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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.

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":


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.

Ennio Morricone / La nostra notte
« on: July 09, 2020, 02:52:31 AM »
I don't think this was posted before. In case I'll remove it. Lisa Gastoni the MoC.

Off-Topic Discussion / Straight Time (1978)
« on: July 07, 2020, 05:06:52 PM »
I thought I had seen it, but if I did only the jewelry shop heist and Busey's death looked familiar. But having just read the novel I was forced to watch it. Well, being shot in California it is a noir with little noir, but the story is noir for sure. The story of the novel, which is surely one of the best crime novel with just a little bit of verbosity I'd gladly do without, but still a 8/10, probably even more. The movie takes up the main element of the plot (the author contributed to the screenplay and does a bit part) but it must leave much off. Characters, plot turns and of course what motivates the narrator. Probably, if I hadn't read the novel, I'd give the movie a higher rate than 7/10. But this is a must see anyway.   

Off-Topic Discussion / Du rififi a Paname (1966)
« on: June 22, 2020, 10:18:42 AM »
A very good gangster flick with Gabin Froebe, Bozzuffi, Raft (and Mireille Darc). It's the usual mob warfare updated to the '60's with the added undercover agent. But it fares well especially thanks to Gabin, who was at the time younger than I am and looks like my granpa. He plays a very rough boss here and has a very good last shot. He also has a couple of long dialogues in english.  7-8/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Le Battant (1983)
« on: June 12, 2020, 12:29:41 PM »
Another crime flick from Delon in the series started with those from Manchette's novels and with much of the same cast. And this is as good as Pour la peau d'un flic, with Parillaud showing her naked graces much more. But the movie is a incessant series of plot turns that keeps the attention alive and earns it a 8/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Polar (1984)
« on: June 04, 2020, 04:31:06 PM »
The last of the 80's movies based on Manchette's novels and the most mediocre. Based on the weakest of the 4 novels adapted in that decade, it is a cheap production with cheap actors. Apparently a second movie was to be produced but thank God it wasn't. 4/10

Off-Topic Discussion / 3 hommes a abattre (1980)
« on: June 02, 2020, 04:28:49 PM »
This one is famous for the car chase, though actually it is a sequence which is good when the chase is over. A good thriller as long there's no explanation why so many people are killed and why Delon is the next victim. Dalila Di Lazzaro is praised for her beauty at IMDB. 7/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Le choc (1982)
« on: June 01, 2020, 02:22:42 PM »
Another good one from Manchette-Delon. Lots of violence in a not original story of the usual killer who wants to retore but the Outfit for which he operates disagree. The Deneuve character is the usual drag, but she does good scenes with her partner though she doesn't look the part. 7/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Pour la peau d'un flic (1981)
« on: May 31, 2020, 08:06:56 AM »
I'm currently reading all the novels by J-P Manchette, considered as the most influential french crime writer, though dead since almost 20 years. Almost all of his novels have been made into movies and Delon starred in 3 of them (this one he also directed). I couldn't find online the one based on the same character (Polar, 1983) as this one; and whose novel (Morgue Pleine) was published before Que d'os on which this movie is based, though I don't think I missed much, judging both from the source (passable, but no more than 6/10) and the trailer (can be found on youtube).
But the movie with Delon is something else. It is very  hard-boiled, with a series of strong scenes (and at least 2 memorable: one is the night car chase) and with some humor (yes, sometime a bit strained) in the soup. I think Belmondo would have made a better job because of that double register, Delon has little to do with comedy. But this earns a solid 8/10 anyway, even because there's a good original score.

Off-Topic Discussion / Astrid Kirchherr R.I.P.
« on: May 19, 2020, 08:54:05 AM »
At 81, last week. Arguably the best pics of the Beatles were taken by her (and J?rgen Vollmer). Her role in the history of the group is common lore for the fans.

Off-Topic Discussion / Michel Piccoli R.I.P.
« on: May 18, 2020, 04:28:18 AM »
At 94.

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