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Cadillac Records (2008)
As a piece of entertainment this movie may be OK. But why take REAL names of REAL people (some of them fortunately are still living) to tell a story which, for the most part, is completely inaccurate. IMDb reviewer Davo Sambo has rightly pointed out the most blatant inaccuracies that this film carries. But as I have seen and met most of the artists involved in the plot (and for some of them - like Muddy who went dining at my home in Lyon (France) - I've had the fortune to know them personally) what worries me the most is that their personnality are also very inaccurate. For instance, Muddy who had an incredible charisma is portrayed here essentially as a very tepid character who thinks mostly to chase women. And Howlin' Wolf - a tough man certainly but a very bright and articulate one - is here portrayed as the terrorizing Wolf he PLAYED on stage and never out stage. The true story of the Chess saga (and the Chicago blues) is yet to be told properly
The Revengers (1972)
a western which starts well but goes nowhere
Take William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Susan Hayward and others strong actors, put them in the Wild West with a story of revenge and anger... With any director you should have a good western. But not with Daniel Mann: the poor soul handles his camera like if it was nine pound hammer, the script goes absolutely nowhere, trying to follow all the usual western movies tracks, including an appalling eyebrow to spaghetti western and Holden seems so tired and uninterested that you will be taking very hard not to close your eyes and take a good nap. The only bright (and moving) but very short scenes are when Holden and Hayward met together. Susan we miss you!
when issued on DVD?
although I was just a teenager when I saw Zarak, I remember very fondly this excellent film, notably the unbelievable Anita Ekberg's dance, certainly one of the most thrilling piece of eroticism of all British films. Director Terence Young was certainly a master of blending sex appeal with action as testified by his latter films (Safari, Dr No...) Ms Ekberg who certainly is the main attraction of the film is not the only one: Victor Mature as Zarak, an afghan rebel (!) is excellent as usual and the British officers are stiff to the point that they look only at Mature and not at Anita Ekberg. Can you believe it? What is amazing me is how such a cult film which has strong fans all over the world lay unissued and can't be seen anymore. When someone somewhere will at last publish this little gem on DVD?