Windy City Media Group Frontpage News Home
CELEBRATING 29+ YEARS OF Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender NEWS

Search Gay News Articles
Advanced Search
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2015-03-04
Download Issue
  News Index   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds     AIDS @ 32       Marriage
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime

Humorous memoir 'Butch' details pregnancy woes Humorous memoir 'Butch'
details pregnancy woes
In her graphic memoir, Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag, ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Windy City Times

Richard Knight, Jr. Knight at the Movies: Cairo Time; film notes
by Richard Knight, Jr.
2010-08-18

facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


It's not for nothing that character actress Patricia Clarkson is known to film directors as their secret weapon—a fact noted in a recent New York Times profile of one of the best actresses working in the movies. Something in this plain-spoken, angularly beautiful actress with her comforting diction and warm eyes screams "Experience" every time she appears in a movie. There are myriad examples of Clarkson anchoring all sorts of movies—good and bad—elevating them with her quiet, inner dignity, and her gracious but firm approach. Shutter Island, Elegy, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Lars and the Real Girl, Far From Heaven, Pieces of April, The Dying Gaul, No Reservations—the movie titles go on and on. Each has a certain feminine gravitas because of her presence.

Said gravitas takes center stage ( and is blissful to watch ) in writer-director Rubba Nadda's Cairo Time, which gives Clarkson her first starring role in a film that seems tailor-made for her intuitive talents. The movie's a romance but it's as subtle and nuanced as Clarkson's acting and is the polar opposite of both an over the top Hollywood mainstream romantic drama like Nights in Rodanthe or the sumptuous melodramatic flourishes of a foreign romantic film like I Am Love. Much more elusive in its approach, Cairo Time is nevertheless rewarding for fans of restrained cinema; those with an ear and an eye for detail. This is a film where the promise of romance is almost as important as the romance itself. And perceptively gliding through it, Clarkson and her intricate yet simple approach is a quiet sensation.

Clarkson plays Juliette Grant, a magazine writer who journeys to Cairo, Egypt, in order to spend time with her elusive husband Mark, who works for the United Nations and is hard to track down because of his clandestine job. Her expectations are dashed immediately upon her arrival when she is met at the airport by Mark's former associate, Tareq ( Alexander Siddig, of Syriana ) , who has returned to living in Cairo after a work stint in the couple's hometown in New York.

But Juliette quickly adjusts, and it's clear almost immediately that this is a pattern that has been repeated many times in the past. As the days go by, Juliette sets out to explore the teeming metropolis that is Cairo. She avoids the looming pyramids—having promised to see those first with Mark—and her loneliness and isolation are palpable ( all the more after her brief encounters with strangers and Mark's work acquaintances ) . Seemingly on a whim, she seeks out Tareq, who is playing chess in a men's-only coffee bar and, slowly, something more than friendship takes hold. It's a very sedate courtship—they share a hookah, play chess and drink specially brewed coffee. He buys her a cartouche. But once he proclaims, "Juliet, here we believe in fate," his feelings for her are out of the bag. Just as things appear about to go to the next level, fate, indeed, intervenes.

The dirty, filthy Cairo—an insanely dense city of 17 million people—is not exactly a city that I would choose to fall in love in. It's the polar opposite of Venice, the setting for another interrupted romantic movie, David Lean's lush Summertime. Yet Nadda manages to find peaceful corners for the duo to play out their elliptical romance, we get gorgeous desert sunsets and, of course, those mystical, visually powerful pyramids always seem to loom at the corner of the shots, calling to the pair. It would hardly be fair to label Cairo Time, with its chaste, fractured love affair, an intensely romantic film but it's elusive loveliness weaves a bit of a spell, nevertheless—thanks to Clarkson's Juliette and Siddig, her strikingly handsome Romeo. A quasi-classical, piano based score by Niall Byrne certainly helps set the mood as well.

Film notes:

—If the names Sally Rand, Blaze Starr, Tempest Storm, Dixie Evans and Gypsy Rose Lee ring a bell then Behind the Burly Q—a look back at the sexy, sultry era of the art of striptease known as burlesque—is the documentary for you. Lensed by Leslie Zemeckis, wife of Hollywood director Robert, the movie promises a treasure trove of historical footage, photographs, and survivor reminisces. The documentary opens at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, on Friday, Aug. 20, in conjunction with Chicago's striptease festival, Superstars of Burlesque. Zemeckis will be present for audience discussion following the Friday and Saturday evening screenings opening weekend. See www.siskelfilmcenter.org .

