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« #19890 : August 11, 2021, 10:14:57 AM »

A good double bill featuring Razzia as the main attraction would be another Gabin crime movie built around drugs: The Night Affair (1958). While it's not nearly as good as Razzia, it's certainly worth seeing and I hope Kino releases it.
I couldn't wait and bought a French edition of that one. You're right, not nearly as good. The dialog by Michel Audiard, however, provides some compensation, as does the presence of the incandescently beautiful Nadja Tiller.



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« #19891 : August 12, 2021, 09:25:14 AM »

The Swimmer (1968) - The Graduate for adults. Never has a movie that is something of an examination of suburban life ever been this smart and graceful. Instead of heavy-handed crap like plastic bags floating down the street, the viewer doesn't really know what they're seeing until act III. And I can't imagine how rewarding a second view would be. A

This has been on my radar for over a decade, and I never got around to seeing this, which was a huge mistake especially being a fan of Play It As It Lays (1972). Shame on me.

I couldn't wait and bought a French edition of that one. You're right, not nearly as good. The dialog by Michel Audiard, however, provides some compensation, as does the presence of the incandescently beautiful Nadja Tiller.
I'm going to hold off on making a top 10 list since there are some movies I need to see, but these would definitely make a top 10:

Grisbi (1954)
Bob le Flambeur (1956)
Razzia (1955)
Le Doulos (1963
Second Breath (1966)
Classe Tous Risques (1960)
The Night Affair (1958)

I've never seen Two Men in Manhattan in its entirety, and have the bluray heading my way, so that's probably another lock.



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« #19892 : August 12, 2021, 11:57:29 AM »

I'm going to hold off on making a top 10 list since there are some movies I need to see, but these would definitely make a top 10:

Grisbi (1954)
Bob le Flambeur (1956)
Razzia (1955)
Le Doulos (1963
Second Breath (1966)
Classe Tous Risques (1960)
The Night Affair (1958)

I've never seen Two Men in Manhattan in its entirety, and have the bluray heading my way, so that's probably another lock.
Two Men isn't very good.

I have a lot of your choices on my own Best 10 list: http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=13817.0

Btw, I prefer to translate Le deuxieme souffle as "Second Wind" because it's a chance to use the idiom in an appropriate context (by breaking jail, Gu gets his second wind as a gangster).



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« #19893 : August 12, 2021, 04:38:17 PM »

Annette (2021) - 11/10. I found this profoundly moving. My date, otoh, thought it was a complete bust. I guess there's no way to like it if you don't like the music of Sparks (at least a little).



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« #19894 : August 12, 2021, 08:02:51 PM »

Deported (1950) - 6/10. Jeff Chandler plays a Lucky Luciano type who gets the persona non grata treatment from the US government and earns a free trip back to Italy. (Much of the film is shot on real Italian locations.) While there he figures out a scheme to repatriate 100,000 ill-gotten dollars: he'll convert everything into food aid, earmark it for his hometown, have the shipment conveniently hijacked, and then sell everything on the black market. A goody-goody Italian noblewoman (Marta Toren), however, gets her hooks into Jeff and tries to steer him onto the straight and narrow.  Ms. Toren is OK, but the real excitement in this picture comes from an actress named Marina Berti, playing a gangster's moll. Jeff runs into her twice . . . and she suckers him both times. I sympathize: if ever I'd been in Ms. Berti's presence,  I'd have been thinking with my dick, too.



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« #19895 : August 13, 2021, 06:42:15 AM »

The Swimmer (1968)

Side notes/trivia from my first viewing of a spaghetti western (GBU) in June 1968:
1.  "The Swimmer" was one of the trailers shown
2.  GBU was paired with "The Party" in which Peter Sellers detonated a bridge explosion accidentally before the cameras were rolling

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« #19896 : August 13, 2021, 11:00:06 AM »

The Specialists (1969) - Possibly as much as a frenchetti as spaghetti with absolutely gorgeous locations shot in the mountainous areas of north east Italy. The pace in the first half is a little off, and those vagabond kids are obnoxious, but this is the overlooked gem of Corbucci's westerns with a great ending. There's not much plot, but enough to keep things moving along, which is carried by the great atmosphere. The kino bluray is worth the price for the locations alone. B

For fans of the Red Dead games, the town in this movie had to influence Armadillo featured in both Red Dead games. I don't know if it's a coincidence and the look of Red Dead 2 had to be influenced by the locations in this movie. Or it's a crazy coincidence.

