Penélope Cruz. As their relationship deepens, the professor finds his ego challenged by the girl's enchanting beauty. Dennis Hopper and Patricia Clarkson co-star.
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Overview

Adapted from author Philip Roth's novel The Dying Animal, director Isabel Coixet's elegant tale of obsession explores the relationship between a highly respected professor Ben Kingsley and an impossibly gorgeous grad student Penélope Cruz. As their relationship deepens, the professor finds his ego challenged by the girl's enchanting beauty. Dennis Hopper and Patricia Clarkson co-star.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary with Screenwriter Nicholas Meyer; "The Poetry of Elegy" Featurette
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/17/2009
  • UPC: 043396274396
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 37,795

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Penélope Cruz Consuela Castillo
Ben Kingsley David Kepesh
Dennis Hopper George
Patricia Clarkson Carolyn
Peter Sarsgaard Kenny Kapesh
Deborah Harry Amy
Charlie Rose Charlie Rose
Antonio Cupo 2nd Student
Michelle Harrison Beth
Emily Holmes 1st Student
Chelah Horsdal Reese
Marci T. House Administration Nurse
Alessandro Juliani Actor #3 in Play
Tiffany Lyndall-Knight Actor #2 in Play
Andre Lamal Talk Show Host
Shaker Paleja 3rd Student
Kris Pope Consuela's Brother
Julian Richings Actor in Play #1
Tania Saulnier George's Girlfriend
Michael Teigen Waiter
Laura Mennell Cute Girl
Technical Credits
Isabel Coixet Director, Musical Direction/Supervision
Heike Brandstatter Casting
Amy E. Duddleston Editor
Helen Veronica Jarvis Art Director
Andre Lamal Producer
Jean-Claude Larrieu Cinematographer
Joseph Lederer Cinematographer
Gary Lucchesi Producer
Judd Malkin Executive Producer
Sandra Mayo Asst. Director
Coreen Mayrs Casting
Terry McKay Executive Producer
Nicholas Meyer Screenwriter
Jay Mitchell Set Decoration/Design
Claude Pare Production Designer
Diyah Pera Cinematographer
Eric Reid Executive Producer
Tom Rosenberg Producer
Marc Ross Executive Producer
Katia Stano Costumes/Costume Designer
Natasha Tony Casting
Richard S. Wright Executive Producer
Rob Young Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Elegy
1. Chapter 1 [5:10]
2. Chapter 2 [4:54]
3. Chapter 3 [4:31]
4. Chapter 4 [2:46]
5. Chapter 5 [2:57]
6. Chapter 6 [6:12]
7. Chapter 7 [3:24]
8. Chapter 8 [3:36]
9. Chapter 9 [3:16]
10. Chapter 10 [7:05]
11. Chapter 11 [2:16]
12. Chapter 12 [7:05]
13. Chapter 13 [1:08]
14. Chapter 14 [1:35]
15. Chapter 15 [2:21]
16. Chapter 16 [6:02]
17. Chapter 17 [2:31]
18. Chapter 18 [4:42]
19. Chapter 19 [2:45]
20. Chapter 20 [1:19]
21. Chapter 21 [1:03]
22. Chapter 22 [5:27]
23. Chapter 23 [1:00]
24. Chapter 24 [1:24]
25. Chapter 25 [6:56]
26. Chapter 26 [5:46]
27. Chapter 27 [3:26]
28. Chapter 28 [11:09]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Elegy
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      Commentary With Screenwriter Nicholas Meyer: On/Off
      The Poetry Of Elegy
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Dignity and Sensuality: Intoxication

    'When you make love to a woman you get revenge for all the things that defeated you in life.'

    Few American writers have been able to examine the fear and rage and desperation of aging as eloquently as Philip Roth, and as with another of his novels brought to life on the screen ('The Human Stain'), here Nicholas Meyer has beautifully adapted Roth's 'The Dying Animal' with all the visceral immediacy and poetry of the novel about the terror and compassion of May/December relationships. Isabel Coixnet has managed to guide her gifted set of actors through this story as though it were a ballet. The result is one of the more beautiful 'love stories' ever filmed.

    David Kepesh (Ben Kingsley, in a performance of tremendous power and sensitivity) is an aging author, teacher and art critic, a man who has not learned the secret of lasting relationships but who retains his animal sex drive despite his passing years: he survives time's passing by a patterned assignation with Carolyn (Patricia Clarkson), an aging successful traveling business woman who drops in for sensual gratification when in town. David's closest friend is Pulitzer prize winning poet George O'Hearn (Dennis Hopper) who serves as his alter ego and as his confidant in David's problematic life.

    Into David's classroom comes Consuela Castillo (the ravishingly beautiful and gifted Penélope Cruz) who gains David's focus not only for her radiant beauty but also for her intelligence. Struggling with his advanced years (David is over thirty years older than Consuela), a courtship dance begins and it is the emergence of this romance that forms the story. How Consuela alters David's behavior and his discovery of the need for connection outside of the bedroom is related as a journey through David's mind. The manner in which the transformation changes every member of the story is what makes this film so very memorable.

    Kingsley is brilliant in this probing examination of the aging man's psyche, Cruz SHOULD have received her Oscar for this performance rather than the film that honored her, Clarkson continues to be one of our best actresses on the screen, Peter Sarsgaard makes a brief but important appearance, and David Hopper manages to step out of his predictable past roles and offer a character of true compassion and finesse. The film is magnificently photographed (Jean-Claude Larrieu) and the music score thankfully is almost completely devoted to the works of Erik Satie (Gnossiennes), Beethoven (Diabelli Variations), Vivaldi (cantatas with Phillipe Jaroussky) -all edited by the director Isabel Coixnet. It all works well. This is one of the finer films of 2008 and deserves a wide audience of people who love quality filmmaking. Grady Harp

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