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Devarim DVD


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Amos Gitai's Divarim is the first installment in his renowned City Trilogy (concluded by 1998's Yom Yom and 1999's Kadosh), a remarkable trio of films each based in one of Israel's thriving metropolises. Making full use of a decade of documentary experience, Gitai transforms Ya'ackov Shabatai's audacious single sentence cult novel "Zihron Devarim" into an intricate portrait of three disaffected Tel Aviv men and the city they call home.Compulsive womanizer Cesar (Assi Dayan, the actor son of IsraelDefense Minister Moshe Dayan), inertia-bound pianist Israel (Amos Schub), and mamma's boy Goldman (Gitai) share friendship, fading youth and diminishing expectations. But when Goldman's father dies, their stagnant lives begin to transform. Israel is seduced by Ella, Cesar's lover and muse. Cesar clumsily reaches back into the relationship debris behind him in search of a meaningful connection. Goldman trades his suffocating family responsibilities for a wander through Tel Aviv's hot summer night. Whetherparalyzed by self-doubt or giving into self-indulgent hedonism, each man confronts a freedom they are not sure how to use.Working for the first time cinematographer Renato Berta, who often collaborated with Louis Malle and Jean-Luc Godard, Amos Gitai languorously chronicles the light, space and heat of Tel Aviv in sensuous long takes. Devarim's objective character detail and originally evolving narrative became the template for Gitai's subsequent City Trilogy films. A sharply drawn, moody portrait of Israel's "lost generation," Devarim seductively illustrates, as Cesar says, that in contemporary Tel Aviv, as in any modern city, "life's a bitch, but it's mesmerizing."
Title: Devarim
Genre: Drama, Foreign
Starring: Yuval Cohen, Samuel Calderon, David Cohen, Assi Dayan, Riki Gal, Amos Gitai, Menahem Golan, Sharon Hacohen
Director: Amos Gitai
Studio: Kino Lorber
Attributes: Subtitled, Widescreen
Release Date: 6/6/2006
Original Year: 1995
Product Type: DVD
Rated: UNR
UPC: 738329047320
Item #: KOV004732

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