Seymour Joseph Cassel was an American actor. Cassel first came to prominence in the 1960s in the pioneering independent films of writer/director John Cassavetes; the first of these was Too Late Blues, followed by Faces, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award and won a National Society of Film Critics Award. Cassel went on to appear in Cassavetes' Minnie and Moskowitz, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, Opening Night, Love Streams, he appeared in a number of independent and Hollywood film productions. Notable films he was featured in include Coogan's Bluff, The Last Tycoon, Convoy, Johnny Be Good, Mobsters, In the Soup, Honeymoon in Vegas, Indecent Proposal, Beer League, Fort McCoy. Like Cassavetes, Wes Anderson cast Cassel - first in Rushmore, in The Royal Tenenbaums and in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Cassel was born in Detroit, the son of Pancretia Ann, a performer, Seymour Joseph Cassel, a nightclub owner. Cassel's early career was tied to fellow actor John Cassavetes, informally part of his clan of actors.
He made his movie debut in Cassavetes' first film, Shadows, on which he served as associate producer. In 1961 he co-starred with Cassavetes in Too Late Blues, 1962's The Webster Boy, he appeared in The Lloyd Bridges Show in the episode "A Pair of Boots," directed by his friend Cassavetes. Cassel appeared on such popular programs as Twelve O'Clock High, Combat!, The F. B. I.. He appeared as "Cancelled," one of Colonel Gumm's henchmen in the 1960s Batman TV episode "A Piece of the Action," which featured guest stars Van Williams and Bruce Lee as The Green Hornet and Kato, respectively. In 1968, Cassel was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Chet in John Cassavetes's Faces. Other collaborations with Cassavetes included a starring role with Gena Rowlands in Minnie and Moskowitz, supporting roles in The Killing of a Chinese Bookie and Love Streams, a cameo appearance in Opening Night. Having appeared in major Hollywood productions such as Dick Tracy, Tin Men, Indecent Proposal, Cassel was very supportive of the American independent film community in the wake of Cassavetes's death.
Cassel had a small role in Steve Buscemi's directorial debut Trees Lounge and appeared in three films by Wes Anderson: Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic. Cassel appeared for four seasons in comedian Tracey Ullman's television series Tracey Takes On.... Cassel married Elizabeth Deering in 1964. Guitarist Slash, childhood friends with Cassel's son, credited Cassel with giving him his nickname, because he was always zipping from one place to another and never sitting still. Cassel died on April 2019, aged 84, of Alzheimer's disease. In September 2007, Cassel was a candidate for national president of the Screen Actors Guild, along with Charley M. De La Peña, Alan Rosenberg, Barry Simmonds. In 2009, Cassel was once again a candidate for national president of the Screen Actors Guild along with Anne Marie Johnson and Ken Howard. Howard was the eventual winner. In 2012, the Oldenburg Film Festival in Germany introduced an actors' prize named the Seymour Cassel Award, he won the National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Faces.
Seymour Cassel on IMDb Interview with the Palisadian-Post
Léon: The Professional
Léon: The Professional, titled Leon in the UK and Australia is a 1994 English-language French action crime thriller film written and directed by Luc Besson. It stars Jean Reno and Gary Oldman, features the motion picture debut of Natalie Portman. In the film, Léon, a professional hitman, reluctantly takes in 12-year-old Mathilda, after her family is murdered by corrupt Drug Enforcement Administration agent Norman Stansfield. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the hitman's trade. Léon Montana is an hitman living a solitary life in New York City's Little Italy, his work comes from a mafioso named Tony. Léon spends his idle time engaging in calisthenics, nurturing a houseplant, watching old films. One day, Léon meets a lonely 12-year-old girl. Mathilda lives with her dysfunctional family in an apartment down the hall, has stopped attending class at her school for troubled girls. Mathilda's abusive father attracts the ire of corrupt DEA agents, who have been paying him to stash cocaine in his apartment.