—The Red Machine is a rather offbeat heist thriller set in 1935 San Francisco that straddles deadpan comedy and a straight-ahead crime drama ( no, really ) . Co-written and directed by Stephanie Argy and Alec Bohm, it opens Friday, Aug. 20 at Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton. The low-budget film artfully recreates the vintage period it emulates ( think '30s Warner Bros. gangster movies ) and has a rather fetching, mostly male cast ( love those men in their uniforms! ) that will help put it in the plus column for LGBT film audiences. See www.facets.org .

Check out my archived reviews at www.windycitytimes.com or www.knightatthemovies.com . Readers can leave feedback at the latter website.


facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.

Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks 2015-03-04
NUNN ON ONE Michael Urie airs his 'View' 2015-03-04
MOVIES 'Honest Liar' a revealing doc with gay magician 2015-03-04
MOVIES Documentary looks at women's-rights movement 2015-03-04
Local entertainment events: Homestretch; Tret Fure; Louder than a Bomb; African-American films 2015-03-04
Disc and That: Upcoming and recent DVDs 2015-03-03
Entertainment: Wanda Sykes; Gaga; Mo'Nique; Eddie Redmayne 2015-03-03
Alfre Woodard talks 'State of Affairs' before local benefit 2015-02-25
NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Betty Buckley puts out haunting 'Ghostlight' 2015-02-25
Knight at the Movies: The Circle; Maggie Smith 2015-02-25
Oscars: NPH, Lady Gaga and inclusive remarks 2015-02-23
NUNN ON ONE: MOVIES Siskel board member on Oscars party, fave gay movie 2015-02-18
Upcoming events: On the Red Carpet and Oscars party Feb. 22 2015-02-18
Upcoming events: Internat'l Women's Dance; gays on 'Hate in America'; Knuckles film 2015-02-18
Entertainment news: Ricky Martin; Melissa Manchester; Madonna banned 2015-02-17
Movie celebrating Frankie Knuckles to shoot in Chicago 2015-02-11
Knight at the Movies: A 'Grey' day, Black history and (Oscar) gold 2015-02-11
Music Box gets a new look, addition 2015-02-10
Entertainment: Lance Bass at wedding; Andy Cohen; Lea DeLaria engaged; DGA Awards 2015-02-10
NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Trai Byers talks about 'Empire' and the film 'Selma' 2015-02-04
Entertainment news: 'Drag Race'; 'Ghostbusters'; Cumming turns 50 2015-02-03
Joel Grey officially comes out as gay 2015-01-28
VIEWS Historic Black LGBTQ talk on 'Selma' takes place 2015-01-28
Coming up in film and music 2015-01-28
Knight at the Movies: Baby, it's cold outside! 2015-01-28
MOVIES Queer couple addresses Alzheimer's in 'Still Alice' 2015-01-21
Briefs: Entertainment and news 2015-01-21
Jesse Tyler's project; Streisand's honor; an offer to Bieber 2015-01-20
'On the Red Carpet' Feb. 22 at Park West 2015-01-16
Knight at the Movies: Hello, Oscar! 2015-01-14
MOVIES The perfect 'Match': Sir Patrick Stewart reflects on gay roles 2015-01-07
Entertainment: 'Pride' change; 'Brokeback' author; Ricky Martin 2015-01-06
Knight at the Movies: The 10 best LGBT movies of 2014 2014-12-31
Sandra Bernhard; John Waters; Taylor Lautner parties 2014-12-30
MOVIES Director Daniel Ribiero on 'The Way He Looks' 2014-12-30
Knight at the Movies: Into the Woods; Mr. Turner; film notes 2014-12-24
NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Margaret Cho chats about sex, Chicago, Bob Mould 2014-12-24
Entertainment: Sir Ian's 'Street' moves; Audra on HBO; FCKH8 calendar 2014-12-23
Knight at the Movies: The Hobbit; The Babadook; film notes 2014-12-17
Michael Sam documentary to air on OWN Dec. 27 2014-12-11





Copyright © 2015 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
the online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 



 

Gay Wheaton College student makes waves
 
AMPA to SCOTUS: Marriage inequality harms military families
 
Latin School teacher devotes entire week to gay history
 
CROI 2015 findings call for bringing PrEP for HIV prevention to scale
 
Military chaplains go anti-LGBT route
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now








  News Index   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds     AIDS @ 32       Marriage
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.