Mikael eventually escapes the camp. The song was first written by Chris Cornell after being approached by movie producer Eric Esrailian to write a song for his movie, The Promise. ROME – “The Promise,” a movie about the Armenian genocide, screened at the Vatican on Tuesday with director Terry George, producer Eric Esrailian and some talent in attendance, in a clear sig… [36], Michael Daly of The Daily Beast contrasted the film with The Ottoman Lieutenant, a Turkish-backed film which he said expresses a distorted view of the Armenian genocide. Don't miss this important movie. They succeeded in killing 1.5 million men, women, and children. With Julianna Margulies, Ron Suny, Peter Balakian, Elizabeth Frierson. [19], The film also aired elsewhere outside of the United States before April 21, catering to the Armenian, Assyrian, and Greek diaspora. Mikael falls in love with Ana just as international tensions begin to rise with the outbreak of World War I. Mikael temporarily manages to avoid conscription into the Ottoman Army through a medical student exemption with the help of Emre. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Taylor describes Emre as "a pleasure-loving rich boy who tries to straddle the line between resistance and accommodation. Both the book I read several years ago and the movie, "The Promise" that I just watched on Amazon Prime, made a huge impact on me. [21] Esrailian stated that there were difficulties finding a U.S. distributor due to Turkey historically taking action against companies making films about the Armenian genocide. "[10] George stated that he added Chris and lengthened the storyline to illustrate the scope of the genocide. In addition he received a khachkar, made by Hrach Gukasyan and commissioned by the Arpa International Film Festival and Awards Gala, with Armenian-style patterns in the shape of a Celtic cross, the latter in honor of his Irish heritage. The majority of these votes had been cast by males outside of the US. Swicord says, "There’s some very fragmentary bits of my story that are in there, but he invented the Christian Bale character and changed the other characters. Christian Bale joined the film production prior to the selection of George as the director. Escaping pursuit, Mikael, Ana, and the orphans join a large group of refugees determined to fight off the Ottoman Army on Mount Musa Dagh. It launched the world into a cycle of violence and denial that has resulted in millions of … As others have pointed out this movie has great acting, romance, rivalry, action, and suspense and should be seen by a wide audience as great entertainment in its own right, irrespective of its political message. The movie The Promise is set amid the slaughter of the Ottoman Empire's Armenian citizens. Is it main stream [sic] enough? There is a wonderful love story thrown in the mix. [1] Deadline Hollywood calculated the film lost the studio $102.1 million, when factoring together all expenses and revenues. It is a Hollywood film and therefore looses a lot of important details and adds something a bit unreal for that era, like the love triangle. There are more Armenian themed films, but I have only chosen to feature films on the list, that I have seen-re-seen during my research and thought were genuinly good. There, he befriends Emre, the son of a high-ranking Ottoman official. [3], Filming began in Autumn 2015 in Portugal, Malta, and Spain,[16] with the shooting scheduled to last until December. The hashtag #KeepThePromise, calling on people to never forget, has been trending on social media. Nahapet is a 1977 Armenian film written and directed by Henrik Malyan. [23] The production did not make plans to have a Turkish release. [30][better source needed], Benjamin Lee of The Guardian gave the film 3 stars (out of 5) and called it an "often soapy but well-intentioned and extravagantly mounted epic". The Promise premiered on September 11, 2016, at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released by Open Road Films in the United States on April 21, 2017, on the 102nd anniversary of the week the Genocide started. Beautifully filmed, true events! Will it be understood? Big-budget Hollywood movie ‘The Promise,’ a war drama about the Armenian genocide during the Ottoman era, was released this month. Read the book: "Not Even My Name", true story of woman who survived the genocide of the Armenians, fits perfectly with this film. [6], Bale and Isaac were cast in June 2015,[14] while Le Bon, Cromwell, Reno, Aghdashloo and Giménez-Cachowere were all confirmed by September. [13], Christopher H. Zakian, of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University, analyzed the ending of the film. Mikael's wife is found with their unborn child cut out from her body. ROME (ChurchMilitant.com) - The movie "The Promise," confirming the existence of the Armenian genocide, will be in U.S. theaters Friday on the eve of the genocide… The plot is about a love triangle that