CINEMA VERITE - LOUD AND REALApril 29, 2011

CINEMA VERITE - LOUD AND REAL

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On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies and shows on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: “CINEMA VERITE” (HBO).
 

CINEMA VERITE - LOUD AND REAL
By Jean Tait

I know it is difficult to believe that there was ever a time when “real people” weren’t all over our television sets, spilling their guts and inner secrets without shame or tact. But there really was such a time, and no less august a network than PBS brought us the first reality television, “An American Family.”

The family in question was the Loud family of Santa Barbara, California: working and wandering papa, Bill Loud, flamboyantly gay son Lance, his younger siblings, and most importantly, lovely, chain-smoking mama, Pat Loud. HBO’s new film CINEMA VERITE shows us the story behind the making of “An American Family.”

 

Diane Lane and Tim Robbins are extraordinary as Pat and Bill Loud. When Bill and Pat discuss what a woman wants, you see a lifetime of feminism explored and defeated in one moment. Both Bill and Pat have been worn down by the rigid roles of husband and wife, and during the filming of “An American Family,” at least Pat finally finds the strength to try for an escape.

 

 

Other than Lance’s obvious homosexuality, none of the other kids’ stories are explored. However, the producer, played with terrific, sluggish aplomb by James Gandolfini, reveals his conflicted desire to show the reality behind the curtain of the perfect American family, and his longing to connect with and aid Pat in her struggle to release herself.

 



A truly remarkable look at an era on the cusp of enormous change, CINEMA VERITE is a must-see experience.

 
DEMAND IT
 

- Jean Tait

Jean
Jean Tait is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. Currently the Director of Programming for the Connecticut Film Festival, Jean has programmed for the Jacksonville Film Festival and Sundance Channel.

 

Look for episodes of CINEMA VERITE (HBO) on your local cable provider on HBO On Demand.

 

Check out previous reviews by Jean Tait:

The Borgias - Showtime

Camelot - Starz

United States of Tara - Season 3

Nurse Jackie - Season 3

MILDRED PIERCE - HBO

Pee-Wee Herman Show On Broadway - HBO

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