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on 24 December 2013
I have doubted to give it 3 stars however there were a few scenes in this movie which resulted in lifting my rating upto 4 stars seen 4 stars means on Amazon " i like it " while 3 only means " it is OK". It is in fact a very good Fellini but it does not crawl under your skin like La Strada did. Nevertheless Giuletta Masina and Richard Basehart return in this movie as a couple while in La Strade they were just friends. Their performances in Il Bidone are not that strong as in La Strada though. The real headrole is for Broderick Crawford who plays the oldest of three swindlers ( Richard Basehart plays a swindler ). They lie and cheat and rip off money of naïve and poor people and get away with it for a long while until Augusto ( Broderick Crawford ) gets caught by the police just at the moment he tries to spend some quality time with his daughter. The first - and the second meeting with his daughter and a weeping Picasso ( Richard Basehart is called like that because he paints ) who is afraid of loosing his wife and child are the most beautiful scenes in this lesser catchy Fellini. The original trailer which is involved speaks of a masterpiece off course but it sure isn't. Nevertheless a beautiful reissue by MoC and as usual foreseen with a nice booklet. A worthwile purchase for every Fellini fan.
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on 9 August 2016
Truly excellent remastering of this wonderful early Fellini film. The interview with Dominique Delouche, who worked with Fellini on the film, that is included is an indispensable introduction to Fellini himself and his way of working, and to Italy and the Italian film making of the period (why were all the actors in Italian films dubbed, even the Italian ones?) The booklet contains articles by Fellini explaining his aims and motivation in his films. The film itself was greatly underrated, especially at the time, but I would put it on a par with La Strada .It is full of humanity and love, despite its subject. The Blu-ray transfer shows an ideal gradation of tones, showing what black and white photography was capable of at the time, and pin sharp definition, obviously missing on the DVD; watching the Blu-ray is to have a (rather thick) veil removed.
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on 20 May 2015
Impeccable, merci
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