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Where To Buy The Amazing Dr Clitterhouse VHS starring Edward G Robinson Humphrey Bogart Claire Trevor Allen Jenkins Donald Crisp At The Lowest Price?

The Amazing Dr Clitterhouse VHS starring Edward G Robinson Humphrey Bogart Claire Trevor Allen Jenkins Donald Crisp

Why Buy A The Amazing Dr Clitterhouse VHS starring Edward G Robinson Humphrey Bogart Claire Trevor Allen Jenkins Donald Crisp?
A stylish, often amusing crime drama, this 1938 feature revolves around a central, improbable plot twist that consciously serves its casting against type: as the eponymous doctor, Edward G. Robinson, who had helped define the Warner Bros. style for gritty gangster sagas, jettisons his signature snarl in favor of a plummy, vaguely English accent that underlines his urbane sophistication. Dr. Clitterhouse is a creature of privilege who embarks on a criminal life not out of desperation, but rather through intellectual curiosity; instead of slouch hats and suits, he has marcelled hair and first appears in white tie and tails. He begins pulling off perfect jewel thefts as research into the criminal mind, but his gradual immersion in New Yorks shadowy demimonde of thieves and fences eventually finds the good doctor between those two worlds.

Robinsons principal foils stick closer to their studio strong suits. Humphrey Bogart is Rocks Valentine, a sturdy if familiar variation on the hoods and have-nots that were his early stock in trade at the studio. Bogarts fence and former paramour is Jo Keller, played by Claire Trevor as glamorous, streetwise, and otherwise decent, apart from her knack for larceny. When the doctor asks her to fence his glittering contraband, shes intrigued, and Clitterhouse, known to the hoods only as the Professor, becomes their strategist. Jo is clearly falling for him, while Rocks is visibly jealous of the fastidious strangers rising influence and romantic rivalry.

In keeping with its ultimately goofy premise, the story navigates some eccentric plot turns with an aplomb that can be credited to the solid cast (including other studio stalwarts such as Allen Jenkins, Ward Bond, and Donald Crisp) and the three principals, who would work off each other to much more riveting effect a decade later in Key Largo. –Sam Sutherland

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Elite Squad starring Wagner Moura Caio Junqueira André Ramiro Maria Ribeiro Fernanda Machado – Save 20% Today!

Elite Squad starring Wagner Moura Caio Junqueira André Ramiro Maria Ribeiro Fernanda Machado

Why Buy A Elite Squad starring Wagner Moura Caio Junqueira André Ramiro Maria Ribeiro Fernanda Machado?
Though José Padilhas action-packed crime drama won the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival, a steady stream of controversy and acclaim has followed in its wake. Some critics have even accused the director of promoting fascism, while Padilha (Bus 174) contends that Elite Squad argues against police brutality. Like Vic Mackey, who heads up The Shields LA strike force, narrator Captain Nascimento (Wagner Moura) heads up Rio de Janeiros Police Special Operations Battalion (BOPE). It’s 1997, the Pope arrives for a visit in six months, and BOPE will stop at nothing to reduce crime in the favelas. The way they see it, drug traffickers have them outmanned and outgunned, so theres no point in playing by the rules. With their black uniforms and berets, the Skulls certainly cut an imposing figure. New police recruits Neto (Caio Junqueira) and aspiring lawyer Matias (André Ramiro) turn to Nascimento when their efforts to operate by the book only lead to frustration (Matias was inspired by author/law student/BOPE member André Batista). The burned-out captain sees his salvation in the two childhood friends; as soon as he selects a replacement, he plans to leave the force and spend time with his pregnant wife. Nascimento may find his man, but the ending is far from happy. Brutal and bleakly funny, Elite Squad depicts 1990s Rio as Dantés Ninth Circle of Hell. Nonetheless, Brazilians made the film an even bigger sensation than City of God, to which it serves as an essential companion piece. –Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Tropa da Elite….
I had the pleasure of viewing this film at a film festival in my country. I’m a fan of Brazillian cinema so I had to take a look at it…Also because it was about BOPE, I was intrigued. I learned about BOPE in the special features section of City of God. During the filming of this movie the film crew was robbed at gunpoint of their guns, real and fake, and some of their equipment. This may partially explain why their equipment didn’t seem up to par. Nevertheless BOPE is considered to be the most deadly paramilitary force in Latin America, and they have all the high tech goodies that any Western paramilitary force has.I enjoyed this movie immensely, it was full of bluster, machismo, bambadade and intensity, great acting and a great script.

