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  American Rhapsody, An (2001): Reviews
Made with care and respect, American Rhapsody manages to skirt the edge of excessive sentiment without falling victim to it.
Gardos is not a particularly flavorful filmmaker, but she is an honest one.
Rhapsody fails to completely hook you, perhaps because the events happen so quickly you barely have time to sort out the characters.
www.metacritic.com /video/titles/americanrhapsody   (638 words)

 An American Rhapsody
What prevents An American Rhapsody from achieving its full potential is a reliance on tear-jerking moments that actually detract from some of the feeling in the film.
She longs to see her 'first family,' and although she is as American as apple pie, she feels she is missing a large part of her life.
Kinski is the only person who gives something of an overwrought performance, and the story explains this away in an almost gimmicky sort of way.
www.haro-online.com /movies/american_rhapsody.html   (489 words)

  DVDFILE.COM: An American Rhapsody review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Based upon her own life story, An American Rhapsody is a little-seen sleeper written and directed by Eva Gardos, aka Suzanne.
Kinski has always had an edge about her, and her again delivers on the promise she showed all the way back in her alluring performance in 1982's "Cat People." Here, she's wrenching, smart and sexy as the wife, and even the sometimes bland Goldwyn has a real wild streak in his eye.
Yet An American Rhapsody remains unjustly overlooked, and reminds us of the personal price paid by so many to the travesties of war, government and the resilient power of a family bond.
www.dvdfile.com /software/review/dvd-video_4/americanrhapsody.html   (931 words)

 AN AMERICAN RHAPSODY - DVD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Editor Éva Gardos' An American Rhapsody, her first film as writer-director, is riddled with inconsistencies, lacklustre performances, and convenient platitudes that are perhaps not terribly surprising for a debut screenwriter and director, but disheartening from a veteran cutter who gained experience with the likes of Hal Ashby and Peter Bogdanovich.
An American Rhapsody is deeply felt, no question, but it jerks and lurches along without much regard for secondary characters, continuity, motivation, and coherence.
Of all the egregious assumptions and elisions made by An American Rhapsody, when teenage Suzanne returns to Hungary to mawkishly rediscover her roots, no attempt is made to explain why she doesn't seek out George, the key figure in her parents' decamp and in her own deliverance.
www.filmfreakcentral.net /dvdreviews/americanrhapsody.htm   (1250 words)

 Compare Prices and Read Reviews on An American Rhapsody at Epinions.com
While the Sandors meet an agent and cross through the treacherous borders, Helen changes her mind after the agent decided to drug the baby to sleep and she refused to have her granddaughter to be drugged.
Nastassja Kinski delivers an amazing performance as the overly protective Margit as she works to bring her child back while dealing with her as a teenager as a foreign mother who clearly doesn’t get the current American teenage activities.
The audio commentary in “An American Rhapsody” discusses Gardos’ own experience in her childhood as well as technical moments and performances of the film, notably Nastassja Kinski, who wanted to be in the film so badly.
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 Metroactive Movies | 'An American Rhapsody'
AN UNEVEN first directorial effort from veteran Hungarian-born editor Eva Gardos (Valley Girl, Barfly), An American Rhapsody is a semiautobiographical drama about immigrant sacrifice and assimilation that will resonate with anybody in the audience who's an immigrant or a child of immigrants, even though Gardos loses her grip on the material in the third act.
But then Gardos feels obligated to slap on an abrupt, pat and sentimental conclusion, as if she were concerned about keeping the film's length at about 100 minutes for network TV airplay (without commercials, an average two-hour movie runs close to that length).
An American Rhapsody (PG-13; 107 min.), directed and written by Eva Gardos, photographed by Elemér Ragalyi and starring Nastassja Kinski, Tony Goldwyn and Scarlett Johansson, opens Friday at Camera 3 in San Jose.
www.metroactive.com /papers/metro/08.23.01/americanrhapsody-0134.html   (584 words)

