“My father came from a very poor background, but I was very fortunate in the sense that we were never in need. My dad was determined to make sure that we didn’t want for things. He wanted to give us more opportunity than he had, a better shot at a better life.”
“By the time this concert ends this evening, 30,000 Africans will have died because of extreme poverty. By this time tomorrow evening, another 30,000. This does not make sense.”
“When you first get opportunities, suddenly you get surrounded by a lot of people who want to make money off you but also are there to help. But they start telling you so much what you need to be and what you need to do to maintain some idea of career maintenance.”
Born December 18, 1963 , William Bradley Pitt aka Brad Pitt does not know what he wants to do with his life during his adolescence. Far from an evident destiny, it’s at the age of thirty that he began acting. His success was although late, but dazzling. A man of many conquests at the beginning of his career, he has found the woman of his life in the person of Angelina Jolie with whom he is married and has six children.
The first time we have seen him in the cinema he was a Hitchhiker, picked up and consumed by Geena Davis in Thelma & Louise by Ridley Scott. In a wild scene (sex), Brad Pitt’s career was launched. His hair choices may be questionable (the flaxen hair and the goatee…), but his career choices are quite respectable.
After several films in the early ’90s when he was chosen for his attractive physique, he shot with the best Hollywood directors (Fincher, Tarantino, Scorsese, Soderbergh, Coen, Malick Scott…) and gets better with age.
Let’s now see the top six movies of Brad Pitt:
6. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (David Fincher, 2008)
Benjamin Button, a man with reversed biological clock, is born old, with the size and intellect of an adult. The film offers a clever alternative: the baby Button, came into the world in 1918, with wrinkled skin but the template of a normal newborn. This superposition of ages, renewed throughout the narrative, multiplies the expressive power of each mutation, as when puberty radiates the body of senior Benjamin.
And if David Fincher parlayed the infinite possibilities of digital, the film transcends through his lyricism, any gadget indeed. For example when it is already late in the life of the hero, suddenly, after a few years ellipse, and opposite to his love Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt’s character becomes younger. Not young like today, but as in Thelma & Louise.
Technological prowess, the entirely novel service, then leaves the room for the tragic enchantment that causes teens found at this stage of history. For Benjamin Button, this is not the myth of eternal youth. The surreal sophistication of the argument leads to the human experience of the provisional and loss. This high-tech blockbuster manages to bring forth such great melodramas with heartbreaking melancholy.
5. Inglorious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino (2009)
In the American war movies, we talk in general the Anglo-American and that’s all right. Inglorious Basterds is honoring three languages -English, German, French- with an irresistible bonus, Italian. The merit returns particularly to Colonel Hans Landa, evil genius we love to hate. This polyglot Jew hunter landed on a farm at the time of the Occupation and speaks impeccable French with the farmer.
The talk turns to evil and delirious interrogation, circumlocutions and digressions serving as bitter torture instruments. The film includes action, shootings, but mostly we beat them in words. Most sequences are mind games, around a table. To end the objection of the Third Reich, the methods differ.
The most brutal is that of the famous “Basterds” group of American scalpers led by Brad Pitt. More civilized is the British lieutenant technique’s (Michael Fassbender) or that of the aristocrat actress who became a spy (Diane Kruger).
ll these characters form a parade where Tarantino uses the archetypes of the Resistance and reinvents its sauce, creamy wish. Fiction can change the course of history. It is this tremendous power that Tarantino celebrates, by directly using the nitrate film – extremely flammable – like real combat weapon against Nazism.
Nice gesture, nice film, happy ending.
4. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007)
April 3, 1882. Jesse James, 34 years old, climbs on a chair, his back to the Ford brothers, the final members of his gang, began dusting a painting on the wall. Robert Ford, the youngest, 20, then fires the gun that Jesse James offered him a few days earlier from 1.5 meters. In this execution, the doxa immediately made a disgrace, an act of cowardice, calling forever Bob Ford “dirty little coward”…
The film shows how a Wild West hero, was a “brigand beloved “, becomes one day an archaic, outdated icon: he must be killed as you kill a father, that is established for the law, and here has to be also a Judas, as much a victim as executioner at the end of the modern world. The numb beauty of the image and also time dilation draw a kind of rough paradise lost. It is this aesthetic that gives the film an ambition, a singular thickness.
