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Hot Blood [DVD] [1956) [2007]

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  • Actors: Jane Russell, Cornel Wilde, Luther Adler, Joseph Calleia, Helen Westcott
  • Directors: Nicholas Ray
  • Producers: Howard Welsch, Harry Tatelman
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, English, French, Hindi, Italian, Greek
  • Dubbed: French, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar. 2007
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MQCSCA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,940 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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To support her family in their cross-country travels, Annie Caldash (Jane Russell) arranges to marry wealthy gypsies before absconding with their money and moving on to the next town. When the Caldash clan arrives in Los Angeles, the local gypsy king, Marco Torino (Luther Adler), introduces Annie to his handsome, younger brother, Stephano (Cornel Wilde). When Annie abandons her wedding scam to marry him for real, the freedom-loving Stephano skips town. Yet, upon his return, Stephano and Marco end up fighting over Annie. So, when he replaces his brother as king, Stephano grants Annie an annulment so he can formally ask her to be his bride.

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~::~ This subject matter is certainly enjoyable but a bit light especially for someone like Ray ("In a Lonely Place", "Johnny Guitar", "The True Story of Jesse James", "55 Day in Peking", "Rebel Without a Cause" (which launched James DEAN), etc. ~:~ Here the affable, but predictable, aspects of the script are more than compensated for by Ray's skilled & expert use of colour and the (then) new widescreen (cinemascope) aspect. Equally Ray gets quite surprisingly lively, even spirited, performances from the normally 'restrained' leads. It's revealing to see what both the usually rather wooden Wilde and Russell are capable of once they shed their prescribed Hollywood stereotypical images and clearly enjoy themselves. ~:~ It's good fun: Enjoy! ~::~ RDL
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...and drives Cornel wild", as the original tagline for this film went, and they put it on the front of the DVD so you can't ever forget it. It's a very silly line, but it's somehow quite fitting, as this is a very silly film. Its director, Nicholas Ray was turning out some truly great films during this period. His immediately previous film to this one is probably his best remembered of all and one of the most iconic of all 50s films: "Rebel Without a Cause". It is not readily apparent what drew him to follow it up with this bizarre piece, which is essentially rubbish, but he does make it awfully enjoyable and I would kind of defy anyone not to like it. You don't have to look too hard either to see that he is not taking it entirely seriously. Note especially the fortune-telling scene which culminates in a hilarious catfight!

The story itself, of gypsy dynasty, passion, arranged marriage, jealousy, etc, etc is so much of another long-gone era (as is a lot of its over-ripe dialogue) that you tend to be rather taken aback when cars appear in it and you realise that it is supposed to be taking place in the contemporary 20th century. Neither of the stars are remotely believable in their roles, but, again, what possible harm could that do to a tale like this anyway?? Cornel Wilde is a bit on the wooden side and makes a very unlikely dancer, especially as the camera quickly switches to a long-shot (or shows just the legs) whenever he starts to dance, so they can put in a double. Jane Russell fares rather better, perhaps because she was more attuned to the absurdity of the thing, and gets to do at least some of her own dancing. Though, of course, when she is dancing with Wilde in the long shots it could well be anyone.
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After he is tricked into an unwanted arranged marriage against his will, a gypsy (Cornel Wilde) resists the temptations of his bride (Jane Russell) eventually abandoning her. Directed by the great Nicholas Ray, whose films were often compellingly focused on outsiders in films like THEY LIVE BY NIGHT and REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, you'd think a story on the closed off world of the gypsy subculture would be right up his alley. But this seems to be strictly collect a paycheck movie and even the most ardent auteur would have a hard time defending this lightweight film in Ray canon. There is so much dancing and singing in the film that it's practically a musical (though it's obvious both Russell and Wilde have dance doubles). The film's ads hilariously shrieked, "Jane Russell shakes her tambourines and drives Cornel wild!" which is more memorable than anything in the film. At least, for Hollywood movie stars, Russell and Wilde look like they could be gypsies. Shot in CinemaScope by Ray June (THE GREAT ZIEGFELD) and the score is by Les Baxter. With Luther Adler, Joseph Calleia, Helen Westcott and Richard Deacon.

The Sony DVD from England is a vivid Cinemascope (2.35) transfer.
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