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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 21, 2019, 11:58:51 AM »
Le Circle Rouge is a 9...  I like the second half better than the first half...

Other Films / Re: Day of the Outlaw (1959)
« on: January 19, 2019, 05:35:03 PM »
Finally got around to seeing this.  I agree for the most part with what has been said so far.   It was OK.  Too much Hollywood cliche held it back from being a truly great Western.  It holds up pretty well though.  One more thing.  How did Robert Ryan's character survive the snow and the gang didn't?  I saw a bad copy on Youtube.  Would love to see a better print of this... I rate it a 7 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Aguirre: Zorn des Gottes (Wrath of God)
« on: January 18, 2019, 07:07:53 AM »
The best part of Fitzcaraldo is the documentary made about it. Check it out. The native crews working on the film offered to kill Klaus Knisky for Herzog.

Gonna do that... Both these films and the documentary are on Amazon Prime...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Sapphire (1959)
« on: January 18, 2019, 07:05:54 AM »
thanks have to check it out

Anazon Prime.  Critetion has a nice boxset featuing this and All Night Long, Victim and The League of Gentlemen...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: All Night Long (1962)
« on: January 18, 2019, 04:39:45 AM »
Thanks will have to check it out, it would help if you added a source to your reviews.

As for jazz noirs check out Sweet Love, Bitter (1967) if you haven't yet. 8)

My bad.  I saw this film on Amazon prime... Excellent film... Thanks for the recommendation...

Pretty much the entire original movie. I can't ****ing wait to see this someday. One of my favorite silent movies.

The Complete Metropolis ( released 2010)

I went into this with low expectations.  First, I've found that a lot of the so called " best ever " films can be overrated.  Knowing that and seeing a few clips of Metropolis on Youtube lead me to have low expectations.  I went ahead and gave it a look because of Fritz Lang and its reputation.  I was VERY pleasantly surprised at how good this film is.  The film is dreamy, atmospheric and just plain damn good.  The score is OFF THE CHARTS good.  The complete version I saw here has missing scenes inserted and intertitles that explain the couple of scenes that could not be restored from the footage found in Argentina and New Zealand.  The film is still complete even without those very minor flaws.  The restored footage from Argentina is very scratched and blemished BUT adds a layer of beautiful authenticity to the film.  It actually ENHANCES the dream like quality and value of this film.  You are reminded of the treasure that this film is when those scenes pop into view.  I can't say enough about how great this film is.  A SOLID 10 out of 10 and a must have for your film library...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 17, 2019, 05:07:15 PM »
The Wages of Fear (1953)  This was pretty good.  The opening sequences were too long though.  Once it got going though it was pretty good.  Clouzot did excellent work here also. I rank this a 8 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Fitzcarraldo (1982)
« on: January 17, 2019, 04:58:37 PM »
Fitzcarraldo which was directed by the great Werner Herzog starring Klaus Kinski is supposedly a great film. I loved his work with Aguirre: The Wrath of God but have not had the chance to see Fitzcarraldo yet. I also noticed Claudia Cardinale also stars in this film and was wondering how much she's in it, and of course, how good is the movie in your opinion?

I saw this back to back with Aguirre.  Its a OK film.  I didn't like the whole opera backdrop of the film.  The interesting points were the trip down the river with the boat and the pulling the boat up over the mountain.  This was well done.  The opening sequences and the ending sequences featuring the opera singing was just blah...  I rank this one 7 out of 10... 

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Aguirre: Zorn des Gottes (Wrath of God)
« on: January 17, 2019, 04:55:35 PM »
This film was different.  Herzog has made two films that are weird but hold your attention.  Both of those films, this one and Fitzcarraldo feature Klaus Kinski in full maniac self.  The opening sequence and the ending sequences are of course the stand outs here.  I rank this a 8.5 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: A Clockwork Orange
« on: January 17, 2019, 04:52:21 PM »
This was a crazy film.   I didn't have high expectations for it but it was better than I expected... Mcdowell was excellent here.  The plot was different.  I rate this a 8.5 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / Sapphire (1959)
« on: January 17, 2019, 04:49:08 PM »
Sapphire is a 1959 crime drama directed by Basil Dearden.  Again, Dearden tackles controversial subject matter and delivers a excellent film.  The plot from wikipedia:

The body of a pregnant young woman is found stabbed on Hampstead Heath. Although she appears to be white, when her brother (Earl Cameron) arrives at the police station to give evidence, the investigating police officers see that he is black. He confirms that he and Sapphire were both the children of a white father and a black mother, but Sapphire has recently been passing for white. Sapphire's white boyfriend, a student, immediately becomes the chief suspect, but, as the investigation proceeds, other aspects of Sapphire's life in London bring to light other possible suspects.

