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First time I have seen the cough (33 year old!) film about prohibition era Chicago and I enjoyed it. Unlike some of the more clever clog reviews.
The Untouchables was originally a television series but director Brian De Palma brings a successful film adaptation.
The film focuses on the gangland warfare between gangster Al Capone (Robert De Niro) and Federal U.S. Treasury agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) brought into Chicago to snare Capone.
Ness forms an 'Untouchables' police unit with an older and wise Irish-American Malone (Sean Connery) and Oscar Wallace, a young Cop George Wallace (Andy Garcia) and a federal IRS like accountant?
The film is notable for the elaborate production design. I am thinking of scenes in 1930 Chicago including street scenes with period features, a Chicago courtroom and Chicago Grand Central railway station.
A good musical score is presented by Ennio Morricone that has elements of his Once Upon A Time In The West work.
I don't usually endear to Kevin Costner's career opus in the late 1980s/1990s but he delivers a good performance here. In fact all the cast do in particular Sean Connery who won an Academy Award for this.
Al Capone is played by De Niro. Watching De Niro strutting around and smirking got me thinking. He plays the same character in a lot of his films! In particular some of his collaborations with director Martin Scorsese.
Coming in at just under two hours, perhaps the film could have been beefed up with some other scenes?
My first delve into the archives of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. Apparently this film at 3 hours is one of two versions with a 5 hour version in existence!
What I will say is it is slow, be patient. Have an intermission. It is not a two hour Hollywood blockbuster.
Once you get over that first thirty minutes of slow pace it is actually a good story.
It basically is set in turn of the century Sweden and follows the family life of a young brother and sister over a year or so.
Apparently part autobiographical from Bergman it shows what millions of kids have to tolerate each year, a remarriage and all the repercussions of that.
The film does have some fantasy elements. I'm thinking of ghostly appearances of a dead dad etc. but despite the length it keeps the viewer on side.
From a technical perspective the film seems high spec for a foreign language, non-Hollywood production.
The set design, cinematography, screenplay and lighting are all top quality.
Three hours of a good film I can cope with but I would not be able to do five!
1939 film version of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights novel.
A love story, brought to the screen on numerous occasions over the years. However, this version has an excellent cast and direction by William Wyler.
Heathcliff (Laurence Olivier) and Cathy (Merle Oberon) are the couple that share their love throughout.
The film is an early example of a rom-com without the comedy! A romance I suppose.
Young couple have romantic feelings, young couple are separated and are briefly rekindled at the end as Heathcliff holds a dying Cathy in his arms.
The Yorkshire moors are the backdrop of the story, Wuthering Heights an old, forbidding house on the Moors.
Surely Hollywood can produce a big budget film of the story?