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Antony Bijker (Grabouw, Western Cape South Africa)

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Flesh / Trash / Heat [DVD]
Flesh / Trash / Heat [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joe Dallesandro
Offered by pokerbooks
Price: £125.00

11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars nevertheless, 17 Sept. 2005
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This review is from: Flesh / Trash / Heat [DVD] (DVD)
This box set is excellent value and the transfer to DVD is first rate. Of course, it is a must in the collection of those interested in the history of the cinema. The movies themselves?
Well, "Flesh" is exceptional and Dallesandro's performance is touching. It gets the 5 stars. "Trash" is, well, interesting and trashy. Dallesandro as a heroin addict is not given much scope except to look doped out of his skull most of time. But "Heat" gets 5 stars as well for being really ghastly, badly acted and scripted! It has been seen as the best of the three but is only worth a look to see how unredeemingly bad it actually is. Both "Trash" and "Heat" appear to be trading off the sheer brilliance of "Flesh".

Tristana [1970] [DVD]
Tristana [1970] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Catherine Deneuve

23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly surpasses "Belle de Jour", 11 Sept. 2005
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This review is from: Tristana [1970] [DVD] (DVD)
Please don't get me wrong, "Belle de Jour" is a great movie and a personal favourite but I must admit that "Tristana" is in many respects the better of the two movies Buneul made with Deneuve. And Deneuve outdoes herself in what is surely her finest performance of all. Cruel, brutal and deeply cynical, "Tristana" has much in common with "Viridiana" and is equally as great.

Hour Of The Wolf [DVD]
Hour Of The Wolf [DVD]
Dvd ~ Max von Sydow
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £5.12

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Bergman but ranks with the best., 11 Sept. 2005
This review is from: Hour Of The Wolf [DVD] (DVD)
I ordered "Shame" but was sent "Hour of the Wolf" instead. It was a lucky mistake. Made just after "Persona", "Hour of the Wolf" is equally as riveting and Sven Nykvist's cinemaphotography is, naturally, superb. Often compared to "The Magician" for obvious reasons, it actually defies comparison since it so much better in all respects. If you are still trying to catch up on mainstream Bergman, don't overlook this major masterpiece. In a word, superb.

Martin [DVD] [1977]
Martin [DVD] [1977]
Dvd ~ John Amplas
Offered by CLICK n PLAY
Price: £19.90

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little known and underrated, 24 April 2005
This review is from: Martin [DVD] [1977] (DVD)
Romero is the ultimate home movie maker of camp horror - and I mean that as a compliment because I think he is also a great movie maker. "Martin" is classic Romero, a totally fascinating movie poetically intercutting past and present to highlight the thematic conflict between old traditional beliefs and late 20th century western empiricism. And of course it has some of the usual Romero gore used to ironic ("I'm always very careful with needles." says Martin to victim in the film's brilliant opening sequence)effect as well as evoking an eery melancholy. The black and white flashbacks to a long gone past are almost like something out of Cocteau.

The Haunting [DVD] [1963]
The Haunting [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Julie Harris
Offered by Rare DVD and Blu Ray
Price: £18.98

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The movie and the novel, 24 April 2005
This review is from: The Haunting [DVD] [1963] (DVD)
The remake was bad enough to be a non-issue. Just another lousy hi-tech horror flick with a lisp (Catherine Zita Jones). Wise's movie, I think, really does deserve the all the praise it has received. Julie Harris is the perfect Eleanor. But I had read Shirley Jackson's novel before I saw the film and found that I had to supplement her artistry in depicting her poetically eccentric characters to make up for the comparatively shallow characterisations in the film. The problem is that the movie has a really abysmal script, apart from the sections directly lifted from Jackson's great prose. Visually and atmospherically it is a total treat. And yes, it deserves its informal award as among the very best haunted house movies; nevertheless read Jackson's novel if you are looking for the real star of this movie.

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