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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

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Director: Andrew Dominik
Year: 2007

There is nothing cheap or gimmicky about this lengthy film, and it is one of the few modern American films which justifies its extensive length. Rather than being a simple action-laden retelling of the Jesse James legend, this seems far more an inquisition into the nature of morality and the breathlessness of the media.

Brad Pitt puts in an excellent performance, and brings a suitable filmic charisma to the part, as Jesse James, while Casey Affleck stutters his way through his role as a fairly distrustworthy and unlikeable Robert Ford. Some of the best work is done by the supporting players (like Sam Rockwell as Robert Ford's brother Charley), but the real star is the languorous cinematography and music, which really notches up the wistfulness of the setting and themes (certainly moreso than the narrator).
Cinema's Location:
Sony Center, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin
Rating (out of 5):
****
Cinema:
CineStar (Potsdamer Platz)
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