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« Reply #30 on: June 07, 2006, 12:55:53 PM »

You've just got to see What Am I Doing.... Smiley

saw it last night. A delightful film I must say. The silly comedy elements didnt bother me, however they didnt seem to mesh well with the brutality of the film.
Corbucci's fetish for dismemberment is very evident here. We Have revolutionaries that all have there hands cut off and quite a few decapitations(one head is swiped off right on screen!).
This is Corbucci's "Duck you sucker". Its of course not as genius as Leone's effort but its still a great movie. The script is wonderful, the fast talking banter between the two main characters is unmatched in any film I have ever seen. The Relationship between the two main characters is quite touching as well.

Not Corbucci's best, but a great film indeed! Worth a buy. Cant wait until they release a pristine copy!

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« Reply #31 on: June 07, 2006, 12:58:06 PM »

rabid fans that accept anything regardless of quality etc., etc.






"The Specialist" IS a quality picture anyway you slice it ,regardless of its plotting problems.

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« Reply #32 on: June 07, 2006, 01:30:37 PM »

here is a link to imdb showcasing "what am I doing in the middle..."

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069547/

The sole reviewer of the movie "Jole slater" obviously doesnt know a good show when he sees one. He has a very short negative review of the film but never gives us any in-sight as to why he hated it. The poor sap.




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despite the really silly moments, I think you would like this Joe. It has a realistic depiction of the mexican Revolution(chaotic, gruesome, violent, unnecessary).

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« Reply #33 on: June 08, 2006, 07:18:56 PM »

Thats great you enjoyed "What Am I Doing" - a lot more needs to be written about this overlooked classic and i agree CJ should give this a look Roll Eyes

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« Reply #34 on: June 08, 2006, 09:09:13 PM »

  i agree CJ should give this a look Roll Eyes

as long as he can over-look some silly slapstick moments he should enjoy it.

and I honestly dont see why Corbucci was compelled to have slapstick in this at all. Surly the film doesnt benefit from it. The film was funny without one of the characters being hit by a bull from the rear and being flung over 20 feet into the air. The dialogue was witty as hell! There was no need for such sillyness. Oh well. Corbucci was a strange one indeed.

The ending is incomplete but fits the film perfectly, dont you agree?

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« Reply #35 on: June 08, 2006, 09:18:42 PM »

a lot more needs to be written about this overlooked classic

With Corbucci being the most popular director for us spaghetti fans its a wonder that any of his films still remain a mystery.
I am surprised that with the amount of attention the man gets among his fans that films like "Sonny and Jed" are not as mainstream as say..."Mercenary". Its a very strange situation.


Well with the official release of "The Specialist" on its way, I guess we can hope for mainstream releases of "Sonny and Jed" and "What am I doing in the middle of the revoltuion" in the near future as well. Lets keep our fingers crossed. If not...Ebay here I come!

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« Reply #36 on: June 09, 2006, 03:55:34 AM »

as long as he can over-look some silly slapstick moments he should enjoy it.

and I honestly dont see why Corbucci was compelled to have slapstick in this at all. Surly the film doesnt benefit from it. The film was funny without one of the characters being hit by a bull from the rear and being flung over 20 feet into the air. The dialogue was witty as hell! There was no need for such sillyness. Oh well. Corbucci was a strange one indeed.

The ending is incomplete but fits the film perfectly, dont you agree?
I'm sure Smoker said that Victorio Gassman and the other fella were huge comedy acts in Italy at the time and perhaps it was expected of them to be some OTT slapstick otherwise fans may have been disappointed.
   Firecracker could you see Franco Nero in Gassmans role playing the actor?

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« Reply #37 on: June 09, 2006, 11:34:52 AM »


   Firecracker could you see Franco Nero in Gassmans role playing the actor?

oh thats a tough one. For the sake of having Nero, yes I think he could have pulled it off(perhaps not as brilliantly though).
But if Nero were to be Gassman's character you would need somebody of equal(or almost at least) stature to compete with Nero's presence. Tomas Milian perhaps? Or Eli Wallach? Remember the actor would have to play an Italian priest. I think either of the two actors mentioned is a good choice.

EDIT ADD ON: funny you should mention Nero, I was trying to picture him in the Gassman role throughout the picture. Personally I think he could hack it (He can pull off funny. He was quite comical as "The Swede"), but if Nero did indeed play that role then there would be no need for the slapstick elements.

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« Reply #38 on: June 19, 2006, 12:11:42 PM »

oh thats a tough one. For the sake of having Nero, yes I think he could have pulled it off(perhaps not as brilliantly though).
But if Nero were to be Gassman's character you would need somebody of equal(or almost at least) stature to compete with Nero's presence. Tomas Milian perhaps? Or Eli Wallach? Remember the actor would have to play an Italian priest. I think either of the two actors mentioned is a good choice.

EDIT ADD ON: funny you should mention Nero, I was trying to picture him in the Gassman role throughout the picture. Personally I think he could hack it (He can pull off funny. He was quite comical as "The Swede"), but if Nero did indeed play that role then there would be no need for the slapstick elements.
I agree the very versatile Nero would've been excellent in "What Am I Doing" as the actor but i think the role of the priest would've been better filled by a more restrained actor than Milian or Wallach-Gian Maria Volonte possibly?
Its the classic Abbot & Costello or Morecombe & Wise looney/straight guy type combi .

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« Reply #39 on: June 19, 2006, 12:31:26 PM »

Gian Maria Volonte possibly?
Its the classic Abbot & Costello or Morecombe & Wise looney/straight guy type combi .

yes very much so. your right. I was just looking for a good excuse to have Milian and Nero together again.

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« Reply #40 on: June 19, 2006, 05:14:29 PM »

But it would've been great also to have seen Nero and Volonte(is he still alive?) team up at least the once. Roll Eyes

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« Reply #41 on: June 19, 2006, 07:31:12 PM »

Volonte(is he still alive?)

no.

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