 An American Rhapsody   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Writer-director Eva Gardos' "An American Rhapsody" belongs to a much smaller group of pictures that acknowledge the dislocation and even alienation that inevitably result when an individual is cut off from his roots.
Reunited with the family she never knew existed, she is dazzled by an America of blissed-out consumerism, TV sets and rock 'n' roll.
One of the most successful things about "Rhapsody" is Gardos' ability to portray the America of the late 1950s in such a way that even American audiences can appreciate how mesmerizing yet disorienting this culture would be for a young immigrant.
hollywoodreporter.com /thr/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=988064   (656 words)

 Filmtracks: An American Rhapsody (Cliff Eidelman)
An American Rhapsody: (Cliff Eidelman) An arthouse film that briefly gained international attention in the summer of 2001, An American Rhapsody is a character drama about a family torn apart by the political iron rule imposed upon Hungarians in the 1950's.
For Eidelman, An American Rhapsody is a return to the big screen that many of his fans had been awaiting for three years.
On the whole, An American Rhapsody is a disappointment for Eidelman fans who waited three years to hear another score from one of their favorite artists.
www.filmtracks.com /titles/american_rhapsody.html   (704 words)

 An American Rhapsody Review
A long-time editor, first-time director, Gordos demonstrates an amazing command of the cinematic language from the film's earliest scenes -- a fl-and-white passage that follows Suzanne's parents (Tony Goldwyn and Nastassja Kinski) and 4-year-old sister on their escape from Hungary.
Gordos repeats her feat of instantly establishing an encompassing atmosphere when the action shifts to L.A. With one perfect, color stock footage shot of freeways, circa 1950s, the stage is set for yet another astonishing performance -- that of 8-year-old Kelly Endresz Banlaki as the young Suzanne who is finally reunited with her real family.
There's no denying Johansson is an ideal young actress to call on for carrying Suzanne's vexed nature to its angst-riddled apex, but this decidedly Generation Y girl is unconvincing as an early '60s sock-hopper.
www.contactmusic.com /new/film.nsf/reviews/amrhapsody   (756 words)

Rhapsody flashes forward several years, where Suzanne (Scarlett Johansson, Ghost World) is now a rebellious teen who constantly butts heads with her mother, who has now become a Red Curtain unto herself, locking Suzanne into her bedroom and barring the windows shut.
Rhapsody loses a bunch of points for having a third act that doesn't make much sense, but gains some back for not being the calculating tearjerker you might expect.
I screened Rhapsody a few days after seeing Captain Corelli's Mandolin, in which Nicolas Cage pretended he was an Italian speaking Greek but was reciting his lines English the whole damn time.
www.sick-boy.com /americanrhapsody.htm   (710 words)

 An American Rhapsody Movie Review at Hollywood Video   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
At first, Margaret is the very model of a loving mother, worried and panicked at the separation from her daughter, relieved and a bit overprotective once the family is reunited.
She creates an empathetic portrait of a woman fighting to keep her family together by whatever means necessary.
The result is a moving testament to her spirit and a tribute to the sacrifice her family made in their quest to escape the Cold War.
www.hollywoodvideo.com /movies/movie.aspx?MID=132894&Tab=DVD   (780 words)

 An American Rhapsody - Rotten Tomatoes
An American Rhapsody speaks from the heart to the heart.
An American Rhapsody’s confident sense of time, place and emotional content is more European than American, and despite a few narrative lurches, it’s a moving experience.
This should be a fascinating story, but An American Rhapsody never develops a melody or a rhythm, much less the epiphany the title suggests.
www.rottentomatoes.com /m/american_rhapsody   (824 words)

 An American Rhapsody | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle
The story of a young girl torn between her real parents and the Hungarian peasants who raised her through the first six years of her life, An American Rhapsody is at its best in Communist Hungary.
In the tense opening scenes, an upper-class father (Tony Goldwyn) and mother (Nastassja Kinski) escape the repressive Soviet-bloc country in 1955 disguised as peasants.
Suzanne's grandmother finally is released from prison and wrests her away from the peasant couple under the pretense of taking her for a brief visit.
www.chron.com /disp/story.mpl/life/1029190.html   (569 words)