This film was very well made, great storyline, even better acting and just enough action!

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Where To Buy Image Entertainment The Friends of Eddie Coyle starring Robert Mitchum At The Lowest Price?

The Friends of Eddie Coyle starring Robert Mitchum

Why Buy A The Friends of Eddie Coyle starring Robert Mitchum?
In one of the best performances of his legendary career, Robert Mitchum plays small-time gunrunner Eddie “Fingers” Coyle in Peter Yates’s adaptation of George V. Higgins’s acclaimed novel, The Friends of Eddie Coyle. World-weary and living hand to mouth, Coyle works on the sidelines of the seedy Boston underworld just to make ends meet. But when he finds himself facing a second stretch of hard time, he’s forced to weigh loyalty to his criminal colleagues against snitching to stay free. Directed with a sharp eye for its gritty locales and an open heart for its less-than-heroic characters, this is one of the true treasures of 1970s Hollywood filmmaking—a suspenseful crime drama in stark, unforgiving daylight.


• New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Peter Yates

• Audio commentary featuring Yates

• Stills gallery

• PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Kent Jones and a 1973 on-set profile of Robert Mitchum from Rolling Stone Stills from The Friends of Eddie Coyle (Click for larger image)

Over 24 Five Star Customer Reviews On Amazon!

Mitchum’s finest
This is a great movie! It’s not your standard gangster or heist movie. It’s more of a character driven story about a man faced with some tough decisions to make. Coyle, as played by Mitchum in what is one of his finest performances of his career, must decide whether to turn informer on his “friends” in order to stay out of jail. The movie makes great use of locales in and around Boston and Mitchum is supported by a fine cast of actors. Peter Boyle as Dillon, a bartender/hit man, turns in a great performance as does Richard Jordan, Joe Santos (The Rockford Files, Steven Keats and Alex Rocco. Go ahead and give this movie a try. You won’t be disappointed.

Friends of Eddie Coyle
Very happy that movie has been re-released. It arrived in a timely fashion & is a great movie!

Boston as it really was
My fondness for this film owes something to the fact that I witnessed some of the filming of “Eddie Coyle” in 1973 at Dorchester’s Boston Bowl when I was 13. For 3 1/2 hours, I was mesmerized by Mitchum as he filmed a scene inside the bowling alley. This film is to my Bostonian soul a haunting representation of what the town and surroundings were like in the 1960′s and 1970s. Don’t expect “The Departed”, “Mystic River” or “Good Will Hunting”, they are entertaining but ultimately shallow reflections of Hollywood’s version of working class Boston. “Coyle” is something different. A true work of art, in that Mitchum and Yates (and of course author George V. Higgins) were able to step outside of the packaged cliches and capture the essence of a time and place. Peter Yates’ commentary is insightful. You perceive that he had a respect for the real life of working class Boston at that time and he was going to represent what he actually saw,felt and derived from Higgins’ novel. Though a work of fiction this is akin to cinema verite in it’s ability to get across the fates of characters in Boston before it became merely a “world class city”, in Mayor Kevin White’s rendering. Bravo to Criterion for re-introducing this important film.

A great screen gem finally out on DVD!
The Friends of Eddie Coyle is the last of a dying breed. The type of crime drama where the criminals where real people and while to some degree we may sympathize with them, they are hardly heroic with what they do. Robert Mitchum does give an amazing performance as Eddie “Fingers” Coyle, a small time hood, trying to stay out of prison.