After they discover he has been cutting the cocaine to keep for himself, DEA agents storm the building, led by dressed drug addict Norman Stansfield. During the raid, Stansfield becomes unhinged and murders Mathilda's entire family while she is out shopping for groceries; when Mathilda returns, she realizes what has happened just in time to continue down the hall to Léon's apartment, who hesitantly gives her shelter. Mathilda discovers that Léon is a hitman, she begs him to take care of her and to teach her his skills, as she wants to avenge the murder of her four-year-old brother. At first, Léon is unsettled by her presence, considers murdering her, but he trains Mathilda and shows her how to use various weapons. In exchange, she runs his errands, cleans his apartment, teaches him how to read. In time, the pair forms a close bond. Mathilda tells Léon she loves him, but he refuses to reciprocate; when Léon heads out for an apparent assignment, Mathilda fills a bag with guns from Léon's collection and sets out to kill Stansfield.
She bluffs her way into the DEA office by posing as a delivery girl, only to be ambushed by Stansfield in a bathroom. Léon, after discovering her plan in a note left for him, rescues Mathilda, killing two more of Stansfield's men in the process. An enraged Stansfield confronts Tony, violently interrogated for Léon's whereabouts; as Mathilda and Léon recover from the ordeal, Mathilda attempts to seduce Léon. Léon refuses, instead opening up about; the two made plans to elope, but when the girl's father discovered their relationship, he killed her out of anger and escaped justice. Léon killed the man out of revenge and fled to New York, where he met Tony and trained to become a cleaner. While Mathilda returns home from grocery shopping, a NYPD ESU team sent by Stansfield captures her and attempts to infiltrate Léon's apartment. Léon rescues Mathilda. Léon creates a quick escape for Mathilda by smashing a hole in an air shaft. In the chaos that follows, Léon sneaks out of the building disguised as a wounded ESU officer.
As he is dying, Léon places an object in Stansfield's hands that he says is "from Mathilda" before succumbing to his wounds. He opens Léon's vest to find a cluster of active grenades which detonate, killing Stansfield. Mathilda goes to Tony. Tony tells Mathilda he had been instructed by Léon to give his money to her if anything happened to him. Mathilda returns to school and meets the headmistress, who readmits her after Mathilda reveals what had happened to her, she walks onto a field near the school to plant Léon's houseplant, as she had told Léon that he should "give it roots". Léon: The Professional is to some extent an expansion of an idea in Besson's earlier 1990 film, La Femme Nikita. In La Femme Nikita Jean Reno plays a similar character named Victor. Besson described Léon; this time he's more human."While most of the interior footage was shot in France, the rest of the film was shot on location in New York. The final scene at the school was filmed at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.
A soundtrack for the film was released in October 1994. It was commercially successful in Japan, being certified gold for 100,000 copies shipped in December 1999. Léon: The Professional received favorable reviews from critics; the film holds a 72% positive aggregate rating based on 61 critical reviews on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 6.7/10. The site's consensus states, "Pivoting on the unusual relationship between seasoned hitman and his 12-year-old apprentice—a breakout turn by young Natalie Portman—Luc Besson's Léon is a stylish and oddly affecting thriller". At Metacritic, the film received an average score of 64 based on 12 reviews, indicating "Generally favorable reviews". Mark Salisbury of Empire magazine awarded the film a full five stars, he said, "Oozing style and confidence from every sprocket, offering a dizzyingly, fresh perspective on the B
The Lady (2011 film)
The Lady is a 2011 French-British biographical film directed by Luc Besson, starring Michelle Yeoh as Aung San Suu Kyi and David Thewlis as her late husband Michael Aris. Yeoh called the film "a labour of love" but confessed it had felt intimidating for her to play the Nobel laureate. In 1947, when Aung San Suu Kyi was two years old, her father Aung San led Burma to independence, but soon afterwards, on 19 July 1947, he, along with a group of his colleagues, was assassinated by a group of armed men in uniform. As an adult Suu Kyi went to England, found a loving husband, had a happy family life, but in 1988 her mother's poor health forced her to return to Burma where her father, Aung San, was still remembered. When she visited her mother in the hospital in 1988, she met many of the people who were wounded during the Tatmadaw's crackdown in the 8888 Uprising, she realises that political change is needed in Burma and is soon drawn into the movement to promote reform. She accepted the role of icon in support of self-determination by the Burmese people and devoted herself to activities in support of goals of greater political freedoms.
