Winner of 5 Oscars, including gongs for first time screenwriter Alan Ball and first time director Sam Mendes, the tone and meaning of AMERICAN BEAUTY remains debated by scholars and critics today.
Seen by some as a dry satire on suburban American mores, by others as a meditation in the beauty of the mundane, AMERICAN BEAUTY stars Kevin Spacey as Lester Burnham, everyday schmoe unfulfilled by his job as an advertising executive and his increasingly strained marriage to materialistic real estate agent Carolyn (Annette Bening).
Lester’s midlife crisis comes in the form of infatuation with Angela (Mena Suvari) the cheerleader friend of his disgruntled daughter Jane (Thora Birch) who, in the meantime, strikes up a bond with new neighbour Ricky Fitts (Wes Bentley), an independent spirit determined to escape a rigid military upbringing by his angry father, Col. Fitts (Chris Cooper).
Shot by the late Conrad L. Hall, AMERICAN BEAUTY remains one of the most interesting views of the American microcosm from the end of the 20th century and we are excited to show this elusive and elliptical dream play from an original 35mm print.
US I 1999 I 122 mins I Cert 18
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