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Director Schnabel takes a quantum leap in skill in his second film (after "Basquiat"). This time his tortured artist is the literally tortured late Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas (Bardem), who falls victim to Castro's repression against both his writings and his sexuality (he's gay). Arenas gets thrown into prison, eventually gets released after confessing his "crimes," and makes his escape as part of the 1980 Mariel boatlift. Ironically, freedom offers little solace to Arenas either in Miami or his last home in New York. Spanish actor Bardem is outstanding as the poet who only seeks to be true to himself and pays a tragic price. Based on the writer's autobiography.

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Available on Running time 134 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Biopics: Writers, AIDS, Gays, Cuba, Men in Prison, Great Escapes, Poetry, Writers, New York, New York, Struggling Artists
Screenplay
Julian Schnabel, Lazaro Gomez Carilles, Cunningham O'Keefe
Cast
Javier Bardem, Olivier Martinez, Andrea Di Stefano, Johnny Depp, Michael Wincott, Sean Penn, Hector Babenco, Najwa Nimri
Cinematography
Xavier Perez Grobet, Guillermo Rosas
Director
Julian Schnabel
Music
Carter Burwell
Producer
Fine Line Features

Awards

Ind. Spirit 2001: Actor (Bardem); Natl. Bd. of Review 2000: Actor (Bardem); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 2000: Actor (Bardem).

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