Thora Birch, 17, and Mena Suvari, 20, were on the publicity trail last week for the new movie ''American Beauty,'' about a suburban family whose dad Kevin Spacey drops out of the rat race and becomes obsessed with his daughter's best friend. Birch plays the surly daughter; Ms. Suvari, the Lolita.
It was a revelation of who the character really was. Maybe that explains why Suvari looked so comfortable rolling about in rose petals during the movie's fantasy sequences. Says American Beauty co-producer Bruce Cohen : "She was incredibly professional and a really good sport when it came to the all-important positioning of the rose petals.
Your work of fiction has been made into a movie. You created a protagonist, Lester, whose trajectory and reckoning ring true. Wait again—the best sex scene involves no sex.
Once again, the camera zooms over the neighborhood while Lester speaks in voice-over. This time, he reminds the audience of "those posters that say 'Today is the first day of the rest of your life. On this morning, Lester leaves his house in running clothes and jogs briskly down the street.
The film tackles themes of conformity, lust, love, bigotry, family and countless others, and offered us an voyeuristic view inside the life of drowning Lester Burnham, a man wallowing in self-pity and cemented in the monotony of his existence. While most of us have seen the Oscar-winning picture, there are a few things about the movie you may not know — from Thora Birch's underage nude scenes to Kevin Spacey's improvised monologues, here's 17 things to learn about the film, which turns 15 this week. Kristen Dunst said of turning down the role: "I was only 15 then and I didn't want to kiss Kevin Spacey or be seen lying naked in those rose petals.
While Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening were already well-known, its teenage stars Thora Birch and Mena Suvari earned international recognition from the drama. Thora played Lester Burnham's awkward daughter Jane, while Mena played Angela Hayes, the blonde cheerleader Jane's father fell in love with. Both ladies were praised for their performances and were expected to become superstars — but 16 years on, things haven't quite worked out that way.
Thora Birch nude - American Beauty Thora Birch in the clip is seen standing in front of the camera and seeing t. She knows this and while standing in front of the window she opens her shirt and lets the guy make her movie.
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Most of us know about that infamous "rose petal" scene from American Beautybut we may not be aware of how imagery affects us in our day-to-day life. In the film, Kevin Spacey is a middle-aged man, the practical personification of a mid-life crisis. While attending a basketball game, he starts to fantasize about his daughter's best friend, played by Mena Suvari, as if she were lying naked in a field of rose petals.
American Beauty is a American drama film written by Alan Ball and directed by Sam Mendes in his directorial debut. Kevin Spacey stars as Lester Burnham, an advertising executive who has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best friend, played by Mena Suvari. Academics have described the film as a satire of American middle-class notions of beauty and personal satisfaction; further analysis has focused on the film's explorations of romantic and paternal love, sexuality, materialism, self-liberation, and redemption.