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« #825 : January 26, 2020, 12:42:11 PM »

Topaze (1951) I wonder why this play was so praised. Maybe a century (or about) ago could seem something very cynical or I don't know what else. But after all these years we've seen more and better. The direction is not existent and Fernandel is, yes, perfect: but for him is a run of the mill job. 6/10


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« #826 : January 27, 2020, 02:07:32 PM »

CÚsar (1936) Having read the first two plays of the trilogy Marius and Fanny I was curious to see how the story was going to end. But, as somebody wrote at IMDB, there really was no need of this. In fact, at Hollywood they picked up the first two parts and left out this one to make a movie in 1961. And actually Fanny is head and shoulder above the other two parts. I wonder why they didn't pick up a good-looking actress for the Fanny role: she is said to be the best looking girl of Marseille but looking at Orane Demazis one wonders who recommended for the part: somebody very powerful and, probably, blind. Raimu is very good, looking like Louis Calhern. The other ones are good too, but the story is too stretched and easily predictable. 6/10


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« #827 : February 05, 2020, 03:48:09 PM »

Giulietta degli spiriti (1965) Saw it in the eighties but couldn't remember a thing about it. Well, it was worth watching though it has some faults (btw, Rota's score is forgettable). The colours are magnificient and some elements reminded me of Shining (the two girls, the spirits themselves. And Milo's orgy in the villa reminded me of EWS). But the main complain is about Masina and Milo. I can't stand Milo (but she had at the time a sex affair with Fellini, so she got the part, I guess) and Masina is just miscast: it is only natural that her husband (both on screen and off) is philandering about. A prettier actress (and there are lots of them on the set) would have made the matter of betrayal more substantial. And that somebody like the spanish guest and Milo's stepson  may even think of bedding her is ridiculous. Also, there are some scenes like the one with the spiritualist (or whatever he/she) is that are redundant and useless. Still other parts (especially the "real" ones) are good and the dialogue with her hypocrite husband marvelous (Flaiano's hand, I'd bet). 7/10


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« #828 : February 14, 2020, 07:27:13 PM »

The Cold Equations (1988)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxdaVfrKnok

One of the greatest sf short stories. It seems also a bad movie was made out of it.

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« #829 : February 17, 2020, 02:53:03 PM »

Laissez bronzer les cadavres (2017) Having just read the novel (1971) I found out that there was a movie recently made based on it. This is a gangster movie, though it is about the prolonged fight inside a country property between the gangsters who stole some gold, a cop and some other people in the middle (or about).  Actually the movie follows it to a T with just some small difference (like having Marilyn Jess (!) playing the short role of a male chip in the novel).  As the novel had no what you may call a character but just names to carry on the plot, the movie can be considered just an extended movie clip, and that may cause you a permanent headache, as it  is a unrelenting changing of image with different angle, colour, content. Still, it has the advantage of lasting less than 90', of having a story and no moralizing speeches. So it earns, like the novel, a 7/10. 

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