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  Metroactive Movies | Love and Death on Long Island
Love and Death on Long Island bears some studious parallels to Death in Venice, but it really resembles Lolita--from the motel where De'Ath stays to the Charlotte Haze-like culture vulture who runs it.
Love and Death on Long Island is lovable because it endorses the crush and doesn't propose that falling for images on the screen is a lesser love.
Love and Death on Long Island (PG-13; 93 min.), directed and written by Richard Kwietniowski, based on the novel by Gilbert Adair, photographed by Oliver Curtis and starring John Hurt and Jason Priestly, opens Friday at the Towne Theater in San Jose and at the Palo Alto Square.
www.metroactive.com /papers/metro/03.12.98/lovedeathlongisl-9810.html   (676 words)

  
 Love and Death on Long Island   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
LOVE AND DEATH ON LONG ISLAND, Written and directed by Richard Kwietniowski, based on the novel by Gilbert Adair.
Love and Death on Long Island is a one-joke movie, but it's an awfully good joke.
Love and Death is too fond of both characters to be truly mean to either of them.
www.bostonphoenix.com /archive/movies/98/03/12/LOVE_AND_DEATH_ON_LONG_ISL.html   (713 words)

  
 "Love and Death on Long Island" (PG-13)
That's one of the droll pleasures in Richard Kwietniowski's "Love and Death on Long Island," which takes Thomas Mann's "Death in Venice," the compact 1912 meditation on art, death and boychicks on the sunny Adriatic, and reinserts it into the endless banality of a New York 'burb.
Unrequited, doomed love for a youth named Tadzio in Venice is tragic; unrequited, doomed love for a youth named Ronnie outside a Long Island cheeseburger joint called "Chez D'Irv" is a giggle.
For at around this point, "Love and Death on Long Island" becomes an odd, mildly gay gloss on "Lolita." It's about a courtly, worldly European intellectual seduced to the point of madness by a youthful sprite of American pop cult.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-srv/style/longterm/movies/videos/loveanddeathonlongislandhunter.htm   (748 words)

  
 Love and Death on Long Island   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
As the sequence of Mikey's humiliation plays again, the camera pans, in extreme close-up the prostrate body of the catsup-covered youth, humiliated by his more popular brother; this angle, markedly different than before, is obviously replicating Giles's gaze, which he views with his hands tucked behind his head, reclining, almost, with an expression of ecstasy.
Kwientniowski follows Giles to Chesterton, Long Island at the half-way point, as De'ath attempts to locate and confront the object of his affection, an important "acting out" in respect to his brand of spectatorship.
Love and Death on Long Island: A Screenplay.
www.nottingham.ac.uk /film/journal/filmrev/love-and-death.htm   (3333 words)

  
 "LOVE, DEATH & GAMBLING": Film Freak Central Interviews Director Richard Kwietniowski
His two feature films, Love and Death on Long Island and Owning Mahowny, his latest, tackle issues of love and obsession with a deft visual sense and a surprisingly gentle touch.
The final 'scene' in Thomas Mann's Death in Venice (the novel that served as inspiration for Love and Death on Long Island -Ed.) is of an unmanned camera on a beach, an empty observer in a sense--Mahowny plays a pivotal scene in front of a bank of security cameras...
The difference is that in Love and Death, Giles is a very solitary character among the dust and the books, the deaf housewife--it's not as if he wants to be a part of something greater, it's that he's driven to find something that makes more sense to him than anything else in his life.
filmfreakcentral.net /notes/rkwietniowskiinterview.htm   (1716 words)

  
 Love and Death on Long Island - Gilbert Adair
Love and Death on Long Island - Gilbert Adair
Gilbert Adair's elegant little novella tells the story of a renowned English author, born in the 1930's, who walks into the wrong movie and finds himself confronted both by a modern world that has passed him by and a figure on the screen that will first haunt and then obsess him.
Adair carefully builds up the obsession, as Giles is in turn lead to furtive purchases of American teen magazines and a video recorder in order to learn more about his newfound idol, finally even travelling to Long Island to seek Bostock out in person.
www.complete-review.com /reviews/adairg/loveand.htm   (653 words)

