Sly and brilliant french noir film, with great characterizations and maybe the best use of shadows of any foreign noir.
A fitting send-off to both the big-budget studio musical and New Hollywood, Ross exposes the darkness in musical romances and the backstories in Hopper's paintings. Visually stunning, great musical numbers though it might suffer from having Martin's character being super unlikeable which doesn't charm you like Welles in Touch of Evil.
Was kinda expecting not a slut-shaming moral piece here. Stop panning the camera in a circle and tell me what girl in middle school hurt you so much that this is the output. Ruins the great mood with childish characterizations and bizarre coupling.
And like it is cool that people are starting to expand on Carpenter, but at the expense of his progressive visions, wit and brevity? No thanks.
Luc Besson + Highlander welding tube + Miami Connection-style musical scenes + Batman + Taking of Pelham 1,2,3. Like if that doesn't scare you off this movie is just for you. Lots of fun - great companion to the more serious French films like Diva and Mauvais Sang but sharing that same visual vocabulary.
At least google the Guns Don't Kill People/People Kill People song and wish that Vampire Weekend would cover it.