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« #510 : November 30, 2015, 02:48:37 PM »

I rewatched it today with the director's comment and he agrees with me about the movie's running time being too long. Coppola makes many critical observations on the movie explaining how differently he would do things today and what he would cut. I'd give his comment 10/10 were it not that he can't be critical toward the too old-fashioned arrangements of songs (though it seems that Old Devil Moon might have been arranged by his father).


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« #511 : December 01, 2015, 11:21:03 AM »

The Errand Boy (1961) Lewis is not able to make a movie with a sure pace from beginning to end. Some gags are good (the swimming pool, the mimng on the syncopated tune

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) but some are lame. He admits, in the comment, that parts of the movie do not click. 6/10

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« #512 : December 02, 2015, 02:45:10 AM »

The Patsy (1964) As above.


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« #513 : December 02, 2015, 09:18:18 AM »

The Bellboy (1960) Better than the previous two as it  has no plot but it is just a series of gag inside the hotel Fontainbleau (seen in Goldfinger?). Unfortunately not all the gags go beyond the lame or elementary, but i raise the previous rating to 7/10.


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« #514 : December 07, 2015, 03:36:34 PM »

The Nutty Professor (1963) Best Lewis movie without Martin. I could have done without the usual sermon at the end, salvaged though by the very last gag. 8/10


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« #515 : December 08, 2015, 01:55:21 PM »

Amblin' (1968)
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Early Spielberg effort which landed him a job on television. I think it is mediocre, though Jerry Lewis thought differently.


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« #516 : December 14, 2015, 09:44:24 PM »

House of Usher (1960) The first Poe-Corman-Price is a bit longish, especially at the start. The scenes with Damon have little interest, but when Price is on the screen the movie is great. 7/10


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« #517 : December 15, 2015, 05:30:40 PM »

Mein Fuehrer (2007) Not bad as some reviewers make it to be at IMDB, it has some (3-4) funny moments. A pity the movie just doesn't know where to go,pushing on the usual politically correct pro-jewish propaganda, which in a comedy works badly; or concentrating on satirizing the Nazi characters, without trying to have a coherent (and weak )plot. The actors, especially the one playing Hitler (even worse than the Russian-Hitler in The Fall of Berlin )  do not look or sound as convincing avatars. Still I saw it to the end, which I couldn't do with Life is Beautiful. 6/10


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« #518 : December 16, 2015, 03:32:24 PM »

42nd Street (1933) A pre-code musical said to be the first great one or about. Now, it is very different from later ones because actually only the last 15 minutes are with complete musical numbers and the great choreographies of Berkeley. But the story is more credible than most of the stuff done in classic Hollywood and so you have a gay director, a wild party of the crew, a backer who goes for the leading lady and then turns to a bloated Ginger Rogers (the ugliest girl around: hard to believe). A pity though, that the songs are basically only 3. 7/10       


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« #519 : December 17, 2015, 03:33:26 PM »

Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949) As idiotic as the game it's about, this is irritating for the reason that Kelly and Sinatra are cast as two naive teenagers when they are well above 30. Betty Garrett is probably the best of the lot but she is even more embarrassing as her age shows even more. The musical numbers are far from original (unfortunately they were concocted by Donen and Kelly, Berkeley only directed) and the songs forgettable, with the exception of the title song, of course,  and the reprise of Strictly USA. The Technicolor though makes me give it a 6/10.


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« #520 : December 19, 2015, 04:17:10 AM »

Point of Order (1964) Kauffmann broght me to this movie,

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 though I had already saved other movies by de Antonio to watch.
I must pick up some more infos on the background of the facts behind some of the dialogues which, at least to me, are not very clear. Anyway, though I had read much on the senator from Wisconsin about his activity in the late '40's-early 50's, I had completely missed this later episode which is quite revealing on multiple levels: about him, about early Tv and about the legal proceedings of political issues. I can't but recommend it. 


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« #521 : December 21, 2015, 10:42:08 PM »

Desire (1936) This could have been a masterpiece if kept throughout in a comedy vein, unfortunately the romance mars about a third of the movie. 7/10


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« #522 : December 23, 2015, 06:43:26 PM »

Heaven Can Wait (1943) Impeccable movie, but the Lubitsch touch is palpable only in few scenes (memorable the dinner with the black butler) and the only comic relief to this romantic melodrama is served by Coburn, Pallette and Cregar. 7/10 


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« #523 : December 24, 2015, 11:22:23 AM »

Salome (1953) This is odd as a biblical movie as the treatment of the main religious figure, The Baptist, is quite ironical. In fact John looks and talks like the madman he probably was and the dialogue with Hayworth when they first meet shows how removed from reality he was. Unfortunately the 7 veils dance is one of the weakest dance numbers by Hayworth, little flesh is showed and the music doesn't help. make it sexier. Laughton is not convincing in a Ustinov role. 6/10 


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« #524 : December 25, 2015, 04:56:19 AM »

Circus World (1964) Why this bombed is unclear. Maybe the melodrama was too clich├ęd but then other movies before and after this one were full of it and were hits. was it maybe because Wayne didn't fit the part? Or Hayworth was too old? Or Cardinale too inept or miscast (why does she speak with a foreign accent when her character grew up in USA. BTW, if she was dubbed, then her voice was similar to her real one. But I don't think she was)? Still this movie has two great special effects scenes at the beginning and end and the circus numbers are brilliant: a pity the british dvd I watched was fullscreen and the colours faded: restored to original version it would have earned a solid 7/10. 


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