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P.S. There's no image of beautiful Candy Dulfer, so there is Clarence Clemons as a sax player.
What would You rather do?
Heartbreaking Sad Work of Art
This is absolutely beautiful movie that depicted brilliantly life of working class in France in the late 19th century. It is based on Emile Zola's novel L'Assommoir.
The main protagonist is perfectly portrayed by amazing Maria Schell and we can see well into all of Gervaise's virtues, but frailties as well and understand her emotions and struggles she endures constantly in her troubled life. The ending leaves Gervaise in full misery and the director Rene Clement turns our attention to her little daughter Anna - called Nana - that will be the protagonist of another, even more famous Zola's novel of the same name.
We Were Strangers (1949)
Good movie, but the point - there are noble American individuals who spend a lot of their money, time and energy just to liberate people around the world and bring them freedom and justice they dream of - is simply stupid. Unfortunately, many prominent intellectuals like Huston believe(d) in this. But what has ever changed for that people and country, after they managed to 'liberate' them? You think people in Afghanistan, Balkan live better now? That Iraqis and Libyans are happier without Husein and Gaddafi now? Whom Americans enabled to rule before that...
There were/are Americans who support battles against foreign regimes (not only with words), but they do it all for their own interest in that country, not cause they're humanitarians. They all end up powerful and very reach after they use naive 'revolutionaries' who give their lives to the 'great cause'.
The Godfather II puts it much better.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
...got over the edge while developing intellectual and rational part of a human's personality. People became too self-orientated and egoistic while searching for something they felt was missing inside of them. That's what is destroying The family as an institution in the western society, giving birth to every other social problem. And that's what Joanna felt she was missing, too. Everybody's concentrating on pursuing their careers thinking that will make them feel complete but it only brings more misery.
Joanna was feeling lost, unfulfilled and not useful? Well, she could have got herself a job. Yes, mother is the most important person in every child's life (especially from 3-5 years of age), but she could have paid a nanny from the earned money. Ted worked, took care of a kid, without the nanny. All alone. He managed somehow. Because he loved his son and felt responsible for him. The child doesn't come from out of nowhere, by it's own will. Father and mother are responsible for that. where was Ted when his son hit his head? HE was there! The bigger reason why Joanna left Ted was that she needed a man, meaning a lover. He neglected her cause of his work. But that need she felt was more important to her than her own child - that's where she lost every sympathy from me. It's simply selfish and irresponsible.
Est - Ouest (1999)
Poor, poor Seryozha...
He first goes to his father's homeland because his parents decided so. Upon arrival they barely get out alive, only to live in a very uncomfortable apartment in another town. But that's alright cause his parents' great love will get them through anything. But, no... His dad gets mixed up with a woman from the room across of theirs. He confesses it to Seryozha's mum because he's a man of principle. Mum kicks Dad because she's a woman of principle. He now lives with his new woman that Seryozha doesn't seem to be very fond of. Very soon Mum starts an affair with a 17-year old swimmer that she was so nice to let in their room, but she lies Seryozha's dad about that affair (she's got different principles, I guess). By the way, they both very much love their son. Small problem for Seryozha is that Mum wants him to only speak French in the house and Dad wants him to only speak Russian in the house. Once the swimmer gets out of the picture, and Dad gets enough of his new woman, he goes back to Mum, who generously accepts him. The happy family is reunited and stronger than ever! But the swimmer reappears and Mum is willing to try and escape to another country with him... Many more dramatic troubles turn up, but the liberal love of Seryozha's parents conquers and we get a pretty happy ending. Oh, boy...
This movie really shows how easy every man and woman and even little children can come to show their hidden flaws. On top of those that are not hidden... It reminds you how we don't really belong to some special and pure species and can easily become more blood-thirsty than any animal.
"Love, Love, makes the world beautiful!" - ends the movie ironically and the town's people continue their lives as if nothing happened, as if they didn't just drive an innocent man to death. And it is Love for a wrong man that made Alice do so many bad and terrible things, it is Love for wrong woman that made M. Hire not to turn the real killer to justice and that cost him his own life.
Monte Walsh (1970)
The end of The Old West... in style!
This is really a top western. The thematic is similar to the one in Man Without a Star, but here - there's nowhere left to run. The sad twilight of the wild west is everywhere in this one. It depicts wonderfully the end of the cowboys, open plains, saloons of the time (saloon girls especially)- the end of The Old West. It is also pretty much the end of Marvin's and Palance's careers in western (with exceptions of very good 'The Spikes Gang' and 'Chato's Land') and the golden era of western genre. The only thing that starts is the career of Fraker as a director!
The horse taming scene is simply incredible, the only one close to it is Yul Brynner's rampage in 'Invitation to a Gunfighter'.
First to notice - Dragomir Bojanić Gidra is from Serbia, not Croatia, as written in one otherwise very good review of this movie. He had a good role in this one, but from other spaghetti westerns in which he had a leading role, I would recommend 'Ballata per un pistolero' and 'The Last Killer'. Here as Tequila Joe, skillful lawman who lost his sharpness and courage (and faith in law) due to partly mysterious event from his past, and now all he tries to do is find peace of mind by being constantly drunk. Gidra still shows more than in his other westerns because here his character has to slowly transform back to righteous, resolute, adamant sheriff, or at least close to it, at the very end of the movie. Great actor such as Gidra was, suited that much better.