The Aviator (2004)
May 13, 2005 at 7:00 and 10:30pm in 26-100, and
May 14, 2005 at 10:00pm in 26-100.
Martin Scorsese's The Aviator is a lavish spectacle of a motion picture that harkens back to Hollywood's Golden Era in telling the story of Howard Hughes, one of 20th-century America's most pioneering and influential figures. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the eccentric billionaire, Scorsese's biopic concentrates on Hughes's life between the 1920s and '40s, when he made some of his most striking contributions to both the film and aviation industries. At only 25 years of age, Hughes directed the most expensive film ever made up to that point, Hell's Angels (1930), which Scorsese gleefully recreates here in all its sprawling, audacious glory. At the same time, he became known as an unabashed playboy, bedding the likes of Jean Harlow (singer Gwen Stefani), Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale), and Katherine Hepburn (a brilliant Cate Blanchett). In the mid-'30s, he turned his attention to the aviation industry, where he quickly became a world-renowned celebrity for shattering speed and distance records. [rottentomatoes.com]
2004 Oscar Nominations:
Best Director (Martin Scorsese)
Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio)
Best Supporting Actor (Alan Alda)
Best Supporting Actress (Cate Blanchett) - WON
Best Original Screenplay
Best Cinematography - WON
Best Editing - WON
Best Costume Design - WON
Best Art Direction - WON
"Sexy, inspiring and exhilarating, but perhaps more importantly, it's a generous portrait of a brave man, perhaps an artist, certainly a fractured genius."
-- John Anderson, Newsday. Read this review.