develops between Mikael (Isaac), an Armenian medical student, Chris (Bale), a Paris-based American journalist, and Ana (Le Bon), an Armenian-born woman raised in France, immediately before the Armenian Genocide. The first Genocide of the 20th century when over a million Armenians died at the hands of the Ottoman Turks during World War I, between 1915 and 1918. It … The Promise is a 2016 American historical drama film directed by Terry George and starring Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon and Christian Bale, set in the final years of the Ottoman Empire. While he was not personally Armenian, his wife was Greek, and her family line had been affected by the genocide. [11], The entire $100 million budget was donated by Armenian-American Kirk Kerkorian, as Kerkorian did not have expectations of the film generating profits. The plot is about a love triangle that develops between Mikael (Isaac), an Armenian medical student, Chris (Bale), a Paris-based American journalist, and Ana (Le Bon), an Armenian-born woman raised in France, immediately before the Armenian Genocide. [21] The final release date was meant to coincide on the same week with the day the Armenian genocide began, April 24. [43] At the time of its American release, the film had an IMDB rating of 5.5/10 from 129,241 votes, and as of May 24, 2019 holds an IMDb rating of 6.1/10 based on 164,475 votes. Armenian Genocide: The Forgotten Holocaust (TV Movie). I lived in Turkey at ages 14 and 15 with my family, my father was a Colonel in the USAF working for NATO, 1956-58. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 27, 2020. For those who don’t know, the Armenian Genocide was the mass murder of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman government. [33], Harout Kassabian of The Armenian Weekly said the film will help the world recognize the trauma of the genocide as it has long been felt by Armenians: "The personal connection developed with the characters helps deepen the empathy felt by the audience". [5], George prepared for the film by reading Armenian Golgotha, which discusses the extent of and survival of the genocide; and The Burning Tigris, which discusses journalists documenting the genocide. “Armenpress” presents 10 films about the Armenian Genocide that are worth watching. “The Promise,” a long-awaited, first-ever mass-market movie about the Armenian genocide, will be released in theaters across the nation. Travelling or based outside United States? [17], There were seventy days of production. [3], The film premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2016. The Promise is a 2016 American historical drama film directed by Terry George and starring Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon and Christian Bale, set in the final years of the Ottoman Empire. In the interest of full disclosure, I should state up front that I am married to an Armenian, and we watched The Promise in a movie theater with our adult children. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 16, 2018. [19] George stated that "Open Road certainly sees Armenians as its core audience to generate box office momentum. Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, The Promise follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris - a renowned American journalist based in Paris. Ambassador Henry Morgenthau with the Ottoman Interior Minister, Talaat Pasha, regarding life insurance policies (detailed in Morgenthau's autobiography), and the siege of Musa Dagh (based on true events and fictionalized by Franz Werfel in The Forty Days of Musa Dagh - MGM bought the film rights to the book in 1934, but because of political pressure the film was never made). Returning to his village, he finds that the townspeople of Turkish background have violently turned on their fellow townspeople of Armenian background. All the world is now aware of the genocide committed by the Turks against the Armenians, yet they continue to deny it. Although entirely fictitious, the plot also wove in some historical events such as the meeting of U.S. In a voice over, Mikael recounts that he adopted Yeva and together they settled in Watertown, Massachusetts while Chris was killed reporting the Spanish Civil War in 1938. [24], In the United States and Canada, The Promise opened alongside Unforgettable, Born in China, Free Fire and Phoenix Forgotten, and was projected to gross around $5 million from 2,251 theaters in its opening weekend. [31] Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3 out of 4 stars, saying: "Yes, The Promise veers into corny territory, and yes, it's derivative of better war romances — but it's a solid and sobering reminder of the atrocities of war, bolstered by strong performances from Isaac and Bale, two of the best actors of their generation". [19], The release date was later changed to April 21, 2017. By mid-November the total was over 91,000 votes, with over 57,000 one-star votes. Completely captivated