V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Quiet American

V' 12

The Quiet American

Phillip Noyce
USA/Australien/D, 2002
101min, OF

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The Quiet American

Phillip Noyce
USA/Australien/D, 2002
, 101min, OF

Actors: 
Michael Caine
Thomas Fowler
Brendan Fraser
Alden Pyle
Do Thi Hai Yen
Phuong
Rade Šerbedžija
Inspector Vigot
Tzi Ma
Hinh
Robert Stanton
Joe Tunney
Screenplay: 
Christopher Hampton
Robert Schenkkan nach dem gleichnamigen Roman von Graham Greene (1955)
Sound: 
David Donaldson
Gareth Vanderhope
Camera: 
Christopher Doyle
Editor: 
John Scott
Composer: 
Craig Armstrong
Decoration: 
Roger Ford
Costume: 
Norma Moriceau

Production: 
Intermedia Films, Internationale Medien und Film (IMF), Mirage Enterprises, Saga, Pacifica Film
Format: 
35 mm
Color

The mood of wry disillusion that seeps through the screen adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel “The Quiet american” is sounded in the movie’s opening moments by the voice of Michael Caine musing dreamily on the mystique of Saigon in the early 50’s. It is a place, declares his character, Thomas Fowler, where colors and tastes seem sharper than they do elsewhere and where even the rain has a special intensity. Fowler is a wistfully cynical British journalist who has fled an arid marriage in England to live in Southeast Asia, where he is reporting on the Vietnamese fight for independence from French colonial rule. His attitude toward the political turmoil swirling around him is one of studied detachment bordering on disinterest. (...) Fowler may be the richest character of Caine’s screen career. Slipping into his skin with an effortless grace, this great english actor gives a performance of astonishing understatement whose tone wavers delicately between irony and sadness. (Stephen Holden, 2002)

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