American Beauty 1999 info:-
American Beauty 1999 is a comedy because we laugh at the absurdity of the hero’s problems. And a tragedy because we can identify with his failure–not the specific details, but the general outline. The movie is about a man who fears growing older.
losing the hope of true love and not being respected by those who know him best. If you never experience those feelings, take out a classified ad. People want to take lessons from you.
Lester Burnham, the hero of “American Beauty,” is played by Kevin Spacey as a man who is unloved by his daughter, ignored by his wife and unnecessary at work. “I’ll be dead in a year,” he tells us in almost the first words of the movie.
“In a way, I’m dead already.” The movie is the story of his rebellion. We meet his wife, Carolyn (Annette Bening), so perfect her garden shears are coordinated with her footwear.
We meet his daughter Jane (Thora Birch), who is saving up for breast implants even though augmentation is unnecessary; perhaps her motivation is not to become more desirable to men but to make them miserable about what they can’t have. Both my wife and daughter think I’m this chronic loser,” Lester complains. He is right. But they are not without their reasons. At an agonizing family dinner.
American Beauty 1999 Plot:-
Lester Burnham is a middle-aged magazine executive who despises his job and is unhappily married to Carolyn, a neurotic and ambitious real estate broker. Their sixteen-year-old daughter, Jane, abhors her parents and has low self-esteem.
The Burnhams’ new neighbors are retired US Marine Colonel Frank Fitts and his near-catatonic wife, Barbara. The Fitts’ teenage son, Ricky, obsessively films his surroundings with a camcorder.
collecting hundreds of recordings on videotapes in his bedroom, while using his part-time job as a waiter to serve as a front for his secret marijuana dealings. Frank is a strict disciplinarian who has previously forced Ricky into a military academy and a psychiatric hospital.
Jim Olmeyer and Jim Berkley, a gay couple who live nearby, welcome the family to the neighborhood; Frank later reveals his homophobia when angrily discussing the incident with Ricky. Lester becomes infatuated with Jane’s vain cheerleader friend, Angela Hayes.
after seeing her perform a half-time dance routine at a high school basketball game. He starts having sexual fantasies about Angela, in which red rose petals are a recurring motif.
Carolyn begins an affair with a married business rival, Buddy Kane. When Brad informs Lester that he is to be laid off, the latter blackmails him and quits his job, taking employment at a local fast food center.
He buys his dream car and starts working out after he overhears Angela tell Jane that she would find him sexually attractive if he improved his physique. He begins smoking marijuana supplied by Ricky and flirts with Angela whenever she visits Jane. The girls’ friendship wanes after Jane starts a relationship with Ricky. Please See More Information…….
American Beauty 1999 Multiple interpretations:-
Scholars and academics have offered many possible readings of American Beauty; film critics are similarly divided, not so much about the quality of the film, as their interpretations of it. Described by many as about “the meaning of life” or “the hollow existence of the American suburbs”.
the film has defied categorization by even the filmmakers. Mendes is indecisive, saying the script seemed to be about something different each time he read it: “a mystery story, a kaleidoscopic journey through American suburbia, a series of love stories; it was about imprisonment, loneliness, beauty.
It was funny; it was angry, sad.” The literary critic and author Wayne C. Booth concludes that the film resists any one interpretation: “[American Beauty] cannot be adequately summarized as ‘here is a satire on what’s wrong with American life’; that plays down the celebration of beauty.
It is more tempting to summarize it as ‘a portrait of the beauty underlying American miseries and misdeeds’, but that plays down the scenes of cruelty and horror, and Ball’s disgust with our mores.
It cannot be summarized with either Lester or Ricky’s philosophical statements about what life is or how one should live. He argues that the problem of interpreting the film is tied with that of finding its center—a controlling voice who “[unites] all of the choices”.
He contends that in American Beauty’s case, it is neither Mendes nor Ball. Mendes considers the voice to be Ball’s, but even while the writer was “strongly influential” on set, he often had to accept deviations from his vision.
particularly ones that transformed the cynical tone of his script into something more optimistic. With “innumerable voices intruding on the original author’s.
American Beauty 1999 Production:-
In 1997, Alan Ball resolved to move into the film industry after several frustrating years writing for the television sitcoms Grace Under Fire and Cybill. He joined the United Talent Agency, where his representative, Andrew Cannava, suggested he write a spec script to “reintroduce [himself] to the town as a screenwriter”.
The ball pitched three ideas to Cannava: two conventional romantic comedies and American Beauty, which he had originally conceived as a play in the early 1990s.
Despite the story’s lack of an easily marketable concept, Cannava selected American Beauty because he felt it was the one for which Ball had the most passion. While developing the script, Ball created another television sitcom, Oh, Grow Up.