The Man Who Cried Movie Review Summary

Actors: Christina Ricci, Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, John Turturro, Harry Dean Stanton

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As a young Jewish girl in Russia, Fegele Abramowitz's father leaves her with relatives to go to America. Her grandmother sends her away as the progroms start, telling her to find her father. She ends up on a ship to England, where she is renamed Suzie and adopted. An exquisit singer, Suzie manages to get a job in her early teens with a chorus line and movies to Paris. In Paris, she shares an apartment with her coworker and friend, Lola, and they both fall in love, Lola with opera singer Dante Dominio, and Suzie with a gypsy horse trainer named Ceasar. Only three people know that Suzie is Jewish, and as the Great War moves into France, one of them leaks her secret. Suzie and Lola depart for America, where Suzie can finally find her father.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Ariana

In the 1920's a Jewish father named Perlman (Stanton) and his daughter are tearfully separated when he leaves for America to a better life. Shortly after her mother sends her fleeing a Russian pogrom in the 1920's. Young Fegele (Ricci) sailing for America instead lands in England and is raised as Suzie by kind but distant adoptive parents. Growing to adulthood, she hopes to find her lost father and sets off for Paris to raise money for her passage to the U.S. There she befriends Lola (Blanchett), a pretty Russian singer with a cabaret. Lola introduces her to opera star Dante Dominio (Turturro).

Suzie and Lola are singing in the chorus of the cabaret show together as well as sharing a room. The two women grow distant as Lola vigorously pursues wealthy Dominio, who proves to be a vocal anti-semite. As the Nazi occupation of Paris draws nearer life there becomes very strained with Suzie trying to hide her identity for fear of capture. Into Suzie's empty life rides Cesar (Depp), a painfully quiet gypsy horseman, whom she falls in love with. The two find intimacy and kinship as outcasts. Suzie and Lola mend their broken friendship.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Fletcher

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's War impact on civilians/veterans    -   Yes Kind of conflict:    -   holocaust

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   singer/musician    -   dancer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Jewish    -   Russian


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France Asia/Pacific/Middle East    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Russia Misc setting    -   theater

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude male butt Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing

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