GLOOMY SUNDAY

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Release Date: June 20, 2003

Starring: Erika Marozsán, Joachim Król, Stefano Dionisi, Ben Becker, and Rolf Becker

Genre: Historical Drama

Audience: Adults REVIEWER: Dr. Ted
Baehr GLOOMY SUNDAY is a
depressing movie from Germany
that focuses on a song by the
same name that supposedly led
some Hungarians in the 1930s
to commit suicide. The song
became famous in the United
States when Billie Holiday
recorded a slow-burning jazz
rendition of it. In the movie,
Laszlo Szabo runs a renowned
restaurant in Budapest. He is
cohabitating with Ilona
Varnai, his beautiful, younger
waitress, when a brooding
young pianist named Andras
Aradi arrives and is hired to
play the background music.
Andras composes "Gloomy
Sunday" for Ilona, and she
falls in lust for him. After
some accommodation, Ilona
establishes a ménage à trois
with Andras and Laszlo at
separate times. Then, Hans
Wieck, a Nazi who adores
Laszlo's food, decides that he
loves Ilona. When Ilona
rejects him, he leaps into the
Danube to commit suicide but
is saved by Laszlo. Many years
later, Hans comes back as a
corrupt SS officer. He is
pursuing Laszlo, who is
Jewish, and only Ilona can
help save Laszlo. GLOOMY
SUNDAY is a dark, offbeat
movie that has gotten some
critical acclaim. The acting
and direction are very good,
so no matter how depressing
the movie is, it haunts your
memories, as does the title
song which drove so many to
commit suicide. The movie
overflows with angst, sexual
situations (some of which are
quite provocative), and
humanism. There are no heroes
in the movie. Everyone is
mediocre and self-serving. In
all, GLOOMY SUNDAY is a
pretentious nightmare. Please
address your comments
to: Dennis Friedland,
President Arrow Entertainment,
Inc. 25 West 45th Street Suite
707 New York City, NY
10036 Phone: (212)
398-9511 Fax: (212)
398-9558 Website:
www.arrowfeatures.com Email:
arrowfeatures@aol.com

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 112 minutes

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Content:

(HHH, PC, L, V, SSS, NN, D, A, M) Very strong humanist worldview; some politically correct notions; a few profanities and obscenities; mild violence and threat of violence; explicit sex scenes, and suggestions of a menage a trois; upper and rear female nudity; alcohol; smoking; and, lying and adultery.

GENRE: Historical Drama

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Summary:

GLOOMY SUNDAY is a depressing movie from Germany that focuses on a Jewish restaurant owner and his fickle girlfriend who is the only one who can save him from Germany’s National Socialists during World War II. A dark, offbeat movie, GLOOMY SUNDAY overflows with angst, sexual situations (some quite provocative), and humanism.

Review:

GLOOMY SUNDAY is a depressing movie from Germany that focuses on a song by the same name that supposedly led some Hungarians in the 1930s to commit suicide. The song became famous in the United States when Billie Holiday recorded a slow-burning jazz rendition of it.

In the movie, Laszlo Szabo runs a renowned restaurant in Budapest. He is cohabitating with Ilona Varnai, his beautiful, younger waitress, when a brooding young pianist named Andras Aradi arrives and is hired to play the background music. Andras composes "Gloomy Sunday" for Ilona, and she falls in lust for him. After some accommodation, Ilona establishes a ménage à trois with Andras and Laszlo at separate times.

Then, Hans Wieck, a Nazi who adores Laszlo's food, decides that he loves Ilona. When Ilona rejects him, he leaps into the Danube to commit suicide but is saved by Laszlo. Many years later, Hans comes back as a corrupt SS officer. He is pursuing Laszlo, who is Jewish, and only Ilona can help save Laszlo.

GLOOMY SUNDAY is a dark, offbeat movie that has gotten some critical acclaim. The acting and direction are very good, so no matter how depressing the movie is, it haunts your memories, as does the title song which drove so many to commit suicide. The movie overflows with angst, sexual situations (some of which are quite provocative), and humanism. There are no heroes in the movie. Everyone is mediocre and self-serving. In all, GLOOMY SUNDAY is a pretentious nightmare.

Please address your comments to:

Dennis Friedland, President

Arrow Entertainment, Inc.

25 West 45th Street

Suite 707

New York City, NY 10036

Phone: (212) 398-9511

Fax: (212) 398-9558

Website: www.arrowfeatures.com

Email: arrowfeatures@aol.com

SUMMARY: GLOOMY SUNDAY is a depressing movie from Germany that focuses on a Jewish restaurant owner and his fickle girlfriend who is the only one who can save him from Germany’s National Socialists during World War II. A dark, offbeat movie, GLOOMY SUNDAY overflows with angst, sexual situations (some quite provocative), and humanism.

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