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Ang Lee (1954 - )

Lifespan: 1954 -

Related: American cinema - director


Ang Lee (born October 23, 1954) is an Academy Award-winning Taiwanese film director. Lee won the 2006 Best Director Oscar for Brokeback Mountain (2005). --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang Lee [Sept 2006]

The Ice Storm (1997) - Ang Lee

Kevin Kline and Joan Allen

The Ice Storm (1997) - Ang Lee [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

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Asian American director Ang Lee sums up America in the early 1970s by focusing on the arrival of the sexual revolution in the 'burbs. Isolationism within a family, consumerism, and selfishness are personified by a cast that captures the self-obsession within two New England families. As the children struggle awkwardly with adolescence, their parents stumble through sexual experimentation. In the days of Watergate and Vietnam, society is breaking boundaries and ignoring convention. Following suit, these families are eschewing polite barriers and social taboos, with disastrous results. The "ice storm" of the title refers not only to a natural phenomenon but is a (rather heavy-handed) metaphor for a pervasive emotional temperament. The entire cast delivers textured, finely nuanced performances. This movie lingers in the psyche not only for the scope of the tragedy at its conclusion, but for Lee's often humorous and stingingly accurate assessment of pop culture. Based on Rick Moody's novel, this won the best-screenplay award at Cannes in 1997.

set in November 1973

Key party
The men throw their car keys in a bowl and the women chose their sex partners by drawing keys one by one.

see also: sexual revolution - swinging lifestyle

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