2 items from 2013
Between "Crazy Heart" and his forthcoming "Out Of The Furnace," director Scott Cooper has attached himself to a lot of stuff. "Lie Down In Darkness," "The Emperor's Children" (previously a Noah Baumbach project,) a remake of "Carancho" and the Depression-era drama "The Road Home." It's quite a to-do list, and now he's gone and added another to the pile. Deadline reports that Cooper has signed up rewrite and direct "36th Precinct," a remake of the Olivier Marchand's 2004 effort "36 Quai des Orfèvres." As busy as he is, it may not be a bad idea at all; the original movie was a solid, if not particularly memorable procedural starring Daniel Auteuil and Gerard Depardieu. It concerned two cops who compete to bring down a criminal gang in order to secure promotion. The new version will center on the NYPD's anti-terrorism unit, aiming for a more ripped-from-the-headlines feel we suppose. "I don't »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Masters of Cinema have kindly released L'assassin habite... au 21 (The Murderer Lives at... 21) on DVD. This, the directorial debut of Henri-Georges Clouzot, has never been an easy film to see in English-speaking territories. It's often dismissed a a minor effort, perhaps because of it's light-hearted tone, and because it's a more conventional whodunnit investigation than the more twisty and twisted later thrillers.
The stars are Pierre Fresnay (later hero of Le corbeau) and Suzy Delair (later heroine of Quai des Orfèvres, and Clouzot's mistress), playing a brilliant police inspector and his actress girlfriend. Suave Fresnay and blousy Delair would also play these roles in a sequel, Le dernier des six, scripted by Clouzot but not directed by him. It's not as good as this one but as a greedy swine I can't help wish that it could have been included as an extra on the disc.
There's been a series of robbery-murders, »
- David Cairns
2 items from 2013
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