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« #165 : April 04, 2012, 03:02:39 PM »

Le mystère de la chambre jaune (2003) Not very imaginative version of Leroux's classic. To be seen if you don't want to read the novel and are curious about one of the locked room classics. The french dvd has english subs. 6\10



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« #166 : April 05, 2012, 02:55:27 PM »

Arsenal (1929) I didn't follow the storyline for a good 80% of the movie lenght. But the images and the superfast editing were sometime  breath-taking. Some Leonish (guess that!) traits: a half-man (half-soldier?) crossing a street; and the faces with scrapped dentures were as impressive as any. 8\10


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« #167 : April 05, 2012, 03:00:35 PM »

Yagodka lyubvi (1926) This brilliant comedy burlesque short is as good as any average-plus american counterpart by the great ones like Chaplin or Keaton. And much more cinical: no love lost towards infants! 8\10. It is included as a bonus in the Arsenal dvd by Bach Films:



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« #168 : April 06, 2012, 02:12:43 PM »

Der Amerikanische Freund (1977) In the dvd are included some 30' of cut scenes that can be seen in sequence. And, that's the point, could be easily added to the movie without any consequence. The fact is that Wender' movies could last 30' or 30h, the result would be the same. This movie has, though, some features that makes worthwhile the vision compared to other works by the same director: Ganz's performance and the Highsmith's plot. 7\10 


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« #169 : April 06, 2012, 02:16:06 PM »

Twenty-Six Commissars (1933) Heavy propaganda movie which takes some air towards the end with the sequences of workers in the oil fields and with the execution in the desert of the people of the title. 5\10


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« #170 : April 06, 2012, 04:44:36 PM »

Twenty-Six Commissars (1933) Heavy propaganda movie which takes some air towards the end with the sequences of workers in the oil fields and with the execution in the desert of the people of the title. 5\10

I assume this is based on the British occupation of Baku?



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« #171 : April 06, 2012, 05:18:11 PM »

I assume this is based on the British occupation of Baku?

Yep. Actually it is the more interesting part of the movie (historically speaking) as I hadn't any former knowledge of those events.


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« #172 : April 06, 2012, 05:28:55 PM »

It was remade in 1966:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKb4Bk7kkjU



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« #173 : April 06, 2012, 07:47:46 PM »

Thanks titoli, I wasn't aware of either film. O0 Peter Hopkirk talks about this incident in one of his books.



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« #174 : April 07, 2012, 02:47:44 PM »

The Young Lady and the Holligan (Baryshnya i khuligan) (1918) Unredeemable piece of crap courtesy of Vladimir Mayakovsky, from an half-unknown italian story. Here the poet performs as an actor too and enough to say that his playing performance is infinitely better than his work as a screenplayer. This story should have lasted no more than 12' but they made it last 45'. But even at 12' it wouldn't have been worth salvaging anyway. 3\10


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« #175 : April 07, 2012, 02:51:31 PM »

Chess Fever (Shakhmatnaya goryachka) (1925) Delicious burlesque comedy short by Pudovkin, as good as Yagodka lyubvi. That makes me want to check on other russian comedies of the time, like those by Barnet. 8\10


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« #176 : April 07, 2012, 02:58:31 PM »

The Sailors of Kronstadt (My iz Kronshtadta)  (1936) Good war movie about the civil conflict in 1919, when the white guards led by general Jagoda tried to capture the then called Pietrograd. To be noted the absence of musical background (though there is some music plotwise). A famous sequence: that of the sailors executed by drowning. 7\10 


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« #177 : April 08, 2012, 11:43:54 AM »

Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)  To be saved for some scenes with Cagney's performance, of course. 6\10


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« #178 : April 08, 2012, 01:50:53 PM »

The Mother (1926) It still displays some of the features which induced many to consider it one of the best movies ever made: the strenght of some images (the escape on the floes, e.g.) and the masterful editing. But the story it is too propagandistic to be convincing. 7\10


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« #179 : April 08, 2012, 01:56:57 PM »

Happiness (Schastye) (1935) A kind of  comedy with realistic and surreal traits, it reminded me of some work by De Sica. Not completely succesful but a must see anyway. 8\10


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