King Is Alive

The King Is Alive

Director: Kristian Levring

Cast: Kristian Levring, Miles Anderson, Romane Bohringer, David Bradley

     
 
Kristian Levring's unusual The King Is Alive comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, making it difficult to recommend this MGM/UA release to anyone who does not have an

Overview

Kristian Levring's unusual The King Is Alive comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, making it difficult to recommend this MGM/UA release to anyone who does not have an appreciation for films made far outside the Hollywood mainstream.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Lost travelers fight for survival and sanity in The King Is Alive, a compelling English-language drama from Danish director Kristian Levring. The story follows the trials and tribulations of a busload of tourists -- portrayed by an international cast including Jennifer Jason Leigh -- who get stranded in an abandoned mining town in the middle of the African desert. Rather than focusing on the survival-and-rescue story, the film instead delves into the psychological decomposition of these desert castaways. After a fine bout of partying, they fall prey to the heat, isolation, and fear of death that pushes them to the extremes of introspection and emotional exploration. And in a beautifully futile gesture, they begin to rehearse a production of Shakespeare's King Lear, which helps pry open a few fragile psyches. It's a sort of group psychoanalysis that succeeds through its adherence to the Danish Dogme 95 manifesto, which emphasizes truth of characterization over plot and effects. The King Is Alive has typical Dogme style, with rapid cutting, handheld camera work, and some improvisational performances that give it a distinctly cinema verité feel. Dogme also requires location shooting, which here includes some real Lawrence of Arabia sand, giving the film a palpable aridity that ultimately makes for an exhilarating experience.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/2002
UPC:
0027616880031
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:46:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; English: stereo surround; English & spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Miles Anderson Jack
Romane Bohringer Catherine
David Bradley Henry
David Calder Charles
Bruce Davison Ray
Brion James Ashley
Jennifer Jason Leigh Gina
Janet McTeer Liz
Chris Walker Paul
Lia Williams Amanda

Technical Credits
Kristian Levring Director,Screenwriter
Chris J. Ball Executive Producer
Mali Finn Casting
Jens Schlosser Cinematographer
Peter Aalbæk Jensen Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Jan Juhler Sound/Sound Designer
Patricia Kruijer Producer
Moonyeenn Lee Casting
David Linde Executive Producer
Joyce Nettles Casting
William Tyrer Executive Producer
Vibeke Windeløv Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Straight Line to Nowhere [7:14]
2. Banishment Is Here [10:14]
3. Turn-Ons & The Maried Man [4:47]
4. "Is Man no More Than This?" [6:32]
5. Just Some Stupid Play [5:09]
6. Truth in French Fairy Tales [3:02]
7. Trust a King's Health [4:45]
8. The Actress' Thoughts [5:51]
9. Dignity in Sacrifice [3:04]
10. "As a Stranger to My Heart" [4:30]
11. Love of a Thankless Child [5:39]
12. Carrots and a Plane [2:03]
13. One Woman's Reward... [5:45]
14. Other Men's Women [3:17]
15. Strangers in a Marriage [5:08]
16. These Three Kisses... [4:54]
17. O. Sir, You Are Old [3:42]
18. "My Master Calls Me" [4:29]
19. And Thou no Breath at All [11:39]
20. End Credits [3:36]

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