Immediately going on the rewatch list. I've become unused to watching films like this (somewhat slow, dialogue-driven, interior-focused, subtle, and distancing) and had difficulty staying awake - entirely my fault and that of circumstance, not the film. The parts I saw lucidly were excellent, but I know there were parts I did not completely take in.
That said, Jeanne Moreau, am I right? She's perfection. Always. Monica Vitti and Marcello Mastroianni, not bad either. ;)
I figured I'd go ahead and watch this before The Avengers comes out, since I had missed it in theatres the year it came out. "Missed" isn't the right word. I heard bad things about it and opted not to go. And yeah, this movie is pretty boring, especially for an action movie. There are only like two and a half actual action scenes in it.
The first hour or so I was kind of bored stiff - there were…
For a little while I was afraid I'd misheard and it was gonna be all guns, which would've been boring and just needlessly violent (in a boring way). But then the hand-to-hand stuff started, and all of that was awesome. So yeah. Just enough story to string a nearly 100-minute long fight scene on, and that was enough. Also, it was surprisingly well-paced for basically being a long fight scene, with some breather sections in there at just the right times. Definitely had fun with this.