Suu Kyi founded a political party and won the 1990 elections. However, the Burmese military refused to accept the result of the election and moved to bring Suu Kyi under control, she and her family were separated when her husband and children are banned from Burma and she was put under a house arrest for more than a decade. Yet their relentless struggling for Suu Kyi's recognition outside Burma is her guarantee she won't be forgotten and cannot disappear unnoticed. Due to her family's efforts, she became the second woman in Asia to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the first being Mother Teresa of India in 1979, yet their separation continued because Suu Kyi could neither attend the ceremony nor could her husband Michael Aris see her one last time before his early death. Rebecca Frayn began working on the project after she and her husband, producer Andy Harries had visited Burma in the early 1990s. Harries' production company Left Bank Pictures began development of the script in 2008. Harries had the script sent to her.
The actress was thrilled. She visited London to meet the couple; the script was as British as its origin, telling the story from Michael Aris' perspective but Michelle Yeoh claimed she brought an Asian insight to it. Her husband Jean Todt encouraged her to contact friend Luc Besson. Besson accepted the script as an opportunity for him to present a real life heroine, a female fighter who wields no other weapons than her human virtues. During the shooting of the film, news broke. Luc Besson hesitated to believe. Yeoh visited Suu Kyi soon afterwards, she would say it had been like visiting a dear family member. When they discussed the film the actress got the feeling she was still on the film set because Luc Besson had recreated the house so accurately. Aung San Suu Kyi gave her a hug. On 22 June 2011 Yeoh wanted to visit Suu Kyi a second time but was deported from Burma over her portrayal of Aung San Suu Kyi; this time Besson was allowed to meet Suu Kyi. Suu Kyi said she would hesitate to watch the film because she wasn't too sure to be up to it although she asked for a copy.
Writer Rebecca Frayn interviewed a number of Suu Kyi's confidants and based her screenplay on the testimonies. Some supporters provided Flynn information only because she wouldn't disclose these sources, her work was appreciated by Suu Kyi's brother-in-law Anthony Aris. To portray Suu Kyi, Michelle Yeoh watched about two hundred hours of audiovisual material on Suu Kyi and took lessons in Burmese, her talent for languages is evident. The actress had refreshed her skills as a piano player. Despite always having been petite, Michelle Yeoh evidently lost weight to embody Suu Kyi whose son had stressed that his mother was slimmer than Yeoh; as Yeoh told the New York Post, the silk and cotton costumes she wears are Burmese. Luc Besson stated Michelle Yeoh "had perfected Suu Kyi's appearance and the nuances of her personality to such an extent that the lines between the real human being and the portrayed character blurred when they crossed in real life". Under director Luc Besson's helm, his crew pursued accuracy.
The cardinal directions were respected when Suu Kyi's home was rebuilt, so that the audience would see the sunrise in the same way as Suu Kyi. Based on satellite images and about 200 family photographs they constructed a precise 1:1 scale model of this house. Luc Besson himself went to Burma, filmed in disguise. To achieve authenticity Luc Besson engaged many Burmese extras; some of them, like Thein Win, re-enacted their personal memories. Once or twice the filming of a scene had to stop because Michelle Yeoh's performance of a speech elicited outbursts of emotion among extras who had heard Suu Kyi. Co-producer Andy Harries concentrated on substantiating the British part of his wife's script, he achieved authenticity of the happy time in Suu Kyi's life, when she lived with her family in the United Kingdom. Their flat was recreated on a sound stage, although the film includes scenes shot on location in front of the house itself; the scenes showing Michael Aris as a dying cancer patient were shot on location in the actual hospital.
The Lady had its world premiere on 12 September 2011 at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival. On 29 October 2011 it
Skinwalkers (2007 film)
Skinwalkers is a 2007 horror-action film. It was released in the United States by Lions Gate Entertainment and After Dark Films, focuses on werewolves. Directed by James Isaac, it stars Jason Behr, Elias Koteas, Rhona Mitra, Tom Jackson; the film was announced for theatrical release on December 1, 2006, but was delayed until August 10, 2007. Skinwalkers marks Lions Gate Entertainment's first collaboration with Constantin Film, which produced such other science fiction/horror films as Resident Evil and Wrong Turn; the visual effects are by effects house Mr. X, the creature effects by Stan Winston Studio; the film was shot at Century Manor in Hamilton, Canada. To achieve a PG-13 rating, the production team cut several scenes containing graphic violence — the home media release is the uncut version of the film. Two packs of werewolves, divided by principles, are signaled by the moon of the coming of an ancient prophecy. A young boy named Timothy approaches his 13th birthday, unaware this marks the time of his transformation.
