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Everything posted by cinemaspeak59

  1. Lota, the Panther Woman, played by Kathleen Burke in Island of Lost Souls (1932)
  2. Somewhere in Fellini's filmography is the overlooked Il Bidone (The Swindle), from 1955. About a trio of small-time con artists who bilk the poor by posing as priests and housing officials, Il Bidone shares with its two predecessors, I Vitelloni and La Strada, futile struggles to create destiny and moral epiphanies that come too late in the game. Italy's post war economic conditions certainly contribute to why people existed in society’s margins as crooks, hookers, freeloaders, and circus buffoons, a nod to neorealism Il Bidone boasts an affecting performance by Broderick Crawford, as
  3. A Special Day (1977). Sophia Loren as a stressed housewife in 1930s Italy who falls in love with Marcello Mastroianni’s gay broadcaster dismissed from his government job when his sexual orientation is revealed. The film is set during Hitler’s May 1938 visit to Rome to meet Mussolini. This was a tour de force from the two leads. It was shot in muted colors to evoke a sense of desolation and oppression. When Loren finds out about Mastroianni, her anger and shock dissipate, and their love grows stronger. Beautifully directed by Ettore Scola.
  4. The Unbearable Lightness of Being John Malkovich
  5. Two movies set in the 1940's that I loved, odes to Classic Noir and both in gorgeous B&W: The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) directed the Coen Brothers The Good German (2006) directed by Steven Soderbergh
  6. No Way to Treat A Lady Without Passport
  7. The setting and costumes do remind one of the Wicker Man. I saw the 2006 remake with Nicholas Cage but haven't seen the 1973 version, which is regarded as much better.
  8. Bound (1996) I've read where this film has grown to cult status. I saw it upon release and liked it.
  9. Midsommar (2019) It was with high anticipation that I went to see Midsommar, Ari Aster’s follow-up to the superb Hereditary. Aster has a gift for creating atmosphere and dread, which were on full display in the brilliant first act. The protagonist, Dani, played by Florence Pugh (on a roll from her breakout performance in Lady Macbeth) is reeling from a horrific family tragedy. To clear her mind, she joins her reluctant boyfriend Christian (a great Jack Reynor), and his even more reluctant pals, Josh (William Jackson Harper) and resident bro Mark (Will Poulter), on a trip to Sweden, to celebr
  10. Ingrid Bergman was in Cactus Flower with Walter Matthau
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