Last Holiday

Last Holiday

DVD - 2009
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Told by his doctor he has no more than a few months to live, drab British workingman George Bird decides to spend his savings on lodging at a seaside resort. Once there, however, he finds his identity caught between upstairs and downstairs, the guest and the "help."
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, [2009]
Edition: Fullscreen ed
ISBN: 9781604651669
1604651660
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (89 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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Barsby
May 26, 2016

Somewhat static staging, but the underlying theme was live your life. If Alec Guinness starred in this film today, he would have ended up with the handsome musician who winks at him while playing in the lobby (a subtle and daring move for a 1950's film). Nice dialogue at times, but it feels empty, and casting two lead actresses who looked alike was a mistake (though the film's deterioration may have contributed to this too).

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rtom77
Dec 12, 2012

This excellent British movie shows how one story idea can say completely different things depending on how it's produced. This British version is a film noir character study. It's very adult and intense. The Hollywood version with Queen Latifa is more of a comic romp. I like both versions but for totally different reasons.

EuSei Sep 19, 2012

I enjoyed this movie very much until... the end. I wanted to throw a brick at the screen! I can't say more, but be prepared for a very unusual--and unsatisfying--ending. Incidentally, I wonder what movie the prior comment was about; this one does not feature Depardieu, but Alec Guinness and the location was England…

Sunnchilde Oct 04, 2011

At first I resisted seeing this movie. I didn't think it would have anything new to offer. I was wrong! Surprisingly, this story offers charm and wonder in casual fashion as if it had always been there.

She travels to Prague to live out the last of her days and discovers a world she never knew existed. There is a lot of camp to the story, but instead of detracting, it simply serves to make you laugh. The characters are funny, the supporting role by Gerard Depardieu was marvelous. He struck just the right amount of humor and heart. Timothy Hutton is great as the frustrated senator and Alica Witt is beautiful as always. Who wouldn't want to spend a month with her high in the snowy mountains next to a warm fire with a bottle of champagne?

The scenery is awe inspiring and spectacular and will make you want to book your next vacation to Czechoslovakia -- and maybe stay there for the rest of your life.

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