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|10.18.06||Weird Wednesday|| This movie is kind of an excuse for nudity under the guise of art film. I saw this direct-to-cable movie a while ago where the narrator said something about "those French movies where nothing happens" and it cuts to a black and white shot of a guy taking a draw from a cigarette then exhaling then standing there for like 15 seconds. This movie reminded me a lot like that in that it's clearly trying to be an art film instead of being something that just is an art film. It's very French and the pacing is very slow and everyone moves very slowly and tries to emote as little as possible; then you've got repeating shots of a clock ticking or people walking all the way out of frame before it cuts. Throw in some random nudity and an excuse of a plot and you've got this movie. SO it's clear that it's not the plot or character development or acting that sells you on this movie. I think there is plenty to like here though.|
I personally got a huge kick out of the male lead... a (caucasian) character named Blackie... who's thousand yard stare rivalled any method actor any day. He really does as little as possible, speaking each line of dialogue like it's a post-ironic verse from some beat poem that he's so over already. It takes this guy five minutes to blink, for real. Then the main kidnapped girl is also great, escaping for a while to frolic nude next to a lake then returning to fall casually-madly in love with Blackie just in time to return to her rich father. Really, on a certain level, everyone in this is pretty great. It's like everyone involved with this film managed be making fun of the genre and being a part of it at the same time. I don't get a sense of detached comment really but I do get a very deliberate execution vibe... It's really weird and slow but I liked it.
Or at least, I like it now that it's over. I'm not sure how much I was liking it while it was going on. Seriously, if you're shooting a car driving away, you don't have to wait for that car to reach the vanishing point before cutting away. We get what's happening.
Oh! Chet Baker did the score too, which there wasn't enough of. It's all Brazilian rythm stuff for the most part but that's cool and the couple moments that call for some soft horns are really great.
So's the nudity.