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Some here are complaining about bad acting and some here are explaining this away with the opinion that the actors are merely symbols and while they're partly right, there's a little more to it. The acting is a throwback to silent-era style acting (one of the reasons they chose Lillian Gish in the role of light and good.) If you watch the film with this in mind you begin to see the effect they are trying to achieve.
5 years 9 months ago
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I watched this because Joe Dante made it sound interesting on Trailers From Hell, but I found it to be pretty boring. It isn't bad but nothing makes it stand out in a sea of other caper films, such as The Thomas Crown Affair which was also released in 1968 and is able to better hold my attention.
5 years 9 months ago
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Wow, what a brilliant film. At first I was puzzled by the whole musical aspect of this horror film, but by the time Britt Eland was doing her infamous nude song and dance, I was converted to a true believer. Not just one of the greatest Horror films ever made but one of the greatest films ever made.
5 years 9 months ago
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The people that are saying this film is misogynistic are missing the point. It's supposed to be ridiculous. All the misogyny is all said (or sung) with a big wink at the audience. You aren't supposed to take the film at face value.
5 years 9 months ago
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Is there more than one version of this film? Both links provided by other users go to a film that was made in 1961, but this is listed as 1968. Does anyone know what's up?
5 years 9 months ago
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Missing The Curtain Pole (1909) which was included in The Mack Sennett Collection vol. One Blu-Ray put out by Flicker Alley in North America.

https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/the+curtain+pole/

edit: Thank you for adding it.
5 years 9 months ago
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Having finally watched Manhunter and the Anthony Hopkins trilogy, I have to say I actually think this series is the definitive version of Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham. It is ultimately more satisfying, more intriguing and much more nuanced, probably due to the longer length and more room for character development. The world seems more surreal but the characters ring truer to life like they were tailor-made to inhabit this strange alternate universe. Also, even though it was canceled, it has the perfect ending although it left no room for the Clarice Starling character (but I'm not sure they would have ever introduced her to the series anyway since they already had Hannibal's opposite in Graham. Maybe they would have used her but diminished her to a much smaller part.)

I don't want to take anything away from either Manhunter, which I think plays to a lot of Michael Mann's strengths and fits in with other films of his oeuvre that I have seen, or The Silence of the Lambs, which seems like the ultimate film thriller of this sort that had many films aping its style in the years since. Unfortunately, the other two films in the Hopkins trilogy don't add much to the formula and come across as pretenders to Silence's throne.
5 years 9 months ago
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I just wanted to add my voice to the choir saying Manhunter was a better film.
5 years 9 months ago
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A lot of people are complaining about the kid in this film which I agree is pretty awful pandering, but he went on to voice Bambi, so he isn't all bad.
5 years 10 months ago
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To me, this is one of the defining films of my life when I was just starting to discover who I am. I saw it and watched it many times around the time I moved out of my parents and got my first apartment with my best friend around 2004. This film is more than just a great film for that reason. It is almost like a time capsule and the memories I made in that little apartment while going to college will always come back to me when I see this.
5 years 10 months ago
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I enjoyed the film but this Owl City guy that sings the song over the end credits sounds like pretty much everything I hate. I'm convinced the guy has no testicles.
5 years 10 months ago
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What the hell is going on in the poster for this film? That has got to be one of the worst posters I have ever seen and its a complete misrepresentation of the contents of this movie. It makes it look like Harry Potter meets Lord of the Rings or something.
5 years 10 months ago
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So... Apparently, this film is only available on DVD in the wrong aspect ratio, which makes it harder to watch and ruins the image composition.
5 years 10 months ago
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Anybody know where to find this with English subs?
5 years 11 months ago
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The main person that this film follows is so brave. He knows he could possibly be hurt or killed and he still stares down all of these powerful politicians who have murdered in the past and puts them in a very uncomfortable position of having to try to explain what they had done and try to justify it in front of cameras.

The two films remind me of Claude Lanzmann in Shoah except the killers they are interviewing are still in power in their country. These people are uncovering dangerous truths and creating definitive historical documents on the subject. Both films are very powerful and moving and some the best films of this decade.

I do want to say that Oppenheimer was more successful in getting the killer's to talk in the other film because I think he probably knew how to manipulate them, most likely because he was a foreigner and had no family involved in the massacre. The killers in this film respond much more subtly but their responses still speak volumes. I found it amazing that the government representative resorts to thinly-veiled threats when he realizes the interview isn't going his way. If we were to see a politician doing this in America or Europe, that person would be called on to step down from his position.
5 years 11 months ago
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Does anyone know the reasoning behind Basic Instinct 2's inclusion? I have never seen the film but I thought it was pretty much universally disliked.
5 years 11 months ago
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WOW! I could probably watch this one everyday for a year and never get tired of it!
5 years 11 months ago
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I liked this film, but I find it hilarious that Clint Eastwood's obvious fantasy of what he could be (if he wasn't an actor) is a lame Jazz DJ who recites poetry at his listeners. Oh yeah, and he gets all the chicks, man.
5 years 12 months ago
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Thank you for adding this list. Let's pour one out for the Dissolve!
6 years ago
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Maybe it doesn't change the game like the original did but Tarantino is right. This movie is so cool and a lot of fun. Maybe a good point of comparison would be a lighter version of True Romance (I was also kind of feeling a Legend of Billie Jean vibe at times as well.)
6 years ago
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A lot of the films on this list should be in more official lists. It's such a great collection of strange films.
6 years ago
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I saw this on Youtube but I don't feel comfortable checking it because it didn't have english subtitles.
6 years ago
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Wow, and I thought some of the Dziga Vertov Group films were hard to get through. This might be the most boring thing I have ever watched. On top of that, it's 10 hours long (I watched an episode a day for six days.)
6 years 1 month ago
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While, I don't find it as annoying as some other Jerry Lewis films (Sailor Beware), it still isn't funny at all. The recent American Blu-ray looks very good and I did like the initial transformation scene.

Funnily enough, I was the opposite of Khazar and I actually found Buddy Love to be more actively annoying then Professor Klemp.
6 years 1 month ago
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After watching this one many times, I've come to realize that I'll never stop watching it. It's one of those films that I'll watch again and again until I die, probably along with the other films in the series, especially The 400 Blows.
6 years 1 month ago

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