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I May Destroy You
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I've watched it because it's Kubrick, and thanks to his name I've found a great antiwar movie. Between soldiers dehumanized by the atrocities of war, and generals dehumanized by their career, is stuck colonel Dax, trying to hold onto his humanity and righteousness that is taking a hit after the events told in this story. Technically speaking, a gorgeous black&white photography recreates the WWI atmosphere perfectly, a bleak portrait that resembles a documentary. This is helped by the sound, basically just weapons firing off with the exception of the diegetic ending, reminding us of the humanity surviving in our hearts even in the most extreme conditions.
This has been my first approach to Kubrick, and it didn't let me down a bit. My expectations were sky high, and now I know I'm bound to watch masterpiece after masterpiece in his filmography.
Nowadays I wouldn't say that this is a must watch, because the heist genre has evolved so much in the meantime, and at least in terms of entertainment today's audience has plenty of fresher movies to pick. But this still must be the best-made one. Even if nothing is outstanding, everything feels well tuned and no detail is left behind. Catchy plot, witty dialogue, exemplary casting, gorgeous visuals with brilliant lighting, smooth soundtrack. The characters are believable and deep enough to create a vibrant setting that glues you to the chair until the end (and a quite memorable one).
One of the most famous tales told in its arguably best adaptation. Despite the difficulty of fruition given by the dated language in verses (it's like the opera, probably best if you know in advance the plot), the feelings are so deep and universal that you can't avoid being drawn into it until the end (that is a bit too dragged out). Life is unfair, but there's always hope.
I've found this movie quite amusing. I was unfamiliar with the Von Bulow case, or with the common law quibbles, or even the courtroom genre to be honest, therefore it has been a compelling watch for me. I must say that most of my enjoyment came from Irons impersonating flawlessly your rich Englishman, aloof and mysterious, easy to hate but feel sorry for. This movie manages to tell us that there's no black and white in the world, no either Good or Evil, even though humans want to believe so. Shades of grey mess with our conception of the world that becomes too complex to categorize, but we should deal with it, possibly with class.
Italy is a relatively young country, so we Italians have a quite weak national pride. However, there are a few things able to remind us of the blood and tears poured into building our nation. One them is this film. The only technical flaws that "Roma, città aperta" have are not even worth mentioning when considering the condition in which it was shot, and the heights that it reaches. Rossellini, through the help of titanic actors, carries the viewers seamlessly from laughing to crying without never losing the attention of the audience. Rossellini shows here the simple actions that make an hero or corrupt your soul in such an authenticity that it still feels so vibrant and alive today. It is an historical and moral monument to be remembered.