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Simply a great great film! All the actors are excellent but, specially Maggie Smith
and Pamela Franklin, they are simply breathtaking! Super script, super direction by Ronald Neame (his masterpiece), everything top notch! The beautiful and young Celia Johnson from "Brief Encounter"(1945) here she is a great nasty lady.
For Members Only (1960)
A nudist movie!
Shelly Martin, the actress in the lead role, she dealt with Miscellaneous Crew for "Deep Throat", the famous porn film from 1972. Here, 12 years before, she found a pretext to show us her tits and her ass. That's all!
Der Frosch mit der Maske (1959)
Harald Reinl, an excellent director who has made films from the Mabuse series and the Winnetou series. This one is very well done and comic too, a pleasure to
watch even today in 2019, after 60 years: old movies are the best! Well, not all of them but, definitely, I prefer them to those painful superhero productions of today...
A very boring and bad acted film with a nasty dwarf, just a waste of time, if you like real good movies, watch something else!
Super Great Film!
This is one of the best films ever made. Everything is top notch, from all points of view. Well, with the exception that I'm not in it, I would had loved to act with two of the greatest actors ever, very very dear to me, Robert Shaw and Walter Matthau. Then, there is Hector Elizondo who's doing a great role. Martin Balsam in his best role ever, in my humble opinion. Great role also by Earl Hindman as the fourth guy from the hijackers group. They made two remakes after this masterpiece, both useless and well below the value level of this one.
Great direction by Joseph Sargent who directed also episodes from famous
TV series like "Bonanza", "The Fugitive", "The Invaders". He directed also a great Drama "Sunshine" in 1973. There is, however, one thing I would like to point out, as a flaw in the script: that train wagon in which all the action of the film takes place, could not have stopped there more than one hour, with the heavy traffic that I imagine in New York, there would have been trains that crossed that line every minute.
The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969)
A big waste of everything!
Nor can we talk about acting in this. Not even Christopher Lee, who has a presence. Everything is stupid, script, direction, actors. A big waste of time, money, everything!
Too Hot to Handle (1960)
Dreaming of Marilyn...
My first film with Jayne Mansfield, a copy of Marilyn Monroe but not so charming as the original. In this one, Jayne is not bad, she moves well, she sings well enough, with the acting there is a small problem. Marilyn was a much better actress and much more beautiful. And what great body had Marilyn, Jayne is a lot too big, too much in all: thighs, bust, ass, lips, etc. Unfortunately, both of them with a similar destiny and a very sad final. Leo Genn is very good as Johnny Solo. Good role by Christopher Lee. Karlheinz Böhm is from another film, totally inappropriate and insipid. There is also a very young Barbara Windsor in it and a guy called Ian Fleming, but it's not the famous father of James Bond. But, Mr.Terence Young, the director, after this film, he had to screen three novels from the famous Ian Fleming: "Dr. No", "From Russia with Love", "Thunderball", the first three of the series and, in my opinion, the best.
The Deadly Females (1976)
Not bad at all!
Donovan Winter, low budget film maker but very good film maker! Actors that are not big names but who are very good, like Tracy Reed, who worked with Stanley Kubrick in "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb", which is also the main actress. The others, Bernard Holley, Scott Fredericks, Heather Chasen, Brian Jackson, Roy Purcell, Jean Harrington, Olivia Munday, Jean Rimmer, Raymond Young, are all very good in their roles. An unexpected good movie!
La rose de fer (1973)
I saw this movie in July 2019. The reason I wanted to see it is Françoise Pascal, with whom I played in a short film in 2013, actually I even recommended her for it. Then, I only saw her a little in Mind Your Language (TV Series) where she is good. Here she is not bad either, plus she shows all that she had beautiful at that time... But the movie is a bumpy ineptitude, just a waste of time.
One of the most realistic movies I've ever seen. I had the impression in the first half that I'm watching a documentary. Only after that I started to foresee what it's happening and I realized that actually it's fiction. Strong directed by Wolfgang Fischer. The actress in the main role, Susanne Wolff, is doing a great good job. But, the most successful thing in this movie, is the cinematography, those marine landscapes that cut your breath.
