Single Man

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A story that centers on an english professor who, after the sudden death of his partner tries to go about his typical day in los angeles.


Studio Sony
SKU 215473385
UPC 043396353831
UPC 14 00043396353831
Format DVD
Release Date 1/17/2012
Rating Rating
Los Angeles, California
Love Story
Period Piece
Editors Note
Note George Falconer (Colin Firth) feels lost. Not only is he still grieving the death of his longtime companion, Jim (Matthew Goode), but he's also a Brit teaching English at a California college. He's so distraught with heartbreak that he's decided to kill himself, and proceeds to get all his affairs in order while carrying on with what otherwise would be a normal day. He gives an unusually forceful lecture to his class, revealing enough that a perceptive student, Kenny (Nicholas Hoult), senses something is wrong with the professor; collects his important financial papers from his bank; buys bullets for a handgun he owns; and makes a visit to his best friend (Julianne Moore). But throughout these methodical preparations, George keeps running into people -- a colleague's daughter, a attractive gay hustler, and the sympathetic Kenny -- who offer him glimpses of why he should stay alive. A SINGLE MAN is the directorial debut of legendary fashion designer Tom Ford.
Entertainment Weekly "[Firth] gives a tender and memorable performance....A pre-liberation romantic reverie that insists that love is love, period." 10/02/2009
Box Office 4 stars out of 5 -- "Fashion designer Tom Ford establishes himself as a filmmaker to celebrate from the very first sequence of his artfully constructed, heartfelt adaptation of Christopher Isherwood's 1964 novel A SINGLE MAN." 10/30/2009
Rolling Stone 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Ford is a true visionary, but it's his humanity that gives the love story a ravishing, bruised grandeur." 12/10/2009
USA Today 3 stars out of 4 -- "Designer Tom Ford's directorial debut is an aesthetic wonder....The visuals are gorgeous, and the melancholy mood is exquisitely evoked." 12/16/2009
Los Angeles Times "Moore is absolutely buoyant. A luscious lush, she oozes mod sophistication..." 12/11/2009 ,Included in Los Angeles Times's "Best Films Of 2009" -- "[A] movie of mesmerizing beauty..." 12/20/2009
New York Times "[Mr. Firth delivers a] delicately shaded performance....Certainly, the director knows how to exploit his actor's reserve to terrific effect..." 12/11/2009
Chicago Sun-Times 3 stars out of 4 -- "Firth plays George superbly, as a man who prepares a face to meet the faces that he meets. He betrays very little emotion..." 12/23/2009
Washington Post "[A] movie of quiet but potent emotional power....The movie takes on the momentum and narrative tension of a thriller..." 12/25/2009
Movieline "[T]his impeccably glamorous period piece is just about the most dazzling visual experience of the year." 12/11/2009
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "On the strength of this debut, Ford has impressive potential as a filmmaker....He's managed to guide Colin Firth to his finest onscreen performance yet." 01/25/2009
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is impeccably composed, astonishingly self-assured debut filmmaking. A SINGLE MAN is patently a labour of love, and you can feel Ford's commitment to the content in every frame." 02/05/2010
Sight and Sound "It lets Colin Firth, who is superb as the numb, grieving hero, transmit a subtle range of experiences..." 03/01/2010
Premiere 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "A smart, stylish, and intimate film....Firth excels as the understated grieving protagonist..." 07/06/2010
Matthew Goode
Julianne Moore
Nicholas Hoult
Jon Kortajarena
Cast & Crew
Matthew Goode - Star
Julianne Moore - Star
Nicholas Hoult - Star
Jon Kortajarena - Star
Colin Firth - Star
Elisabeth Harnois - Co-Star
Aaron Sanders - Co-Star
Alicia Carr - Co-Star
Nicole Steinwedell - Co-Star
Marlene Martinez - Co-Star
Keri Lynn Pratt - Co-Star
Erin Daniels - Co-Star
Ginnifer Goodwin - Co-Star
Lee Pace - Co-Star
Ridge Canipe - Co-Star
Adam Shapiro - Co-Star
Ryan Simpkins - Co-Star
Teddy Sears - Co-Star
Tricia Munford - Co-Star
Jenna Gavigan - Co-Star
Paulette Lamori - Co-Star
Linda Arnold - Hairstylist
Christopher Isherwood - Source Writer
Elaine Offers - Makeup
Patrick J. Statham - Stunt Coordinator
Amy Wells - Set Decorator
Gigi Williams - Makeup Designer
Shigeru Umebayashi - Additional Music/Songs
Alan D'Angerio - Hairstylist
Robert Salerno - Production Manager/UPM
Stephen Trask - Music Director
Lori Dovi - Sound
Abel Korzeniowski - Composer
Tom Ford - Screenwriter
Julia Michels - Music Director
Eduard Grau - Director of Photography
Marie Larkin - Hairstylist
David Scearce - Screenwriter
Kristin Berge - Hairstylist
Michael S. Ward - Hairstylist
Paul Butler - Co-Star
Tom Ford - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2009
UPC 00043396353831
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 1100 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Golden Globe (2010) Abel Korzeniowski, Nominee, Best Original Score - Motion Picture,Colin Firth, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama,Julianne Moore, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Oscar (2010) Colin Firth, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild (2010) Colin Firth, Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
ReviewSource Chicago Tribune
Review Some films aren't revelations, exactly, but they burrow so deeply into old truths about love and loss and the mess and thrill of life, they seem new anyway...A Single Man is one such film, one of the best of 2009. It's subtly heartbreaking. In adapting Christopher Isherwood's 1964 novel to the screen, first-time feature filmmaker Tom Ford has put his admiration of the source material, a groundbreaking text in the pre-Stonewall era, to excellent results. Ford also has facilitated a career best for Colin Firth, one of the screen's great and subtle portraitists. Firth is nearly always exemplary in his efforts; here, though, he opens up to new areas of artistry as well as subtlety. Early in A Single Man, the protagonist George Falconer learns of his longtime lover's death in a car accident. George receives the news by telephone. (The story takes place in Santa Monica in 1962.) The camera stays on him a long time, as he soldiers through the niceties, holding back his emotions as best he can while thanking his caller for the information. It is a stunning piece of acting and in this one shot, Ford -- a legendary fashion designer for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent -- proves himself an instinctual colleague...Much of the film, which is meticulously art-directed but not fussily so, takes place in George's canyon-side home, the sort of L.A. domicile that offers seclusion and a sense of elegant limbo. George talks about his mastery of the invisible gay man's life in 1960s America. Gazing at himself getting ready to teach one more day, he sees "not a face in the mirror, but the expression of a predicament." Charley, George's female confidant, is like Sally Bowles all grown up and relocated to Southern California. (Bowles was introduced by Isherwood's own Berlin Stories, long before she became the centerpiece of Cabaret.) Firth and Moore are wonderful together, and just about every sequence and flourish and detail in Ford's film feels and looks right. It is primarily Firth's triumph. But it is not a solitary one.
Reviewer Michael Phillips
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Bob Mondello, NPR Radio An exquisite, almost sensual grief suffuses every frame of A Single Man.
Mike Scott, New Orleans Times-Picayune A singularly enjoyable and moving film.

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