Movie # 49: "The Immigrant"

THE IMMIGRANT is the next entry in my "50 movies in 60 Days (or something like that)" experience/experiment. THE IMMIGRANT actually was NOT on the Paste Magazine list of the 50 best films of 2014 (That I referenced earlier) ... but it was on THIS list....

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So this is MY "Movie # 49"

I don't want to start referencing too many lists and get everyone (and myself) all confused, but THE IMMIGRANT has been on my Netflix Watch List for Months so I decided to throw down and watch it. This 50 films thing is my own game anyway. I can't make up and change the rules as I go along, right?

THE IMMIGRANT stars Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner. It was directed by James Gray and won a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress and a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematographer. 
  • After her sister is quarantined at Ellis Island, a Polish nurse (Marion Cotillard) is forced into prostitution by a theater manager (Joaquin Phoenix) who moonlights as a pimp.

THE IMMIGRANT was good. And yes, the best part about this film is Marion Cotillard's performance and the cinematography. I would classify this film as something my Mother and Father in-law would enjoy. It DOES have a little nudity, but most of that nudity is introduced in the form of burlesque performances that Joaquin Phoenix and his all female "Theater Troupe" put on. The production value as it pertains to recreating New York City in 1921 was great. Joaquin Phoenix was also great.

This movie felt like it coulda/shoulda been a play. That's not a bad thing. It coulda/shoulda been a really GOOD play. I would go see that play. The assorted antics of the theater troupe would translate really well into a stage production. Plus, the tragic and complex, moving relationship between "Ewa" (Cotillard) and "Bruno" (Phoenix) is the stuff I'd expect from a playwright like Tennessee Williams or Neil LaBute. 


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