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 : Today at 03:58:29 AM 
moorman - cigar joe
Thanks will have to check it out, it would help if you added a source to your reviews.

As for jazz noirs check out Sweet Love, Bitter (1967) if you haven't yet. 8)

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 : Today at 03:52:59 AM 
moorman - cigar joe
thanks have to check it out

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 : Today at 03:49:50 AM 
General Sibley - cigar joe
This film was different.  Herzog has made two films that are weird but hold your attention.  Both of those films, this one and Fitzcarraldo feature Klaus Kinski in full maniac self.  The opening sequence and the ending sequences are of course the stand outs here.  I rank this a 8.5 out of 10...

The best part of Fitzcaraldo is the documentary made about it. Check it out. The native crews working on the film offered to kill Klaus Knisky for Herzog.

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 : Yesterday at 05:22:43 PM 
PowerRR - moorman
Pretty much the entire original movie. I can't ****ing wait to see this someday. One of my favorite silent movies.

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The Complete Metropolis ( released 2010)

I went into this with low expectations.  First, I've found that a lot of the so called " best ever " films can be overrated.  Knowing that and seeing a few clips of Metropolis on Youtube lead me to have low expectations.  I went ahead and gave it a look because of Fritz Lang and its reputation.  I was VERY pleasantly surprised at how good this film is.  The film is dreamy, atmospheric and just plain damn good.  The score is OFF THE CHARTS good.  The complete version I saw here has missing scenes inserted and intertitles that explain the couple of scenes that could not be restored from the footage found in Argentina and New Zealand.  The film is still complete even without those very minor flaws.  The restored footage from Argentina is very scratched and blemished BUT adds a layer of beautiful authenticity to the film.  It actually ENHANCES the dream like quality and value of this film.  You are reminded of the treasure that this film is when those scenes pop into view.  I can't say enough about how great this film is.  A SOLID 10 out of 10 and a must have for your film library...


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 : Yesterday at 05:07:15 PM 
PowerRR - moorman
The Wages of Fear (1953)  This was pretty good.  The opening sequences were too long though.  Once it got going though it was pretty good.  Clouzot did excellent work here also. I rank this a 8 out of 10...

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 : Yesterday at 04:58:37 PM 
Tucumcari Bound - moorman
Fitzcarraldo which was directed by the great Werner Herzog starring Klaus Kinski is supposedly a great film. I loved his work with Aguirre: The Wrath of God but have not had the chance to see Fitzcarraldo yet. I also noticed Claudia Cardinale also stars in this film and was wondering how much she's in it, and of course, how good is the movie in your opinion?

I saw this back to back with Aguirre.  Its a OK film.  I didn't like the whole opera backdrop of the film.  The interesting points were the trip down the river with the boat and the pulling the boat up over the mountain.  This was well done.  The opening sequences and the ending sequences featuring the opera singing was just blah...  I rank this one 7 out of 10... 

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 : Yesterday at 04:55:35 PM 
General Sibley - moorman
This film was different.  Herzog has made two films that are weird but hold your attention.  Both of those films, this one and Fitzcarraldo feature Klaus Kinski in full maniac self.  The opening sequence and the ending sequences are of course the stand outs here.  I rank this a 8.5 out of 10...

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 : Yesterday at 04:52:21 PM 
The Peacemaker - moorman
This was a crazy film.   I didn't have high expectations for it but it was better than I expected... Mcdowell was excellent here.  The plot was different.  I rate this a 8.5 out of 10...

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 : Yesterday at 04:49:08 PM 
moorman - moorman
Sapphire is a 1959 crime drama directed by Basil Dearden.  Again, Dearden tackles controversial subject matter and delivers a excellent film.  The plot from wikipedia:

The body of a pregnant young woman is found stabbed on Hampstead Heath. Although she appears to be white, when her brother (Earl Cameron) arrives at the police station to give evidence, the investigating police officers see that he is black. He confirms that he and Sapphire were both the children of a white father and a black mother, but Sapphire has recently been passing for white. Sapphire's white boyfriend, a student, immediately becomes the chief suspect, but, as the investigation proceeds, other aspects of Sapphire's life in London bring to light other possible suspects.

The standout work here is by Nigel Patrick ( The League of Gentlemen) as Superintendant Robert Hazard.  His very clever but NOT annoyingly clever portrayal of the Superintendant charged with solving the crime is excellent here.  The on location in London production of this film is first rate. Bearden is one of my favorite on location directors.  The cinematography here is done by Harry Waxman.  The plot itself takes you by surprise at the end.  A excellent work here and I rate it a solid 9 out of 10...


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 : Yesterday at 04:38:36 PM 
moorman - moorman
Basil Dearden has quickly become one of my favorite directors.   From his subject matter to his wonderful cinematography ( in this case Edward Scaife), Bearden never fails to deliver a fabulous, if not perfect film.   All Night Long is his version of Othello.  Set in London it features Johnn Cousin ( Patrick McGoohen ) as the jealous drummer of bandleader Aurelius Rex ( Paul Harris).  Rex is married to Delia Lane ( Marti Stevens).  Keith Mitchell stars as " Cass ",  Rex's  best friend and band manager.  Richard Attenborough plays Rod Hamilton, a wealthy music promotor who with the help of Rex's friends and wife, throw him a surprise wedding anniversary party.   

The plot features Johnny Cousin plotting to not only breakup the marriage of Rex and Delia, but to also come between Rex and Cass and take Delia on the rode with him while he fronts his own band.  McGoohen does a excellent job as the villian here.  Paul Harris is superb as the stable, charming and charismatic Rex.  Cass is excellent here as the loyal friend.  The as the film goes along you see a transformation with both characters that is just astounding from how they were at the beginning of the film.  Attenborough is superb as the laid back music promotor who tries and referees the whole dispute that goes down.

The just EXCELLENT cinematography here is done by Edward Scaife.  The exterior street scenes were filmed at Shad Thames, Southwark, London, England, UK.   The EXCELLENT score is another MAJOR standout of the film.  Dearden uses REAL jazzmen here.  I dare CigarJoe to find a better Jazz Noir, lol...  There have been numerous versions of Othello done for the screen and I say this modern reworking set to a London backdrop is just fabulous.  I rate this a perfect 10 out of 10...




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