Timothy has been raised by his grandmother Nana, his mother Rachel, his uncle Jonas, his cousin Katherine and Katherine's boyfriend, Adam. His father is said to be dead. Rachel and Timothy have been unaware that the rest of the family are "good" werewolves who have guarded Timothy and his secret since birth, they know that Timothy is a "half-blood", prophesied to end the curse. But they know that Timothy's power will put him in danger, for there are other werewolves that revel and embrace their blood-lust and are bent on finding and killing the boy. Four of these werewolves are a motorcycle pack—leader Varek, cohorts Zo, Grenier, who use a hawk as an airborne spy—who track down Timothy in the small town of Huguenot, precipitating the movie's extended chase. Varek discovers the location of Timothy via a video tape, shown to various "good" werewolves that he is alive and well. Reaching Huguenot, Varek saw Nana and Timothy and proceeds with a gunfight between his pack against the "good" werewolves and various townspeople.
Adam's father is killed in the gunfight and Nana sacrifices herself to let Timothy and the others escape. Jonas explain the whole situation to both Rachel and Timothy and they are convinced after Jonas and others turn into werewolves at night; the next day, Timothy is sent to a nearby hospital. Varek's gang attack Timothy. Grenier is killed by Adam, it is subsequently revealed that Varek was Caleb, Rachel's husband and Timothy's father, his transformation was due to him feeding on humans. After escaping to a safe place, Adam finds Katherine and brings her back. At sundown, Katherine was discovered to have been forced to feed on humans and kills Adam with his own gun. Just as Katherine is about to attack Timothy, Jonas manages to kill her with a gunshot in the back, they manage to find their next safe place, with Rachel and Timothy hiding in a steel cage while Jonas sets out to ambush Varek, Zo & Sonya. Zo is killed after being dropped down from a height. Sonya is shot by Timothy. Rachel proceeds to finish Sonya off.
Varek tries to kill Timothy but is stopped by Jonas. They get into a struggle and in a bid to win, Jonas feeds on Varek's arm and knocks Varek unconscious. Taken over by the blood frenzy, Jonas is shot to death by Rachel. Varek wakes up and bites Timothy but the clock chimes midnight, he is struck by Rachel and knocked to the ground. He transforms back into a human and to his former self, Caleb, it is revealed that Timothy is the cure via his blood and that they travel around, giving the cure to those who want it. They fill bullets with Timothy's blood; the film leaves off with Timothy saying "For some I am salvation, for the others their destruction". Jason Behr as Varek—Formerly Caleb, Jonas's brother and Rachel's husband. Now the leader of the evil werewolves, he turns out to be the father of Timothy. He reverts to his old normal self. Elias Koteas as Jonas—The Alpha of the pack sworn to protect Timothy, father of Katherine. Like the others, he keeps himself restrained on the full moon and wants their curse to end.
He is killed by Rachel after trying to attack Timothy towards the end of the film. Rhona Mitra as Rachel Talbot—An assumed widow hard-pressed to cope with her frail son Timothy's frequent illnesses, she doesn't know her family and community is made up of werewolves. Natassia Malthe as Sonja—The Alpha female in Varek's pack, his mate, she was once human, with a miserable life until changed by Varek. She is neurotic loyal to Varek, obsessed with him, she is killed by Rachel after being weakened by a shot from Timothy. Kim Coates as Zo—The second in command in Varek's pack, he falls to his death. Sarah Carter as Katherine—Jonas's daughter and, like the rest of the family and friends, a werewolf as well, she has a boyfriend named Adam. Towards the end of the film, she turns against and kills Adam and attacks Timothy but is shot in the back and killed by Jonas. Tom Jackson as Will Matthew Knight as Timothy Talbot—A half-blood, the offspring of Varek and Rachel, he holds the power to end the ` curse' of the entire werewolf race along with him.
