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Monday, July 26, 2010

GET LOW

By D.E.Levine

Director: Aaron Scheider
Writer: Chris Provenzano and C. Gaby Mitchell (screenplay); Chris Provenzano and Scott Seeke (story)
Cast: Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray, Lucas Black, Gerald McRaney, Bill Cobbs et al.
Producers: David Gundlach and Dean Zanuck
Executive Producers: David Baur, Rob Carliner, Beth W. Crookham, Blerim Destani, Robert Duvall, Scott Fischer, Dariusz Gasiorowski, David Ginsberg, Don Mandrik, Alain Midzic, C. Gaby Mitchell, Brad Park, Brandie Park, Justyna Pawlak, Lily Phillips, Chris Provenzano, Joey Rappa, Oliver Simon, Konrad Wojterkowski and Harrison Zanuck
Original Music: Jsn A.P. Kaczmarek
Running Time: 110 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Get Low is an American fairy tale set in the 1930s and based on the true story of Felix "Bush" a hermit who threw himself a funeral party before he died, and then attended it.

The performances are riveting. Robert Duvall, who has been doing character parts, portrays Bush brilliantly. A feared local legend, Duvall rounds out the character and gives him life and motivation.

It is Duvall who carries the drama of the film and although the film premiered at Sundance in 2009, talk about Duvall earning an Oscar for the role has been around for a year. The momentum is still strong.

With a charismatic performance by Bill Murray and a sentimental portrayal by Lucus Black, who help Bush plan his party, the film is beautifully shot and goes smoothly but slowly along.

First time feature director Schneider previously won the 2004 Oscar for the short Two Soldiers. The praise for his first feature is even greater and it will be interesting to see what happens.

Spacek's supporting role is well done although rather disappointing. Bill Cobbs gives a remarkable performance as the preacher from whom Bush seeks forgiveness.

Duvall is almost certainly going to be nominated for an Oscar in 2010. Some of the supporting actors may also be nominated for their strong and moving performances.