  
 Love and Death on Long Island - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Love and Death on Long Island is a 1997 movie directed by Richard Kwietniowski and starring Jason Priestley, John Hurt and Fiona Loewi.
It is based on a novel by Gilbert Adair.
Giles De'ath (Hurt) is an academic who, while attempting to see an E.M. Forster movie, inadvertently sees the teen flick Hotpants College II starring Ronnie Bostock (Priestley).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Love_and_Death_on_Long_Island   (126 words)

  
 Love and Death on Long Island   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
De'Ath is as out of place on Long Island as he is in the 20th century, and Hurt plays that awkwardness to the hilt.
When De'Ath pleads with her not to take Bostock out of town for a few days because, he says, they need to work on his script, Audrey simply looks at him and says, "You're good." She's right; she knows it; and the audience knows it, too.
Love and Death on Long Island is a story within a story that offers few clues to where it's going or how it's going to get there.
www.rambles.net /long_island.html   (561 words)

  
 the MOVIE pages -- Love and Death on Long Island
People De'Ath's age generally have trouble operating a VCR, but he is so removed from the world of technology that he doesn't realize he must also buy a television.
De'Ath spent most of his life sequestered from the world, and his Hot Pants College II movie-going experience threatened to spoil his opinion of movies.
Together, De'Ath and Ronnie develop an unusual bond, but it is only a matter of time before the relationship's false pretenses destroy it.
www.movietrailertrash.com /reviews/lovedeath   (737 words)

  
 Salon Entertainment | "Love and Death on Long Island"
s Giles De'Ath (he pronounces it "day-ahth"), the British aesthete/novelist of "Love and Death on Long Island," John Hurt suggests a reversal of the famous opening line of L.P. Hartley's "The Go-Between": "The past is a foreign country: They do things differently there." For Giles, it's the present that's unfamiliar terrain.
Adair's book, a semi-satirical gloss on "Death in Venice," is both a reimagining of and a rebuke to Thomas Mann's novella.
"Death in Venice," the story of the revered writer Aschenbach who, on holiday in Venice, becomes enamored of a beautiful young boy named Tadzio, is intermittently exquisite and poignant.
www.salon.com /ent/movies/1998/03/13love.html   (555 words)

  
 Love and Death on Long Island
Giles De'Ath is a widowed British novelist so obstinately old-fashioned that he speaks of the 'current fad for videotape recorders.' Caught in the rain one afternoon, he ducks into a cinema and inadvertently finds himself watching something called Hotpants College II, where he first gazes upon an American heartthrob named Ronnie Bostock.
Love and Death on Long Island can be easily polished off with a few hours' reading, but its nuanced characterization of a man who trades restraint for recklessness is well worth savoring.
Gilbert De'Ath's encounters with the modern world in the form of multiplex cinemas, teenage fanzines, video recorders, pulp cinema and Pakistani newsagents is both hilarious and touching.
www.literacyconnections.com /0_0802135927.html   (506 words)

  
 BBC - Films - review - Love and Death on Long Island
His hilarious portrait of Giles De’Ath, a reclusive British author, is a rare comic treat, and Richard Kwietniowski’s first feature from Gilbert Adair’s novel is a clever, singular delight that deserved a wider release when it came out in 1997.
De’Ath, who rarely ventures far from his book-stuffed London home, accidentally locks himself out in the rain and goes to see a film based on an E M Forster novel.
"Love and Death on Long Island" will be shown on BBC2 at 11.35pm on Friday 16th March 2001.
www.bbc.co.uk /films/2001/03/09/love_death_long_island_1997_review.shtml   (410 words)

  
 The Edge Online Film, DVD, Video: Love and Death on Long Island   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Giles De'Ath (John Hurt) is a reclusive man-of-letters, his life dedicated to the acclaimed literary novels that line his shelves.
On Long Island, after the author's bumbling detection, De'Ath affects a meeting between himself and Ronnie through the latter's girlfriend Audrey (the excellent Fiona Loewi, fulfilling the mother's role from Lolita).
Love and Death on Long Island never looks to over-play its hand and so ends up a witty, intelligent and, above all, civilised comedy of manners and conventions.
www.theedge.abelgratis.co.uk /filmsgl/loveanddeathonlongisland.htm   (494 words)

