After years of anticipation after seeing Criterion's well-illustrated editions of "Shock Corridor" and "The Naked Kiss," I've been quite disappointed with Sam Fuller in the '60s. I love "Pickup on South Street," but these make me question how many more of his films I want to sit through. This movie is very hard to take seriously but it's also not very funny (although I will note that I did laugh at the couple ridiculous intonations of "nymphos"). The plot is…
There's more to this movie every time I watch it! Even though I’ve seen it probably five or six times before this I never imagined what the big screen could add to it, since it’s mainly dialogue driven, low budget, etc. After seeing it in a theatre, I can say it became much more comprehensible (not that it was an enigma before) and I could understand many more subtleties in the script with its fairly intricate plot mechanisms and the…
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The first thing that struck me was the naturalism. It is a very soft and understated movie in many ways, but it also very realistic. I don't think I've ever seen anyone spit after smoking in a movie, as they do here repeatedly, but I've certainly seen it in reality plenty of times. In that way it is striking in its naturalism. Overall it is not beautiful although it has its moments of beauty.
After seeing early reviews I have…