The File of the Golden Goose (1969)
Yul Brynner is the film!
Yul Brynner, another unique in the cinema history! An actor with a fascinating, natural, credible personality in whatever role he did. And here he makes a character as he is, a rough one. Sam Wanamaker's direction is impeccable. All the other actors are very good: Charles Gray, Edward Woodward, John Barrie, Adrienne Corri, Graham Crowden, Walter Gotell. I do not think it's a waste of time watching this movie.
The Snorkel (1958)
An excellent movie which I've seen many times, every time with great pleasure. Peter van Eyck and Mandy Miller achieve two exceptional roles as the criminal stepfather and the sensitive and intelligent daughter. Guy Green did a really good job directing this movie. Smart cinematography by Jack Asher. The music by Francis Chagrin very appropriate. A little masterpiece. Made in 1958, the year I was born, but who resisted the test of time very well.
A mediocre film.
It's not a masterpiece neither a catastrophe. Gino Mangini, a director I hear for the first time in 60 years of watching movies continuously. He is also co-author of the script. If there were some big actors in the cast, it would have been a very good movie. Salvo Randone it's not bad in the role of a bloody old man. Ursula, she is beautiful, very beautiful, and her name is Jeanne Valérie. The music of the film is not at all inspired, the same commonplace, monotonous theme is repeats itself continuously. The end of the movie is pure Bond style.
Lucky Jo (1964)
The unique charm of Eddie Constantine.
I've seen in my childhood and then in my adolescence a few light comedies by Michel Deville: Kiss Me General(1966)Martin Soldat (original title), The Bear and the Doll(1970) L'ours et la poupée (original title), The Woman in Blue(1973) La femme en bleu (original title). And I've seen Eddie Constantine in a few entertaining comedy thrillers. In this one he's doing what he knows
best, pure comedy and some good beating. He is more natural than in
anything else I've seen him, plus he has a very convincing melancholic air. It also occurs at some point and a puppy dog who actually plays a role. Georges
Wilson is good as always in the role of good friend Simon. Jean-Pierre Darras is natural as well. Nice good simple film. Also, beautiful music by Georges Delerue.
I don't know if the story is true, but the movie looks very real. The actors are all excellent, the direction is great. Nina Hoss is really an exceptional actress. The best movie I've seen about the communist life in the German Democratic Republic. The STASI omnipresence is excellently pictured.
Boring, difficult to digest!
Petula Clark's song fits like a nut in the wall, but what's more, the movie is missed from head to tail. I had great expectations from Samantha Eggar and
Oliver Reed, two actors which I love very much. Both they try their best but the result is bad. Stéphane Audran is OK, as usual, in the role of wicked woman. I also had great expectations from Anatole Litvak, who made some very good movies like "The Night of the Generals" and "Goodbye Again". But this screening after Sébastien Japrisot it's a great disappointment. 3 stars, one for Eggar, one for Reed and one for Audran.
Mihai Smarandache it's a very good actor, I've seen him in a few theater plays in Bucharest, at the Theater Odeon. He's also trying to get the best of it here,
but the script and direction do not let him. Belén Cuesta and Ariadna Gil are more natural and compelling in the two main female roles. Luis Bermejo in the role of the parking owner is neither him convincing. The film had the potential to become a little masterpiece but, apparently, Mr. Tudor Giurgiu did not found his voice yet or maybe he is in the wrong business.
La louve solitaire (1968)
Danielle Gaubert it's all the attraction!
What an original and ingenious hiding of the vault behind the fridge! Danielle Gaubert is beautiful and looks great in the black outfit. She reminded Sylva Koscina in "Judex" and, of course, Marisa Mell in "Danger: Diabolik". Danielle Gaubert even looks very much like Marisa Mell, as if they were two twin sisters and, unfortunately, both died very young, of cancer. Julien Guiomar, as usual, is very good as a rogue cop. Michel Duchaussoy is colorless, odorless and totally mediocre. Sacha Pitoëff also makes a high-class gangster character. Francis Lai's music is not at all what would have needed this film, which could have been much better than it is.