  
 Love and Death on Long Island   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Love and Death on Long Island is a funny and sad look at desire and obsession, with an uncanny performance by Hurt, who remains sympathetic despite his intentions.
Hurt is so good that he conveys not only De'Ath's loneliness and longing (the scene where is finally declares himself is so full of truth that it's painful), but the ultimate silliness of what he's doing: he gets across that this is a grown man trying to repress his teenage-like obsession.
Love and Death on Long Island admirably steers clear of labeling its characters, and better yet doesn't make fun of them or make light of their desires.
www.classicsondvd.com /loveanddeath.htm   (448 words)

  
 Cranky Critic® Movie Reviews: Love And Death on Long Island
He means that Love And Death on Long Island starts in high gear and as it gains focus, it loses steam.
Love And Death is the story of lonely old Englishman Giles De'Ath, (John Hurt, who has the face for this part and knows it), and the unrequited love he finds with a movie star teen heart throb.
De'Ath is a writer whose mindset is anchored firmly in the early part of the twentieth century.
www.crankycritic.com /archive98/lovedeathli.html   (675 words)

  
 Laramie Movie Scope: Love and Death on Long Island   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
It is funny, heartwarming and sad, a tale of the follies of youth and the follies of age.
De'Ath eventually travels to Long Island, where Bostock lives with his girlfriend, Audrey (Fiona Loewi).
De'Ath, who knows nothing of America, and is unused to navigating in the outside world (he can't drive a car), sets out to find Bostock.
www.lariat.org /AtTheMovies/lovedeath.html   (527 words)

  
 Compare Prices and Read Reviews on Love and Death on Long Island at Epinions.com
De'Ath's big con, that of a screenwriter who can transform Bostock from pin-up boy to a significant artist, flatters the naive young star.
Love and Death on Long Island is a comedy that depends on dialogue, while Death in Venice is a slow art film that relies upon cinematography.
Love and Death on Long Island received some attention from critics.
briankoller.epinions.com /mvie-review-13C0-E3053CD-392921E0-prod3   (674 words)

  
 Love and Death on Long Island Movie Review
The central theme of "Love and Death on Long Island" is that love can sometimes be found in the most unusual of places, and it's a refreshingly warm-hearted tale at that.
One central difficulty with this unashamedly sweet love story is that Giles' initial crush on Ronnie is entirely superficial, and the scenes where he comes to "know" him are unconvincing at best.
"Love and Death on Long Island" has its funny moments and is unquestionably a fine vehicle for Hurt, but its lightweight predictability makes it hard to recommend.
www.killermovies.com /l/loveanddeathonlongisland/reviews/6qm.html   (599 words)

  
 Orlando Weekly - Film Review - Love and Death on Long Island
You won’t find a sweeter tribute to the pleasures of kitsch than "Love and Death on Long Island," a wonderful little film that uses popular culture as the touchstone for a sensitive rumination on the nature of obsession in all its forms.
John Hurt portrays Giles De’Ath, a nearly reclusive English author whose tendency to refer to radio as "the wireless" is the most overt sign that he’s paid almost zero heed to the cultural advances of the late 20th century.
Soon, De’Ath is purchasing his first VCR to catch up on Bostock’s oeuvre -- including the actioner "Skid Marks" and the ludicrous plea for Anglo-Mexican understanding, "Tex Mex." De’Ath justifies his immersion as fascination with a talented young star whose low-brow comedies are the spiritual inheritors of Shakespearean ribaldry.
www.orlandoweekly.com /film/review.asp?rid=48   (476 words)

  
 Love and Death on Long Island (1998): Reviews
An unpredictable, often funny, always winning film, Love And Death On Long Island is filled with low-key humor and sharp observations about the state of art at the close of the millennium.
Love and Death on Long Island is sharp, sophisticated and completely delicious, a purposeful comedy that focuses on the power of screen images to uproot lives and the poignancy of amour fou, totally mad love.
These opening scenes of Love and Death on Long Island are funny and touching, and Hurt brings a dignity to Giles De'Ath that transcends any snickering amusement at his infatuation.
www.metacritic.com /video/titles/loveanddeathonlongisland   (615 words)

