324 posts categorized "Classic Cinema"

February 21, 2022

TEOREMA — THE CRITERION COLLECTION

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ColeSmithey.comShocking Cinema.

Pier Paolo Pasolini flexes his polemical and satirical muscle with Avant-garde panache.

Pasolini's formal approach establishes his strict dialectic.

Terence Stamp is exquisite as an interloping gigolo who seduces a bourgeoise family, one by one.

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Hilarious and chilling at once.

"Teorema's" sturdy structure allows Pasolini's rich metaphorical narrative to envelope the audience.

Enthralling.

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"Teorema" is a tour de force of filmmaking unlike anything else.

Answers and questions are left for the viewer to puzzle over.

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Life is fragile. Intimacy brings danger.

Social constructs are sitting ducks.

Pasolini is God, along with Iggy, Stiv, Mick, and Poly Styrene.

Not Rated. 98 mins. 

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February 17, 2022

PAPER MOON

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ColeSmithey.comAn American classic.

Peter Bogdanovich's 1973 adaptation of "Addie Pray" (by Joe David Brown) is in black and white, like his first film "The Last Picture Show," another classic American film.

Depression era Kansas is a beautiful monster under László Kovács's fantastic cinematography.

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Tatum O'Neal deservedly won an Oscar for her nine-year-old performance as kid who takes to grifting like a fish to water, under the guidance of Ryan O'Neal's bible-selling con man Moses Pray.

The dad and daughter chemistry is off the charts.

Dollars add up.

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Madeleine Kahn is terrific as Trixie Delight.

Yep.

Rated PG. 102 mins. 

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January 28, 2022

THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS — THE CRITERION COLLECTION

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ColeSmithey.comCo-writer/director Bob Rafelson's satirical take on the pathetic state of the American psyche (post Viet Nam) finds its level in the faded glory of Atlantic City.

The brotherly bond between Bruce Dern's conman Jason and Jack Nicholson's radio storyteller David, gets filtered through bi-polar prostitute Sally (Ellen Burstyn) and similarly employed step-daughter Jessica (Julia Anne Robinson).

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Atlantic City enjoys a last gasp of now long-ago-destroyed grand hotel casinos.

The nagging demands of capitalism chew and gnaw at the underpinnings of Rafelson's flawed characters.

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No apologies are made.

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Surreal elements punctuate the drama created by characters doomed to misunderstand one another, and the social pressures they suffer. 

Rated R. 103 mins. 

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