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« #855 : June 23, 2020, 11:49:48 AM »

It is based on the Richard Speck's case of the year before.

I'll check it out.


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« #856 : June 25, 2020, 05:49:30 AM »

Yea, agree ran a bit too long but it was interesting stylistically.


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« #857 : June 26, 2020, 02:19:20 PM »

Trois jours ? vivre (1957) Ventura plays a secondary role while the leads are the french Farley Granger (Daniel Gelin) and my second (after Signoret) unfavourite french actress Moreau. This thriller is interesting as to the finale, as the "good" (but actually bad) guy lives in the end, while the bad (but in this case innocent) guy dies. Tolerable, but to be seen just once, though it's time I read Musset's Lorenzaccio to better appreaciate it, who knows. 6/10


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« #858 : June 29, 2020, 07:59:43 AM »

Serie noire (1979)  Uneven, as it alternates comedy and drama and so even the characters do not appear to be well defined and credible. Blier's especially is absurd in the finale and so the wife's, her insisting where D. got the money (and how does she come to infer that the money is related to the double murder, as all the papers concur in describing the old woman as pennyless?). The part with D. and the Greek at D.'s home doesn't make sense and could have been cut out profitably. D. thinking that B. won't check on him and wonder where he got the money is incredible. I'll check the Thompson book (with little hope it will make more sense than the movie). 6/10

Just finished the novel. Which is head and shoulder above the movie, thanx to the narration in first person by the protagonist, much more sympathetic and alive than D. The wife makes the connection with the double murder because she finds the social security card of the Greek in the bed. And  the protagonist (whose name is Frank but always called "Dolly"(!) in the novel) boss comes to understand how things went because he knows where the lady got the money and who she really is.  The plot is practically identical except for the last chapter: which makes a whole lotta difference, explainig how things ended for the boss, the girl and the narrator. And the finale of that last chapter (told alternatively in italics and normal  characters)  just mixes up things for the narrator once more.


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« #859 : 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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« #860 : July 21, 2020, 09:12:35 AM »

The Boston Strangler (1968) Excellent thriller, making excellent use of multipanel screen. What doesn't persuade me completely is the cast. Yeah. Fonda is wasted: the role is too small for him. Curtis has been praised for it, still, I'm not 100% sure he's here as good as in Sweet Smell of Success.  His closing his eyes when murdering is too banal. Still the movie grips you from start to end. 9\10

Just watched it again. I think the first time I saw it was on TV and in Pan & Scan which decimated the multi screen effect. Agree, for me a 7-8/10.  I feel the last quarter dragged once Curtis was in the sanitarium.

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« #861 : July 22, 2020, 06:49:59 AM »

Noticed Tony Curtis films on TCM.  Even included Taras Bulba, which has great film score by Franz Waxman; I remember buying the soundtrack album used in 1984, as was long out of print.  Now I also have purchased a later-issued CD.

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« #862 : July 23, 2020, 02:30:08 AM »

I reckon 'The Boston Strangler' should have boosted the career of Tony Curtis. Maybe it was controversial at that time but i reckon it is a good chilling mystery. I'll give it a rewatch before giving it a rating. It's a pity that Tony Curtis returned to soppy comedies after making this.


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