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The title "fearless vampire killers" it's not so good as "Dance of the
Vampires",outside U.S. this is the original title
I always will remember this film as "Dance of the Vampires" ALSO,CONGRATULATIONS to Mr Polanski for the Palme D' Or, he deserves it(without him just cinema "boring")
I enjoyed poetic scenes such as like moment in Sarah's bath comparing the textures of first soap bubbles, then falling snowflakes, and finally crimson blood. when Alfred(Polanski) carries his master across the castle battlements remind me of Polanski early short films. Krystov Komeda's music has been acclaimed as "the most innovative and haunting score ever devised for a horror movie" by the heavyweight Aurum Film Encyclopedia. Krystof Komeda's wondrous music, with its weird choral effects and little melodies Komeda's score communicates the Kafka-like isolation of the setting and the characters
Polanski chose some of the finest English cinema craft artists to work on the film: cameraman Douglas Slocombe, production designer Wilfrid Shingleton Polanski engaged noted choreographer Tutte Lemkow, who played the actual Fiddler in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, for the film's climactic Danse Macabre minuet.
Sharon Tate as Sarah was delightful(we should remember her in a good way,as a decent actress and person,her scene with Polanski is really cool ,especially "the bite scene") Jack MacGowran as Professor Abronsius is just great Polanski's films often deal in contrasts of master and servant, the empowered and the powerless. The supposedly benign Abronsius bullies Alfred for his own purposes, just as the vampires consider all of humankind a resource to be harvested.
The character called Shagal got the best lines in the movie,when A woman thrusts a crucifix in his face, only for Shagal - a Jewish rather than a Christian vampire - to go "Oy-yoy! You got the wrong vampire" and bite her anyway Count Von Krolock (Ferdy Mayne, who plays the Count)he looks really as a Nosferatu or a man that needs Transfusion!.
Also funny is Herbert, the openly gay vampire who is interested in Alfred rather than Sara, the sexual deviations implicit in early Hammer films like The Brides of Dracula (1960) and Kiss of the Vampire (1964) are brought out. Hammer would increasingly exploit this in their lesbian
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14th Century.Abady.Mysterious deaths.A franciscan monk and a young novice
arrives at this inhospitable place.The monk William(Sean Connery) almost
behave as a detective.He is there to find out the cause of the death of a
young monk.William doesn't believe in superstitions(the monks in the abady
think that this crime is the devil's fault) he needs to know the
This fascinating film plays(so well) with false concepts.We don't know
really what's going on.Also we should remember,in Middle-ages the people
believed that the devil was among them,living in the world,that he was the
causing of the black plague or other diseases.The church took advantage on
that,the famous inquisition appears,the church used believers as a way of
Religious people like Bernardo Gui(played by Murray Abrahan)remind us of the
infamous spanish inquisitor-Tomas de Torquemada-Gui was a true
sadistic,worse of all,he was the censorious of his time.Another sinister
character is the blind monk Jordi(who condemned a joyful way of
William is a rational man,almost scientific.He is against repression and men like Gui.William represents the free thinking,he loves books(Aristotheles).When he found out that the death -Spoiler ahead!-of the monks got to do with a forbidden book(poisoned pages) he is even more intrigued than us.The people who think s that some books influence d us in a way that could change our perspectives,like poison to our minds,are especially short mind-religious people(this movie shows that).The young novice(Christian Slater who proves that he can carry a picture) represents the pure innocence,he will find love in this horrible place.He is clever enough to understand and learn from his mentor.The young girl accused of witchcraft is one of the victims of a perverse system.This film has memorable scenes,especially the last final scene.
The name of the rose is a fascinating as reading Umberto Echo book , it is one of the greatest adaptations ever.I also find interesting how the film portray monks as a pathetic figures(behind the hood,secrets, conspiracies and pain)they are Doomed people. Enjoy ---8/10----
Congratulations to Mr Polanski,he totally deserves it, The Palme D'Or for The pianist,Cannes owed him this honour.This film is not really about the holocaust it's more about a personal journey,a more subjective story. CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO THE KING!.
`She stole Brad Pitt's long- dead heart in interview with the
I first saw Kirsten Dunst in the film"interview with the Vampire" and she was brilliant!.All that professionalism in that short age(she was only 11)and then she appears in The Virgin Suicides,one of the greatest movies of 1999.Dunst became a cult actress with Honors;in The Cat's Meow she plays marvelously the actress Marion Davies,she is so great here(just look at her when she dances).I think this is her first film as a woman,and maybe she could transcends(as Jodi did as Kinski did) to a more matured actress without losing her charm. Ah! Kirsten is a lucky girl too Did you know that her first kiss on screen was with Brad Pitt? yes,in interview with the Vampire.Kirsten was blessed from the start!.Also kudos for the Director.is nice to know that Peter Bogdanovich is back again,He is maybe one of the most underestimated Directors.I keep the faith!
