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Paramount Vantage Pictures

Updated on April 5, 2011

Paramount Vantage Pictures makes the very best films. I love their style! They are a specialty film division of Paramount Pictures. Paramount VANTAGE Pictures makes films like:

  • The Duchess
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Revolutionary Road
  • Defiance
  • 13
  • Margot at the Wedding
  • Babel
  • Year of the Dog
  • Into the Wild
  • The Adventures of Sebastian Cole
  • The Virgin Suicides
  • The Emperor's New Clothes
  • An Inconvenient Truth
  • The Machinist
  • Schultze Gets the Blues
  • Winter Solstice
  • Mad Hot Ballroom
  • Typhoon
  • Arctic Tale
  • Carriers

To name a few. Paramount Vantage Pictures are specialty films, art house films,documentaries and classics. Many times, the movies are based on true stories. I discovered I can find the films are really like, not by actors or directors, but by the films Paramount Vantage Pictures (formerly Paramount Classics) markets.

I've loved movies, all my life long. They way I was brought up, in a fundamentalist Christian household, I was not exposed to movies in a movie theater until my teen years, my LATE teen years. My parents believed that movies (and fiction) were lies, and Satan was the Father of Lies...and...ah, well.

So going to the movie theater for the first time was a big thrill for me. I enjoyed it so much. Never had I been so thoroughly entertained, taken out of myself, transported to a very different world from the one I lived in. The very first film I saw was "Cabaret", starring Liza Minnelli, and I'll never forget it.

So I became a big movie buff, a real aficionado.

My tastes became less catholic and more exclusive as time went on. I got inured to the action/adventure type film, because I could predict what happens. Also, as in popular genre fiction, I began to notice a pattern, a formula....Those movies got a little old to me, after the first thrills wore off. I still enjoyed the eye candy of hunky leading men, don't get me wrong...I just wished for more of a story...

And in today's world of movie-going, I must admit, I care not at all for films based on graphic novels, the comic-book aspect of today's film-making, or the heavy dependence on computer graphics and special effects in movies today.

The solution?

Paramount Vantage Classics.

Paramount Vantage Pictures presented Keira Knightly in "The Duchess". She plays a charming role of a newly-made Duchess by marriage who enchants all the people on the estate, partly by just being herself and not quite au courant with the airs and graces of such an elevated rank.

This is such a lush period piece...we seldom see these pieces anymore. It seems budget considerations make these movies unreachable to produce, except for Paramount Vantage Pictures.

This movie, "Defiance" should have been an award-winning film. The people are great, and the story, based on a true story, is riveting.

Three brother rescued a mass of people from a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. Their story, their saga, is told in such a realistic, moving manner, it's just unforgettable. What these people went through, how very brave they were, how...indefeatable, they simply would not give up, not accept defeat.

They said, "We may be hunted like animals but we are not animals and we will not behave like animals."

They retained their essential humanity during the most trying times a person can imagine.

They said, "Once you save a person's life, you become responsible." They said, "Our revenge is continuing to live!"

This movie, "Into the Wild" , is one of my very favorite films. It is the story of Christopher McCandless, played remarkably well by Emile Hirsch, who abandons his normal, ordinary suburban life, after graduation from college, to go on the road.

Chris calls himself "Alexander Supertramp" and has many adventures and makes many friends in his travels.

His ultimate adventure is the final frontier in America--Alaska.

Chris goes out "into the wild", to test himself against nature, all alone. His ultimate challenge is survival, simply survival, in the most awesome, forbidding, beautiful landscape ever seen in a movie.

Sean Penn directs this film. His sensitive and complete direction showing the portrayal of a confused young man, looking for himself way out there, is perfect.

This movie is based on the book by John Krakauer of the same name, "Into the Wild". It is also a true story.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      I love independent films. I haven't seen most of the films you mention yet, but when I do watch current films, they tend to be either independently made or released during the Oscar season. Otherwise, I watch films made during the studio system era. I will have to check out the other Paramount Vantage films you mention that I haven't seen. I have seen The adventures of Sebastian Cole, The Virgin Suicides, and An Inconvienent Truth so far. Not much, true, but Classic Holllywood takes up a lot of my time ;)

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      I'd agree very much with that even though there have been improvements in the technology of movie-making.

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      susannah42 7 years ago from Florida

      Great hub. Many of the old movies are better than the ones they make today.

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, Genna East, for the comment, and I agree totally, that "Into the Wild" was a stunner.

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      Genna East 7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      "Into the Wild" was a stunner, and a superb piece of filing and production. Great hub!

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for the comment, manthy. I'm glad to discover a fellow movie lover, any day.

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      Mark 7 years ago from Alabama,USA

      I'm a fan of Paramount Vantage and they do have some classics for sure - Thanks for the hub

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      ...yes that's right - Hello Hello can be found on my hub - Sister, please come inside .....

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      ..okay then - the best bet is to go through some of my hubs from last week or so - and find Hello Hello - in my comment section. And have a wonderful evening and I'll be in touch!

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Oh, yes, epigramman, that's on my list. Y'know (in response to your comment on a different hub of mine), I checked out the two hubbers you recommended, HELLO HELLO and DRBJ, and I could only find DRBJ.

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      ..you write this great hub introduction to Paramount as if you were a film buff - and after I finished - I said to myself - you are!!!!!!!

      Perhaps an idea for another hub - some of your favorite films of all time ......

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you, scarytaff. I found the contest thing to be a great motivator!

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      Derek James 7 years ago from South Wales

      Another classic, No.7. You are back with a bang and I love them. Thank you, a very enjoyable hub.

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you, mck and Giselle for your gracious comments. I'm glad you liked this hub, and hope you check out the movies Paramount Vantage makes.

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      Giselle Maine 7 years ago

      Great topic, very interesting & well thought out. I especially liked how you put some of the examples up right away so we could get an idea early on about the types of movies featured.

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      mckbirdbks 7 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Two thumbs up! as they say. Many of the old black and white movies are worthy of your time.

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