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trailer break: ‘Milk’

Take a break from work: watch a movie trailer…

Gus Van Sant’s biopic of San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, starring Sean Penn, just got its first trailer:

(Or watch best-quality trailers in different sizes at Apple.)

That is one fantastic trailer. It manages to be light and humorous and celebratory even though the story the film will tell will be intense and serious, which you could guess even if you knew nothing about Milk and were judging only by some of the images that flash by here. It tells me — perhaps inaccurately; we’ll only know once we see the movie — that the overall tone of the film, despite, ahem, the inevitable ending, is going to be hopeful and joyous, which is a movie I’d like to see. And it’s probably a movie that will have a far greater impact than the same story told more somberly.

Milk opens in limited release November 26.

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