We have chosen five streaming titles from the international cinema icon, Oscar winner for Michael Clayton.
Perhaps the most fascinating and courageous actress of our times, the great one, arrives today to turn 60 Tilda Swinton. The undisputed “muse” of the most authorial cinema in the best sense of the term, over the years and the films the artist has also been able to have fun playing with his role as an icon, often and willingly not disdaining playful escapes into mass-consumption and safe productions entertainment. If you think that Tilda Swinton has participated in commercial blockbusters such as Constantine, he franchises fantasy from The Chronicles of Narnia and even Marvel movies like Doctor Strange e Avengers: Endgame, you can easily understand how much he cares not to take his profession too seriously, while keeping his love for quality cinema intact. It wasn’t easy to find five film in streaming that synthesize such a multifaceted and gem-rich career. Here are the ones we preferred. Enjoy the reading.
Five streaming movies of icon Tilda Swinton
- Michael Clayton
- Burn After Reading
- … And now let’s talk about Kevin
- Only lovers survive
Michael Clayton (2007)
The legal thriller directed by Tony Gilroy which features a George Clooney Perfect has an edge with the magnificent Swinton in playing the role of the antagonist, a woman willing to do anything to save her career from the mistakes and illegalities she herself committed. Tense study of psychology at the limit, Michael Clayton gives the actress the Oscar as a supporting character, a well-deserved recognition that rewards her ability to understand the genre and adapt to it while maintaining her own precise style of acting. A statuette that also rewards Swinton for the glorious years and the cult-movies made before this one. Available on Rakuten TV, Chili, Infinity, Amazon Prime Video.
Burn After Reading (2008)
Same genre, same protagonist Clooney, radically different tone. The Zionist comedy directed by Coen brothers allows Swinton an excursion into the lighter but no less brilliant cinema, far from it. Burn After Reading it’s a little gem of nonsense that the terrible brothers of Minneapolis stage with grace and their usual pinch of corrosive irony. The result is a collective product where the less intelligent succumb and those who think they are more cunning certainly do not make a much better figure. From anthology the final dialogue with J.K. Simmons head of the secret service who confesses to his colleague that he did not understand anything … Available on Infinity.
… And Now Let’s Talk About Kevin (2011)
Only Tilda Swinton could accept and fill such a complex role in one of the most shocking (and cruelly funny, let’s face it…) films of this turn of the millennium with such effectiveness. The strength of … And now let’s talk about Kevin lies in the incredible energy that is released from the confrontation between the protagonist and her crazy son Ezra Miller, a duet of terrible and devastating psychologies. Directed with wit by Lynne Ramsay, this very black comedy represents in our opinion the best performance as an actress of Swinton’s career. Impossible to love but still unmissable. Truly a shocking movie. Available on Rakuten TV, Chili, Google Play.
Only lovers survive (2013)
The cult-movie directed by Jim Jarmusch is one of the hottest and most sensual feature films of recent years, a romantic drama about two immortals who feed on their timeless love first of all. Only lovers survive it is a great cinema of feelings set in a very powerful staging, full of elegance and perfect visual solutions to tell the inner life of the characters. The duets with Tom Hiddleston are poetic, Swinton shows her emotional side in a work destined to be remembered for a long time. Simply beautiful movie. Available on Chili, Google Play, Apple Itunes, Amazon Prime Video.
Finally we chose the remake of the cult-movie of Dario Argento directed by Luca Guadagnino to somehow reward the long and fruitful collaboration between the filmmaker and his “muse”. Enigmatic and fascinating film, this new one Suspiria he owes very little to the original, which he reinterprets in a personal and difficult way. The result is something hybrid, disturbing and definitely not obvious. Perfect Swinton in the role of the mysterious and terrifying teacher who runs the dance school. How a remake should be: interpretation, not sterile re-proposing what the public wants. To be reviewed and fully understood. Available on Rakuten TV, Chili, Google Play, Apple Itunes, TIMVision, Amazon Prime Video.
What other Tilda Swinton films have you loved? There are so many that we have omitted from our five: first of all the masterpiece of Sally Potter Orlando, simply because it is not available in streaming in Italy. Then also the collaborations of Swinton with Wes Anderson, particularly Grand Budapest Hotel and secondly Moonrise Kingdom. Or maybe you prefer Snowpiercer, dystopian cult. Let us know which is your favorite. Meanwhile, happy birthday again, Mrs. Swinton!