The standout work here is by Nigel Patrick ( The League of Gentlemen) as Superintendant Robert Hazard.  His very clever but NOT annoyingly clever portrayal of the Superintendant charged with solving the crime is excellent here.  The on location in London production of this film is first rate. Bearden is one of my favorite on location directors.  The cinematography here is done by Harry Waxman.  The plot itself takes you by surprise at the end.  A excellent work here and I rate it a solid 9 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / All Night Long (1962)
« on: January 17, 2019, 04:38:36 PM »
Basil Dearden has quickly become one of my favorite directors.   From his subject matter to his wonderful cinematography ( in this case Edward Scaife), Bearden never fails to deliver a fabulous, if not perfect film.   All Night Long is his version of Othello.  Set in London it features Johnny Cousin ( Patrick McGoohen ) as the jealous drummer of bandleader Aurelius Rex ( Paul Harris).  Rex is married to Delia Lane ( Marti Stevens).  Keith Mitchell stars as " Cass ",  Rex's  best friend and band manager.  Richard Attenborough plays Rod Hamilton, a wealthy music promotor who with the help of Rex's friends and wife, throw him a surprise wedding anniversary party.   

The plot features Johnny Cousin plotting to not only breakup the marriage of Rex and Delia, but to also come between Rex and Cass and take Delia on the rode with him while he fronts his own band.  McGoohen does a excellent job as the villian here.  Paul Harris is superb as the stable, charming and charismatic Rex.  Cass is excellent here as the loyal friend.  As the film goes along you see a transformation with both characters that is just astounding from how they were at the beginning of the film.  Attenborough is superb as the laid back music promotor who tries and referees the whole dispute that goes down.

The just EXCELLENT cinematography here is done by Edward Scaife.  The exterior street scenes were filmed at Shad Thames, Southwark, London, England, UK.   The EXCELLENT score is another MAJOR standout of the film.  Dearden uses REAL jazzmen here.  I dare CigarJoe to find a better Jazz Noir, lol...  There have been numerous versions of Othello done for the screen and I say this modern reworking set to a London backdrop is just fabulous.  I rate this a perfect 10 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1973)
« on: January 17, 2019, 03:48:37 PM »
This is a wonderfully moving film by German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder starring Bridgette Mira and El Hedi ben Salem as a older German widow and a younger Morrocan immigrant respectfully.   The plot is simple.  Emmil Kurowski drops in a small bar one day to get out of the rain and sits at a table by herself.  Across the bar a group of young immigrants are playing cards.  A woman in the bar tauntingly suggests to Ali to go ask her for a dance.  He does and the group is surprised that he not only dances with her but also offers to escort her home since it was getting late and raining.  She accepts.

From there a most unexpected relationship develops and the remainder of the plot surrounds the response from friends, neighbors, family and coworkers of both parties to their interracial and age difference relationship.  There are so many scenes that leave you in awe with this film that you have to just see it to appreciate it.  Fassbender did excellent work here.  When i went and researched the film I found out that it was a film that he did in a hurry to fill in time between other projects ( I found he was notorious about putting out product very fast).  This work pace actually is part of what made this a great film.  Its straight to the point and doesn't beat you up over the head with ANY wasted material.  Everything has a point and is very well done.  The actors were just perfect here.  The gorgeous cinematography was done by Jürgen Jürges.   Its a must see film and I rate this one a solid 10 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / The Earrings of Madame De... (1956)
« on: January 17, 2019, 03:31:21 PM »
Max Ophüls directs this masterful story about a noble housewife (Danielle Darrieux ) and a pair of earrings given to her by her husband General Andre De... ( Charles Boyer).  The story follows the convoluted tale of how the earrings changed ownership several times.  One of the owners is a suitor of Ms. De... a Baron played wonderfully by Vittorio De Sica.  Charles Boyer did a excellent job of the husband who gave his wife and suitor plenty of rope before he reeled them in.  The film is very gorgeous with cinematography by Christian Matras.  Another solid French film that i rate a solid 9 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / A Man Escaped (1956)
« on: January 17, 2019, 03:22:10 PM »
This is a very good Robert Bresson prison escape film.  It stars Charles Le Clainche as François Jost, a member of the French Resistance who is being held at a German Prison.  The plot is simple but very engaging and suspenseful.  Bresson did a wonderful job here making something soo simple yet soo hard being very suspenseful.  Featuring cinematography by    Léonce-Henri Burel.   I rate this one a solid 9 out of 10...

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