I've been hearing about this movie for months now, that's one of the reasons why I waited until 11 pm to see it - The film was announced for a 9:45 showing at the Hollywood Chinese Theater - It was worth the wait. The film is a cinematic poem from beginning to end. A passionate tale of almost everything. Almost should be the operative word because only death is achievable. Love stays at the door, betrayal is never consummated, Brazil is only an excuse. Karlo, our antihero, is a star in his community. He inspires loyalty although he is basically a weak and vain man. Pierluigi Coppola, the actor who plays him, is a star in his own right. Inhabiting the poetry with all its contradictions. Beautiful, ambiguous, sensual, cold. Just like in "Apartment Zero" and "Seeds Of Tragedy" Martin Donovan treats each one of his characters as "the character" when the camera is on them. Stunning close ups of a ravishing cast. My favorite moment the generational transition when the young bandits pass on the ball to their older selves. The images and the music have stayed with me and I suspect this is a movie I'll see again and again.
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