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ハバナ(1990年) Havana


監督: シドニー・ポラック/Director: Sydney Pollack

「私を待っていた?」 「生まれてからずっと」


"You waited for me?" "Ever since I was born"

A bad movie‚ I mean‚ it is a movie I really like but it doesn’t treat anybody right; it is a movie that irritates me.
Sydney Pollack and Robert Redford were best friends from the television era and have created very good hit films. This Property Is Condemned‚ The Way We Were‚ Three Days of the Condor‚ Out of Africa and The Firm (although it starred Tom Cruise).
Havana‚ made in 1990‚ between Pollack’s Best Director oscar-winning Out of Africa (1985) and the world hit The Firm (1993)‚ I now see that it sits firmly between very two topical films.
The setting is Cuba‚ 1958. The night before the collapse of the Batista regime‚ a large card game is being played. In this high-stakes game is gambler genius Jack (Redford) and Bobby (Lena Olin)‚ the wife of a revolutionary - to which you may envisage a tragic love story from Takarazuka. This one-man show is Pollack’s way of making his sworn friend Redford look as cool as possible . It really fits. "I might be ignorant but I know what I know. I don’t go near things I don’t know‚" says the philosophical gambler.
As the time to part approaches‚ in the fleeting moment when they are finally alone together‚ Jack washes the body of his lover with soap bubbles as she takes a bath. Redford is a rare actor whose hands and eyes aren’t improper‚ just as George Clooney is oiled and Brad Pitt has his jaw.
Finally time to leave port. As the passengers board one after another‚ Jack arranges playing cards on a table in an empty restaurant. Here his lover‚ coming to see him for the last time says "Did you wait for me?" to which he responds‚ "Ever since I was born."
Rather than shameless‚ this one-liner paints the actor and scene stylishly‚ as is easily allowed in movies‚ and is enjoyable. This one-liner is later used by Redford in The Clearing (2004).
A husband has a mistress. His wife knows of his treachery‚ One night he asks her if she is happy‚ to which she affirms. He says that if she thinks so than he has no complaints (though his wife probably wanted to voice her complaint); the role of the wife who doesn’t speak unnecessarily was well performed by Helen Millen.