The title of this movie(One Night Stand) may suggest that it's about
"Cheating" but is something else,is about an instant attraction,the things
occur spontaneously between Karen(Ms Kinski )and Max(Wesley Snipes)THEN
just a memory of that perfect woman,then the re- encounter,the desire and
passion appears again and then
Max and Karen are drawn together with both of them finding something in each other that had been lacking in their own relationships BUT is Robert Downey jr who steals the show HE IS THE GLUE that represents human connection in the film,believe me HE ROCKS!!!.Wonderful performances by the cool Wesley Snipes,Ming Na Wen,Nastassja Kinski(she is so smooth!!!),OK I got to say something about this actress,Kinski,she's a true woman.She doesn't has the vulgarity of Jennifer Lopez(Oops!).
I also liked the two sex scenes of our protagonist with this two woman(the difference of how they make love ),even the film has some cameos from Ione Skye(remember that actress of Say Anything?);His real life brother ,the musician Donovan Leitch,OK Mike Figgis is the Director but he also is responsible of the wonderful music in this film.
I hate to say it,but Roger Ebert was right in saying that Kinski has the best line of the movie: "What do you do, Karen?" asks Mimi(Max's wife). And she replies: "I'm a rocket scientist."
"Thank god,I'm Atheistic" (Luis Buñuel)
I don't understand this fascination for religion or why some people think of Jesus as our saviour?,anyway,but we have this film"Last temptation..." and the Christian right criticized it because it's not"Jesus of Nazareth?".Some boring catholic countries even banned this film because it was "offensive",so,they think they're right and the artist is wrong...GIVE A BREAK! Where's the freedom of an artist's creativity? For god's sake!.J. Luc Godard said that"Cinema is like Christianity,because it's not based on true history".If Mr Scorsese choose a different version of a story, How can that be wrong?.
Some people think of Last tango...as"pretentious",NO sexy or even
"boring".Well, you've miss the point!.It's obvious that Brando's
character"Paul" is a self degrading,self destructive fellow,as other
dramatic character,He is a tortured man.Paul felt a terrible guilt.The film
show us some hints:that he was a terrible husband and person.When he meets a
young woman,he submit her in a sick way,so,we have here and incredible
psychological film.The sex scenes is just part of his mental
deterioration.How can that be erotic?.To me erotism is part of the
senses(caresses,self respect and respect)more than wild sex with a
Bertolucci just knew how to bring tortured male characters on the screen(see the conformist;Spider's Stratagem)their protagonists are like man without resolutions.Also NOTICE Gato Barbieri music(sublime!);Francis Bacon paintings and the tango contest scene(similar to the film The conformist). 8/10
"Thank god,I'm Atheistic" (Luis Buñuel)
I don't understand this fascination for religion or why some people think of Jesus as our savior?,anyway,but we have this film"Last temptation..." and the christian right critized it because it's not"Jesus of Nazareth?".Some boring catholic countries even banned this film because it was "offensive",so,they think they're right and the artist is wrong...GIVE A BREAK! Where's the freedom of an artist's creativity? For god's sake!.J. Luc Godard said that"Cinema is like Christianity,because it's not based on true history".If Mr Scorsese choose a different version of a story, How can that possible be wrong?.
A Vampire who wanders in eternity.Louis(Mr Pitt) seems more a doomed immortal man.He hates his condition.This kind of vampire reminds me of the angels in the German film "Wings of Desire",we should call it "fangs undesire".Louis is in constant company with a young ambiguous girl,played by Kirsten Dunst and she was brilliant,all that professionalism in that short age(she was only 11)and then she appears in "The Virgin Suicides",one of the greatest film of 1999.Dunst became a cult actress with honors,this year she impressed me again in The Cat's Meow,I think this is her first role as a woman,maybe she could transcends(as Jodi or Kinski did) to a more grown up actress without losing her charm.Ah! Kirsten is a lucky girl too Did you know that her first kiss on screen was with Brad Pitt? yes,in interview with the Vampire.Kirsten was blessed from the start!.
This film proves that sex without emotional connection is almost impossible.This film has no pornographic scenes,not even in the sensual level.To me the film is about suffering and the desolate destiny for our protagonist and what happens to people can't have a conversation with other person.Intimacy is almost an exercise about isolation,affliction and desperation(see Hanecke's The piano teacher)in a Metropolis.I think the New French Cinema is a good example of what's going on with modern society and its lack of...everything! Especially of what has happened with Jean Marie LePen in France and the embarrassment of a civilized French society when the a xenophobic politician gained 17 percent of the votes.
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