Strapless

Strapless

Director: David Hare

Cast: Blair Brown, Bruno Ganz, Bridget Fonda

     
 

David Hare's romantic drama Strapless comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials are limited to a theatrical trailer. The picture on this disc isSee more details below

Overview

David Hare's romantic drama Strapless comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials are limited to a theatrical trailer. The picture on this disc is great, but the sound is uninspired. This release will do for anyone interested in the film, but there is not enough here to interest others.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Even independent films often reduce the dangerous alchemy of grown-up relationships to either mythic archetypes or romantic comedy clichés. Strapless, one of playwright David Hare's frequently rewarding forays into film, tracks the growth of a new relationship as it takes root in its heroine's cautious heart and extends its tendrils into nearly every aspect of her life. Blair Brown brings her usual thoughtful luminescence to the role of expatriate doctor Lillian Hempel, broadcasting her character's reticence and hopefulness subtly and meticulously through every word and gesture. Swiss-born leading man Bruno Ganz, meanwhile, is suitably grave and inscrutable as Raymond, the lover of women whose romantic nature seems incompatible with everyday life. Bridget Fonda, in one of her first major roles, proves pitch-perfect as Amy, Lillian's aimless yet emotionally in-touch sister; each pause, each flash of her eyes, suggests a gifted performer hitting her stride. Writer/director Hare attempts to integrate the story of Lillian and her colleagues' stand against the erosion of Britain's welfare state into the main narrative, but like the conflicts between Lillian and Amy, this subplot doesn't receive quite enough development. The result is a film whose vision of the interconnectedness of work, family, and romance hangs together by only the thinnest of threads. Strapless, then, isn't a perfect movie, but Hare's restrained direction, intelligent dialogue, and unorthodox approach to perennial celluloid subjects marks it as an ambitious effort whose considerable pleasures outweigh its minor failures.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/05/2000
UPC:
0013131124194
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Blair Brown Dr. Lillian Hempel
Bruno Ganz Raymond Forbes
Bridget Fonda Amy Hempel
Alan Howard Mr. Cooper
Michael Gough Douglas Brodie
Hugh Laurie Colin
Suzanne Burden Romaine Salmon
Camille Coduri Mrs. Clark
Gary O'Brien Mr. Clark
Julian Bunster Carlos
Imogen Annesley Imogen
Ann Firbank Daphne Brodie
Rohan McCullough Annie Rice
Joe Hare Richard Forbes
Spencer Leigh Hus
Gedren Heller Madeleine
Constantin Alexandrov Imre Kovago
Dana Gillespie Julie Kovago
Francesca Longrigg Secretary
Alexandra Pigg Helen
Helen Lindsay Neighbour

Technical Credits
David Hare Director,Screenwriter
Nick Bicât Score Composer
Andrew Dunn Cinematographer
Rebecca Hale Costumes/Costume Designer
Roger Hall Production Designer
Christopher Hall Asst. Director
Martin Hitchcock Art Director
Edward Marnier Editor
Rick McCallum Producer
Patsy Pollock Co-producer
Penny Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Mary Selway Casting
Clive Winter Sound Mixer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Program Start/ Main Titles [2:41]
2. Chance Meeting [8:13]
3. The Clinic [2:27]
4. Home [3:28]
5. Holding the Line [2:20]
6. The Gift [6:10]
7. A Bit of a Risk [3:36]
8. Simpatico [1:33]
9. The Appointment [3:07]
10. The Man of Principle [1:16]
11. A Completely Different Thing [4:32]
12. The Debt [3:48]
13. Quarrel With Amy [5:02]
14. Fun & Games [2:43]
15. The Proposal [4:03]
16. Return [9:04]
17. Trauma [4:00]
18. Running On Empty [4:48]
19. Narrow Escape [3:35]
20. The Other Wife [7:07]
21. A New Life [1:34]
22. Creations [2:30]
23. The Chairman [3:10]
24. The Last Gift [1:56]
25. Strapless [4:04]
26. End Credits [2:36]

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