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  American Beauty - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
American Beauty is a brand name of Caro's Produce Company of Houma, Louisiana; their "American Beauty Brand Creamery Butter" is a popular brand of butter in Louisiana and Mississippi; they also market "American Beauty Brand" eggs.
American Beauty Pasta Company manufactures pasta in Omaha, Nebraska and Fresno, California which is sold in the western portion of the United States.
American Beauty Cake is an alternate name, most used in Texas, for Red velvet cake.
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 American Beauty (1999 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
American Beauty is a 1999 drama film that explores themes of love, freedom, self liberation, family, and the American Dream.
Little do they know that their eighteen-year-old son, Ricky (Bentley), a boy so obsessed with life and beauty that they once institutionalized him for two years, is actually a successful drug dealer with a penchant for videotaping everything, including Jane next door.
Another literary work with thematic similarities to the film is the play Death of a Salesman, which similarly deals with themes of alienation and the American Dream.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/American_Beauty_(1999_movie)   (800 words)

 ';'American Beauty CL'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
'American Beauty CL' is a once-blooming, beautiful, large (3-1/2"), bright pink, climbing rose with a simply breath-taking spring display.
The blooms are incredibly beautiful, but they cannot even begin to compare with the fragrance, which is overpowering.
'American Beauty CL' has a wonderful display in the spring but usually does not repeat bloom, although occasional blooms have been noted in the late summer.
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 American Beauty
There is a sublime moment in American Beauty when a plastic bag caught in a lilting eddy of air conveys more about the title commodity than any given bevy of SuperModels could ever hope to do.
American Beauty is as dark as Main Street during a total eclipse, suspenseful and funny.
Poking holes in the American Dream was a staple of American cinema in the 1970s; American Beauty wields the hole punch for whatever we end up calling the decade we've just embarked upon.
www.filmfestivals.com /review/americanbeauty/index_us.htm   (540 words)

 American Beauty: Cinephiles Movie Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
American Beauty, directed by British theater director Sam Mendes (Cabaret, The Blue Room) and written by Alan Ball, is a film which focuses on a suburban-American family, portraying its characters' dysfunctional relationships as a direct symptom of their dissenting conceptions of beauty.
As its title implies, the film begs the question "What is American beauty?" and without providing a concrete answer, it explores the endemic problems haunting many contemporary families: consumerism, unemployment, drugs, peer pressure, loneliness, discrimination and violence.
Having revealed the fatal outcome, what follows is a brief view of the final days of Lester's frustrated life; of his wife Carolyn's (Annette Bening) systematic belittling of him and all things associated with him; and of their daughter's (Thora Birch) overpowering contempt towards both of them.
www.cinephiles.net /American_Beauty/Film-Synopsis.html   (185 words)

 Radio Free Movie Review: American Beauty (1999)
It's that subservience that forms the core misery in American Beauty and is evident throughout.
American Beauty is a dark commentary on the drudgery of everyday existence, but it's not a complete downer.
The most disappointing part of American Beauty is how the climax is the result of a rather silly misunderstanding.
www.radiofree.com /mov-revs/american.shtml   (1045 words)

 American Beauty   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
American Beauty, as a quick glance to the left at the film's fundamental image (the character Angela, cruciform and naked, save for roses) will reveal, is rooted in
American Beauty is like Narcissus' pond, reflecting to the audience the Amerikan Way of Life.
With her beauty and small-time modeling jobs, she presents herself as a most desirable Amerikan, and boasts of furthering her *career* by offering her body to adoring men.
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 American Beauty   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
It could be the roses that Carolyn Burnam (Annette Benning, The Siege, In Dreams) grows in her front yard, or it could represent Angela (Mena Suvari, American Pie, Kiss the Girls), the young high school vamp that tries to seduce Carolyn's husband Lester (Kevin Spacey, LA Confidential, A Bug's Life).
American Beauty dares you to attempt to categorize it.
Upon closer inspection, the people in American Beauty are not people that we watch in the movies, they are much closer to who we are.
www.haro-online.com /movies/american_beauty.html   (690 words)

With a little hindsight, I suppose it would be easy to focus solely on the tidal wave of acclaim and commercial success that American Beauty received in the wake of its theatrical run, not to mention the bevy of awards it collected.
Because if the magic of American Beauty is in its themes, than one of things we ought to learn from it is that it is useless to try and quantify the wonder.
And American Beauty may be the most personal, most intimate mainstream film ever to connect with a large mass audience.
www.dvdfile.com /software/review/dvd-video_2/americanbeauty.html   (1954 words)

 Review: American Beauty   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
American Beauty is not as dark as a Lynch project, since it allows for small moments of redemption, but it mines the same general territory.
American Beauty is about the ways in which these characters grow, and the catalysts that break them out of their near-catatonic existences.
American Beauty is the first feature film directed by Sam Mendes, who has an extensive background in theater, but displays a sureness that many veteran filmmakers are unable to match.
movie-reviews.colossus.net /movies/a/american_beauty.html   (1208 words)

