Before Night Falls



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Fiery film about the brilliant gay Cuban dissident poet Reinaldo Arenas (based on his memoirs). Javier Bardem burns up the screen in this tragic and sexy drama as a man who boasts of over 5,000 sexual contacts.

DVD Features

Commentary with Director Julian Schnabel, Actor Javier Bardem, Screenwriter Lazaro Gomez-Carriles, Composer Carter Burwell and Co-Director of Photography Xavier Perez Grobet
Documentary Shorts: Excerpts From Improper Conduct 1983 Interview with Reinaldo Arenas
Behind-The-Scenes/Home Movie By Lola Schnabel
Little Notes On Painting Artwork By Julian Schnabel
Cast and Crew Filmographies
Original Theatrical Trailer
DVD-ROM Content:
Link To Original Website & More!


  • Director: Julian Schnabel
  • Producer: Jon Kilik
  • Writer: Cunningham O'Keefe
  • Writer: Lazaro Gomez Carilles
  • Length: 2 hrs. 13 mins.
  • Rating: R
  • Released: May 22 2001
  • Added: Mar 13 2001
  • Production Year: 2000
  • TLA SKU: 26470
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • UPC Code: 794043525124
  • Catalog #: DV1768954


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Review by Scott Cranin

By: Scott Cranin
In-House Review - Feb 09 2006
A startlingly colorful and evocative journey to Cuba in the sixties based on gay writer/dissident Reinaldo Arenas' posthumously published memoir. Julian Schnabel's (Basquiat) new film is the story of a gay Cuban poet whose life was too big for a Rev... Read More

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