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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / The Reward Scam
« on: January 07, 2020, 12:54:05 PM »
I was reading a Batman adventure of Jan. 1942 featuring the second appearance ever of the Penguin. Well, he does the same scam of consigning a wanted man to the law for the reward and afterwards freeing his accomplice. Batman defines it "a twist on the old reward scheme", still I wonder where the whole shenanigan originated and which one was the source for both Bob Kane and Leone.

Off-Topic Discussion / Peter Fonda R.I.P.
« on: August 16, 2019, 03:48:47 PM »
Well, Easy Rider, farewell.

Off-Topic Discussion / Donald Edward Pennebaker R.I.P.
« on: August 08, 2019, 05:41:29 AM »
At 94.

Ennio Morricone / Maurizio Graf Singing Angel Face Video
« on: July 18, 2019, 03:50:11 PM »

Actually this is an excerpt from a Toto's tv show shot just a few weeks before the neapolitan actor died. He does a couple of mediocre western sketches.

Off-Topic Discussion / Andrea Camilleri R.I.P.
« on: July 17, 2019, 02:03:21 AM »
I never saw a single TV-movie with Montalbano (can't stand the lead, a roman actor playing a sicilian policeman), but I've read 30-40 of his books. Not a great writer but a great storyteller.

Off-Topic Discussion / Valentina Cortese R.I.P.
« on: July 10, 2019, 01:59:09 AM »
At 96.

Ennio Morricone / Woman With A Harmonica
« on: July 05, 2019, 04:33:42 PM »

For me this is the best live performance on the tube of the tune. The visuals are wonderful as well.

Off-Topic Discussion / Never Trust A Gambler (1951)
« on: May 09, 2019, 08:17:42 AM »
A concentrate of all the noir clichés plotwise one can come up with. The characters do all the wrong things to complicate the already incredible plot (man on the run goes to the ex-wife to find shelter, sure. And the cops don't check into it first thing; the philandering cop, the way to dispose of his corpse, police are on the burning car a minute after the fire, the bus driver remembers exactly everything, the stupid answer to the stupid neighbour, and so on) and it was hard to get to the end. The only sign of life is the unexpected short appearance of Percy Helton, which elevates the rating to 3/10. (But there's also a few seconds of noir originality with the two cops driving at night and the photography, for once, coming alive before being brought again into normality).

On youtube.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / French Poster in Costa-Gavras "Z"
« on: March 31, 2019, 05:20:21 PM »
In a scene of that movie, when some fascist thughs attack some communist or whatever they are militants, the poster is mistreated, though well visible. Funny because the film is located in a non-existent country (though the story is based on the murder of greek politician Lambrakis).

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Standing Ovation
« on: March 31, 2019, 04:54:43 PM »
I'm going through some of the comments at youtube and some who saw the movie in its first american theatre run remember, still amazed, a standing ovation at the end.

Off-Topic Discussion / Hell's Island (1955) (A noir in colour?)
« on: March 09, 2019, 04:19:58 AM »

It has all the ingredients of classic noir, almost literally quoting characters from other movies (see Greenstreet-Lorre and Astor - Mary Murphy always grabbing Payne at first chance -  and the statue from MF; or the wheelchair thrown away like in Kiss of Death). But, of course, being shot in colour (though almost completely in studio) only cj can tell us if it fits into his classic noir  list. In mine it does. 7/10  which could have been higher had the finale been a more elaborated (why Payne simple doesn't ask permission to visit Murphy's husband? And do it as soon as he sets foot into the island to know what happened to the ruby?) with the fight staged better.

Off-Topic Discussion / Bruno Ganz R.I.P.
« on: February 16, 2019, 03:23:34 PM »
He will probably be remembered for his extraordinary Hitler, whom youtubers have made a legend by using it with fake captions. Good in Der Amerikanische Freund but I didn't like him in Die Marquise von O. Can't remember if I ever saw him in some other movie.

Off-Topic Discussion / The Captive City (1952)
« on: February 15, 2019, 04:03:26 PM »
Well made (Wise's direction is faultless and Forsythe a good lead) newspaperman hero fights the not-corrupt (ahah, the politicians and the police are paradoxically innocent) city gangsters movie. But the plot is quite unoriginal and  embarrassingly PC, with a senator Kefauver's final sermon nobody felt the need of. And though cj included it in the list, this is not a noir in my book.

Off-Topic Discussion / Michel Legrand R.I.P.
« on: January 26, 2019, 04:28:49 PM »
 :-X For once nomen omen.

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