REAL LIFE, REEL LIFE, STILL LIFE: Movie Reviews of The Last Sentence and Jersey Boys by Howard CasnerPosted: June 29, 2014 | Author: Donald | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Christopher Walken, Clint Eastwood, Erich Bergen, Frankie Valli, Jan Troell, Jersey Boys, Jesper Chrsitensen, John Lloyd Young, Joseph Russo, Klaus Rifbjerg, Marshall Brickman, Michael Ballhaus, Michael Lomenda, Mike Doyle, Rick Elice, The Last Sentence, Torgny Segerstadt, Vincent Piazza | 357 Comments »
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If you’ve seen the previews or read about the new Swedish film The Last Sentence, you will most probably come to the conclusion that the movie is about a brave man, one Torgny Segerstadt, who spent his later years as a newspaper editor fighting against fascism in the 1930’s during the rise of Nazism.
But if you actually see the movie, you quickly discover that this is only a small part of the story, and that the film is really about Segerstadt’s relationship with three women: his mother who died when he was young and whose death haunted him the rest of his life; his disintegrating marriage to a woman who spiraled into a depression after the death of one of their sons and for whom he has lost all affection; and his love affair with the Jewish owner of the newspaper he runs, a drug addict whose husband knows about the affair and who is not particularly bothered by it. Read the rest of this entry »