with this film. I had a medical student in my screenplay, but he wasn’t at all like the character in The Promise. [38], By the end of October 2016, before its official release and after only three pre-release screenings in September 2016 at the Toronto International Film Festival to small audiences, IMDb had registered over 86,000 ratings for the film, 55,126 of which were one-star and 30,639 of which were 10-star, with very few ratings falling anywhere in between. Starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale. ", This page was last edited on 15 December 2020, at 13:41. After seeing this movie, Oscar Isaac has become my favorite actor. Cornell agreed, as the film's topic—the Armenian Genocide—resonated with him. Despite the overwhelming evidence that exists, the Turkish government has never officially recognized the Armenian Genocide ever took place, and many around the world either deny it happened, or are not willing to call it a genocide. Deadline Hollywood attributed the low opening to the lack of critical support and the film being released in the spring to coincide with the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, instead of in the fall during award season. Having said that, this was a very well made movie set amid the horrors of the Armenian Genocide. [19] This meant not having extensive footage of violence. Having said that, this was a very well made movie set amid the horrors of the Armenian Genocide. Book is so well written. Please write other good Armenien movie suggestions, if … The philosopher Cometan explores the lives of key figures and the details of important events during the Armenian Genocide which was committed by the Ottoman Empire from 1914 and 1923. Directed by Terry George. Select the department you want to search in. [28] On Metacritic the film has a score of 49 out of 100, based on 30 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". [37] Cara Buckley of The New York Times wrote that, due to similarities of some plot points, The Ottoman Lieutenant had "uncanny parallels" to The Promise. George stated that he experienced difficulty in casting for Ana's role, and that he chose Le Bon after receiving a Canadian fashion magazine with her image and then meeting her in person. The story of The Promise was based on an unproduced screenplay titled Anatolia by Robin Swicord, though Terry George completely rewrote the screenplay. With Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, Christian Bale, Daniel Giménez Cacho. The Promise tells the story of the Armenian Genocide, which took place from 1915-1922, marking the beginning of 100 years of modern genocides. Directed by Andrew Goldberg. The film, The Promise, released in 2017, is the first major Hollywood dramatic feature recounting the history of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, perpetrated by the Turkish government.The film provides a unique educational opportunity to understand the greatest atrocity and human rights crisis of WWI. But we all had this nebulous fear. A story based on the today little known and politically oppressed historical Armenian Genocide when over a million Christians were slaughtered. The Muslim vs Christian issue was whitewashed. [13] George stated that he took two months of research in comparing photographs of Ottoman-era Turkey and prospective filming locations to make the proper selections. 1.5 million victims. This is another piece of history that few know about; the Turks trying to do away with the Armenians, otherwise known as the Armenian genocide. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 7, 2017. [3] Kerkorian and co-producer Esrailian, the latter of whom had great-grandparents who lived through the genocide, organized Survival Pictures as the production company. Esrailian stated that Chris is "a brilliant character". He became involved with this project after reading Swicord's script, which his agent had sent to him. [2] It ended up debuting to $4.1 million, finishing 9th at the box office. All survivors of the genocide see a bit of their experience in this movie. Here's the history to know before you see it. Full Review Sergio F. Pinilla Cinemanía (Spain) [13], The Promise grossed $8.2 million in the United States and Canada and $4.2 in other territories for a total of $12.4 million, against a production budget of $90 million. Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2017. As they fend off repeated assaults, Mikael's mother succumbs to her wounds and is buried on the mountain. Sign in to see videos available to you. Through his wealthy uncle, Mikael also meets Ana Khesarian, an Armenian woman raised in Paris, who is involved with an American reporter for the Associated Press, Chris Myers. When he travels to Constantinople to study, he meets Armenian Ana (Charlotte Le Bon) and falls in love with her, although she dates the American photographer Chris (Christian Bale), sent to Turkey to record the first genocide of the 20th century when the Turks exterminated the Armenian minority. Great movie, read the book: "Not Even My Name", Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2019. "[27], On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 51% based on 160 reviews, with an average rating of 5.66/10. Nahapet. The events are completely true and have been toned down to be acceptable by the general public. In order to help pay the expenses for medical school, he promises to marry Maral, the daughter of an affluent neighbor, receiving 400 gold coins as a dowry. Although it avoided much of the gore that might have been depicted, the portrayal of the massacres and death marches got the message across that up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed. However, purely for the courage to show and give a 'light' impression of the genocide the second half of the film is worthwhile watching. I finally revisited the country in 2013 after visiting Israel for two weeks, it had been over 50 years since I had been there. [29] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale. Departing the mission with a group of orphans, they head back to Siroun to retrieve Mikael's family. [13] George stated that the final theatrical version is "essentially the same film" but with minor changes and slightly shortened. The massacre of the Armenians by the Turks needs to be brought to the fore and not forgotten! I saw this movie more than once, and it is one of the best movies I have ever seen in my life. The tragic events … [3] Reshoots took place in New York in May and June 2016, ending in early June. However, I do realize that the filmmakers were trying to avoid controversy so that the movie could be made and shown, which says something about the value of truth and courage in the time in which we live. and it is one of the best movies I have ever seen in my life, Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2017. Thеу succeeded іn killing 1.5 million men, women, аnd children. It was about bringing the world's attention to this issue. If this film increases awareness of this horrific genocide then that can be but for the good. 44. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. There he learns that Ana and Christopher are at a nearby Red Cross facility and he goes to seek their help for his family to escape the imminent Turkish threat. A top 10 list of well-made and/or well-written Armenian themed films and documentaries. "The key themes were historically accurate," he said. It was the first time anyone used the word genocide, although few people are fully aware of this atrocity. A difficult pregnancy leads Mikael to bring his wife back to the care of his mother in the village. "[13], According to Giménez Cacho, an ambassador in the Turkish foreign service had contacted him and told him the Turkish government's position that the killings in the Armenian genocide were not a genocide; his statements were featured in Intent to Destroy. Netflix has acquired Armenian Genocide movie "The Promise" for streaming starting August 8, producer Eric Esrailian said on Twitter. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Good movie; historical context of the Armenian genocide by the Ottomans makes it worthwhile.. This allows him to travel to Constantinople (today's Istanbul) and attend the Imperial School of Medicine. The film was a box office bomb, grossing just $12 million against its $90 million budget and losing the studio over $100 million, although the studio noted the main purpose of the film was to bring attention to the story, not make money. Having said that, this was a very well made movie set amid the horrors of the Armenian Genocide. Must see!! [38] Furthermore, Zakian wrote that Ana's actions in saving children reflects an idea in Matthew 18:6: "It would be better to have a great millstone fastened round the neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea" than to cause harm to a child. This is a must see movie. Esrailian stated that he would have encountered less difficulty producing "a straightforward genocide story" but chose to use the romance angle anyway. 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Shakarian, a PhD candidate in Russian history at. [22], Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter characterized the film as a "box-office disaster" that "sank like a stone [...] attracting critical brickbats and going virtually unseen. His parents, and particularly his mother, persuade him to marry Maral and seek refuge in a remote mountain cabin, where she soon becomes pregnant. [15], Filming sites in Portugal included the National Museum of Natural History and Science, Lisbon, and the Lisbon School for Hospitality and Tourism held a casting call for film extras. "[3] Another screening occurred at Vatican City. "[3] George also stated that he extensively fact checked historical details to ensure they reflected what happened in reality. Video availability outside of United