Rogue Johnston as Grenier—One of Varek's henchmen. He is mute and has a scarred face, he is killed by Adam. Barbara Gordon as Nana—Timothy's grandmother, she is kille
DVD is a digital optical disc storage format invented and developed in 1995. The medium can store any kind of digital data and is used for software and other computer files as well as video programs watched using DVD players. DVDs offer higher storage capacity than compact discs. Prerecorded DVDs are mass-produced using molding machines that physically stamp data onto the DVD; such discs are a form of DVD-ROM because data can only be not written or erased. Blank recordable DVD discs can be recorded once using a DVD recorder and function as a DVD-ROM. Rewritable DVDs can be erased many times. DVDs are used in DVD-Video consumer digital video format and in DVD-Audio consumer digital audio format as well as for authoring DVD discs written in a special AVCHD format to hold high definition material. DVDs containing other types of information may be referred to as DVD data discs; the Oxford English Dictionary comments that, "In 1995 rival manufacturers of the product named digital video disc agreed that, in order to emphasize the flexibility of the format for multimedia applications, the preferred abbreviation DVD would be understood to denote digital versatile disc."
The OED states that in 1995, "The companies said the official name of the format will be DVD. Toshiba had been using the name ‘digital video disc’, but, switched to ‘digital versatile disc’ after computer companies complained that it left out their applications.""Digital versatile disc" is the explanation provided in a DVD Forum Primer from 2000 and in the DVD Forum's mission statement. There were several formats developed for recording video on optical discs before the DVD. Optical recording technology was invented by David Paul Gregg and James Russell in 1958 and first patented in 1961. A consumer optical disc data format known as LaserDisc was developed in the United States, first came to market in Atlanta, Georgia in 1978, it used much larger discs than the formats. Due to the high cost of players and discs, consumer adoption of LaserDisc was low in both North America and Europe, was not used anywhere outside Japan and the more affluent areas of Southeast Asia, such as Hong-Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.
CD Video released in 1987 used analog video encoding on optical discs matching the established standard 120 mm size of audio CDs. Video CD became one of the first formats for distributing digitally encoded films in this format, in 1993. In the same year, two new optical disc storage formats were being developed. One was the Multimedia Compact Disc, backed by Philips and Sony, the other was the Super Density disc, supported by Toshiba, Time Warner, Matsushita Electric, Mitsubishi Electric, Thomson, JVC. By the time of the press launches for both formats in January 1995, the MMCD nomenclature had been dropped, Philips and Sony were referring to their format as Digital Video Disc. Representatives from the SD camp asked IBM for advice on the file system to use for their disc, sought support for their format for storing computer data. Alan E. Bell, a researcher from IBM's Almaden Research Center, got that request, learned of the MMCD development project. Wary of being caught in a repeat of the costly videotape format war between VHS and Betamax in the 1980s, he convened a group of computer industry experts, including representatives from Apple, Sun Microsystems and many others.
This group was referred to as the Technical Working Group, or TWG. On August 14, 1995, an ad hoc group formed from five computer companies issued a press release stating that they would only accept a single format; the TWG voted to boycott both formats unless the two camps agreed on a converged standard. They recruited president of IBM, to pressure the executives of the warring factions. In one significant compromise, the MMCD and SD groups agreed to adopt proposal SD 9, which specified that both layers of the dual-layered disc be read from the same side—instead of proposal SD 10, which would have created a two-sided disc that users would have to turn over; as a result, the DVD specification provided a storage capacity of 4.7 GB for a single-layered, single-sided disc and 8.5 GB for a dual-layered, single-sided disc. The DVD specification ended up similar to Toshiba and Matsushita's Super Density Disc, except for the dual-layer option and EFMPlus modulation designed by Kees Schouhamer Immink.
Philips and Sony decided that it was in their best interests to end the format war, agreed to unify with companies backing the Super Density Disc to release a single format, with technologies from both. After other compromises between MMCD and SD, the computer companies through TWG won the day, a single format was agreed upon; the TWG collaborated with the Optical Storage Technology Association on the use of their implementation of the ISO-13346 file system for use on the new DVDs. Movie and home entertainment distributors adopted the DVD format to replace the ubiquitous VHS tape as the primary consumer digital video distribution format, they embraced DVD as it produced higher quality video and sound, provided superior data lifespan, could be interactive. Interactivity on LaserDiscs had proven desirable to consumers collectors; when LaserDisc prices dropped from $100 per
Le Dernier Combat
Le Dernier Combat is a 1983 post-apocalyptic French film. It was the first feature-film to be directed by Luc Besson, features Jean Reno's first prominent role. Music for the film was composed by Éric Serra; the film was the first of many collaborations between Besson and Serra. A dark vision of post-apocalyptic survival, the film was shot in black and white and contains only two words of dialogue, it depicts a world. The film opens to a shot of an abandoned office, where the main character, only identified as'The Man' in the end credits, is having intercourse with a sex doll; the Man is seen attempting to salvage parts from abandoned vehicles, but returns to his dwelling empty handed, where he works on building a makeshift aircraft. The Man ventures outside the office building he lives in, surrounded by a desert wasteland. A group of men are shown surviving in the wasteland, they hold a man,'The Dwarf', force him to retrieve water for them. The Man, observing the survivors, makes his way to their camp, stabs their leader,'The Captain' and retrieves a car battery.
