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Pretentious Bad Acting Class

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Release Date: October 19, 2001

Starring: Mark Rylance, Kerry Fox, Timothy Spall, Alastair Galbraith, Philippe Calvario, Marianne Faithful, & Susannah Harker

Genre: Drama

Audience: Adults

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 119 minutes

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Content:

(HHH, M) Extreme humanist worldview which reduces people to animals in heat; 77 obscenities & 5 profanities; Sexual violence & threat of violence; several scenes of blatant fornication, oral sex & adultery; full male & female nudity; extreme drinking; cocaine & other drug use, including drug den; and, lying, cheating, & vicious attitudes.

Summary:

INTIMACY is the story of an adulterous affair between a bartender and a small-time actress. It is a passionless acting exercise in adultery which seems vain and futile.

Review:

Once upon a time, when my father was acting on Broadway, my wife and I took lessons from Lee Strasberg, arguably the premier acting teacher in the world, at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York City. Lee was instrumental in making “Method Acting” a household word. Part of his process was getting you in touch with your feelings. I quickly realized that if you got too much in touch with your feelings, it would destroy your marriage. Lee would sometimes intimidate people, have them strip in front of a class and act out a romantic scene.

INTIMACY reminds me of the worst parts of the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, which, by the way, produced some great actors. It starts off with a very X-rated sex scene. The two characters in the basement of the London flat are nameless. They have sex without much intimacy and go their separate ways.

Eventually, the movie reveals that the man, Jay, is a bartender. Jay once had a family with two precious children. His wife asked him if he loved his children, but he was too self-absorbed to love anybody. Now, Jay tends bar at a high class bar.

Jay follows his liaison one day after their trist, and it turns out that she is a small-time actress in a cubby hole theater beneath a pub. The story reveals that the woman, Claire, has a husband and a son. Claire visits Jay once a week on Wednesdays to fornicate. Jay is shattered. He thought there may have been something about himself that was worthy loving, rather than just using for sex. Eventually, he confronts Claire. Then, her husband confronts her, and the acting class goes on and on.

In spite of the vivid sex scenes, there’s not much passion in this movie. Instead of involving the audience, it is more of a mediocre attempt to play some scenes by a group of people who are trying to copy Lee Strasberg’s famous technique. Like Strasberg, they have no concern for the spiritual side of life. They are into the body and body language. It is an exercise in adultery which seems vain and futile.

Needless to say, these people need Jesus Christ. I was just on the set of another movie being directed by a Christian, called GODS AND GENERALS, a movie about the Civil War being released next year. One of the secular reporters mentioned that the most powerful, romantic scene he’s ever seen was the prayer between Stonewall Jackson and his wife. Now, there’s a concept. Real intimacy. Even a secular reporter could recognize that this prayer was touching something much deeper than mere body language.

In Brief:

INTIMACY is a sex drama that starts off with two anonymous lovers meeting in the basement of a London flat. They have sex without much intimacy and go their separate ways. Eventually, the movie reveals that the man, Jay, is a bartender who once had a family. His wife asked him if he loved his two precious children, but he was too self-absorbed to love anybody. Jay follows his silent paramour and learns that the woman, Claire, is married, with a son. Jay is shattered. He thought there may have been something about himself that was worthy loving, rather than just using for sex. Eventually, he confronts Claire. Then, her husband confronts her, and the acting class goes on and on.

In spite of the vivid sex scenes, there’s not much passion in INTIMACY. Instead of involving the audience, it is more of a mediocre attempt to play some scenes by a group of people trying to copy Lee Strasberg’s famous Method Acting technique. Like Strasberg, they have no concern for the spiritual side of life. Instead, they are into the body and body language. Needless to say, these people need Jesus Christ.