 American Rhapsody
The opening of the film, depicting the separation of the family and the escape from Hungary is shot in fl and white.
It's an excellent choice for the powerful prologue that sets the stage for everything that follows.
While her emotions may often be overpowering as Margit, Kinski controls the power of the character to paint an anguished by loving portrait.
www.filmsondisc.com /dvdpages/american_rhapsody.htm   (853 words)

 filmcritic.com Movie Review: An American Rhapsody
When Johansson (Ghost World) is on screen, An American Rhapsody has a riveting passion and dramatic urgency that is found nowhere else in the movie, which is based on director/screenwriter Éva Gárdos's life.
Johansson’s character, Suzanne, is left behind in Hungary as an infant when her family stealthily moves to America circa 1950.
Gárdos sporadically does that in An American Rhapsody, but fortunately there’s enough evidence here to support she will be more accurate in the future.
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 Political Film Society - An American Rhapsody
However, she decides not to tell the adoptive couple about her plans, and the child is put on an airplane bound for a strange country to stay with a couple and their daughter.
Inevitably, Suzanne does not at first believe that the strangers are her birthparents, and she is homesick for the couple in Hungary who acted as her parents for the earliest years of her life, so she runs away to a park.
Thereafter, she reminds Peter of the earlier bargain, and she is put on a plane for Budapest at the age of 15.
www.geocities.com /~polfilms/americanrhapsody.html   (452 words)

 :: rogerebert.com :: An American Rhapsody   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
'An American Rhapsody'' is told from the point of view of a 15-year-old American girl, but in a way it's more her mother's story.
''An American Rhapsody'' was written and directed by Eva Gardos, who is the model Suzanne.
She wears fresh American dresses and keeps her home spotless and enjoys prosperity, but it must at times all seem like a mirage to her--to this survivor of World War II, this victim of sudden violence, this refugee from Stalinism and worse.
rogerebert.suntimes.com /apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20010824/REVIEWS/108240301/1023   (739 words)

 An American Rhapsody
By 15 she is a holy terror, battling constantly with her mother, escaping out her bedroom window to rendezvous with her boyfriend, drink, smoke, and in general, carry on.
Its reminiscent of children living through an horrific divorce and ultimately not feeling at home with either single parent, craving a return to the safety and predictability of their lost former lives.
This is the essential American story, often unknown by a family's second generation.
www.reelmoviecritic.com /2000/id1176.htm   (851 words)

 An American Rhapsody - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
An American Rhapsody is 2001 motion picture that tells a story of 15-year-old American girl from a Hungarian immigrant family.
The film is based on the true story of the director, Eva Gardos who also wrote the script.
An American Rhapsody at the Internet Movie Database
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 Images - An American Rhapsody
An American Rhapsody is a story of an elite Hungarian family that flees the Stalinist terror to America around 1950.
At first the plot description makes you think of such classy, sensitive Hungarian fare as Time Stands Still (1982); but the very first scene where Peter (Tony Goldwyn) and Margit (Nastassja Kinski) are forced to leave their baby Zsuzsa behind reminds you that you’re not really in Budapest anymore.
The screen shrinks, and you expect the first block of commercials to arrive.
www.imagesjournal.com /issue10/reviews/americanrhapsody   (150 words)

 An American Rhapsody
Suzanne's resentment at being left behind and torn from the people who raised her is met with overwhelming mother love from the woman who's dreamt of nothing but their reunion.
Helen is soon arrested for her complicity in the couple's escape and Suzanne spends her formative years with Jeno (Balazs Galko) and Teri (Zsuzsa Czinkoczi) on an idyllic farm in the country.
"An American Rhapsody" is a heartfelt film and an obvious labor of love by Eva Gardos, but the story loses steam when it leaves little Suzanne's story, becoming a conventional coming of age tale, albeit one with Budapest as a backdrop.
www.reelingreviews.com /anamericanrhapsody.htm   (1333 words)

