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The Resource Before night falls, Fineline Features ; a Grandview Pictures production ; Jon Kilik presents a film by Julian Schnabel ; produced by Jon Kilik ; written by Cunningham O'Keefe, Lázaro Gómez Carriles, Julian Schnabel ; directed by Julian Schnabel, (DVD)

Before night falls, Fineline Features ; a Grandview Pictures production ; Jon Kilik presents a film by Julian Schnabel ; produced by Jon Kilik ; written by Cunningham O'Keefe, Lázaro Gómez Carriles, Julian Schnabel ; directed by Julian Schnabel, (DVD)

Label
Before night falls
Title
Before night falls
Statement of responsibility
Fineline Features ; a Grandview Pictures production ; Jon Kilik presents a film by Julian Schnabel ; produced by Jon Kilik ; written by Cunningham O'Keefe, Lázaro Gómez Carriles, Julian Schnabel ; directed by Julian Schnabel
Contributor
Actor
Conductor
Dedicatee
Director of photography
Editor of moving image work
Film director
Film distributor
Film producer
Production company
Screenwriter
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • eng
  • fre
  • spa
  • eng
  • fre
  • spa
  • eng
Summary
"A look at the life of Cuban author Reinaldo Arenas, from childhood in Cuba to his death in New York City. His writings and homosexuality get him in trouble with Castro's Cuba and he spends two years in prison before leaving for the United States. Victimized by a government that banned his books and jailed him for a crime he didn't commit, [poet] Reinaldo [Arenas] endured unspeakable persecution in a courageous stand against censorship and oppression. Without a country, but not without integrity, he fled to America where he continued to fight for personal expression and produced a stirring body of work."--Container
Awards note
  • Independent Spirit Award, 2001, Best Male Lead (Bardem); NBR Award, 2000, Best Actor (Bardem); NSFC Award, 2001, Best Actor (Bardem); SEFCA Award, 2001, Best Actor (Bardem).
  • Venice Film Festival, 2000, Grand Special Jury Prize (Schnabel); OCIC Award, Special Mention (Schnabel); Rota Soundtrack Award (Carter Burwell); Volpi Cup, Best Actor (Bardem).
Cataloging source
TEF
Characteristic
videorecording
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Credits note
Directors of photography, Xavier Pérez Grobet, Guillermo Rosas ; editor, Michael Berenbaum ; music composed, orchestrated and conducted by Carter Burwell ; production designer, Salvador Parra ; costume designer, Mariestela Fernández ; consultant, Melanio Filiberto Hebra
Dewey number
791.4372
Intended audience
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong sexual content, some language and brief violence
Language note
In English or Spanish and a small section in French with optional subtitles in English, Spanish, or French; closed-captioned in English
LC call number
PN1995.9.B55
LC item number
B446 2001
PerformerNote
Javier Bardem, Olivier Martinez, Andrea Di Stefano, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, John Ortiz, Santiago Magill, Michael Wincott, Najwa Nimri, Alfredo Villa, Rene Rivera, Maurice Compte, Vincent Laresca, Manuel Gonzalez, Hector Babenco
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  • 1951-
  • 1958-
  • 1969-
  • 1966-
  • 1972-
  • 1960-
  • 1978-
  • 1959-
  • 1972-
  • 1964-
  • 1945-
  • 1943-1990
  • 1941-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Schnabel, Julian
  • Kilik, Jon
  • O'Keefe, Cunningham
  • Gómez Carriles, Lázaro
  • Bardem, Javier
  • Martinez, Olivier
  • Di Stefano, Andrea
  • Depp, Johnny
  • Penn, Sean
  • Ortiz, John
  • Magill, Santiago
  • Wincott, Michael
  • Nimri, Najwa
  • Villa, Alfredo
  • Rivera, Rene
  • Compte, Maurice
  • Laresca, Vincent
  • Gonzalez, Manuel
  • Babenco, Hector
  • Pérez Grobet, Xavier
  • Rosas, Guillermo
  • Berenbaum, Michael
  • Burwell, Carter
  • Arenas, Reinaldo
  • Jiménez-Leal, Orlando
  • Cabrera, Saba
  • Fine Line Features
  • Grandview Pictures (Firm)
  • New Line Home Entertainment (Firm)
Runtime
133
Series statement
Inclusion collection
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  • Arenas, Reinaldo
  • Arenas, Reinaldo
  • Authors, Cuban
  • Gay men
  • Poets, Cuban
  • Male homosexuality
  • Gay men
  • Socialism and homosexuality
  • Political persecution
  • Censorship
  • Prisons
  • Exiles
  • Cubans
  • Cuba
  • Cuba
Target audience
adult
Technique
live action
Label
Before night falls, Fineline Features ; a Grandview Pictures production ; Jon Kilik presents a film by Julian Schnabel ; produced by Jon Kilik ; written by Cunningham O'Keefe, Lázaro Gómez Carriles, Julian Schnabel ; directed by Julian Schnabel, (DVD)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Originally released as motion picture in 2000
  • Based on the memoir Before night falls (Antes que anochezca) by Reinaldo Arenas
  • Before Night Falls is Cuban novelist and poet Reinaldo Arenas' account of his life, first in Castro's Cuba and then in exile, in the United States. Its power is two-fold: it's an intoxicating, intensely erotic account of sexual discovery and liberation, and a devastating record of the artist's persecution under the Castro regime. Arenas endured pursuit, surveillance, and incarceration because he was a gay man and a political dissident (not by his writings per se, but by virtue of having manuscripts smuggled and published abroad). In his memoir, Arenas recalls in exacting detail his childhood full of sexual curiosity, his adolescent rebellions, sexual experiences and creative developments during his 20s, and his torture and imprisonment as an adult. Arenas' story seems almost too much to be lived by a single man. When he finally left Cuba during the 1980 Mariel Harbor boatlift, Arenas stopped briefly in Miami and then moved to New York City, where he still lived in near-poverty and before long, developed AIDS. He committed suicide in 1990
