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112 Stella Cadente

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#2 Post by chiendent » Thu Sep 08, 2016 2:40 pm

I hadn't heard of this film before but Second Run blind buys haven't gone wrong for me yet. Anybody here seen it?

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#3 Post by dda1996a » Tue Sep 13, 2016 4:09 pm

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According to Arrow's store:
Stella Cadente (in English ‘Falling Star’), Lluís Miñarro’s lavish, lascivious story of the doomed Spanish King Amadeo I in the early 1870s, is unlike any cinematic historical portrait before it. Taking this little-known episode of Spanish history, the film functions as a metaphor for contemporary Spain – and by extension, Europe - and its ongoing state of crisis.

Both historical film and camp melodrama, this richly layered film is suffused with absurdist asides, surreal interludes and sexually explicit reverie. Its bold and beautiful tableaux are filled with casual references to art and literature, colourfully and radiantly filmed by Jimmy Gimferrer (cameraman for fellow Catalan filmmaker Albert Serra, among others). Wonderfully performed, sumptuously designed, sometimes shocking and playfully anarchic, Stella Cadente is one of the most original and transcendent works to emerge in contemporary European cinema.
SPECIAL FEATURES

- Stella Cadente (2013) - presented from a new digital remaster of the film.

- Familystrip (2009) - Lluís Miñarro’s acclaimed feature-length documentary

- Original Catalan soundtrack in 5.1 Dolby Digital and 2.0 Stereo.
- New and improved English subtitle translation.

- Booklet featuring a new essay by journalist and programmer Neil Young.
Anyone can comment on this? Never heard of it and have yet to experience Serra so I have no knowledge about this

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#4 Post by John Edmond » Tue Sep 13, 2016 7:55 pm

It's definitely worth paying attention to. The central image of the film is of a jewel-encrusted terrapin tumbling through its environment which captures Stella Cadente's stoned glam vibe.

See no reason why there should be a digital remaster from 2013 and it's a pity that such visual film is DVD only, but it sadly never escaped the margins of the festival circuit.

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#8 Post by Bikey » Mon Oct 31, 2016 8:08 am

"Frankly explicit... irresistibly exquisite" (The Hollywood Reporter) - - Lluís Miñarro's lavish, lascivious STELLA CADENTE is OUT TODAY!

£9.99 at Amazon.

Full details at our website.

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#9 Post by AidanKing » Mon Oct 31, 2016 9:06 am

I haven't seen this yet, but all the information above makes it sound as if late Visconti might be an influence. Is that plausible or am I completely on the wrong track?

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#10 Post by Bikey » Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:11 pm

"A luscious film made to protest an era of austerity, an experimental film that is also pleasurable and easy to digest, an austere, slow film that is also lavish and decadent. If you had to describe it in pitch format you might say it was Shakespeare’s Richard II as a Peter Greenaway film"

A wonderful review and analysis of Lluís Miñarro’s STELLA CADENTE by Graham Williamson at The Geek Show

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#12 Post by Bikey » Mon Nov 07, 2016 5:58 am

"A character study in ennui and erotic abstraction... Second Run is the superior choice for image quality and inclusion of a 5.1 track"
Beaver on STELLA CADENTE

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#13 Post by Bikey » Tue Nov 08, 2016 11:41 am

"A unique and perplexing experience to savour."
Patrick Gamble CineVue on Lluís Miñarro's Stella Cadente

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#14 Post by Bikey » Thu Nov 10, 2016 4:45 pm

"Miñarro pieces the film together with great delicacy and a warm shot of dry wit"
David Jenkins on STELLA CADENTE in the latest Little White Lies magazine

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#15 Post by Bikey » Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:40 am

"A fantastic achievement, and one of the most surreal, joyous, blackly comic and beautiful to look at historical biopics you’re ever likely to see... a magnificently unexpected surprise. Highly recommended – this has to be a very late contender for one of the most enjoyable DVD releases of 2016."
Ian White raves about STELLA CADENTE at Starburst Magazine

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#16 Post by zedz » Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:25 pm

I really enjoyed this film. Quirky, elegant, beautiful and funny. It's basically the tale of an ill-fated, ill-fitted King of Spain who travels from Italy to take up his post but when he gets there discovers that nobody really wants him, he's not required to actually do anything, and is also strongly disencouraged from leaving the castle (probably a good thing if he doesn't want to find out what's happening to his fruit). With dicks.

The Serra connection is misleading, as this doesn't much resemble his work formally, though it shares his interest in deflating and democratizing historical / literary figures. A good, solid rescue from Second Run, as this is just the kind of film that can be tossed on festival waves for a few months then sink forever.

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