Wrong Is Right (1982)
Written by: Quentin Dupieux
Featuring: Jack Plotnick, Eric Judor, Alexis Dziena, William Fichtner
Two years ago, when working as a translator for the communication department of the Fantasia International Film Festival, I received the synopsis for a film titled Rubber, which was having its North American premiere during the fest. Upon reading it, I immediately called my colleague and the following conversation ensued:
Me: I'm translating the Rubber synopsis and I have a few questions for you.
Me: Ok, it says "serial killing tire." I'm not sure I get it; is the killer compared to a "tire"?
Programmer: No, it's a tire that kills.
Me: A car tire? Someone is using a car tire to kill people?
Programmer: No. The tire kills on its own.
Me: It's a live-action movie?
Me: Does the tire speak? Is it a sort of "tire monster"?
There is a scene in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather: Part II (1974) that crystallises the entire film career of the character actor Gd Spradlin, who has died aged 90. As the corrupt senator Pat Geary, Spradlin asks the mafia boss Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) for a bribe, so that he can grant gaming licences to the "family" for several casinos in Nevada. During the meeting, Geary launches into an attack on the Corleones, a name he pronounces with derision. "I intend to squeeze you. I don't like your kind of people. I don't like to see you come out to this clean country with oily hair and trussed up in those silk suits trying to pass yourselves off as decent Americans. I'll do business with you, but the fact is I despise you masquerading in the dishonest way you pose yourself.
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