3. Se7en (David Fincher, 1995)
William Somerset, the old, worn black cop, and scholar is set to stall. He has seven days to train his replacement, impetuous David Mills. Seven days to resolve September atrocious crimes: one for each deadly sin. A Bible and bloody puzzle, composed by a mysterious serial killer … Upon discovery of the first body, obese flesh and torture, a hard, flickering light appears in the darkness.
Se7en certainly escapes the clichés of crime with its atmosphere. Plunged in apnea in a murky world (thanks to the superb photography Darius Khondji), immured in a dark city like the bottom of a tomb of the Seven characters play a simulacrum of Apocalypse, where the decomposition of the body responds to that of an entire society.
Complacent, David Fincher maintains a morbid fascination for his killer. It illuminated murder, adorned with gold and vermin nausea. But, masterfully interpreted, embarrassing, Se7en opened at its output, a breach in the Hollywood routine.
2. Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999)
In the skin of Tyler Durden to always David Fincher, Brad Pitt becomes an icon, transcending female and male audiences. The film becomes both cult and controversial. Welcome to Fight Club. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club! Third rule of Fight Club: someone yells “stop!”, goes limp, taps out, the fight is over.
Fourth rule: only two guys to a fight. Fifth rule: one fight at a time, fellas. Sixth rule: No shirts, no shoes. Seventh rule: fights will go on as long as they have to. And the eighth and final rule: if this is your first time at Fight Club, you have to fight.
1. Babel (Alejandro González Inárritu, 2006)
Babel focuses on one of the greatest problems of the twenty-first century: the lack of communication between people. The saddest part is that you do not need to get lost in the Moroccan desert, or the hustle and bustle of Tokyo to be isolated, to feel lonely.
According to Iñárritu, the worst loneliness is what we live with ourselves, our wives or our children. The director believes the film is an international language that can help the artist to break through the real and communication barriers around the world.
Brad Pitt’s filmography:
|2017||World War Z 2||Gerry Lane|
|2015||The Big Short||Ben Rickert|
|2015||By the Sea||Roland|
|2013||12 Years a Slave||Bass|
|2013||World War Z||Gerry Lane|
|2012||Killing Them Softly||Jackie|
|2011||Happy Feet Two||Will the Krill|
|2011||The Tree of Life||Mr. O’Brien|
|2010||Eat Pray Love|
|2009||The Private Lives of Pippa Lee|
|2009||Inglourious Basterds||Lt. Aldo Raine|
|2009||The Time Traveler’s Wife|
|2008||The Curious Case of Benjamin Button||Benjamin Button|
|2008||Burn After Reading||Chad Feldheimer|
|2007||The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford||Jesse James|
|2007||A Mighty Heart|
|2007||Ocean’s Thirteen||Rusty Ryan|
|2007||Year of the Dog|
|2006||Running with Scissors|
|2005||Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)||John Smith|
|2004||Ocean’s Twelve||Rusty Ryan|
|2001||Ocean’s Eleven (2001)||Rusty Ryan|
|2001||The Mexican||Jerry Welbach|
|2001||Spy Game||Tom Bishop|
|1999||Fight Club (1999)||Tyler Durden|
|1998||Meet Joe Black||Joe Black|
|1998||Meet Joe Black||Young Man in Coffee Shop|
|1997||Seven Years in Tibet||Heinrich Harrer|
|1997||The Devil’s Own||Frankie McGuire|
|1995||12 Monkeys||Jeffrey Goines|
|1994||Interview With the Vampire||Louis|
|1993||True Romance||Floyd – Dick’s Roomate|
|1992||A River Runs Through It||Paul Maclean|
|1992||Johnny Suede||Johnny Suede|
|1991||Thelma & Louise||J.D.|
|1990||Too Young to Die||Billy Canton|
|1989||Across the Tracks||Joe Maloney|
|1989||The Image||Steve Black|
|1988||A Stoning in Fulham County||Teddy Johnson|
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