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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A SINGLE MAN

By D.E.Levine

Director: Tom Ford
Writers: Tom Ford and David Scearce (screenplay); Christopher Isherwood (nove)
Producers: Tom Ford, Andrew Miano, Robert Salerno and Chris Weitz
Co-producer: Jason Alisharan
Cast: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Nicholas Hoult, Matthew Goode, Jon Kortajarena, Paulette Lamori, Ryan Simpkins, Ginnefer Goodwin, Teddy Sears, Paul Butler, Aaron Sanders et al.
Original Music: Abel Korzeniowski
Running Time: 99 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Genre: Drama

Fashioned upon Christopher Isherwood's novel about a gay college professor in the 1960s grieving for his dead lover and contemplating death, Tom Ford's first foray into the film business is impressive.

Although the plot differs somewhat from the book in that George, the college professor thinks about suicide, the cast and acting are solid and effective.

All action takes place during a single day when George, without divulging his plans, puts his affairs in order. There are numerous flashbacks that fill in the blanks about his life and that of his lover.

Throughout the film, the beauty of the glass house, the attention to details in the house and in the costumes, shows the influence that Ford's past experience as a designer for Gucci and current experience with his own eponymous line, have carried into the world of film.

Each detail, regardless of how small, is exact and perfect. Ford even designed the clothes for Firth and Hoult himself. The period detailing appears to be perfect.

For a first-time helmer, the ability to get it all together, handle the details and handle the experienced professional cast, is rather remarkable. However, Tom Ford has pulled it off and it would appear that he has a long career in film ahead of him.