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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 07, 2020, 12:29:15 PM »
Copland (1997) Corrupt cops dull story, it gets 4/10, with a good Keitel and a miscast-as-can-be De Niro. But it is funny because it was shot at a time when Hollywood thought it could still make you believe that a cop shooting at a car driven by two blacks (hi on something and with drugs in their possession) because they had deliberately bumped on him and run away and so killing them, needed to be covered up by his colleagues. Which is the shenanigan on which the whole story turns. Also, there's a mention of an arrested "choke-hold" cop later killed by his colleagues.     

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 06, 2020, 02:54:28 PM »
The Battle of Algiers (1966) I saw this twice before and never particularly impressed if not by the great final scenes. But even the thriller main body of the story acquires value on a bigger screen with the Casbah labyrinth being a great set. There are some melodramatic scenes which do not belong to any of the two parts of the story, which are made even worse by Morricone's (or Pontecorvo?s) comment.  So I give it 7-8/10.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 06, 2020, 02:46:15 PM »
Death Wish II (1982) Action moves to LA.  I've never been there (and don't plan to, even with no china virus) but I doubt I could easily find a certain person just by walking (!) around. Still the vigilante manages to find all the members of the gang and doesn't even bother to ask the first two to tell him where he can find the others. Jimmy Page is the author of the ost. Still a good time waster. 6/10

Ennio Morricone / Andrea Giuffredi
« on: August 10, 2020, 05:07:23 AM »
I think his versions of the Lacerenza's trumpet performances for the $ trio are the best ones to be found on youtube

Off-Topic Discussion / John Saxon R.I.P.
« on: August 07, 2020, 03:05:17 AM »
He left us on the 25th of July but apparently nobody noticed it here.

Elle Voulait Revoir Sa Normandie -   G?rard Blanchard

A Fistful of Dollars / Titoli sung by the composer
« on: July 27, 2020, 04:52:57 AM »
In an 2007 interview the Maestro does explain the similarities between the american music and his own describing their common sources. And the theme for Fistful, according to him, could have been written by a troubadour.

At 2'39":


Other Films / Re: Gone with the Wind (1939)
« on: July 26, 2020, 09:24:47 AM »
Olivia de Havilland R,I.P.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Mildred Pierce (1945)
« on: July 25, 2020, 09:00:03 AM »
I've just finished Serenade and Butterfly, both filmed. The first is apparently just an excuse to talk about classical music (in fact the movie stars Mario Lanza) but toward the end  it steers in the direction of crime after the gay theme surfaces (in the 1956 movie, of course, that is substituted by jealousy, I presume). In Butterfly the theme is incest and even there crime come toward the end, the scene (of the novel) reminding of Deliverance. I can't say that both novels are lively, but they sure have gripping final developments. 6-7/10 for both of them.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Mildred Pierce (1945)
« on: July 21, 2020, 05:04:42 AM »
I have checked the Muller comments. It is apparent he hasn't read the novel and has got no clue as to what the original story was about. He says the murder frame was  put there because the producer wanted a Double Indemnity encore. Ok. But, as I have explained above, that was a most convenient expedient not to go into the Veda's career episodes as a singer which are, alas, also an explanation of her character. But Muller, alas, also confirms what I thought all along while reading the novel: namely that Mildred was a perfect part for Stanwyck and Stanwyck herself thought she was Mildred. That revelation makes my rating go down a couple of notches.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Mildred Pierce (1945)
« on: July 21, 2020, 04:42:21 AM »
Having just read the novel I forced myself, after decades of accurately skipping it, to put up with the square, bony face of Crawford, who doesn't give her life performance (assuming she ever did). Now, the movie is a sanitized, shortened and adapted version of the novel and it really is something different. The whole crime frame was put there because it would have taken time to show all the shenanigans the daughter put into act to further her career (a career very different from the one shown in the movie). The consequence of the plot cuts (both because of running time and code reasons) is that some of the characters are completely different from what they are in the novel and, actually, they make little sense (in a story that already challenges credibility). Especially the husbands have not substance in the movie, but also the daughter and Mildred herself. For example,  Mildred goes to sleep with Wally right after she has sent away her husband (who is sleeping with Mrs Biederhoff who, at the end, joins again her husband who has stricken oil). I won't go into other details as I presume that, if somebody is interested and doesn't want to read Cain, he might check the five parts TV movie. So I give this crap 4/10 only because Carson and Arden are perfect, Blyth and Scott could have been perfect had the movie followed the novel. Bennett is too wooden and Crawford is Crawford.

Sergio Leone News / A 1969 show
« on: July 19, 2020, 11:57:23 PM »

Unfortunately this is mainly a series of guests talking about violence in his movies.  Of interest, is the fact that Leone thought about a movie on Garibaldi, but debunking his myth. He smokes a lot (cigarettes!). He also tells about going to Washington and having 40 books xerocopied (doesn't say which ones) about the american West, but tells a story about Wyatt Earp killing by reflex his own vice-sheriff.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: July 13, 2020, 04:43:56 PM »
Prisoner of Honor (1991) Ken Russell's take on the Dreyfus case. Being a tv movie there's no much room for the director's visual oddities except for the short theatre episode. And being  83' long, much of the story is left aside. Still a 6/\0

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