Iris

Iris

DVD - 2002
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Adapted from the memoirs of literary critic John Bayley, the film recounts his courtship of and long marriage to British novelist Iris Murdoch. The scenario tacks back and forth from the young Iris--ready to seduce one and all with her coy command of words and sex appeal--to the elder Iris--slowly giving way to the cruel erasure of Alzheimer's.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Miramax Home Entertainment, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2001
ISBN: 9780788834578
0788834576
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE IRIS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (R)(91 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Notes: Based on the books Iris : a memoir and elegy for Iris and Iris and her friends : a memoir of memory and desire by John Bayley
Special features: a look at "Iris"; a special message from David Hyde Pierce; Alzheimer's Association honors "Iris" and Jim Broadbent

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gingin1972
May 24, 2018

So boring could even watch the whole movie!

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LauraSteinert
Apr 02, 2018

Good acting, but not excellent. I was confused about if this movie was about her descent into madness as a tragedy or a warning that women who "behave badly" get what they deserve. I would much rather have had a real look at her end of life than the flashbacks to her "naughty" youth. Sex outside of marriage and Alzheimer are unrelated issues.

SnoIsleLib_BrianH Jun 24, 2017

I was attracted to this movie after hearing the beautiful soundtrack recording featuring the violinist Joshua Bell playing the music of James Horner (hear the soundtrack on Freegal). The movie highlights the youthfulness of these two literary figures contrasted with the challenges faced when dealing with aging and the onset of alzheimer's disease. I have to admit I did hope to learn a bit more about the writings of both of these significant authors, but in viewing this beautifully made movie I just mostly found inspiration to do more reading and research into their lives together and work as writers. The good new is, the library has a number of works by both of these authors. Including the books this movie was based off of. Hmm...now to choose which novel and/or biographical work to start with? I think The Bell by Iris Murdoch and Elegy for Iris by John Bayley.

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Ba_kuPlanet
Nov 16, 2015

Excellent movie on aging and Alzheimer.

Recommend this for the library "Notable" DVD shelf because society needs to be aware of the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer if they ever meet an affected person. This will help with etiquette in helping the person.

bwv878 Sep 19, 2015

The acting is great, but it made me very uncomfortable. To see how Alzheimers affects the life of a woman whose life and self-identity centered around thought was very painful to watch.

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beckythecat1
Jan 20, 2014

a wonderful film. sweet, sad, funny.
but with Jim and Judy, ah, always great.
watch with someone you love.

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JeanieG
Nov 11, 2013

I love Judi Dench. But this film had no depth. Yes people get old - even famous people, even brilliant people. And people lose their minds, their memory and it is sad. But I would have liked to have been told the whole story of her life not just the end with a few snipets from her youth. Very disappointing.

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phyllis49
Mar 20, 2012

Encore

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bstudent
Oct 27, 2011

a good solid true love story of two people with full life's.

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Ugogurl
Oct 12, 2010

Although I enjoyed this movie, it was not memorable. Good performances by all.

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Aug 08, 2008

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