Survivors pursue The Man, though he is able to escape in his now completed aircraft.'The Brute' is seen approaching a hospital with a box containing canned food. The Brute rings a bell, and'The Doctor', instructs him to place the canned goods on the ground and back away from the door; the Doctor takes the goods and closes the door before The Brute can get inside. The Man's aircraft crash lands at night; the following morning he continues on foot. The Brute returns to the hospital with a new box of items, though this time he constructs a device that will keep the door open long enough for him to enter the building; the plan works, once back inside the building The Doctor pulls a lever which closes a secondary iron bar gate preventing The Brute from entering. The Man finds an abandoned bar, gets himself intoxicated and passes out; when he awakes, he ventures outside. While searching for a way to cook the fish, The Man encounters The Brute. A fight ensues; the Man, now badly injured, wanders around.
The Doctor treats The cooks him some fish. The Doctor inhales a form of gas that allows him to, with some difficulty, say a single word: Bonjour; the Man takes the gas and is able to reply with the same word. Both are ecstatic about being able to speak; the Man and the Doctor bond over table tennis and painting, before The Man ventures outside into a sandstorm to retrieve a painting he found in the bar. The Brute, living in the bar and notices the painting is missing; the Doctor blindfolds The Man. He leads The Man to a part of the hospital where a woman is kept, gives her the food; the Brute sets fire to the front door of the hospital, though The Doctor and The Man extinguish the flames. The Man and The Doctor go to bring food to the woman again, The Man gives her a wrapped gift, they catch The Brute attempting to saw through the iron bar gate, though are able to scare him off. The Doctor and The Man prepare food for the woman, yet this time The Doctor permits the man to not be blindfolded, encourages him to comb his hair.
Meanwhile, it is revealed. The Doctor is killed on the way to the woman; the Man, who does not know how to find the woman without The Doctor, attempts to locate her, though he is confronted by The Brute. A fight ensues, with The Man killing The Brute; the Man locates the woman's room, though is devastated when he discovers that The Brute had killed her. The Man repairs his aircraft, flies back to the original survivors he encountered, he frees The Dwarf. The Dwarf shows the Man; the Man greets her with a warm smile. Writing in the book The Films of Luc Besson, Susan Hayward, director of Film Studies at the University of Exeter, considered Le Dernier Combat and The Fifth Element to be Besson's two film's which focus on the theme of environmental damage, as waste and pollution are visible throughout both films. Capitalism was considered to be a theme. Besson described the film as an "imaginary excursion", stating he got the inspiration for the film from an abandoned cinema he saw in Paris. Thinking of all the other abandoned buildings there must be in Paris, Besson decided to create a world where all these places were together, combined this idea with a previous suggestion that he make a feature-length version of his 1981 debut short film, L'Avant Dernier.
Le Dernier Combat was filmed in Paris, with scenes depicted as begin in the desert filmed in Tunisia. Locations for filming in Paris included a former Électricité de France building, demolished the day after filming was completed, the derelict area where the Bibliothèque nationale de France was constructed; the film contains only two words of dialogue. The film attracted 236,189 viewers at the French box office. Time Out gave a favourable review, calling the film a "welcome addition to the post-holocaust barbarism boom." Steve Macfarlane from Not Coming to a Theater Near You gave a moderately positive review, stat
The Family (2013 film)
The Family is a 2013 black comedy crime film directed by Luc Besson, starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, John D'Leo. The film follows a Mafia family in the witness protection program; the film is based on the French novel Malavita by Tonino Benacquista. Mafia boss Giovanni Manzoni, who offended Don Luchese, a rival mafia boss, survives an attempted hit on him and his family at a barbecue, he snitches on Luchese. In adjusting to life in the village, each family member runs into trouble. Giovanni is being observed by two FBI agents to ensure. Giovanni claims to be an author writing a historical novel on the Normandy landings, problematic as many citizens in the area are much more familiar with the event than he is. Giovanni begins a quest to discover why the water in his house is brown, he beats a plumber who tries to shake him down for money to unnecessarily change all the pipes in his house, a local fertilizer factory owner who interrupts him while he is talking.
