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Mindbender, 1995

  If you are interested in bending spoons this is one of the best films on the subject. The life story of Uri Geller.
Ken Russell Mindbender

The credits begin with "the following events are true and are interpreted through the artistic eye of Ken Russell".

Ken Russell Mindbender

Uri's father and lover dance on top of an Israeli tank beside a 3-dimensional Dali-clock. The child Uri pulls a bullet out of a wall (the six day war recurs in the film) and when he holds it in his hand it turns into a ring.

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When his teacher tells Uri to stay in class until the hands of the clock reach half past four, of course young Uri has no problems moving the hands and leaving early. But this sort of thing is really banal and the films comes over as a paid-for vanity film for Uri Geller

There is a silly spy plot and Geller seems to save the world from nuclear war.

For the benefit of this page I watched the film again. It does not improve with repeated viewing. Also my watch stopped.

people Ishai Golan plays Uri Geller.  A shallow insincere performance, so probably true to life.

 

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Terence Stamp adds some badly needed acting ability. Hetty Baynes seems to have the role of an intelligent bimbo, and some genuine intelligence comes over.

Hetty Baynes in Ken Russell Mindbender

Music consists of recordings such as Elton John's Rocket Man and The Moody Blues Nights in White Satin, both of which fit well.

 

Uri Geller in Mindbender

Geller himself also appears. If you buy the video it will change your life since you can have your broken watches and clocks repaired (just hold them as Uri talks). Uri also wants to touch you, so put your hand to the screen and touch his- feel it!! Geller is not very convincing as he pretends the rubbish is true.

Ken Russell Mindbender

Editors are Xavier Russell and John Orland, cinematography is by Hong Manley. The script is co-written by Ken and Yael Stern.

 

best image

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The black swings on the white beach, genuinely haunting images in a boring film.

best scene

The child Uri eating soup when his spoon bends is reasonably funny.

Ken Russell Mindbender

The child Uri about to be beaten and falling backwards among the tailors dummies.

Ken Russell Mindbender

themes

Fire. Uri (in a dream) walks through a wall of fire over a minefield.

 

Ken Russell Mindbender

A kite bursts into flame just like the hut in Mahler.

Ken Russell Mindbender

Sensory deprivation

Ken Russell Mindbender

films Other films released in the same year include The English Patient, Shine and Trainspotting.

 

 

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