"I love the smell of my palms in the morning" - Apocalypse Now.
Thanks for that - I shall keep an eye out for it.
The Card Player was too TV for me, that usual stylish look was gone. It also felt too forced with no real inspiration. If Giallo is like that then it's not looking good at all.
It's already on DVD in Poland (with a Polish dub), but If you really want that Brazilian DVD...
GIALLO - REF…NS DO MEDO
You've been warned. It's truly dire.
ain't it cool: Dr. William Weir chuckles through Dario Argento's GIALLO
Don't forget that Brody is not only the lead actor, he's also the film's producer. How much of the film do you really think is Dario, or simply Brody telling Dario what he wants (or doesn't) as he's effectively the boss?
Argento said that he liked his experience with Brody (actor and producer) but not with the others US producers...
I went to Frightfest this past weekend, and would definitely like to chime in all the madness concerning Argentoís latest:
A few things before I get into the film. I spoke with Alan Jones throughout the entire festival and the following was stated by him:
1) He hates the film and feels its Argentoís worst film
2) Argento himself loathes the film
3) The film was taken off Argentoís hands and reedited three times
Ok, now on to the film. As the film began, for the first 20 minutes nobody neither laughed nor chuckled at GIALLO. It was proper horror filmmaking that was done quite well. The problem came however, when some very small comedic tones jumped into the picture about 30 minutes in. After that, the audience got the notion to laugh at anything and everything that they could remotely find. The audience soon found themselves thinking that they were better than the film, which really should not be the case. This actually became quite annoying, as every other scene was met with irritating laughter, pulling you out of the film each time. This is the problem sometimes with watching films with audiences. As many of you know, watching some Argentoís earlier classics with an audience has quite often been a very frustrating experience, with the audience receiving the filmís with needless laughter and snickering. This also was the case with Argentoís newest film, many people expected/wanted to laugh at it, so they found any moment in the film to do so.
Although some moments did indeed call for an enjoyable chuckle (some of the dialogue) , it was in no way as funny as the audience made it out to be. Point in example, the final shot of the film ends in a very dramatic freeze frame, an Argento motif you could say. Yet for some illogical reason the audience burst into laughter. Does this make any sense?
The film has been shown publicly only two times, Frightfest and Edinburgh. Both times have been with packed out audiences literally waiting to crucify the film. You should have heard some of the comments made prior to the screening, they were just waiting to bash it to pieces.
Interestingly enough, Alan Jones told me that both Tarantino and Eli Roth saw the film at Tarantinoís house and really liked it. It seems they were able watch the film by themselves, without a scathing crowd, probably why they really enjoyed it.
Some quick thoughts on the film itself:
All in all, the film itself is actually a well-made thriller. Although itís not in the same realm of Argentoís previous masterpieces, GIALLO is nicely made minor Italian thriller that really should be seen. Hopefully, I'll be able to enjoy it more so once it arrives on DVD/Blu.
One of the real disappointments I did find with the film though, was the killerís presentation. Although he had wicked back story concerning why he was called Yellow, visually he wasnít presented very well. I was never really intrigued or scared by the killerís presence.
I really donít think Argento has suffered from a bad film here, just a bad audience.
Arif Khan (avmaniacs.net)
I don't think you can blame the audience. The audience are for the most part huge Argento fans. It's the awful script and the diabolical dialogue that lets the film down. Perhaps (but I doubt it) Argento intended it to be a comedy.
I also saw Mother of Tears at the American Film Market. Even there the film buyers were laughing at the diabolical acting and scripting - those that were eft, that is.
What more can I say?
same case with the Cannes Market screening of THE CARD PLAYER...
Two years ago,i saw OPERA at the Paris Cinematheque and many people were laughing during the murders scenes and the ending...ok,some of the acting (CC Tassoni,Nicolodi...) and dialogues are really weak,but,it was really annoying (it was the first time i saw OPERA on the big screen)
The co-screenwriter is talking about the film and his next projects with Carpenter and Kitamura:
We had some comedic scenes written in, an actually there is a fair bit of comedy in Giallo. And we wrote it to be funny, and we were hoping it would work and really kind of nervous about the translation. And apparently people are laughing their asses off and now they are saying it's unintentional laughs… and I know those are pretty *beep* intentional laughs! I mean, we wrote kind of a preposterous back story, because one of the great things about giallo cinema, is that they tend to be a bit ludicrous. And so we really wanted to be true to that instead of the story that was just kind of off-the-wall. And apparently when that part plays, people laugh. And a lot of detractors are saying, "oh it's unintentionally funny," and that such a crime. People are *beep* laughing at our film. It makes me very happy!
The people who are laughing their asses off aren't thinking about work. They aren't thinking about the fact that they don't have their rent, or anything else. They are having a good time at the cinema, and that's the best compliment we can have.
Judging by the trailer it certainly looks promising.
Well, I've seen it and I'd say it compares to The Card Player stylistically with a couple of shots that are right out of Tenebrae! The Giallo character is hilarious - he looks like a cross between John McEnroe and Argento himself! I think it's the same old problem with the dialogue going back to the earlier films - it comes across as awkward, and the tongue in cheek tone of his recent films has been seen as unintentional. But everything Dario has made post-Stendhal has had an element of self-parody. Either way, I found it really entertaining and will probably grab that Brazilian DVD when it comes out.
I agree about the self-parody vibe of Argento's post-STENDHAL works.
Argento said himself that he was missing the light tone of his early gialli,so putting some light touches in "Phantom of the opera" was a kind of fresh air for him,after some very dark films ("Opera","Stendhal","Trauma",etc)
According to his editor Walter Fasano ("The Card Player","Mother of Tears","Do you like Hitchcock?"),Dario enjoys himself to add from time to time some offbeat,grotesque,funny bits in his films (at least the ones he made with Argento)!
Brazilian Blu Ray of GIALLO will be available the 15th of December:
Finally saw it.
Minor Argento,but still watchable and pretty entertaining.
The story is generic,the investigation quite routine and not so thrilling but i liked Brody,the killer,Marco Werba's score and some scenes.
There's a certain melancholy and coldness between the characters,which reminded me the desperate world of "Opera".
A flawed but interesting film.
I've seen this twice now and really can't see why people were so harsh on it. It's a very mediocre film but compared to his last film--and I know I've been quite vocal for my disliking of MOTHER OF TEARS on these and other boards--it's definitely a step up. Like Mannfann says, it's pretty routine and there are some unintentionally hilarious bits but it's certainly not the travesty I had been led to believe.
I'd give it 5/10.
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