 AboutFilm.Com - American Beauty (1999)
Lester is transfixed by her physical beauty, and makes an ass of himself showing it.
There is physical beauty, the beauty of self-conviction, the beauty of non-inhibition, the beauty of the pregnant moment before a poweful occurance, and the beauty of the minutae of experiences that comprise life.
American Beauty is one of the best films I have seen so far this year.
www.aboutfilm.com /movies/a/americanbeauty.htm   (908 words)

 American Beauty review
The young girl incarnates this American beauty symbolized by fresh rose petals (in Spacey’s fantasies) contrasted with the planted rosebushes in his wife’s garden whose rigid beauty testifies to an absence of sexual desire for his wife.
American Beauty denounces this America that, under a guise of Puritanism, commits the irreproachable, like family fathers chasing after young girls.
She only finds happiness and beauty through the camera of her boyfriend, the colonel’s son, who like her, is on the fringe after having been interned in a psychiatric hospital.
www.plume-noire.com /movies/reviews/america.html   (1155 words)

 Robert Hunter's thoughts on American Beauty   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
American Beauty shows the GD playing, singing and songwriting skills in full stride.
We had the confidence of a successful record Workingman's Dead behind, plus a shared sense of direction that was in tune with the times - The Band, The Byrds, Poco, CSNY & Dylan were all exploring traditional music augmented by the power of rock & roll.
Psychedelia had had its moment (marking the GD forever in the public perception) and we were continuing to evolve what we believed to be the logical next step in American music, hence the title.
www-2.cs.cmu.edu /~mleone/gdead/hunter-on-american-beauty.html   (249 words)

 American Beauty - DVD - Title A Shopping at dooyoo.co.uk
I have had the Region 2 DVD version of American Beauty since late June, when I got it as a birthday present from my sister.
American Beauty arrives on the scene with an unusual amount of respectful hype.
Indeed, American Beauty does cross paths with The Graduate in many ways: the movie observes that suburbia can be...
www.dooyoo.co.uk /dvd-title-a/american-beauty   (258 words)

 Amazon.ca: DVD: American Beauty (Widescreen)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Given American Beauty's critical and box office reception, it's not surprising that cast and crew commentaries supplied in the DVD Awards Edition carry a self-congratulatory vigor, not just in the studio's featurette on the making of the film, but in the disc's special narrative content.
Titled a fl comedy, American Beauty focuses on a middle-aged man going through a mid-life crisis in the middle of his boring life and tries to reinvent himself, so to speak, by setting his eyes on his daughter's best friend.
American Beauty is the best movie of 1999, if not the decade, and is the epitome of a blend of comedy, insight, and poignance.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/B00003CWL6   (1351 words)

 Salon Arts & Entertainment | "American Beauty"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is dead at the beginning of "American Beauty." He tells us so, apparently speaking in voice-over from some unspecific Great Beyond.
But both parties in a dreadful marriage are always simultaneously the authors and victims of their situation, and absent some understanding of that, "American Beauty" turns Carolyn into a misogynist caricature for no good purpose.
Amid the emphatic and often original stew of vitriol and humor in "American Beauty," it gets pretty hard to tell whether Mendes and Ball are actually trying to say something, and if so, what that might be.
www.salon.com /ent/movies/review/1999/09/15/beauty   (1249 words)

 American Beauty
Like Death of a Salesman a generation ago, American beauty looks at the disintegration of a typical working man. Lester (Kevin Spacey) may have started out embracing his life but now he drifts along like so much flotsam.
Mendez uses the motif of the American Beauty rose to symbolize perfection in life.
Carolyn seeks this perfection through her garden and the beauty of her flowers, as if this could make up for the distance growing between herself and her family.
www.hometheaterinfo.com /american4.htm   (1135 words)

 American Beauty   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Nope, American Beauty is definitely not a "feel good" film, choosing instead to be a subversively twisted caricature of suburbia today.
Whether American Beauty is the film masterpiece that some have touted it to be is another issue altogether...you'll have to decide that one for yourself...
He is dramatic in his facial expressions, his explanations for beauty in the most horrible of sights, and deserves an oscar nomination.
www.fuzzydog.com /zzamericanbeauty.htm   (1826 words)

 Movie Review -- American Beauty   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In American Beauty, however, he plays just an average, boring, half-dead man with a family and a house in the suburbs.
American Beauty takes this very well known theme and distorts it, giving everything a slightly Kafkaesque twist.
What he sees in all these things is a kind of beauty Lester, Carolyn, Angela, you and I aren't used to seeing.
www.theshrubbery.com /1199/movie4.html   (864 words)

