Tag: Ennio Morricone

BR: Hateful Eight, The (2015)

BR: Hateful Eight, The (2015)

January 11, 2019 | By

Branded as ‘the 8th film by Quentin Tarantino’ – a proclamation tied to the director’s subsequent 2016 statement in which he plans to “retire” after 10 films, and be confirmed as “one of the greatest film-makers that ever lived” – The Hateful Eight is both a fascinating creative experiment and proof again why his work can be so divisive among fans, critics, and his colleagues…

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BR: Stay As You Are / Così come sei (1978)

BR: Stay As You Are / Così come sei (1978)

December 4, 2016 | By

Perhaps an obvious attempt to riff on Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Tango in Paris (1972), producer Giovanni Bertolucci and director Alberto Lattuada delivered this variant of a May-October fling that’s peppered with a dash of possible incest…

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The Saga of Franca Viola: The Most Beautiful Wife (1970)

The Saga of Franca Viola: The Most Beautiful Wife (1970)

November 18, 2016 | By

Review of Damiano Damiani’s docu-drama The Most Beautiful Wife / La Moglie Più Bella (1970), starring Ornella Muti and Alessio Orano, and released on Blu by Twilight Time.

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BR: Most Beautiful Wife, The / Moglie Più Bella, La (1970)

BR: Most Beautiful Wife, The / Moglie Più Bella, La (1970)

November 18, 2016 | By

The initial impression from the poster art and compacted summaries is that The Most Beautiful Wife is a sleazy tale of a child bride or an illicit relationship between a teen and an older man, but Damiano Damiani’s film is a thinly veiled bio-drama of Franca Viola…

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BR: What Have You Done to Solange? / Cosa avete fatto a Solange? (1972)

BR: What Have You Done to Solange? / Cosa avete fatto a Solange? (1972)

March 17, 2016 | By

Branded a schoolgirl-in-peril entry, the genre isn’t new nor unique to Italian cinema – one can find traces (emphasizing terror and implied / potential violation over murder) in the kidnapped teen thriller Union Station (1950) and the psycho-sexual blackmailer / bank robber / teen molester Experiment in Terror (1961) – but Massimo Dallamano’s What have You Done to Solange…

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BR: U-Turn (1997)

BR: U-Turn (1997)

November 25, 2015 | By

A gamble for Mike Medavoy’s fledgling Phoenix Films and ultimately a box office and critical dud upon its theatrical release, U-Turn’s evolved into an undiscovered classic of modern noir if not a cult film, and one of Oliver Stone’s best films of the 1990s where every instinct almost yields a perfect result…

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BR: Big Gundown, The  / La resa dei conti (1968)

BR: Big Gundown, The / La resa dei conti (1968)

July 24, 2014 | By

Regarded by some as the greatest spaghetti western few have ever seen (genre connoisseurs excepted), Grindhouse Releasing’s 4-disc set is another landmark release featuring the original, rarely seen longer Italian cut, the shorter Columbia edit for the U.S. market augmented with 3 previously cut scenes, and a multitude of extras…

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Film: Quiet Place in the Country, A / Un tranquillo posto di campagna (1968)

Film: Quiet Place in the Country, A / Un tranquillo posto di campagna (1968)

January 27, 2014 | By

Return to: Home / Blu-ray, DVD, Film Reviews / P to R . Film: Excellent / DVD Transfer: n/a / DVD Extras:  n/a Label:  n/a / Region: n/a  / Released: n/a Genre: Psychological Thriller / Horror Synopsis:  A celebrated painter headed for an epic burnout retreats to a crumbling country villa, and slowly loses grasp of reality. […]

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DVD: Holocaust 2000 / Rain of Fire / Chosen, The (1977)

DVD: Holocaust 2000 / Rain of Fire / Chosen, The (1977)

May 11, 2013 | By

Return to: Home / Blu-ray, DVD, Film Reviews / H . Film: Good/ DVD Transfer: Very Good/ DVD Extras:  n/a Label: Lionsgate / Region: 1 (NTSC) / Released: October 28, 2008 Genre: Theological Thriller Synopsis: An industrialist’s plan to build a dangerous nuclear power plant may signal the coming of the anti-Christ. Special Features: (none) . . Review: […]

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2CDs: Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)

2CDs: Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)

March 3, 2013 | By

Return to: Home / Soundtrack  Reviews / F . Rating: Very Good Label: La-La Land Records/ Released: November 29, 2011 Tracks & Album Length:  CD1: 20 tracks / (63:40) + CD2: 19 tracks / (40:29) . Special Notes: 24-page colour booklet with liner notes by Daniel Schweiger / Limited to 3000 copies. . Composer: Ennio Morricone . […]

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