"The best offer" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

It would seem that what the theme for the movie could be more boring than an auction? In fact, it is a monotonous process, completely devoid of the positive dynamics, and numerous lots, rates, and other steps "slang" phrases only reinforce the general impression towards despondency. And like if I were about to make a movie, it would be adventurous comedy, and this option has long since been replicated by filmmakers, who shot more or less successful works, the most memorable of which was a classical picture of William Wyler's "How to Steal million". However, for the second time this year, after the unexpectedly high-quality tape "Trans" Danny Boyle, on the screens out the new tape five minutes to the Italian classics of Giuseppe Tornatore, where an auction can be a field action action-thriller, full of different twists. However, if the action Boyle tape could be described as a genre "psychoanalytic" thriller, the film Tornatore forms, perhaps the first of its kind "art criticism" thriller.
Hero Geoffrey Rush, an introvert, an intellectual, specializing in fine arts, in their the degree of alienation from the outside world reminiscent of the classic characters of Michelangelo Antonioni bands at its creative peak activity, owns the auction house and is able at a glance to distinguish the masterpiece from the most skillful counterfeits. Character Virgil Oldman (namely the so-called main character), underlined resurrecting Dorian Gray, pour into a mold Chekhovian "sheath-human" indicates the highest degree of aesthetics mixture was fused with excellent self-interest and a fair degree of scorn of humanity. Like Howard Hughes in "The Aviator", Virgil afraid to dirty his hands, this translates into almost manic desire to wear gloves and do not touch the people. For the hero of "clean" can only be an absolute art, but in this case it may remove the glove and touch the picture or the statue as a tangible expression of the highest degree of commitment to an ideal, everything else, including other people, "dirty" in nature, Oldman and if you have to communicate, it is only to solve a purely business matters, with only a few exceptions. In the evening, the hero Rush loves to spend in the secret room of his house filled to the brim filled with originals of the Renaissance artists, representatives of pure art, which is so like to enjoy Oldman. However, to call it reclusive hermit is not quite correct, at least two people cause in the main character to talk not only about the business - this is the old rascal Billy (played by Donald Sutherland), the dog ate in the successful search and repurchase any masterpiece of art, and a young restorer Robert (enough memorable role of Jim Sterzhessa), to the main profession has a remarkable engineering skills and charm that attracts a lot of women. Enjoys a great reputation among art and antique dealers, Virgil receives new order for assessment of all the antique furniture, located in a huge mansion, which is owned by a young heiress, the only daughter of wealthy parents, however, having a strange and does not want to directly meet with the hero, there are dozens of reasons to explain his next absence. Intrigued, hero Rush is drawn to the game, where his interest goes beyond the deep professional interest.
Despite comparisons with some of the recent Hollywood films, for me, the story is impregnated thoroughly Hitchcockian motifs, and even some things like the strange duality of the protagonist bring back memory is one of the main Hitchcock's "Vertigo" movie. Of all the recent attempts to remove in the atmosphere, like tapes of the great "master of suspense" in Tornatore got the most convincing. Rush hero, driven by interest creeps closer and closer to solving the mystery, in a suspicious way, even appearing tracks that inflame interest Oldman. Of course, like Hitchcock, here will not do business without a femme fatale, and even almost kinomanskoy quote from "Basic Instinct».
plot, in fact in charge of the spiritual rebirth of man, hidden veil of intense thriller, matched with great taste and all the intricacies of it only increases the interest in the ribbon, from which you can not break away, in spite of the minimum of the action. Of course, the solo violin here is Geoffrey Rush, actor, whose incredible talent has unquestionable, played a galaxy of colorful characters, many of whom are destined to a special place in the pantheon of the history of cinema. His character is so aloof and cold, in the course of the film is undergoing a demolition of internal and sudden transformation, a kind of "rebirth", which occurs in the final picture, which, incidentally, is made in the tradition of bands like "Island of the Damned." Of course, after the grotesque roles once played by Donald Sutherland, his next kinovoploschenie not remain in memory, however, looked quite on the level. Jim Sturgess, more known for romantic roles gouging here does not show a strong game, but certainly beyond the scope of its ordinary role. And not the last role is played here by Sylvia Fuchs, whose incarnation of a young girl suffering from various phobias, turned out quite convincing.
Summing up, it is worth noting that the Italian master Giuseppe Tornatore, already once out on the field crime thriller, whom doubtless is "Stranger", was able to create a more intense thriller in the best form of compatibilizing Hitchcockian suspense tradition of Italian elegance and irony. I would also like to note once again the impressive music of the Italian maestro Ennio Morricone, manages in spite of age, once again did not fall below a certain level.
So, we have a magnificent example of Italian cinema, embodied master of his craft with excellent actors and unpredictable plot. At the moment, this tape - the best of which was released in 2013. Definitely 10 points.
P.S. At the annual awards ceremony of "David of Donatello" award ribbon Tornatore beat all competitors, among them Paolo Sorrentino and Bernardo Bertolucci, is fully deserved, I hope that this is not the last award for such a clever and unusual picture.

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