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About JefCostello

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  1. Gilda. Totally idiotic, naive ending for a film noir. Gilda should have led to both men's demise. Instead, we have a walk off into the sunset ending with her and Glenn Ford's character.
  2. Not sure, but I know foreign films didn't have the same animal rights as Hollywood did. And certainly not like animal rights today for movies. I've seen some pretty terrible things done to animals in foreign films. I doubt the donkey was shot to death for the movie, though .
  3. I know. Gives me another reason to dislike Zanuck.
  4. I would keep everyone except for Leslie Howard, who might be the worst casting choice in movie history. I'd put Tyrone Power in his place.
  5. Dostoevsky is my favorite writer, but I hesitate to watch films based on his novels, or any other Russian writer. The Lorre film wasn't all that bad, but doesn't go to the heart of the novel. I saw the Russian version of his best novel, the Brothers Karamazov, but felt that it also didn't go to the heart of the novel. I've never seen the American version, but hear it was awful. I just think he's a writer that's difficult to capture on film. The closest successes were loose adaptions of Dostoevsky, like those done by Bresson and Kurosawa.
  6. Far as I know, she was more respected in France, where she made her best works. She left Hollywood because she made a few films with Preminger that bombed. She's buried in Montparnasse Cemetery. I know she's from Iowa, but I'll always remember her as an American in French films.
  7. Don't know why people are complaining. This is a great opportunity to see some great foreign gilms, regardless of when they were made. It's not like they're showing mindless CGI films of the last few years. Le Havre was a really good movie by a successful international filmmaker of the past few decades, and I'm glad they showed it. Same thing with the Fitzcarraldo documentary. You can't watch this stuff on Showtime. As long as TCM shows tons and tons of classic Hollywood movies, which they do, they're not changing the channel's primary purpose.
  8. Mon Oncle is indeed a good film. I love how Tati wasn't afraid to just let the camera sit still, and let us observe all the gags and movement of his characters. You have to watch his films several times before you can notice all the things his different characters are doing in different parts of the screen. The downside to Mon Oncle, is that it could have used better transitional scenes between the gags and set pieces. The film plods along too much. The best Tati movie and probably the most amazing French film I've ever seen is Playtime. It's a difficult movie to enjoy, but is
  9. I've never had trouble watching the screen and reading the subtitles. After you see enough foreign films, you get used to it and it becomes second nature. Just a matter of experience.
  10. Truffaut is my favorite New Wave director, however, with the exception of maybe Day for Night (which I need to re-watch) I don't think he ever made a great, great film. As in "one of the top 10 French films ever" great. I know The 400 Blows and Jules and Jim are considered as such, but they've never been amongst my favorite films of his, and I think both are a little overrated. Instead, it's his lesser known films that I like and his body of work and overall love of cinema which I admire.
  11. The Good the Bad and the Ugly L'Avventura La Dolce Vita Once Upon a Time in the West 8 1/2 Rocco and His Brothers The Red Desert The Leopard L'Eclisse Accatone La Commare Secca
  12. Here's how good Edward G. Robinson was. In my opinion, he dominates both Steve McQueen and Humphrey Bogart, in "Cincinatti Kid' and "Key Largo". These were two men who were almost impossible to dominate on the big screen, especially considering how big a stars they were at the time those two films were made. Didn't matter whether Robinson was playing a loud, boisterous gangster, or a laid back card player. He has incredible screen presence at any point in his career. Double Indemnity was the same way, although I think all three leads made that film special, along with a great
  13. Favorite would be Operation Petticoat. Best is Das Boot.
  14. I am Cuba has simply the most amazing camera movement I've ever seen. Omnipotent like. Reminds me of another film made that same year, "Shadows of our Forgotten Ancestors". Cranes are Flying is probably the best film Kalatozov made, though. It actually has a great story (albeit a recurring one in Russian films), and that's something his other films don't really have. To me, his films have always been an excuse to show off his camera work and photography. Maybe he does that in Cranes are Flying too, but the script and acting make the movie more special than his other films.
  15. I actually thought of Forbidden Planet for this list. Hotel in Key Largo is a great location. The storm outside feels totally real, as does the stuffy air inside. Film noirs typically have great, dark locations that become memorable for fans.
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