Subtitle The Princess Bride
An elderly man reads the book "The Princess Bride" to his sick and thus currently bedridden adolescent grandson, the reading of the book which has been passed down within the family for generations. The grandson is sure he won't like the story, with a romance at its core, he prefers something with lots of action and "no kissing", but he lets grandfather continue, because he doesn't want to hurt his feelings. The story centers on Buttercup, a former farm girl who has been chosen as the princess bride to Prince Humperdinck of Florian. Buttercup does not love him, she who still laments the death of her one true love, Westley, five years ago. Westley was a hired hand on the farm, his stock answer of "as you wish" to any request she made of him which she came to understand was his way of saying that he loved her. But Westley went away to sea, only to be killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts. On a horse ride to clear her mind of her upcoming predicament of marriage, Buttercup is kidnapped by a band of bandits: Vizzini who works on his wits, and his two associates, a giant named Fezzik who works on his brawn, and a Spaniard named Inigo Montoya, who has trained himself his entire life to be an expert swordsman. They in turn are chased by the Dread Pirate Roberts himself. But chasing them all is the Prince, and his men led by Count Tyrone Rugen. What happens to these collectives is dependent partly on Buttercup, who does not want to marry the Prince, and may see other options as lesser evils, and partly on the other motives of individuals within the groups. But a larger question is what the grandson will think of the story as it proceeds and at its end, especially as he sees justice as high a priority as action.
subtitle The Princess Bride
The movies will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday nights at Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St. The series is presented by the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and supported by the Millennium Park Foundation. All films will be shown with English subtitles.
According to the extras on MGM's handsome new BD special edition of The Princess Bride, William Goldman's book waited fourteen years to be made into a movie. Director Rob Reiner's final product is one of only a few 1980s pictures that deserve to be considered for classic status. Goldman adaption stresses qualities becoming very rare in movies of that decade. Although a swashbuckling adventure about a reluctant princess-to-be, various friendly heroes and a couple of amusingly hiss-able villains, the emphasis is on character. Big spectacle and big special effects are largely missing, along with the '80s biggest bugaboo, the empty visual agitation that had begun to replace genuine thrills. Made around the same time, George Lucas' Willow has zillions of dollars' worth of fancy I.L.M. effects yet is hollow and soporific; my kids forgot it at once and never asked to see it again. The Princess Bride captures some of the storybook magic that keeps classics like the 1940 The Thief of Baghdad from ever growing old.
The story reshuffles a number of ideas from fairy tales, 1001 Arabian Nights the song John Riley and the general medieval gag-bin. A modern-day boy (Fred Savage) squirms and complains, but his Grandfather (Peter Falk) gets him interested in listening to a reading of "The Princess Bride". The boy hates the "kissing parts" and is impatient to learn how the bad guy is killed off, but by the second chapter Grandfather has him hooked. Unhappy commoner Buttercup (Robin Wright) has been chosen as the bride for the unscrupulous, impossibly arrogant Prince Humperdinck. But she's kidnapped first, by the sly Sicilian ransomer Vizzini (Wallace Shawn) and his hired thugs, Fezzik (Andre the Giant) and the Spaniard Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin). The freelancing Montoya is really on an obsessive search for the killer of his father, a man with six fingers on one hand. But a new mystery man in black called the "Dread Pirate Roberts" (Cary Elwes) thwarts Montoya's sword, out-wrestles the enormous Fezzik, and wins possession of Buttercup in a duel of wits with Vizzini involving goblets and a deadly poison. As Humperdinck's rescue troop closes in, Buttercup learns that her kidnapper is actually Westley, the boy she loves who went to sea and never came back. The Prince's vicious henchman Count Tyrone Rugen (Christopher Guest) captures Roberts and returns Buttercup to the castle. Realizing that Rugen is his six-fingered prey, Montoya rescues the paralyzed Roberts and takes him to Miracle Max and his wife (Billy Crystal & Carol Kane) to be cured. With Buttercup's marriage ceremony only hours away, Montoya, Fezzik and a very limp Roberts prepare to storm the castle, carry out Montoya's vendetta, put paid to Humperdinck and rescue the fair maiden!
Young Buttercup (Robin Wright) should believe all her fairytale dreams have come true when she is chosen to be the bride of Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon). Instead, the despondent girl prepares for the royal nuptials while still grieving the loss of her true love Westley (Cary Elwes). Then, before the big event can take place, the future princess is mysteriously kidnapped.
