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BEFORE THE DEVIL KN  YOU'RE DEADF LY

(LE SCAPHANDRE ET LE PAPILLON)


Miramax Films

Directed by Julian Schnabel

Released in New York and Los Angeles on November 30, 3007 (expanding on December 21)


Summary written by Omar P.L. Moore

There are none so blind as those who will not see, and while Elle Magazine's editor Jean-Dominique Bauby may have breezed through life and high society when he could see, he really saw deeply after a cerebravascular collapse (or a stroke) paralyzed him completely in 1995, leaving him with movement of only his left eye.  He saw wonderful things, and Julian Schnabel, in just his third film, shows us them all in vivid heartbeats of light, color and sound -- if there was such a thing as a visual onomatopoeia, "Le Scaphandre Et Le Papillon" would be it.  Mr. Schnabel's film, spoken almost entirely in French, and adapted by Ronald Harwood from Mr. Bauby's own memoirs, is poignant and moving, but above all, very funny indeed.  PopcornReel.com will review this film in detail on December 21, but it is one of the great cinematic achievements of the new century, not to mention 2007.  Janusz Kaminski (Steven Spielberg's frequent cinematographer) does some extraordinary things with the camera -- and the film's first ten minutes are especially remarkable.  "Le Scaphandre Et Le Papillon" is one of the masterpieces of 2007.

Significant line of the film: "Henriette, you have no sense of humor."  (Spoken by Jean-Dominique Bauby to himself and you, the audience)

Film's length: One hour and 52 minutes

Feature story on "The Diving Bell and The Butterfly"

PopcornReel.com Movie Review of "The Diving Bell And The Butterfly"

 

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