 Filmtracks: American Beauty (Thomas Newman)
American Beauty: (Thomas Newman) Hot off the film's remarkable success, Thomas Newman's arthouse score was not only nominated for a Golden Globe, but has been elevated by many to critics to award-winning status.
Newman's score to American Beauty is practically interchangeable with this year's The Green Mile, seeing as how he employs just as many funky instruments as he did in the score for the Darabont film.
American Beauty is quite functional as a score during the film, but as was the case with The Green Mile, this score isn't one which can be listened to over and over aside from the film.
www.filmtracks.com /titles/american_beauty.html   (3101 words)

 American Beauty   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
For if American Beauty is partly about the crushing effect that adulthood and a smiley-face culture can have on our spirits, it’s also about how sparingly we dole out freedom to our loved ones, and how threatening it is when they begin changing the rules.
American Beauty’s material would crumble if it were pushed too hard, so Mendes uses a sly, off-centered way to make us register critical details, such as the wall full of videotapes in Ricky’s bedroom, or the white picket fence that seems to crosshatch the Burnhams’ front lawn.
But American Beauty’s satire is usually lighter and more fluid than that, more in the vein of Michael Ritchie’s Smile or the early portions of Kubrick’s Lolita.
www.culturevulture.net /Movies/AmericanBeauty.htm   (917 words)

 Asianization of the American Beauty Standard | Asian American Supersite | GoldSea
Asian female faces rate high under universal beauty standards and are moving up under an increasingly Asianizing American beauty standard.
Beauty is one of those things that's easy to spot but hard to define.
A key feature of beautiful female faces is the quality known as neoteny, or youthfulness.
goldsea.com /Features/Beauty/beauty.html   (884 words)

 Chicago Reader Movie Review
Or American Beauty is a hypocritical piece of kiddie porn, brilliantly exploiting an audience's sexual frustration and turning it into coin.
Whether American Beauty will become a hit like those earlier movies is hard to predict, but if it doesn't it won't be for lack of trying.
The characters in American Beauty are similarly designed to illustrate lessons, but it's part of the strength of Alan Ball's screenplay that most of the lessons seem to be worth learning.
www.chicagoreader.com /movies/archives/1999/0999/09249.html   (1396 words)

 Surrounded by Beauty
In Native American thought there is also no distinction between what is beautiful or functional, and what is sacred or secular.
For many native peoples, beauty arises from living in harmony with the order of the universe.The concerns and aspirations of a vital contemporary American Indian population changes as the world changes.
Today some Native American artists continue traditions of their ancestors, while others transform those traditions in new and innovative ways.
www.artsmia.org /surrounded-by-beauty   (120 words)

 AMERICAN BEAUTY   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The crimson petals of the American Beauty rose form a fitting symbol of the primordial power of the tempestuous goddess of love.
The characters of American Beauty air their white, middle class stereotypical foibles so charmingly that even the most bitter and angry, or even criminal drug dealers win our empathy.
It is not clear that they will escape the trap of their parents, but it is possible that they can achieve genuine American Beauty.
www.cinemasense.com /Reviews/american_beauty.htm   (1045 words)

 American Beauty
BEING BEAUTIFUL IS NO BED OF ROSES'; As a modern-day Lolita cavorting in a bath filled with rose petals in American Beauty, the teenage Mena Suvari became an instant icon.
American beauty is crowned Mary of Dungloe.(News) (The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland))
The bad side of looking good: a young American author causes a storm by arguing that women have become victims of a punishing cult of beauty.
www.infoplease.com /ipea/A0780444.html   (454 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: DVD: American Beauty [2000]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
American Beauty is truly a masterpiece - a film that not only warrants repeated viewings (a quality sadly lacking from many films these days), but which brings new emotions each time.
American Beauty had me on othe verge of pissing myself from beginning to end.
American Beauty tackles the concept that not to many films have : alot of people are phoneys.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000558PI   (1406 words)

 American Beauty movie Review at The Z Review UK movie review
American Beauty is an incredible, smart, and driven masterpiece.
American Beauty is an instant classic; it takes its place as being one of the best and creative films ever made.
American Beauty is Mendes' first directed film, however he is legendary director on the Broadway stage.
www.thezreview.co.uk /reviews/a/americanbeauty.htm   (567 words)

 nasty - academia at its brattiest   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In a film set almost 100 years later in an American suburb, another virginal seductress flips her dance skirt, giving admirers a peek at her panties, and inspires Bloom's modern incarnation, Lester Burnham, into a similar burst of auto-eroticism.
Yes, the ending of American Beauty represents a major departure from the plot of Joyce's novel--but an explicable one in a modern update of the Ulysses saga.
Despite the ending, we are left with striking reincarnations of Irish urbanites into suburban American personalities.
nasty.cx /essays/jja-11032000.html   (435 words)

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