 An American Rhapsody   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
The first feature to be written and directed by film editor Eva Gardos (Mask), An American Rhapsody recalls her own difficult childhood.
Dad allows her to return to Hungary, where she might revisit her foster parents and see why that country isn’t all she’s cracked it up to be in her memory.
Though Johansson is surely becoming a subtle and compelling actor (The Horse Whisperer to Ghost World and this film), the schematic American Rhapsody lurches from one idea to the next, trying to pack in so much of the filmmaker’s experience that it stumbles into cliches and other corniness.
www.citypaper.net /movies/a/americanrhapsody.shtml   (165 words)

 Ritz Filmbill: Soundtracks: An American Rhapsody   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
With An American Rhapsody, composer Cliff Eidelman’s patchwork of music from East and West tells the cold-era tale of Suzanne, a Hungarian girl stuck somewhere in between.
A rhapsody can mean something stitched together from disparate parts.
An American Rhapsody is Eidelman’s first feature since 1998’s One True Thing.
www.ritzfilmbill.com /editorial/soundtracks/americanrhapsody.html   (173 words)

 dOc DVD Review: An American Rhapsody (2001)
As little Szuszi grows up into Suzanne, the distance between her and her "American" mother becomes an almost insurmountable crevasse, and the escalating violence between the two threatens to rip the family apart...
The young, adorably gap-toothed actress (Kelly Endresz-Banlaki) who plays Szuszi as a child is unbelievably "emotionally available" (as the director says on the commentary track), and easily allows the audience to identify with her awe and joy, pain and suffering.
An American Rhapsody is so many things: a survival saga, a coming-of-age film, but mostly it is the exceptionally moving voyage of the heart that proves that neither time or distance can truly separate a mother and daughter.
www.digitallyobsessed.com /showreview.php3?ID=2949   (978 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Books: American Rhapsody   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
American Rhapsody is a gleeful act of outrage, simultaneously an assault on the Clintons and a bridge-burning, tell-all Hollywood memoir in the wicked spirit of You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again.
The Lewinsky saga really should be ho-hum by now, but American Rhapsody's Evel-Knievel-like leaps of free association and mad brio breathe life into it.
American Rhapsody gives dozens of stars time in the sweaty spotlight: Matt "the Scavenger" Drudge, heroic Larry Flynt (whose threat to report Republican scandals Eszterhas credits with quashing impeachment)--almost every big political scandal victim in memory.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/0375725547   (632 words)

 SoundtrackNet : An American Rhapsody Soundtrack
So it's nice to hear him get some meatier material with the Paramount Classics release of An American Rhapsody, a historically sprawling yet quietly intimate semi-fictionalization of Hungarian-born writer / director Eva Gardos immigration and integration into the United States.
"An American Rhapsody" rounds out the score section much the way it started, featuring various ethnic touches such as plucked Gypsy strings over the now-fully-developed main theme.
But for fans of such works as the aforementioned Thomas Newman scores and even Mark Isham's Oscar-nominated A River Runs Through It, Eidelman's pensive and well-crafted An American Rhapsody will no doubt be a welcome addition to your collection.
www.soundtrack.net /soundtracks/database?id=2979   (626 words)

 Trailer | AN AMERICAN RHAPSODY   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
As rhapsodies are wont to do, Éva Gárdos’s autobiographical first feature about her travails in coming to America from Hungary goes to extremes, portraying the best and worst of America and indulging in the best and worst of American moviemaking.
This idyll shines throughout the film, largely through such details as a newly painted bike and an old tea set and the performance of young Kelly Endresz-Banlaki as the waiflike six year-old.
Her expression of growing awareness, of terror and delight, as she’s whisked to the airport to be reunited with her parents in Los Angeles is a delight.
www.bostonphoenix.com /boston/movies/trailers/documents/01814634.htm   (232 words)

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