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« #180 : April 09, 2012, 11:23:50 AM »

I Walked with a Zombie (1943) Probably the weakest of the trio produced by Lewton at RKO (the finale makes you wonder why the younger brother hadn't thought of it before) but still with many factors to recommend it, as the use of the sound. BTW, there's already a hit of the '60's (Shame and Scandal in the Family)  put to use, though with different lyrics. 7\10


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« #181 : April 09, 2012, 11:28:18 AM »

The Leopard Man (1943) This is the one of the three Tourneur I hadn't seen before and it is excellent except for the finale, which is resolved too simplistically, without leaving anything to doubt. That's why Cat People is probably superior (though more than twenty years have passed since I saw it). Another masterful use of sound. Probably will be recycled as a noir. 8\10

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« #182 : April 09, 2012, 11:39:12 AM »

Kinoglaz (1924) Probably one is not strcken by Vertov's method after years of videoclips and commercials. But the techniques are all there, especially in  Chelovek s kino-apparatom , which I saw more than 20 years ago in a cinema. Here there is less adventurous (for the time) editing but some of the subjects in front of the camera are still amazing, as the "awakening of a cocainomane" or the shooting in a madhouse. That's what earns this a 7\10 anyway.


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« #183 : April 09, 2012, 04:06:50 PM »

Scandal (1950) This Kurosawa  starts as a good drama but then, after the lawyer makes his appearance, verges into melodrama, with some embarrassing scenes like the Xmas in the home of the lawyer. And it is too long, marred by the actor plaqying the lawyer who exaggerates his being a "worm" trying to imitate the animal. 6\10 


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« #184 : April 09, 2012, 11:27:42 PM »

The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail (1945) Men on a mission short movie by  Kurosawa who manages to have results shooting in a studio, basing effects on dialogues and suspense. 7\10 


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« #185 : April 10, 2012, 07:47:59 PM »

The Bad Sleep Well (1960) Reading a book on Kurosawa, Hamlet it is quoted as an inspiration for this movie. But from the first it is clear that the real starting point was the revenge part of Count of Montecristo, so much so that even an episode is culled directly from that source. This is an overlong melodrama, interesting at the start (the wedding party it is said to have been an inspiration for Coppola's Godfather's scene); also, the funeral scene is worth watching: but that, just as in Dumas's novel, it is going nowhere after a half hour, once you know what the case is all about. 150' are just too many. And all the preaching about the gangster politics of big concerns just are boring.6\10   


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« #186 : April 11, 2012, 09:44:33 AM »

Red Beard (1965) A series of extended Dr Kildare-like episodes woven into an overblown (3 hours) melodrama about a japanese hospital in early 1800 Tokio (which hadn't that name yet). Yes, there are some good scenes, but you don't want to see them a second time. 6\10


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« #187 : April 12, 2012, 01:03:57 AM »

No Regrets for Our Youth (1946) Amazing. I don't remember having seen anything like this before the '60's. And all the more so as it is coming from a non-political director like K. But the most amazing side of the movie is the portrait of the  female protagonist and her personal mal de vivre. 9\10


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« #188 : April 13, 2012, 01:06:43 PM »

One Wonderful Sunday (1947) A good, De Sica-inspired, movie for the first part, until the scalpers episode. But after the  at home part and the veering into the  open-eyed fantasy, it becomes boring. Add to that the ugliness of the girl and you have a generous 5\10.


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« #189 : April 14, 2012, 05:16:52 PM »

Dodes'ka-den (1970) A series of stories set ina japanese bidonville. Some better come off than the others, but on the whole it is entertaining if you like minimalistic narratives. 7\10


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« #190 : April 14, 2012, 05:19:20 PM »

The Most Beautiful (1944)  Awful propaganda movie which can be watched though to try to understand how the japanese mind works (or used to)). 4\10


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« #191 : April 16, 2012, 07:18:49 PM »

Camicia nera (1933) Propaganda half-fiction, half-documentary flick which depicts italian vicissitudes before and after the IWW which led to Fascism and to how malary-infested lands were rescued and put to use for agricolture. Mussolini, in a final speech held in the newly built town, proves definitely who was the best comedian in Italy at the time:

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« #192 : April 16, 2012, 07:25:31 PM »

Three Songs About Lenin (1934) Not the best Vertov, as the movie is interesting under a documentary point, more than the aesthetic one. But still is worth watching by people who are interested in Revolutionary Russia. 6\10


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« #193 : April 16, 2012, 07:30:26 PM »

Why We Fight (1942) I saw the first 2 episodes of the series and I much admired them. The rhythm is fast, the reconstruction of military events (the Poland invasion) clear, the few reconstructed scenes with actors not obtrusive (italo-americans dressed up as fascist speaking with a heavy american accent). I always hesitated about watching this, but I think I'll watch the other episodes too. 8\10


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« #194 : April 23, 2012, 12:40:01 AM »

Sanshiro Sugata 2 (1945) Kurosawa invented even the martial arts genre, apparently. This has all the ingredients of the movies to be in the 70's, even something of the Rocky series.  And greatly anticipates the farce of the Inoki-Ali crap. Of course the spectacularity and the fast editing are not there: but the basics are all included. 7\10


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