Thursday, June 28, 2012
The House of the Spirits-Another Dramatic Movie
The House of the Spirits is a 1993 German-Danish-Portuguese dramatic film directed by Bille August and starring Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons, Winona Ryder, and Antonio Banderas. The supporting cast includes Vanessa Redgrave, María Conchita Alonso, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and Jan Niklas. Based on the 1982 novel La Casa de los Espíritus by Isabel Allende, the film is about the life of a young lady named Clara during the military dictatorship in Chile. Principal photography took place in Denmark, but some scenes were filmed in Lisbon and Alentejo, Portugal.
The House of the Spirits won awards at the Bavarian Film Awards, German Film Awards, the Golden Screen (Germany), Havana Film Festival, and Robert Festival (Denmark), as well as from the German Phono Academy and the Guild of German Art House Cinemas. I have read this book so I enjoyed this movie, but not as much as the book, where there are additional subplots and story lines that is just too long for a 2 hour movie. I recommend this book if you like Allende's writings.
Isabel Allende Llona (born in Lima, Peru, on 2 August 1942) is a Chilean American writer. Allende, whose works sometimes contain aspects of the "magic realist" tradition, is famous for novels such as The House of the Spirits (La casa de los espíritus, 1982) and City of the Beasts (La ciudad de las bestias, 2002), which have been commercially successful. Allende has been called "the world's most widely read Spanish-language author". In 2004, Allende was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 2010, she received Chile's National Literature Prize. Allende's novels are often based upon her personal experience and pay homage to the lives of women, while weaving together elements of myth and realism. She has lectured and toured many American colleges to teach literature. Fluent in English as a second language, Allende was granted American citizenship in 2003, having lived in California with her American husband since 1989.