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Disgrace
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CD Code: 5320691
Composer: Antony Partos
Price: AUD$39.00
   
Disgrace (2008)
Composer: Antony Partos
Starring: John Malkovich and Jessica Haines
Directed by: Steve Jacobs

 

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Track Listing: 1.  Disgrace 4.06
2.  Godoba 5.06
3.  Di Questa Cetra in Seno 5.18
4.  Agolo 4.49
5.  Ah! Taci Barbaro...Come Potesti, Oh Dio 7.21
6.  Girl Talk 2.51
7.  Va Pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) 4.36
8.  Harvest 1.56
9.  Skokiaan 2.50
10.  Duck Pond 1.49
11.  The Attack 3.20
12.  Mieleni 1.02
13.  She Walks in Beauty (Vocalise) 1.12
14.  In Limbo 1.40
15.  Last Rites 2.20
16.  Five Bells 2.47
17.  Music for Dead Dogs 2.01
18.  Journey 0.50
19.  Izinja Zam 4.26
20.  David Calls Lucy 1.12
21.  Happy Day 2.23
22.  She Walks in Beauty 5.48

Notes:

Variety review by Eddie Cockerill:

A dissolute Cape Town academic confronts the changing face of South Africa and the darkest recesses of his soul in the absorbing drama "Disgrace." Anchored by another marvelously quirky yet deadly serious performance from John Malkovich, and likely to be relished by the fan base of J.M. Coetzee's Booker Prize-winning novel, this is a strong, perceptive, old-school arthouse pic with solid legs in all media.

Well-dressed romantic poetry prof David Lurie (Malkovich) lives life with a languid mix of ennui and contempt that masks the troubled soul of a racist and predator. When an ill-advised, heavy-handed affair with a student (Antoinette Engel) is revealed, he accepts severe punishment with remorseless defiance.

Impulsively deciding to visit his grown daughter, Lucy (noteworthy newcomer Jessica Haines), at her remote Eastern Cape farm, Lurie's world is shattered further when a seemingly random attack by three youths leaves both father and daughter physically and emotionally broken.

Bravely and rightly eschewing narration, scripter Anna-Maria Monticelli and helmer Steve Jacobs (married producers whose previous pic was the effervescent 2003 comedy "La spagnola") have distilled Coetzee's tough novel into a focused, absorbing meditation on race, class, history and sex.

Malkovich is a living symphony of tics and mannerisms in service of a profoundly self-absorbed character, yet never upstages Haines or the fine supporting cast.

Tech charge is lead by Steve Arnold's fine, deep-focus widescreen lensing on rugged South African locations. 

  Also available by Antony Partos:  Walking On Water, Soft Fruit and Garage Days (2002).

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