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3 hommes à abattre (1980)
I liked this, some negative comments on this board notwithstanding... I thought the action scenes were not bad for an 80s movie. It's obviously an attempt to make a Hollywood-style action flick. While there were probably better action/thriller flicks made in the 80s, I can think of many, many worse ones! Having seen it for the first time when I was 18, the high point quite obviously was Dalila Di Lazzaro's chest, a memorable scene :) I bought a VHS copy on Ebay a few years ago, in German that's all I could find.
What was the car he drove at the beginning of the movie, by the way? A Lancia Gamma.
As for the comment about Delon wearing white socks with black pants, that actually was considered somewhat fashionable in Europe of the 80s
The Passage (1979)
Unforgettable - in both a good way and a bad way
This movie ran in Europe for quite a while in the 1980s. I saw it several times there and, quite unexpectedly, on HBO or Cinemax late at night a few years ago.
The movie was about war and wars are nasty things. I do not think the violence was overblown in the movie - not after visiting a few Holocaust museums in Europe. McDowell's portrayal of a fanatical psychopath (not that know any) seemed very fitting.
In terms of the amount of blood and gore on screen, it seems tame compared to movies made later. Schindler's List is much more terrifying. Starship Troopers has much more severed limb type stuff than The Passage. But what makes this so chilling and repulsive is its realism; that things like these truly happened and happened not that long ago...
Le cadeau (1982)
A nice movie
If you like French cinematography, you will like this movie. I must respectfully disagree with the previous post, but I liked it. Although it has been a while since I saw this movie, I remember it as being light-hearted, witty and fun to watch.
Also, I seem to remember that the much of the plot takes place in Venice along the Grand Canal, not in Paris. The movie starts in Paris, ends in Venice. Perhaps the previous review was asleep?
Pierre Mondy is a retiring bank employee who is sent on a pleasure trip by his colleagues. On the train he "happens to" meet Clio Goldsmith. His character is a man who is craving adventure after decades of marriage and two kids. Although, having been married to Claudia Cardinale, one does wonder on what planet the scriptwriter was on...
The movie ends on a very high note. Claudia Cardinale travels to Venice and meets her husband and the flame is re-kindled.
While not a grand piece of cinema, it is fun and uplifting. Try it.
The Bridge at Remagen (1969)
The physical bridge in Davle
The interesting part of the background of the movie is that it was shot before and during the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. The bridge in the movie is on the Vltava river in Davle, south of Prague. I visited it a month ago. When you stand on it it seems much narrower than in the movie. It was a road bridge in reality, the railroad was built as a set for the movie. The remains of the railroad tunnel, the entry of which was also built for the movie, is visible behind a real railroad that runs perpendicular to the bridge and parallel to the river along its eastern bank. Today it serves as a pedestrian bridge. I cannot upload a picture here but here is one on the web taken during the floods in 2002: http://img.radio.cz/galerie/povodne_prehrady/davle_most1.jpg
Tajemství Ocelového mesta (1979)
Jules Verne's sci-fi book transposed into the Cold War
One city wants to live in peace, while their neighbors (The Steel City) is building a bomb that kills people but does not damage buildings or equipment. This is an oblique reference to the Neutron Bomb, the development of which was fostered by the Reagan administration. The Neutron Bomb is a tactical weapon primarily intended to kill soldiers who are protected by armor. This was naturally a MAJOR thorn in the eye of the Soviets, and therefore this movie was made. The original Jules Verne's book provided a fitting story the Czechoslovakian media censors of the time found useful.
The original book by Jules Verne tells a similar story from a different angle. It is set at the turn of the 19th century in the U.S. state of Oregon and tells a story of two fictional cities: one French and one German. The German city (Steel City or Stahlstadt) is one big factory producing the best steel and military machinery, and is rumored to be developing a secret weapon. On the other hand, the neighboring French city is depicted as the poster child of peacefulness. Clearly, this is Verne's take on the German unification under Bismarck following France's defeat in 1871, and the consequent German military buildup leading to World War I.
I saw this movie in the 1980s and remember that it had great sets and good acting.
Honnecker's SED regime must have loved this!
Think "Dances with Wolves" but with a ton of ideological overtones added by the East German communist regime. The movie has an average plot but nice sets and sceneries, shot most likely in Yugoslavia (?). I saw this movie sometime in 1975 or 76, growing up in Czechoslovakia. I remember it being quite boring - even for a 10 year old who wanted to see every cowboy-and-Indian movie in sight. This movie has since all but disappeared - and it is no loss.
After his immigration to East Germany, "Red Dean" was used as a poster child for every propaganda campaign the government could think of, mainly in music and movies. Even Dr. Goebbels would have been amazed.