THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
[Le Scaphandre et le papillon]
Best Director, Cannes 2007
Official Selection, Toronto and New York Film Festivals
After being paralyzed in the prime of life by a debilitating stroke, French editor Jean-Dominique Bauby dictated his memoirs in a painstaking eye-blink code. Julian Schnabel's moving adaptation of the story is a wonder to behold. Forced in the opening scenes to contemplate the world as if locked in Bauby's shell of a body, staring out of his one good eye in maddeningly restrictive point-of-view shots, the audience is transported by the power of Bauby's imagination—and Schnabel and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski's visual genius—into the rich world of his memory.
DIR Julian Schnabel; SCR Ronald Harwood, based on the novel by Jean-Dominique Bauby; PROD Kathleen Kennedy and Jon Kilik. France/US, 2007, color, 112 min. In English and French with English subtitles. RATED PG-13
Sunday, November 18, 7:30
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