Aldo Fabrizi as a calm, kindhearted soul with a dull life. Then he falls in with the wrong crowd that gradually destroys that life. Fabrizi's subdued performance is excellent, and the more vibrant characters that rocks his life energize the screen. It's a downfall worth seeing!
Luis Buñuel finally gets to direct a movie on his own again, his first since his infamous debut making L'âge d'or (1930). Now 17 years later and relocated to Mexico, his style is more conventional. Gran Casino (1947) first felt like a complete musical fluff-work, with me really not getting behind the first half of the film. It does however shift focus and becomes more of a story driven affair with some moments of danger, ending up a fine potboiler with Libertad Lamarque & Jorge Negrete carrying the show.
"Cricket, sir. Cricket!"
This is one of the funnier Alfred Hitchcock films and up there with The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) and The 39 Steps (1935) as Hitchcock's best British work of the 30s. The pacing so different. Taking it's time for a seemingly irrelevant opening portion other then to get to know some of the people and get entertained with slapstick and naughtiness before the suspense elements slowly starts taking over when the train start rolling. And…
I'm sorry. I know it's a cliché, but watching this film along with it's contemporary releases, Citizen Kane (1941) really DOES stick out unlike anything else at the time. The unique performances, lighting/shadows, claustrophobic sets, experimental filming, not to mention the narrative structure, blah, blah blah.... you all know this. Others can tell you a lot more about that.
The film has received so much praise that there is almost a backlash to it. I think people seeking it out…