7 October 2013

Arizona Dream

Arizona Dream 1992
  • Director: Emir Kusturica
  • Based on book: No
  • Cast: Johnny Depp, Faye Dunaway, Lily Taylor, Jerry Lewis, Vincent Gallo
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor/actress in:
    • Johnny Depp  Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Slow Burn, Cry-Baby, Edward Scissorhands, Benny and Joon, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Ed Wood, Don Juan DeMarco, Dead Man, Nick of Time, Donnie Brasco, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Ninth Gate, The Astronaut’s Wife, Sleepy Hollow, The Man Who Cried, Chocolat, Blow, From Hell, Lost in La Mancha, Pirates of the Caribbean (all four of them), Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Secret Window, Finding Neverland, Libertine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Public Enemies, Alice in Wonderland, The Tourist
    • Faye Dunaway  Don Juan DeMarco, Voyage of the Damned, Network, The Towering Inferno, Chinatown, Little Big Man, Bonnie and Clyde
    • Lily Taylor  Six Feet Under, Public Enemies, A Slipping Down Life, I Shot Andy Warhol, High Fidelity, Born on the Fourth of July, The Addiction
    • Jerry Lewis  – The Nutty Professor and a lot of other old movies
    • Vincent Gallo – Palookaville, The House of the Spirits
  • Why? Johnny Depp. Sixth movie of JD marathon.
  • Seen: Three times. Most recently in October 2010.  Now: October 6, 2013


      The story is muddled and the symbols are obscure, if not downright silly. It’s not so much a dream as a hallucination.  To tell the truth, I couldn’t stay awake all the time.
       But there’s something appealing about the film. The kooky tragedy works its way into me and suddenly I find myself captured by the disconnected rambling suspense.
       The appeal– big surprise – is in the cast. Johnny Depp is emerging as a character actor. Faye Dunaway is more interesting as a flaky aging beautiful oddball than in her cooler more sophisticated roles. Lily Taylor is solidly quirky as always.
       And I love movies with snowstorms. In Arizona?  You might well ask.
       Great cast notwithstanding, I’d like to know why they’re all so weird. Even dreams need some story.

2 2/3 * of 5

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