Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Estate violenta (1959)
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A very nice surprise from out of nowhere. Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant (who plays the ladies man, surprise, surprise) and an underrated Eleonora Rossi Drago, it's a very rare and captivating love/war story from Italian director Valerio Zurlini.

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I'll have to see more from him! It turns out I saw A Family Portrait / Family Diary on TCM, but it was dubbed or something was severely wrong with it, because I didn't enjoy it much at all. I'm expecting that I'll love his other movies more. He was also a writer on The Garden of theFinzi-Continis.

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Obsession (1976, Brian de Palma)

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Rating: 6.5/10

With a manic nod to Vertigo, Brian de Palma even borrows frequent Hitchcock composer Bernard Hermann. With a screenplay from Paul Schrader, the movie was bound to be a hit. So what went wrong? Or maybe what went right?

The ending was more impressive than I was expecting, but it was still a bit of an eyeroll. Still, Brian de Palma succeeds in what he set out to do: make a pretty decent film. It was cheesy in that seventies way, but all in all it could have been a lot worse. I am intrigued to see more movies with Academy Award winning actor, Cliff Robertson.