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Movies were more than half a century old when writer-director John Huston made “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” in 1947, but shooting “on location” wasn’t the norm, especially not for the major Hollywood studios. But Huston was not only a brilliant screenwriter and director (and later, actor), he was also a determined cinematic innovator, a fact perhaps lost amid the large swath he cut with his bigger-than-life antics and dazzling handling of actors and material.
In the case of “Sierra Madre,” Huston fought hard for the use of Mexican landscapes, captured so memorably by d.p. Ted McCord. His win has been described as “a radical move” by film historians.
The result didn’t excite studio boss Jack Warner until the film started scoring with critics. It went on to win Oscars for Huston’s writing and directing and also garnered his father, Walter, a supporting actor Oscar.
Over the decades, »
- Steven Gaydos
Loose and ebullient, “Tattoo” sees worlds collide as the omnisexual leader of an anarchist cabaret troupe falls in love with an 18-year-old soldier serving Brazil’s military dictatorship in 1978, just before the next year’s amnesty law would commence a gradual return to democracy. With a gender-blurred atmosphere of glitter, nudity and impudence right out of “The Cockettes,” the pic’s primary club setting establishes a tenor both transgressive and innocent that carries over to the somewhat amorphous narrative. Winner of several top prizes at Rio, this first directorial feature Hilton Lacerda, a longtime scenarist (especially for Claudio Assisi), is a colorful flashback that should flourish on the gay fest and niche home-format circuits, with potential for wider exposure in select territories.
Lacerta’s native metropolis of Recife is home to the “Moulin Rouge of the outskirts, the Broadway of the poor, the Studio 54 of the favela,” as impresario/director »
- Dennis Harvey
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