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« #60 : January 30, 2017, 12:02:46 PM »

I rewatched it a few years ago. It was worse than remembered. The hopeless nadir of a director who after The Deer Hunter (a 10er) made his way down with bold steps.

Meanwhile, the Lady From Shanghai is a a flaw-free masterpiece.


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« #61 : January 30, 2017, 02:20:18 PM »

Meanwhile, the Lady From Shanghai is a a flaw-free masterpiece.

It's maybe not flaw free, but it is definitely a masterpiece. It's plain fascinating. And it doesn't bore fore a single second.

And next to Johnny Guitar the dislike on this board for a generally appreciated film like this one, is pretty strange.

Unlike Cimino, Welles never lost his touch. Even a lesser Welles film is still a feast for the eyes, and that's of course not the only remarkable thing about any Welles film. And The Lady From Shanghai isn't one of his lesser films.

You like The Desperate Hours?

(Pleeease give the correct answer, it is not that difficult)


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« #62 : January 30, 2017, 02:51:29 PM »

It's maybe not flaw free, but it is definitely a masterpiece. It's plain fascinating. And it doesn't bore fore a single second.

And next to Johnny Guitar the dislike on this board for a generally appreciated film like this one, is pretty strange.

Stanton, I was just about to write that I had lost all faith in you after siding with you so often, but then again I am also a fan of "The Lady from Shanghai"  ;D

Unlike Cimino, Welles never lost his touch. Even a lesser Welles film is still a feast for te eyes, and that's of course not the only remarkable thing about any Welles film. And The Lady From Shanghai isn't one of his lesser films.
Cimino did not lose his touch - Desperate Hours clearly shows that same visual flare. However, he did lose the support of unbiased critics.

You like The Desperate Hours?

(Pleeease give the correct answer, it is not that difficult)

What's not to like??

Ok so there are a couple of things, but overall it is a great viewing experience.

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« #63 : January 30, 2017, 03:10:02 PM »

And next to Johnny Guitar the dislike on this board for a generally appreciated film like this one, is pretty strange.

Johnny Guitar is STRANGE, WTF is there not to understand, to most American Western aficionados everything about it comes off as CAMPY, maybe the German translation gives it a different "aura", but to us it's a burlesque of a Western, almost a musical, it's as if at any moment the characters could start singing and dancing.  ;D


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« #64 : January 30, 2017, 04:15:37 PM »

The things that work in Desperate Hours are the photography, the score, and the detour with David Morse. A worse director probably would have done the thriller parts better.

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« #65 : January 31, 2017, 02:28:45 AM »

Johnny Guitar is STRANGE, WTF is there not to understand, to most American Western aficionados everything about it comes off as CAMPY, maybe the German translation gives it a different "aura", but to us it's a burlesque of a Western, almost a musical, it's as if at any moment the characters could start singing and dancing.  ;D

Not as strange as Leone's westerns imo.
JG is clearly a western for cineastes, and like the ones by Leone and most other SWs, it is one which plays effectively with its stereotypes. No, I have really no idea why a majority of film lunatics should have problems with such a film.

But I like strange westerns, not all work of course, but in Europe Johnny Guitar is held in high regard since Truffaut praised the film. In a poll from 1966 asking 28 French critics for the 10 best westerns it was indeed JG which got the most citations. Followed by Rio Bravo and The Big Sky.
Btw Frayling or Phil Hardy had JG also in their best western lists (as quoted in Hardy's book)


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« #66 : January 31, 2017, 03:43:52 AM »

Not as strange as Leone's westerns imo.
JG is clearly a western for cineastes, and like the ones by Leone and most other SWs, it is one which plays effectively with its stereotypes. No, I have really no idea why a majority of film lunatics should have problems with such a film.

But I like strange westerns, not all work of course, but in Europe Johnny Guitar is held in high regard since Truffaut praised the film. In a poll from 1966 asking 28 French critics for the 10 best westerns it was indeed JG which got the most citations. Followed by Rio Bravo and The Big Sky.
Btw Frayling or Phil Hardy had JG also in their best western lists (as quoted in Hardy's book)


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« #67 : January 31, 2017, 05:35:16 AM »


You like The Desperate Hours?

(Pleeease give the correct answer, it is not that difficult)

n_l, I'm counting on you, don't let me down...

I'm gonna disappoint both of you: I have absolutely no memory of it. Not a single image. I have seen it twice. The second time, I launched the DVD because I thought I had never seen it.
So I've seen it twice and still don't remember anything.


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« #68 : January 31, 2017, 05:39:32 AM »


So I've seen it twice and still don't remember anything.

Quite reasonable ...


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« #69 : January 31, 2017, 07:54:40 AM »

I'm gonna disappoint both of you: I have absolutely no memory of it. Not a single image. I have seen it twice. The second time, I launched the DVD because I thought I had never seen it.
So I've seen it twice and still don't remember anything.

A very diplomatic response  ;D

Quite reasonable ...

But then again, if it were really as bad as you describe it, surely he would have remembered something. Fantastic and terrible at the extremes tend to stick in our memories far more than run-of-the-mill mediocre.

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« #70 : November 03, 2018, 06:25:49 AM »

beautiful tribute to Cimino: https://vimeo.com/177463099

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« #71 : November 04, 2018, 05:13:06 AM »

Thanks, N_L actually shared that earlier. Cimino was so visually talented. Undoubtedly one of the greatest IMO

By the way, for those who have't seen it, the short clip from Sunchaser at the 29 second mark occurs here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tFeYHOaCpk&feature=youtu.be&t=114

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« #72 : January 07, 2022, 09:18:24 PM »

Looks like Jean-Baptiste Thoret has released a doc about Michael Cimino. I really liked Thoret?s ?road trip? book with Cimino, so this might be worth watching:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dD-vxm3eJHo

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« #73 : January 08, 2022, 06:01:50 AM »

It?s actually very disappointing. You?ll see people talk about Cimino, but as a whole it?s very much Thoret financing his own trip in the US and talking with friends. The book is muuuuch better, as are Thoret?s conferences on YouTube.


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« #74 : January 08, 2022, 08:17:08 PM »

I see. That explains the trailer then. I might still watch it if it turns up on a streaming service I already subscribe to.

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