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6,163 Ratings


Birdman: or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

United States, 2014
Comedy, Drama


A washed up actor, famous for portraying an iconic superhero, struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

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Birdman Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2014 | Winner: Best Soundtrack (Soundtrack Stars Award)

Academy Awards

2015 | 4 wins including: Best Achievement in Cinematography

2015 | 5 nominations including: Best Achievement in Sound Editing

Independent Spirit Awards

2015 | 3 wins including: Best Feature

2015 | 3 nominations including: Best Director

Lubezki, an uncommonly gifted director of photography who has established himself as one of the major figures of contemporary international cinema, was an essential influence on the film. Iñarritu’s legitimate claim to being the creative father of Birdman aside, and whatever Keaton or its screenwriters brought to the project, Birdman feels, from start to finish, like an Emmanuel Lubezki film.
November 04, 2015
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I’ve never cared much for González Iñárritu’s films; they always seem too close to their influences. Still, Birdman seems to me a fascinating example of how traditions can be revisited, or at least repackaged. I can also appreciate the skill with which the whole affair has been brought off.
February 23, 2015
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Iñárritu has taken his cinematic nightmare to the Great White Way, illuminated it with Broadway footlights, located the pathos—and the hilarity—in the New York stage, and given us a cast of nuanced and beautifully acted minor characters.
January 28, 2015
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