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Legends Of The Fall

January 30, 2011 by Post Team 

Legends Of The Fall, Legends of the fall are a 1994 film drama based on the 1979 novel of the same title by Jim Harrison. Edward Zwick and star Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and Aidan Quinn, directed it. The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Best Sound, and won the category for best photography.

The period film covers the decade preceding the First World War through Prohibition, and in 1930, ending a brief scene set in 1963. The film focuses on family Ludlow Montana, including veteran of Indian wars, Colonel Ludlow, his son, Alfred, Tristan, and Samuel, and object of fraternal love, Susannah.

This film was shot in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada.

Sick of the government’s betrayal of the United States has committed against Native Americans, Colonel William Ludlow (Anthony Hopkins) retreats to a remote corner of Montana with a stabilizer, a Native American friend, where they build a ranch. Accompanying them are hired hand Decker, Decker Pet Cree woman and their daughter Isabella II. The colonel’s wife, Isabel, did not adapt to the rigors of winter and moves to the East Coast. Colonel Ludlow has three son, Alfred, the eldest, is responsible and prudent; Tristan is wild and well versed in Indian traditions of America, Samuel, the youngest, is educated but naive and constantly monitored by his brothers.

At 12, Tristan touches a sleeping grizzly. The bear wakes up in bars and Tristan, injuring him, but he hit the bear’s paw and a claw cut.

As boys grow, Samuel returns from Harvard with his bride, Susannah Fincannon. She finds Tristan captivating, but loves Samuel. Before they can marry, Samuel told his family he moved to Calgary to join the Canadian Expeditionary Force, Great Britain and help in the fight against Germany. To the chagrin of their father, Alfred and Tristan go.

During the First World War, the brothers find themselves in the 10th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. Alfred commissioned as an officer, leading a charge in no man’s land. Tristan abandons his unit to be with Samuel. The attack was repulsed with heavy losses, and Alfred is wounded. During his visit to the Alfred hospital field, Tristan learns that Samuel has volunteered for a dangerous reconnaissance mission. He rushes to protect his brother, but arrives too late to avoid being killed. Devastated, Tristan Samuel holds until he dies, then cut the heart of Samuel, which he sent home to be buried in his father’s ranch. Filled with hatred, Tristan alone raids behind German lines, killing two gunners. To the horror of his comrades, he returned to camp with the scalps of German soldiers around the neck. He was released from military service, but do not go home. Alfred returned to Montana and proposes marriage to Susannah, but she refuses.

Tristan returns home, where Susannah is crying over the grave of Samuel. Susannah tries to comfort him, and they become lovers. A jealous Alfred confronts Tristan and leaves later to make a name in Helena. Tristan relationship with Susannah is condemned by his guilt and sorrow for not protecting Samuel, and feels responsible for driving away Alfred. These demons force him from traveling for several years. At the ranch, Susannah waiting for him, but finally received a letter: “. Everything we had is dead I’m dead and marries another. “Alfred found crying on the porch and tries to comfort her. Colonel Ludlow finds them together, leading to an argument and fall between the colonel and Alfred. The Colonel Ludlow later suffers a stroke. He does not speak for years and deteriorates the ranch. In times of Susannah agrees to marry Alfred, now a congressman. Alfred Business and Policy cause him to become involved with the O’Banion brothers of the bootleggers and gangsters.

Tristan returns during Prohibition, breathing life into the ranch and his father. He accepts the marriage of Suzanne and falls in love and marries Isabel II. They have two children, the eldest is a boy named Samuel in honor of her late brother. Life seems back to normal for Tristan as he finds true happiness in his young family. Tristan becomes involved in smuggling contraband alcohol on a small scale, may conflict with the O’Banion brothers. Tristan’s wife is accidentally killed by a police officer working for the O’Banions, and in a fit of anguished pain Tristan beat officer nearly to death and must serve 30 days in jail. Susannah visits, but Tristan refuses his advances and she insists, “Return home of Alfred.” After his release, Tristan Decker and kill those responsible for the death of Isabel II, including a brother O’Banion.

Susannah committed suicide after realizing she cannot live without Tristan. Where the rest comes from O’Banion brother Tristan, he and the corrupt sheriff killed by Colonel Alfred and Tristan Ludlow tries to protect his father. Alfred reconciles with his father and brother. Tristan, knowing he will be accused of the disappearance of people, leaves for the mountain country after asking Alfred take care of her children. Over time, everyone in the life of Tristan dies before him. As an old man, Tristan enters a center to investigate an animal carcass and is attacked by a grizzly bear. He pulls his knife and he fights. As they struggle, the image freeze-frames as a Stab says: “It was a good death.”

The film opened in limited release on December 23, 1994 and made 14 million in its first weekend in wide release from a month later. He continued to have a final total area of office and 66 million.

Although published in the hope of being a favorite at the Oscars, the film was nominated for three awards in any of the major categories. He won for best photography John Toll. The film was much more success at the Golden Globes, where he was nominated for Best Film (Drama), Best Actor (Drama) and Best Director. The film has a positive opinion of 63% on Rotten Tomatoes reviews (although the “Top critics’ rating, based on the opinions of critics of major publications, only 44% positive). Roger Ebert described as “very good … with a performance thoroughbred and the sincere melodrama.” On the other hand, Rita Kempley of The Washington Post says “… the thread does not sweep as sprawl on the screen in all its panoramic stupidity.”
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