  • Special features: Commentary with director Julian Schnabel, actor Javier Bardem, screenwriter Lázaro Gómez Carilles, composer Carter Burwell, and co-director of photography Xavier Pérez Grobet [optional audio feature]; Excerpts from "Improper conduct," 1983 interview with Reinaldo Arenas (7 min.); Behind the scenes: Home movie by Lola Schnabel [featurette] (8 min.); Little notes on painting: Artwork by Julian Schnabel (15 min.); Cast and crew [text feature]; Theatrical trailer (2 min)
  • "For Lázaro Gómez Carriles."--Note during end credits
  • "[Film sequence during] end credits from the film 'PM' by Orlando Jiménez Leal and Saba Cabrera, banned in Cuba in 1961"--Note during end credits
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
  • vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Childhood -- Holguín, 1958 -- "The parade begins" -- Havana, 1964 -- Pepe -- New start -- Beauty is the enemy -- Revolutionaries -- 4 types -- Crackdown -- Article 243 -- Outside help -- Accusations -- Escape -- In hiding -- Prison -- Bon Bon -- Punishment -- Lieutenant Victor -- Free again -- Being a writer -- Pepe's escape -- Exit permit -- Stateless -- Strain -- Promise -- End credits
Control code
ocm46921115
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Extent
1 videodisc (133 min.)
Isbn
9780780634930
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
Other control number
794043525124
Other physical details
sound, color with black and white sequences
Publisher number
N5251
System details
DVD; NTSC, region 1; widescreen presentation preserving the 1.85:1 aspect ratio of the original theatrical exhibition, enhanced for widescreen televisions; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Label
Before night falls, Fineline Features ; a Grandview Pictures production ; Jon Kilik presents a film by Julian Schnabel ; produced by Jon Kilik ; written by Cunningham O'Keefe, Lázaro Gómez Carriles, Julian Schnabel ; directed by Julian Schnabel, (DVD)
Publication
Note
  • Originally released as motion picture in 2000
  • Based on the memoir Before night falls (Antes que anochezca) by Reinaldo Arenas
  • Before Night Falls is Cuban novelist and poet Reinaldo Arenas' account of his life, first in Castro's Cuba and then in exile, in the United States. Its power is two-fold: it's an intoxicating, intensely erotic account of sexual discovery and liberation, and a devastating record of the artist's persecution under the Castro regime. Arenas endured pursuit, surveillance, and incarceration because he was a gay man and a political dissident (not by his writings per se, but by virtue of having manuscripts smuggled and published abroad). In his memoir, Arenas recalls in exacting detail his childhood full of sexual curiosity, his adolescent rebellions, sexual experiences and creative developments during his 20s, and his torture and imprisonment as an adult. Arenas' story seems almost too much to be lived by a single man. When he finally left Cuba during the 1980 Mariel Harbor boatlift, Arenas stopped briefly in Miami and then moved to New York City, where he still lived in near-poverty and before long, developed AIDS. He committed suicide in 1990
  • Special features: Commentary with director Julian Schnabel, actor Javier Bardem, screenwriter Lázaro Gómez Carilles, composer Carter Burwell, and co-director of photography Xavier Pérez Grobet [optional audio feature]; Excerpts from "Improper conduct," 1983 interview with Reinaldo Arenas (7 min.); Behind the scenes: Home movie by Lola Schnabel [featurette] (8 min.); Little notes on painting: Artwork by Julian Schnabel (15 min.); Cast and crew [text feature]; Theatrical trailer (2 min)
  • "For Lázaro Gómez Carriles."--Note during end credits
  • "[Film sequence during] end credits from the film 'PM' by Orlando Jiménez Leal and Saba Cabrera, banned in Cuba in 1961"--Note during end credits
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
  • vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Childhood -- Holguín, 1958 -- "The parade begins" -- Havana, 1964 -- Pepe -- New start -- Beauty is the enemy -- Revolutionaries -- 4 types -- Crackdown -- Article 243 -- Outside help -- Accusations -- Escape -- In hiding -- Prison -- Bon Bon -- Punishment -- Lieutenant Victor -- Free again -- Being a writer -- Pepe's escape -- Exit permit -- Stateless -- Strain -- Promise -- End credits
Control code
ocm46921115
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Extent
1 videodisc (133 min.)
Isbn
9780780634930
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
Other control number
794043525124
Other physical details
sound, color with black and white sequences
Publisher number
N5251
System details
DVD; NTSC, region 1; widescreen presentation preserving the 1.85:1 aspect ratio of the original theatrical exhibition, enhanced for widescreen televisions; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

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