With the recent announcement of Disney+, and given the numerous subscription-streaming services that are already threatening to glut the market, the streaming era is probably headed toward some kind of reckoning or realignment. Still, it's disappointing that not even the film's original trailer could be rustled up. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Walter James, Leo Willis, Olin Francis, Constantine Romanoff, Eddie Boland, Frank Lanning, Ralph Yearsley Director: Ted Wilde Screenwriter: John Grey, Lex Neal, Howard J. Valerii never really went on to anything bigger, remaining in Italy, where he last worked in 1997. Directors: , Writers: , , Starring: , , , , , Producers: , , ». When the Turner Classic Movies-operated film streaming service FilmStruck, the one-time exclusive online streaming home of the Criterion Collection, announced it was folding last November, an entire section of the internet went prostrate with despair. It's sufficient, though it bears mentioning for the uninitiated that this film shows its Italian roots by clearly having most, if not all, of its dialogue looped in post-production and without the greatest of precision.
The romantic illusion is even further shattered when we see the cowboy being wheeled off screen on a makeshift wooden horse and a stunning crane shot tracks the actress as she storms from one set to another on the floor above, capturing all of the ropes, ladders, backdrops, and lighting apparatus that go into making cinema gold. Sears Screenwriter: Herbert Dalmas, Kressmann Taylor, Aubrey Wisberg, Phillip Yordan, Aeneas MacKenzie, Robert E. Beauregard is given a delivery by a blue-eyed, blonde-haired cowboy calling himself Nobody Terence Hill. She both finds the man and, seeing his potential to connect with audiences, gives him a platform to express himself. Directed by Sergio Leone protégé Tonino Valeri who would cut his teeth doing second unit work on For A Few Dollars More and then later helm his Day Of Anger starring Lee Van Cleef in one of his signature roles pays homage to the master of the genre, with some un-credited help from Leone himself who also served as co-writer and producer on the film. Nobody might even be a quicker draw than his hero, as he catches flies and fish with his bare hands and, with the assistance of sped-up film, can draw three times before another even gets his hand on his pistol.
Gunslinger Jack Beauregard Henry Fonda is getting old, his vision is failing, and he is looking for a way to retire to a comfortable life in Europe. The disc is now Yeah, kinda late reply… sorry about that. Renowned gunslinger Jack Beauregard Henry Fonda is ready to hang up his holster. Now that Janus Films has struck out on their own with the Criterion Channel, hopefully the distributor can find a durable niche online. In those few moments, we're in awe and envious all at once. The soundtrack is crisp, with each line of dialogue or ambient sound effect clearly separated.
Image's Blu-ray is, unfortunately, completely barebones but it does look and sound fairly good. Haynes is fascinated with the thin lines that separate the world from an idealized version of reality and the paths of resistance that lie therein. An impossibly protracted slow burner, the scene culminates in a ridiculously impossible bit of sharpshooting. The dissonance between story and image defines The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire, and sometimes in contrasting ways depending on the scene. The pallid grays of the interiors are so rich in detail you can trace the faint outlines of water stains on the walls, while the location photography is strikingly stable for such a hastily shot and cheaply produced film, with nighttime scenes boasting deep black levels.
My Name doesn't get a 5. Aided immensely by Ennio Morricone's perfectly suitable score, Hill works his way through the film with a certain amount of coolness that really does pay off. There is some minor print damage throughout, but aside from a few instances where small scratches are visible it's mostly just some small white specks throughout the movie and maybe a few minor scratches, but for the most part the image is pretty clean even if it's obvious that there was some room left for improvement in this area. Klensky listlessly drifts through the Russian underground, drowning in alcohol and enjoying all sorts of Dionysian pleasures while he still has his freedom. If one is expecting something in the mode of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, disappointment is guaranteed.
That's somewhat understandable, because the greater popularity of those movies undoubtedly afford them a bigger budget than what Image could allocate this release. Oh and music by Ennio Morricone. In fact, since both Kazan and screenwriter Budd Schulberg had previously been members of the party, it was their being on the same page about the aftermath of the hearings, according to Briley, that led them to work together on and A Face in the Crowd. He arranges for Jack to face the 150-man gang known as The Wild Bunch and earn his place in history. Only a handful of location shots, like one filmed in a forest in a snowstorm, show any debris or other imperfections.
Unfortunately this does diminish the effect of the catchy Morricone score. Item is in original shrink wrap if applicable. In addition it has the playful charm of Terence Hill doing what no American actor seems capable of being cocky, erotically supercharged, and sweetly endearing all at the same time as well as the world-weary reflectiveness of Henry Fonda to touch your heart. Blacks and whites are well balanced throughout; especially impressive are the outdoor scenes of Lonesome being courted and corrupted by scheming politicians. Will do a good comparison with the old Italian Blu-Ray which has only Italian audio later but in the meantime here are a couple of screenshots. It helps that Leone's most important collaborator Morricone is there to play all the right notes in a whimsical score that incorporates Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries as well as traces of Morricone's past creations.
An accompanying booklet contains numerous essays that approach the film from various vantage points. Hill, who starred in the 'My Name is Trinity' spaghetti westerns back in the Seventies, is at the top of his game as the raffish drifter who seems always to be just one jump ahead of a bullet. A Face in the Crowd uses the ever-evolving relationship between Jeffries and Rhodes, who go from business partners to lovers to foes, as a counterbalance to how it envisions the American political process as being predicated on manipulation and deceit. Nobody's story of the little bird is not to be missed. But the shadows in this film soon take on more foreboding, harshly angular shapes as the brutish, envious Bert Cyril McLaglen schemes to have Nell all to himself. Far from Heaven is set in Hartford, Connecticut in 1957, the social realities and political upheavals of which are buried beneath a rich tapestry of signs. But these hiccups are few and far between.
The colors are rich and well-varied in this transfer, and the settings boast a good amount of detail, per the tradition of Warner Bros. Mein Name ist Nobody 1973 Screenshots from another edition of Jack Beauregard, once the greatest gunslinger of the Old West, only wants to move to Europe and retire in peace. Quite a bit of the film is devoted to watching Earl as he drives the countryside or bullshits with people, with time passing via intertitles and elegant fades and ellipses that communicate liberation and sadness. The scored menu plays screen-filling clips over the bottom strip of the cover art. Also, if you enjoy this one. Beyond that, the spaghetti western faded and Leone's last movie would be the 1984 gangster epic Once Upon a Time in America.