  
 Love and Death on Long Island . Austin Chronicle . 03-30-98
De'Ath discovers Ronnie quite by accident: Locked out of his apartment in the rain, De'Ath wanders into a movie theatre because he's heard that E.M. Forster's works are now onscreen.
De'Ath insinuates himself into the couple's household, flattering Ronnie by comparing Hotpants College II with Shakespeare and telling him what a huge star he is in Europe.
But until that point, Love and Death on Long Island is the height of drollery, a cheeky ode to the liberating power of popular culture, and a fascinating look at an old dog learning some new tricks.
www.filmvault.com /filmvault/austin/l/loveanddeathonlon1.html   (448 words)

  
 Hurt excels in `Love and Death on Long Island'
The film is a very keen but disarmingly gentle comedy, a lovely exercise in the control of tone.
intellectual has fallen in love with the very prototype of a young American actor who is called a "hunk" and whose success is measured by the number of times his picture appears in magazines aimed at teen-age girls.
Ronnie becomes for Giles an image of beauty that, unlike the lovely young man in the painting, is attainable.
www.chron.com /content/chronicle/ae/movies/reviews/0313loveanddeath.html   (639 words)

  
 JamesBowman.net | Love and Death on Long Island   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Love and Death on Long Island, directed by Richard Kwietniowski from a novel by Gilbert Adair, is not really about death.
Instead, De'Ath and Kwietniowski both continue to cherish the illusion that the former's goatish impulses somehow amount to a grand passion of transcendent significance and that he is to be congratulated on “the discovery of beauty where no one ever thought to look for it.”
Finding that he is in love with the beautiful boy is an exhilarating self-discovery whose ramifications somehow include learning how to use the video tape recorder, the answering machine and the fax.
www.jamesbowman.net /review.asp?pubID=715   (692 words)

  
 Love and Death on Long Island Movie: Love and Death on Long Island DVD is available from Bestprices.com
Love and Death on Long Island Movie: Love and Death on Long Island DVD is available from Bestprices.com
British novelist Giles De'Ath, a stuffy man who is completely oblivious to modern life and technologies, gets locked out of his house and settles for a visit to the cinema.
Unable to shake or quench his thirst for the actor, he eventually travels to Long Island with the intentions of meeting him face to face.
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 Compare Prices and Read Reviews on Love and Death on Long Island at Epinions.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Love & Death on Long Island — it was that moment of hesitation
'Love and death on long island' is a story about a reclusive writer, Giles De'Ath, who goes to the cinema one day and inadvertantly sees an american high school movie -'Hotpants College II' starring Ronnie Bostock (played by Jason Priestly).
If you're looking for a cinematic trip to jostle, bump and shock you, "Love and Death on Long Island" is not the ship to board.
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 Review: Love and Death on Long Island   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
This is the kind of role that could easily be turned into a flat stereotype, but John Hurt, in what is certainly his best performance in a decade and possibly the most impressive of his long and distinguished career, turns "erstwhile fogy" Giles into a three-dimensional human being.
Eventually, not satisfied with being the world's foremost authority on Bostock, Giles boards a plane and travels to Long Island, where his idol's home is located.
Love and Death on Long Island is a comedy, and a very funny one at that.
movie-reviews.colossus.net /movies/l/love_death.html   (635 words)

  
 Love and Death on Long Island Movie Review
Even on the surface, there's nothing familiar or tired about Love and Death on Long Island.  Written and directed by Richard Kwietniowski (based on the novel by Gilbert Adair), the film is packed with of details and intelligent subtleties.
But what sends Love and Death beyond the threshold of greatness is its themes.
Love and Death on Long Island is a wonderful film that everyone should see and take seriously down to its most subtle detail. 
www.killermovies.com /l/loveanddeathonlongisland/reviews/6zv.html   (237 words)

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