Goal in life: get to BAFICI in Buenos Aires.
[Watched with auto-generated Italian subtitles.] Wow, Lee J. Cobb dubbed in as the mafia boss!
Damiano Damiani and Ugo Pirro (Pirro also adapted another Sciascia novel) spice up the script by making this a war of binoculars between mafia boss Cobb and the blue-eyed Captain of the Carabinieri played by Franco Nero. Cobb has his imperatorial townhouse on the main square opposite the Carabinieri HQ, so as to spy on and be spied on by the whole town. Some of…
It’s not a pleasant film to watch, but Dino Risi and his co-writers had something to say about postwar Italian capitalism and its opponents, and they put ideas for debate in every scene.
A bleak view of the state of Italy in 1969, and (as many 21st century critics have noted) an amazingly accurate prediction of the direction that Italian society would continue to take decades after the film was released.
The film has similar force to Paddy Chayefsky’s work,…
The doors and windows of bourgeois Paris open and close. Bresson dissects Tolstoy's moral tale of how the system favors those who have, and destroys the have nots.
There are just some incredible shots in this film, about how a petty crime has violent repercussions. Time and again Bresson puts his camera just out of the frame of the violence. A woman carrying a mug of morning coffee is slapped in the face, but we see the coffee cup not…
OK! In the first 5 minutes we get a primal screen (opening shot), dead and bloody bodies on the hospital floor, some Malickian POV shots and an actual autopsy, cutting open a teacher's chest.
Later our hero hears something outside the window, and looks out to see two men in the garden juggling at least 20 balls at once.
WITEK: What are they doing?
WOMAN: They've been practicing for at least ten years.
WOMAN: No reason. Seems no…