A great homage to French writer Edmond Rostand, the author of "Cyrano de Bergerac", a work that would become a legend, the play was played uninterrupted
from 1897 until today, plus being screened many times, with many famous casts, in many films, the most famous being the one with Gérard Depardieu. All the actors are excellent and Alexis Michalik's direction is truly revolutionary.
A contemporary drama.
Little Isaure Multrier does a very good role in this sad story. The movie is well done, worthy of view. I would have preferred another ending, something more
Brando looks so good here in 1969, it's no surprise that women they were crazy in love with him. He's doing a cool role here too, very good. The whole movie
is well done, it has the atmosphere of the best films of Jean-Pierre Melville, "Le Samouraï" and "Le Cercle Rouge". The cool music signed by Stanley Myers it's in the same spirit of those of Éric Demarsan and François de Roubaix. Richard Boone, who is co-director, makes a great role as Leer. He was an extremely natural actor, with a unique face, excellent in many other movies (just check his IMDb profile!). Unfortunately, Al Lettieri, another unique hero of the big screen, the best actor in my opinion in Coppola's "The Godfather", here he has just a small insignificant role. Rita Moreno is herself excellent. Jess Hahn, perhaps in his best role. Pamela Franklin, seen in the excellent "Our Mother's House" with Dirk Bogarde and "The Food of the Gods", is very credible in the role of the kidnapped girl. Gérard Buhr, Von Stauffenberg in "The Night of the Generals", An inspector in "The Sicilian Clan", Gendarme on Telephone in "The Day of the Jackal", is very good in the role of the cop. I recap: there are some great legends here, a living one, Rita Moreno (I will never forget her as Louise in "Carnal Knowledge "), Al Lettieri (many do not even know who he is), one of the greatest actors of all time, dead unjustly only 47 years old. Richard Boone, Ward from "The Kremlin Letter", Grimes from "Hombre" and tough guys in many great westerns. Brando doesn't need anymore words, he's a myth.
I demoni di San Pietroburgo (2008)
Giuliano Montaldo it's an old expert of the 7th-art, he has learned the profession with some of the greatest ever, like Sergio Leone, Francesco Rossi, Carlo Lizzani, Gillo Pontecorvo. His best films, in my humble opinion, are "Sacco & Vanzetti" and "Giordano Bruno", both starring the unique Gian Maria Volontè as protagonist (Gian missing a T in English...). Here he tries to enter Dostoevsky's Russian atmosphere, impenetrable to anyone, a very difficult task. The film it's very carefully done, from all points of view, direction, acting, sets, costumes, Morricone's music, etc., but that's all, Dostoevsky is impossible to re-create in cinematic imagery.
Druga strana svega (2017)
No, it's not a waste of time, on the contrary...
Slobodan Milosevic was a Yugoslav politician who served as the President of Serbia from 1989 to 1997 and President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
from 1997 to 2000. Good that he died, it would have been better if he was not born at all, a new Hitler-Stalin, that was for Yugoslavia... The main heroine of the film is Srbijanka Turajlic, a woman who resisted the Milosevic monster. She tells us extremely interesting things about her family, her generation and the recent history of the sad federation that was Yugoslavia. A hard, sad, very good movie!
This documentary is more than interesting, it poses serious problems in the discussion, in fact and mainly trying to answer the question: is pornography
something good or something bad? Many of the scenes with the simple people on the street are representative for the subject, many do not know how to respond, but the opinions of the specialists are worthy of consideration. I tend to agree with the one who says that pornography is neither good nor bad, it is neutral, just like cars that are useful but can also be dangerous. Very emotional the real couple which divorced because the man turned out to be a porn addict.
Nice and funny!
At the beginning of the film it is written that it is based on true facts and at the end it is written that any likeness is purely accidental... A joke? Anyway, the film is pleasant to watch, especially because of the quality of the actors' play, they all shine, Maggie Gyllenhaal (very special), Jonathan Pryce (very natural in everything he does), Hugh Dancy (a nice new one), Felicity Jones (cute and efficient), Rupert Everett (natural funny), Sheridan Smith (also natural funny). But I still don't know if it is the true history of the vibrator...