Without much enthusiasm, the future princess prepares for the regal nuptials. Then, shortly before the big day arrives, the beautiful Buttercup is kidnapped by three curious men claiming to be circus performers (Wallace Shawn, Mandy Patinkin, and Andre the Giant), chased by a masked-man dressed in black, dragged through a fire swamp, swallowed in a sand trap and attacked by rodents of unusual size. But all is not as bleak as it sounds because along the way she discovers a possibility of realizing real romance again.
Readers looking for slightly off-kilter fairy tales can try Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris. This story, which is suitable for older kids, features a telepathic princess, an evil queen, the tooth fairy, and a gardener who might be more than he seems.
Author Vivian Vande Velde has written several books that take a tongue in cheek look at fairy tale conventions. The Rumpelstiltskin Problem is a hilarious collection of short stories, each of which tries to solve a different problem inherent in the plot of the traditional tale. Kids and teens will enjoy debating which story is the best. A Hidden Magic is also an unconventional tale with a wizard, a dumpy princess, a narcissistic prince, and an evil sorceress.
Tween readers with a taste for mixed up tales can take a look at Spelled by Betsy Schow. When a princess makes a wish on a star to avoid a forced marriage to a prince, her wish backfires when all the rules of the fairy tale world are suspended in her kingdom. Fun for younger readers; not so much for adults.
The Princess Bride walks down the Blu-ray isle for the first time. Arrayed in widescreen, the disc offers audio tracks in 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio (English), Mono (Spanish) and Dolby Surround (French), with subtitles in English, French and Spanish. Attendants at the royal wedding include:
The plaintiff's book is in the form of a novel called by her The Temple of Pallas-Athenæ, with a subtitle Posterite, and will be hereinafter referred to as The Temple. The plaintiff claims and states underneath the notice of copyright that her book was written in 1917; the printing was begun in April, 1923, and was finished in April, 1924. It was not published but as stated on the title page was privately printed for subscribers only. It was copyrighted in May, 1924. There were not any copies sent to reviewers.
There is an instance in the plaintiff's novel when Adonais, one of the young men who is kept at stud as a professional father in the palace of the Russian princess, Gortacheff, in Paris, goes to the roof and looks at the stars in the spirit which is described as one of exaltation and reflects on the number of the descendants through whom his blood would flow.
In The Temple there is a Russian princess named Gortacheff, of horrible aspect but limitless wealth, who has an altruistic interest in sex and, hence, finances the temple. There is a statue of Athene in the temple; there was a sculptor named St. Gaudens; Adonais was the leader of the stud in the temple; Shelley wrote a poem called Adonais and was a friend of Lord Byron, whose middle name was Gordon. I do not recall, at the moment, just where the name of Shaw came in. But this is another "indelible finger print" on Mr. O'Neill's play.
It is true that there are old and young people in both plots. It is true that there are fathers and mothers and daughters and sons. But, after having carefully read both books more than once, I think it is fair to say that in the plaintiff's book the characters are merely types the socially ambitious mother and daughter, the obtuse but successful American business man, the dissipated foreign nobleman, the middle aged English philanderer, and the fabulously rich Russian princess. None of these types is individualized sufficiently to make the characters of the defendant any possible infringement of the plaintiff's copyright.
The mechanics of her Movieoke night could stand some improvement. Patrons can either bring their own DVDs along or browse for a favourite upstairs. It then takes Ms Fite about 10 minutes to cue up the chosen scene. Finally she plays it - muted, with subtitles - on the back screen and on a monitor at the foot of the stage, so that the participants can see the words.
Perfect for recapturing lost youth. The story, set in a Saturday detention class in an American high school, allows participants to choose from a range of types - the teen princess, the jock, the delinquent, the nerd.
A 17-year-old travels from village to city looking for his father in this first feature (2005) by mainland Chinese director Ying Liang, who used friends and relatives as his cast and a borrowed video camera. In Mandarin with subtitles. 100 min. aRiver East, 4:30 PM
A bouncer at a dance club in Athens, while suffering a midlife crisis, has an accident on Christmas Eve that he interprets as a religious sign. Vangelis Seitanidis directed his own script. In Greek with subtitles. 84 min. aLandmark, 9:15 PM 041b061a72