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« on: August 02, 2007, 03:19:45 PM »

Has anyone seen this classic Italian neo-realist film? I love what I saw and I'm about to head back to finish it up now.

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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2007, 05:29:25 PM »

Alain Delon as a boxer? Alain Delon as a boxer? Alain Delon as a boxer?

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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2007, 05:47:12 PM »

Yes, Alain Delon as a boxer.

Oh, and I finished it. If not a masterpiece, it's just about as close as you can get.

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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2007, 05:51:59 PM »

If R&HB is a masterpiece (or nearly so) then what is Senso or The Leopard?

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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2007, 06:18:58 PM »

Senso and The Leopard are films that I have not seen or even heard of (well, I've heard of The Leopard).

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« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2008, 04:33:48 PM »

Someone on the Criterion Forum board reviews the content of the new MoC disc (out in the UK next month):
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Aside from the hour-long Visconti documentary, which is this evening's treat, I've now ploughed through virtually everything, and Nick and co. have really excelled themselves.

There's nearly six hours of video material here - nine if you count the French version of the main feature (and I do urge people to watch the 'Rocco' chapter at the midpoint of the film in French at the very least - that's the one with most of the really torrid scenes between Alain Delon and Annie Girardot acting in their own language).

Of the eight extras, the only one that's even slightly gratuitous is a hilarious bit of star-stalking from 1961, with the camera lying in wait at Fiumicino airport to pounce on one of the surprisingly large number of celebrities who happen to be in the vicinity (there's a brief shot of Alain Delon receiving an award for Rocco, but it's pretty tenuous). Otherwise, it's really solid, meaty stuff: an original newsreel about the film, the original trailer (anamorphic), a superb French documentary about the turbulent shoot that packs a vast amount into 20 minutes, three substantial interviews (23-30 mins apiece) and the above-mentioned Visconti doc.

The booklet's only 40 pages (with most other labels that "only" wouldn't be necessary), but is also crammed with goodies, including a short paragraph pointing out that modern digital technology could easily "correct" the rather amusingly obvious attempts at changing the central family's onscreen name from Pafundi to Parondi following legal threats, but they wisely decided not to do so.

Oh, and the print is completely uncut, reinstating the footage that was censored following post-premiere criticism (cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno preserved it).

It's a magnificent package, and that phrase will definitely be in my upcoming review.

(UPDATE: Nothing wrong with the Visconti documentary either - the source materials are a tad ropey at times (though the highly variable quality of the sound recording suggests that the original RAI 1999 production was at fault), but the content is terrific. I was particularly glad that it covered his theatre and opera work as well, and it even managed to work in clips from most of the films - The Leopard being the highest-profile omission.)

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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2008, 04:37:21 PM »

I can't wait to get this DVD. Thank god for owning an R2 compatible player!

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« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2008, 05:05:37 PM »

I can't wait to get this DVD. Thank god for owning an R2 compatible player!
Absolutely! Afro You're all right, Roy. I don't care WHAT Tucumcari_Bound says about you.

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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2008, 05:13:18 PM »

Hahaha, what is the little bastard saying about me now? Wink

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« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2008, 05:33:38 PM »

I don't care WHAT Tucumcari_Bound says about you.

Everybody falls on this one at least once. It's life.

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« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2008, 06:06:34 PM »

What can I do? They all just keep walking into it . . .

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« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2008, 03:36:02 PM »

Review of the new MoC disc: http://avplay.avforums.com/index.php?showmediareview=9197

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« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2008, 07:15:13 PM »

If R&HB is a masterpiece (or nearly so) then what is Senso or The Leopard?

Visconti's masterpiece is Bellissima, though.

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« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2008, 07:55:34 PM »

Great, I'll watch it tonight!

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« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2008, 05:15:00 PM »

Visconti's masterpiece is Bellissima, though.

Bellissima is a fabulous film. I loved it. 9/10 Afro

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