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Monday, August 01, 2005


Another month, another round of movie recommendatons in my role as clerk at Trilogy Video. Since last month I indulged my tastes as a pretentious teenage girl, this month I go back to my genre side to indulge in some crime, both in a serious and a not so serious fashion:

The Original Audrey.

* Big Deal on Madonna Street, starring Marcello Mastroianni in Mario Monicelli's 1958 send-up of Italian neorealism and heist films; also featuring a small role with a very young, very gorgeous Claudia Cardinale.

* How To Steal a Million, starring Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole in another caper comedy, this time centered on art theft. I love Audrey's fashion in this one. Touches of mod. Dir: William Wyler.

* Infernal Affairs, a modern Hong Kong crime thriller all knotted up with twists and turns, starring Andy Lau and the always-handsome Tony Leung.

* Memories of Murder, Jooh-ho Bong's 2003 Korean riff on the city-cop-meets-country-cop story. A serial killer investigation infused with gallows humor. If it were made in the '70s, they'd have cast Pacino and Hackman. (Available on import DVD only, though I believe it may also be doing the rounds of theatres as The New Yorker did a capsule review of it this week.)

* Mississippi Mermaid, a Francois Truffaut potboiler with Catherine Deneuve as an innocent-eyed femme fatale and Jean-Paul Belmondo as her dupe. Based on a novel by Cornell Woolrich.

The New Audrey.

By the way, I didn't end up doing a Can You Picture That? column for July, largely due to the time woes detailed elsewhere on this blog. My intention had been to compare the visions of war in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's A Very Long Engagement and Samuel Fuller's The Big Red One: The Reconstruction, but I never got the opportunity to watch the Fuller film again. Both of those are highly recommended, though.

Current Soundtrack: Petula Clark, The Very Best of...

Current Mood: desirous

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1 comment:

Carl V. said...

I love both of the Audreys, the original and the Ms. Tautou, who not only has a similar look but is destined to become a classic as well. A Very Long Engagement was wonderful. Saw it in the theatre and am looking forward to re-viewings on DVD.