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Hotel

  • 2001
  • Mike Figgis
  • 111 mins
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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

With this part-improvised film-making "exercise" - shot over a weekend in Venice using a cast as varied as David Schwimmer, Rhys Ifans and John Malkovich - director Mike Figgis confirms his position as one of Britain's most visionary directors. The story, which unfolds in a decidedly obtuse and sketchy fashion, concerns the fraught making of a movie-within-a-movie of John Webster's Duchess of Malfi according to Dogme rules, against a background of murder and casual cannibalism. It's odd, yes, but compelling and even darkly funny. Shot on DV (digital video), Figgis apes the back-to-basics manifesto of the Dogme directors, then flouts it by using arch post-production such as split screen (even four ways, echoing his previous ground-breaker Timecode). The result is occasionally frustrating (and foul-mouthed whenever Ifans is on-screen) but mostly captivating and commendably European for a film-maker with Hollywood form. Salma Hayek is superbly irritating as an MTV-style documentary host, and when Burt Reynolds pops up as a financier, you know you're in weird waters.

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Credits

Cast

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Trent StokenRhys Ifans
Naomi / Duchess of MalfiSaffron Burrows
Jonathan DanderfineDavid Schwimmer
Charlee BouxSalma Hayek
Flamenco managerBurt Reynolds
O, tour guideJulian Sands
Hotel managerDanny Huston
KawikaLucy Liu
NurseChiara Mastroianni
Italian actressValeria Golino
Omar JonnsonJohn Malkovich

Crew

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DirectorMike Figgis

Details

Theatrical distributor
ICA Projects
Released on
2002-04-05
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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