Film classique: Le Dernier Anniversaire (It's My Party)1996 - drame réalistique portant sur l'annonce du SIDA à un jeune homme et son choix d'en finir avec la vie à la date de son choix et de la manière qu'il souhaite plutôt que de sombrer dans l'indignité de la maladie.

Fête Fatale (ou Le Dernier Anniversaire) (titre original : It's My Party) est un film dramatique américain de 1996. Il a été écrit et réalisé par Randal Kleiser.

Synopsis

Nick Stark, brillant architecte homosexuel atteint du sida depuis quelques années, décide de se suicider, ne pouvant continuer à vivre avec cette maladie. Il décide alors de faire une grande fête et invite tous ses amis et sa famille. Durant cet anniversaire, plusieurs réconciliations et surprises auront lieu.

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Distribution

Anecdotes

  • Le film est basé sur une histoire vraie. L'architecte et concepteur Harry Stein a décidé de mettre fin à sa vie de la même manière en 1992. Il était le compagnon de vie de longue date de Randal Kleiser, le réalisateur du film.
  • Beaucoup d'acteurs qui apparaissent dans le film ont connu dans la vie réelle le personnage sur lequel se fonde le film .
  • Toutes les scènes jouées par l'acteur Bruce Davison (qui à l'époque était sur le tournage d'un autre film) ont été tournées en une seule journée et tout le dialogue de l'acteur a été improvisé par lui-même.
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  • It's My Party is a 1996 American drama film written and directed by Randal Kleiser, it was one of the first feature films to address the topic of AIDS patients dying with dignity.[2]

    The film is based on the true events of the death of Harry Stein, accomplished architect and designer, who was actually director Kleiser's ex-lover. Stein's actual farewell party was held in 1992.

    The cast includes Olivia Newton-John, Margaret Cho, Bronson Pinchot, Devon Gummersall, George Segal, Lee Grant, Marlee Matlin, Roddy McDowall, Steve Antin, Bruce Davison, Sally Kellerman, Lou Liberatore, Nina Foch, Eric Roberts as Nick Stark and Gregory Harrison as Brandon, Stark's estranged lover who returns to attend the party and say goodbye. Kleiser directed Newton-John in Grease almost 20 years earlier.

    Plot

    It's My Party chronicles a two-day party hosted by Nick Stark (Eric Roberts) a gay architect who, having been diagnosed with progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, will fall into a state of mental lapse lasting for months until his death. He decides to host a party for his family and friends, at the end of which he will commit suicide by taking Seconal.

    "You won't leave me, will you?" Nick asks his estranged lover, Brandon Theis (Gregory Harrison) a B movie director, shortly after revealing to him the results of his last blood test for HIV. "I don't want to die alone." In spite of Brandon's protestations, the two soon find the love they had shared for many years in ruins. One year after their breakup, Nick is confronted with a ravaged immune system and a CT Scan and lab values which, along with his worsening forgetfulness, clinches the diagnosis of Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) -- a condition he has seen claim his friends and one which he vows will not take him. Due to the aggressive nature of the disease, he has only a few days of conscious life remaining. His plan, he announces to family and "extended family," is to voluntarily end his life himself before the disease renders him unrecognizable to those he loves and he, in turn, is unable to recognize them. Uninvited to the farewell party, Brandon's presence is greeted with jeers from those who see him as having abandoned Nick in his time of greatest need.

    Cast

  • Eric Roberts as Nick Stark
  • Margaret Cho as Charlene Lee
  • Lee Grant as Amalia Stark
  • Bruce Davison as Rodney Bingham
  • Olivia Newton-John as Lina Bingham
  • Devon Gummersall as Andrew Bingham
  • George Segal as Paul Stark
  • Marlee Matlin as Daphne Stark
  • Gregory Harrison as Brandon Theis
  • Bronson Pinchot as Monty Tipton
  • Roddy McDowall as Damian Knowles
  • Steve Antin as Zack Phillips
  • Sally Kellerman as Sara Hart
  • Lou Liberatore as Joel Ferris
  • Nina Foch as Mrs. Theis
  • Christopher Atkins as Jack Allen
  • Dennis Christopher as Douglas Reedy
  • Ron Glass as Dr. David Wahl
  • Paul Regina as Tony Zamara
  • Cassandra Peterson (uncredited) as Party guest
  • Joey Cramer (uncredited) as Party guest

Reception

Critical response

The film received mixed reviews, with a rating of 47% on Rotten Tomatoes.[3]

Box office

It's My Party opened in 28 theaters on March 22, 1996 with $148,532. The film would eventually gross $622,503 domestically.

Home release

A DVD with several special features was released in 2003. It contains deleted and extended scenes, featurettes on the making of the film and audio commentary by the director and some of the actors.