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Young Treasury Agent Elliot Ness arrives in Chicago and is deternimed to take down Al Capone but it's not going to be easy, because Capone has the police in his pocket. Ness meets Jimmy Malone a veteran patrolman and probably the most honorable one in the force. He asks Malone to help him get Capone but Malone warns him that if he goes after Capone, he is going to war.
In his excellent review of The Untouchables, Cramer K opens up by asking if there has ever been a more bald-faced cinematic thief than Brian De Palma. You would probably expect a huge fan of De Palma's such as I to launch an impassioned defence of him and state that's not the case.
However, to quote a particular excellent episode of Blackadder (doesn't narrow it down, obviously), De Palma is as guilty as a puppy sitting next to a pile of poo. I think the way these things work is that if the director in question is a load of crap and you don't particular like his or her work, it is more likely to bother you. Rarely during gushing…
Brian De Palma's crime/mobster film is one of style over substance. One that I won't comment on its historical accuracy due to me not knowing enough about this period.
What I do know is at the core of the story its factual however the story around the times is probably more for engaging the audience.
What makes The Untouchables so enjoyable is the set pieces of the times being spot on for the 30's prohibition era.
Some hammy acting kept me from loving it however enough of the episodic scenes were enough to make it very enjoyable.
most of the Untouchables is a staid period piece with hints of mamet flavor. david mamet is certainly a good screenwriter and I'd argue that de palma isn't the best pairing, despite their shared love for fast-talking, chest-puffing protags. mamet's meat n potatoes script leaves little room for de palma to show off his virtuosity.
of course, you get the exceptions. there's the famous battleship potemkin homage, and there's the elevator assassination scene (one sends up eisensteinian montage, the other is structured around an extended tracking shot). these two are immediately set in a different class from the other major setpieces, which are sometimes hindered by story functionality, and generally dulled by morricone's misjudged score.
what to take from this? de palma just needs to be able to do his thing. his best films are organic collaborations with freer material, and his dullest films (though I won't necessarily say his worst) are collaborations with high-profile screenwriters.
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Right from the first few seconds of that opening credits sequence, you know that this is going to be good. Aided by a fantastic Ennio Morricone score, Brian De Palma manages to create a stylish and occasionally gritty crime thriller that manages to capture the 30's atmosphere brilliantly. Plus, the supporting cast includes Sean Connery being, well, Sean Connery and Robert De Niro as Al Capone who despite not actually having loads of screentime, has a presence felt throughout the entire film, whilst being genuinely threatening in the scenes he is in.
I did mention the soundtrack was amazing, right?
Has there ever been a more bald-faced cinematic thief than Brian De Palma? I mean sure, there's Quentin Tarantino, but at least Tarantino steals from movies that nobody has seen. De Palma steals from movies that everybody has seen. And yet, and yet... I still kind of admire the guy. Granted, his recent output has been impressively terrible (with the noted of exception of Femme Fatale, a movie I will defend until my dying breath). But when he's on his game he's the like the DJ Shadow of modern cinema, taking samples from all over the movie world and combining them to make something unassailably cool.
So how does The Untouchables fit into the De Palma canon? Not very well,…
It has been over ten years since I last watched De Palma’s Western inspired gangster movie and sadly time hasn’t been particularly kind to this so-called classic. Not that the film is bad, there are too many talented individuals involved for it to end up being a mess, but it also wastes and neuters their strengths.
Based on the ‘60s TV show, and playing very loose with historical facts, the film tells the story of Eliot Ness, his team of ‘untouchables’ and their quest to bring Al Capone to justice. As a slice of popcorn entertainment, The Untouchables is more than adequate, but given those involved there is the nagging feeling that this is a missed opportunity. Mamet’s script is…
In prohibition-era Chicago Al Capone (Robert DeNiro) rules the city by pleasing everybody who can be and killing everybody who can't. Y'know who can't be pleased? Fuckin' Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner) that's who. Guy's a boy scout, incorruptible, unrealistic and dangerously naive. He's going to get a lot of people killed to enforce a silly law. Great historical atmosphere with about zero interest in telling what actually happened. Guess what? I don't fuckin care. It's tits. It's flashy. It's super glossy, ultra violence punctuated by dialogue self-consciously made to adorn iconic posters. So what sets it apart from similar smart-looking, violent junk food like Gangster Squad? For starters, David Mamet. For another, Ennio Morricone. Add conviction and commitment on the part of all involved and yeah, I'm gonna sit down and watch it every time I come across it. Best moment: Battleship Potemkin.
Cracking entertainment. I hadn't seen "The Untouchables" since moving to Chicago in 1993, and it was fun to see it now and pick out the locations. (Hey, that's the Cultural Center dome above Al Capone's shoulder!). It was Karolyn's idea to stream it, and a very good idea at that.
Brian De Palma gave us a series of set-pieces in which all the bells and whistles of filmmaking are masterfully deployed. The gun fight/Odessa steps homage at Union Station is the most famous example. The rhythm of the editing, the counterpoint of silence and percussive gun blasts, the baby whose wail sounds the tocsin for the mayhem about to begin: it is all orchestrated in a sequence of which Hitchcock,…
Beautifully filmed and relentlessly suspenseful. Great cast and score.
This has its issues but overall its a great portrayal of Elliott Ness' crusade against Al Capone.
Good lord this movie is so dramatic, but in a supremely awesome way.
The Untouchables, directed by Scarface director Brian de Palma, is based on the group of the same name way back in the days of Prohibition. The group, led by Elliot Ness, was famed for taking down one of the biggest gangsters ever lived, Al Capone. The story of the film is basically the same, just with some very noticeable differences that'll only a history teacher will know.
Now, De Palma is known for being...what's the word...flashy. No no, exhilarating. There we go, that's it. Exhilarating, and boy does this film up the ante from Scarface. Not hating on Scarface, I love that film, but after seeing both,…
there is no Hollywood film better cast.
Morricone's music is lavish like a 100-foot roll of velvet.
De Palma uses almost every tool at his disposal.
Um filme simplesmente espetacular, repleto de cenas memoráveis e um elenco afiado, com destaque para Sean Connery que merecidamente faturou uma estatueta no Oscar, a trilha sonora é uma das mais marcantes e incríveis do cinema, uma Obra irretocável do grande Brian De Palma.
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