Daughter Belle falls in love with a college student working as a substitute math teacher. She pretends to need private math lessons so she can get time alone with him and she seduces him. Giovanni's wife, blows up a small grocery store when its owner spews anti-American comments in French to the other customers and visits the undercover FBI agents, she spends a lot of time at the church, where she and the local priest have an amicable relationship. Their friendship ends when she confesses the numerous crimes her family has committed and he tells her never to come back. On the first day of class at the local school, Giovanni's son, is beaten up by a small gang, but he digs up information and uses it to gain favor with the most influential students, creating a mini-mafia within the school; this sway allows him to beat up the gang. He inadvertently alerts Don Luchese to their location when he quotes one of the kingpin's sayings in a school paper, which makes its way back to Luchese through a series of chance events.
Giovanni is asked to attend an American film event due to his supposed historical expertise and he brings Agent Stansfield along, claiming to want to bond with him, but it's an alibi for a timed explosive he has rigged to destroy the structure causing his brown water. The film screening takes an unexpected turn when instead of Some Came Running, the scheduled film, they watch Goodfellas. Throughout the film, Giovanni expresses a desire to talk about his life as a mobster expressing some guilt; the debate after the film prompts him to tell his story to the audience. Feeling his cover has been compromised, Agent Stansfield gives an order to relocate the family again. Meanwhile, the school detects Warren's activities so he decides to leave town with a fake passport, afraid that the FBI will drop the family's protection. At the train station, he sees seven hitmen head for the town, he returns home to warn the family. Henri breaks up with Belle, which causes her to contemplate suicide, but she stops when she sees the hitmen enter the police station and kill several officers.
As Giovanni returns home, Maggie arrives outside and notices the team of hitmen, who have killed firemen and who have proceeded to kill their neighbours. She takes cover in the FBI safe-house across the street; the hitmen blow up the family's house and soon an intense gunfight ensues which involves all family members. Giovanni and Maggie strangle and stab a hitman after he raids the safe-house and tries to sexually assault Maggie. Belle kills a hitman. Using weapons she found in the trunk, she shoots one of the five hitmen near the burning house. Warren takes guns from the trunk of the car and shoots two of the hitmen while being given cover fire by Belle. One hitman is killed by the family dog. While chasing Belle, the lead hitman is killed by Stansfield's car; the family relocates again. Despite numerous innocent townspeople being slaughtered, Giovanni expresses his happiness at having had the chance to tell his story, saying that it brought the family closer. Robert De Niro as Fred Blake/Giovanni Manzoni, the father.
Michelle Pfeiffer as Maggie Blake/Maggie Manzoni, the mother. Dianna Agron as Belle Blake/Belle Manzoni, the daughter. John D'Leo as Warren Blake/Warren Manzoni, the son. Tommy Lee Jones as Robert Stansfield, the FBI agent. Jimmy Palumbo as Di Cicco Domenick Lombardozzi as Caputo Stan Carp as Don Luchese Vincent Pastore as Fat Willy Jonas Bloquet as André Jon Freda as Rocco Michael J. Panichelli Jr. as Billy the Bug Paul Borghese as Albert Anthony Desio as Bernie Ted Arcidi as Tommy David Belle as Mezzo Oisín Stack as Henri EuropaCorp and Relativity Media signed during March 2012 to develop two films, including their distribution. The Family would become the first one, the second one would be Three Days to Kill; the script, written by Luc Besson and Michael Caleo, is based on the novel Malavita by Tonino Benacquista, published in 2004. The author did not want to be involved in the development of the film, he said: "I knew that EuropaCorp would be capable of producing a film that could be distributed, both in the United States and France, it was a tempting topic".
The producer of the film, Virginie Besson-Silla, said that the film's storyline is nearly the same as the novel's. Besson would be only the producer, but after finding out that he was going to work