Saw this yesterday for the first time and loved it. I like Z and Missing a lot, but this may even be my favorite movie of Costa-Gavras now (seen ten of his films so far). It's his debut film and you kind of notice this. But it's just a fantastic, pretty classic thriller, very well-acted (it's amazing how many great french actors are in this movie) and with a interesting camera work that gives the whole film a very gritty tone.
Post by themoviesinner on Mar 23, 2017 16:07:27 GMT
It's definitely an interesting thriller and a very good first effort from Gavras. It has a brisk pace and is carried by great acting. It doesn't reach the heights of some of his other work, but it's still another strong point in his filmography.
"You'll soon bleed to death, so reflect on your life."
Ha, I just watched it two days ago on television. I like the pace of the movie, it didn't feel slow at all. And Jaques Perrin was kind of cute. But I have to say, Costa-Gavras is not really my cup of tea, I can't name a movie of him that I thought was great. I greatly disliked "Z", it felt so amateurish and - I might get slapped for this - laughably bad. But it's probably my hate for the movie talking here. It is probably the one classic movie I was most let down by.
Recently watched and really liked this. I was already thinking someone like De Palma must've drooled while watching this when, halfway thru, we get a glorious and rare vertical split diopter!! The movie is not only very stylish, but the style is quite controlled and cleverly done in how it connects, comes off and elucidates the characters. It's also vehemently fast-paced ( a second viewing feels in order ), with interesting narrative-structuring and themes on class suspicions and perversions. Also with its veiled killer and its picking-off-the-party plot (train passengers from one compartment), it pre-dates giallo.
Charles Denner, being questioned, says, "Imagine that I, Bob, would be so ridiculous as to not only commit a crime of passion but in secondclass." And there's Simone Signoret who says of herself, “The middle aged hag who buys herself a good time…..while old-age watches and waits.” There's even that, aging, loneliness, and lost romance, brought in - as with Michel Piccoli's love-frustrated creep. It's a terrifically stacked cast - Signoret, Piccoli, Bernadette Lafont, Jacques Perrin, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Yves Montand, etc....... For a Greek guy's debut, Costa-Gavras really aced it. He had been an assistant to Jacques Demy, Rene Clement and a few others.... but still , to get that cast off the bat!
Also a quote from Woody Allen: "I love detective and murder movies, but there are very few good ones. The Maltese Falcon is wonderful. Double Indemnity is the top. You just don't get anything better than that. I also liked The Sleeping-Car Murders. And a couple Alfred Hitchcock films of course." That company is high praise enough.