States varies. Bought the DVD and will lend it to friends. The first major representation of the Armenian genocide boasts solid acting but falls short of the mark by a hokey, old-fashioned romance. [18] Joe Berliger, director of the documentary Intent to Destroy, embedded in the filming crew of The Promise to shoot his own documentary. [34], Numerous celebrities reacted positively to the movie,[35] including fourth-generation Armenian-American Kim Kardashian,[13] as well as Reddit co founder Alexis Ohanian. Emre's role in helping to save Chris is discovered and he is executed by firing squad. When Mikael tries to save his uncle from imprisonment during the roundups of April 24, 1915, he is detained and sent to a labor camp, while Emre is conscripted. Once there, he boards the French cruiser Guichen, as it prepares to set sail along the Ottoman coast. There is not enough publicity about the atrocities. [26] The producers stated that they intended to give the profits to charitable organizations. [20] The initial three public viewings of the film were attended altogether by viewers numbering in the thousands. This is a movie is a must see even if you don't like to be sad. "The Promise," a new film on the Armenian Genocide by director Terry George and starring Oscar Isaac is an important story that must be told. [45], This article is about the American film. George stated that Ana attracted Chris as a foreign-born "avant-garde socially liberated woman" while simultaneously being drawn to Mikael while she is "rediscovering" her Armenian roots. It was from this, as well as other mass killings taking place, that Raphael Lemkin coined the term genocide in 1943 or 44. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. In April of 1915, after the Ottoman Empire entered World War I on the side of the Germans, the Ottoman government began to round up men, women and children of Armenian descent, and either forced them on long marches through the desert, where they would die of thirst or starvation, or outright killed them en masse. The final scene of a toast is given in Armenian. The main problem with the movie, however, is that the filmmakers took the easy, politically correct way out and avoided telling the whole story about the Muslim Turks and the slaughter of the Christian Armenians. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. A more 'modern' take on the genocide of Armenians during the first world war. [5], George chose to make the film with English as its single medium as he felt it would be too confusing for a moviegoer to manage hearing multiple languages spoken throughout the film. George traveled to Armenia and Turkey to do further research on the topic. In the interest of full disclosure, I should state up front that I am married to an Armenian, and we watched The Promise in a movie theater with our adult children. It had drama, romance, action and suspense. The $100-million historical film "The Promise" faces a difficult road finding distribution with its frank tale of the Armenian genocide. [39][40][41][42] Grassroots attempts to fight against false ratings have gone viral, including a video by Harvard student Michael He that has received 300,000 views. A sweeping epic set in the last days of the Ottoman Empire. [13], The film producers deliberately made a final film cut that would be, according to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rating system, PG-13,[19] so the audience could include teenagers and children;[3] the producers did this by removing scenes that would otherwise give it an "R" rating. Documentary, History, War | Pre-production. The books '40 days of Musadagi' and 'Happiest People on Earth' are good to get deeper and better understanding of the circumstances, suffering and a few miraculous escapes. Bеtwееn 1915 аnd 1922, thе Ottoman Turks attempted tо erase thе Armenian people frоm thе Earth. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Promise wastes an outstanding cast and powerful real-life story on a love triangle that frustratingly fails to engage". Mikael jumps in after them and is able to rescue Yeva, but Ana drowns. During Yeva's wedding reception in 1942, with the now grown Armenian orphans in attendance, Mikael presides over a toast, wishing good fortune to their families and future generations to come. For the same reason, the producers did not issue publicity for the film during the filming process. [3], Security details were arranged during filming due to political sensitivities around the Armenian genocide. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. [15], Esrailian said that he used a romance plot in order to "use old fashioned storytelling" to immerse an unfamiliar audience into the plot,[5] hoping to avoid making the film only "a history lesson" and making a "throwback to cinema" like Doctor Zhivago or Lawrence of Arabia;[6] in another interview he also cited Casablanca.

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