I also want to know why didn't more spaghettis weren't set in that area, it's absolutely gorgeous.


Two Men isn't very good.

I have a lot of your choices on my own Best 10 list: http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=13817.0

Btw, I prefer to translate Le deuxieme souffle as "Second Wind" because it's a chance to use the idiom in an appropriate context (by breaking jail, Gu gets his second wind as a gangster).

I didn't want to post in the thread you made until I had a top 10 I felt better about, and I totally forgot Rififi. It's been a long time since I've last seen it, I need to get around to watching my copy of the bluray. That would be on the list for sure.

I've wanted to get around to watching the lesser known 'polars' for quite a while, so that thread you made is good motivation.

Side notes/trivia from my first viewing of a spaghetti western (GBU) in June 1968:
1.  "The Swimmer" was one of the trailers shown
2.  GBU was paired with "The Party" in which Peter Sellers detonated a bridge explosion accidentally before the cameras were rolling
That's really impressive that you can remember at least one of the trailers.



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« #19897 : August 14, 2021, 04:01:53 PM »

So you go to Hawaii and watch tv series.

only after dark when nothing else is planned


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« #19898 : August 14, 2021, 11:07:17 PM »

only after dark when nothing else is planned

What I mean...


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« #19899 : August 16, 2021, 06:24:21 PM »

Free Guy (2021) - 9/10. IMAX. It's Tron crossed with Groundhog Day crossed with The Truman Show crossed

with The Matrix crossed with The Lego Movie crossed with Wreck-It Ralph crossed with Deadpool
 
crossed with . . . so, nothing original. Pretty fun, though. I laughed all the way through it, and afterwards Mrs. J

asked me if I knew when the Blu-ray was coming out. Let's not worry about that just yet, honey.

Before it leaves cinemas, we still need to go back and see it in Real 3-D!



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« #19900 : August 17, 2021, 05:37:56 AM »

The Tattooed Stranger (1950) - 7/10. I enjoyed this police procedural very much. I could not believe all the NYC locations and the authentic police work. Plus a young Patricia Barry (nee White)! This would pair nicely with The Naked City. http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=11266.msg156379#msg156379



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« #19901 : August 17, 2021, 05:48:39 PM »

Yes liked it also.


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« #19902 : August 18, 2021, 03:40:07 PM »

The Fire Within (1963) - 8/10. Maurice Ronet, after detoxing for 4 months, tries taking Paris straight. He doesn't make it:  "I'm killing myself because you didn't love me, because I didn't love you. Because our ties were loose, I'm killing myself to tighten them. I leave you with an indelible stain." Great shots of a Paris that no longer exists, and views of female talent to help Maurice with his long goodbye: Lena Skerla, Alexandra Stewart, Jeanne Moreau, et. al. Wonderful b&w photography. Hey, whadya know, a Louis Malle film that doesn't suck!

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« #19903 : August 19, 2021, 07:01:04 AM »

Toni (1935) - 7/10. Using locations exclusively, and a cast of mostly nonprofessionals, Renoir, a decade before the fact, invented Italian neorealism. The film still looks very good today. If the characters all do stupid things, lay the blame on the true story that undergirds the film.



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« #19904 : August 20, 2021, 05:40:25 PM »

Ema (2019) - 9/10. Dance; music; Reggaeton; autotune; Valparaiso; funicular railways; a seaport; adoption; re-adoption; Mariana Di Girilamo; orgies; polymorphous perversions; Gael Garcia Bernal; NASA solar photography; long takes; tracking shots; a non-linear narrative; and did I mention the flame thrower?: a film by Pablo Larrain. Plot descriptions are a cheat because much of the story is hidden until the final reveal in the last 10 minutes. Suffice it to say, what appears to be aimless posturing by the heroine is in fact part of an intricate design. A film with great cutting and some fantastic images.

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