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It's really a peculiar film, very engaging even if there is no real
intrigue in it but I can watch it endlessly because it makes you feel
happy.Why ? Well the city (New York looks superb in early summer) and
the relationships between all the characters are shown with great
simplicity and love. Director Peter Bogdanovich being a native born New
Yorker, it's no surprise that the town is in fact the main character.
Here the "Big apple" is very welcoming , very beautiful with the sun
shining everywhere.It's like a nest in which are evolving all these
characters. It gives the film a peculiar charm , because as i've said
the plot here has no importance.Beside New York the other big
attraction are the actors. Ben Gazzara, Dorothy Stratten, Patti Hansen,
John Ritter... they are all perfect. I mean you have to see Patti
Hansen's face as she drives a cab. That's cinema at his best , it's
simple but so beautiful because it gives you an emotion. I won't talk
much about Dorothy Stratten( it's so sad) but here she appears to be a
very promising actress. Needless to say that her beauty illuminates the
Really Peter Bogdanovich knew how to find and reveal such beautiful and talented girls: Cybill Shephed, Dorothy Stratten, Patti Hansen.
What means "Bellflower" ? It's just a street in Ventura (Cal) were was
shot this movie. In fact the action is principally around this place.
Two guys, two friends, meet in a bar two girls. This film is about
their complicated relationship but not the way usually shown. It looks
like a home made movie with dirty , saturated images but that's not
disturbing as all the characters themselves are completely out of
In others words you take a shaker ,you fill it with love, hate, fun ,sadness, booze, boobs, desire, revenge, a muscle car, the apocalypse, pretty girls , pretty boys, you add a lot of energy, you mix it and what you have is this film : a guilty pleasure that's not for everybody.
Special dedication to Jessie Wiseman (Milly) who is so beautiful and moving in the last sequence added at the very end of the picture. Just for that a film worth seeing.
It's about cars but miles away from films like "Fast & furious". Here it's more like "slow & cool". The heroes (sort of) don't do much as they drive across the USA. Even when they meet a young wandering girl (Laurie Bird), they hardly talk to her. It seems boring but it isn't. First of all Monte Hellman knows how to film cars (a 1955 Chevy and a 1970 Pontiac )and he does it with great respect. After all they are as much important as the two main characters (Denis Wilson & James Taylor). Secondly like for books what makes a work valuable or at least interesting is the style. Although we can say that it's a "road movie" , which is typically American, the general atmosphere given by the director Monte Hellman is more European.I mean action here is not the point. That's the style of this picture.A great film, beautifully shot that didn't have the success it deserved, perhaps due to the huge triumph of "Easy Rider" released just two years earlier.
I've just seen this movie by Virginie Despentes (famous french writer). It's more mainstream than her previous one (Baise moi !)but nevertheless very provocative. Provocative because it's a lesbian comedy, Virginie Despentes being herself a lesbian she was intented on making it that way. I think it's very important to have such artists who can express themselves in a more and more consensual world and indeed her approach is commendable and necessary. As for the film itself i have some restrictions. First of all i don't really believe in the love story of the two main characters ( B. Dalle & E. Béart) , on the contrary their story is much more convincing when they are young. This is due to the life and energy given by Soko and Clara Ponsot. Two promising , attractive young actresses . The other thing that has bothered me is how punks are shown. For me it's a little flaw, too much cliché. I don't think you have to be always drunk to be a punk. It's strange because Despentes was punk and has known very well this movement in France. To her credit i must say that the soundtrack is excellent with songs from Berurier Noir, La Souris Déglinguée, OTH, Metal Urbain... All in all this is not a very good film, a little flawed but that's not very important here. What counts it's is freedom of speech and that's priceless.