There are so many great performances in this film that it is hard to single out one vs. the other. The beauty of the film is that all of the characters are in business essentially for themselves. There are no hero’s but then again there are no anti-hero’s. This is a much more spot on crime drama than just about anything to come down the line since. Also, as a native Bostonian I find it amazing that Mitchum does the Boston accent better than supposed Bostonian’s Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

A great film and well worth your time!

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Image Entertainment Le Samourai – Criterion Collection starring Alain Delon, Nathalie Delon, François Périer, Cathy Rosier, Jacques Leroy – Save 27% Today!

Le Samourai - Criterion Collection starring Alain Delon, Nathalie Delon, François Périer, Cathy Rosier, Jacques Leroy

Why Buy A Le Samourai – Criterion Collection starring Alain Delon, Nathalie Delon, François Périer, Cathy Rosier, Jacques Leroy?
Alain Delon is the coolest killer to hit the screen, a film noir loner for the modern era, in Jean-Pierre Melvilles austere 1967 French crime classic. Delons impassive hit man, Jef Costello, is the ultimate professional in an alienated world of glass and metal. On his latest contract, however, he lets a witness live–a charming jazz pianist, Valerie (Cathy Rosier), who neglects to identify him in the police lineup. When Costello survives an assassination attempt by his employers, he carefully plots his next moves as cops and criminals close in and he prepares for one last job. Melville meticulously details every move by Costello and the police in fascinating wordless sequences, from Costellos preparations for his first hit to the cops exhaustive efforts to tail Jef as he lines up his last; and his measured pace creates an otherworldly ambiance, an uneasy calm on the verge of shattering. Costello remains a cipher, a zen killer whose façade begins to crack as the world seems to be collapsing in on him, exposing the wound-up psyche hidden behind his blank face. Melville rethinks film noir in modern terms, as an existential crime drama in soft, somber color and sleek images (courtesy of cinematographer extraordinaire Henri Decaë). Le Samouraï inspired two pseudo-remakes, Walter Hills Driver and John Woos Killer, but neither film comes close to the compelling austerity and meticulous detail of Melvilles cult masterpiece. –Sean Axmaker

Over 58 Five Star Customer Reviews On Amazon!

I like also the movie. The only thing I did not like is Alain Delon died
and I think there should be a continuation in this movie.

Melvillian Ganster Movie
Fine transfer of one of Melville’s ganster movies. Alain Delon draws his gun faster than the eye! Stylish and hilarious and set in an imaginary Paris, this is not at all a realistic movie – but it is simply excellent.

genius noir–not for the impatient
Melville creates a fantastically slow-paced and visually stunning neo-noir thriller about Jef Costello (played by Alain Delon), a brilliant but socially broken hired killer. Delon is as cool and slick as Steve McQueen at his best, but prettier and lonelier. Those who are looking for lots of running, fighting, and explosions should stay far away from this one, and Melville never includes dialogue if he can get by without it. The first line of the film comes more than ten minutes after the opening, but the story is about solitude, isolation, and disconnection. Delon’s then-wife Nathalie plays the ethereally beautiful Jane Lagrange, Jef’s part-time lover and alibi. If you love smart, patient cinema, and don’t mind subtitles, you should definitely check this out.

Also, the Criterion features, including a well-assembled booklet, are well worth the price.

Very stylish; very cool; very worthy of your time…
First things first; `Le Samourai’ is a very, very cool movie. The vibe is just so fluid and stirring; you can’t help but become one with the mood that is set by French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville. The first sequence alone is utter perfection; contract killer Jef Costello sprawled out across his bed, puffs of cigarette smoke rising to the ceiling and a lonely birdcage resting in the center of the room, the only sound being the constant and sporadic chirping of the frantic bird within its bars. The scene just got me so excited; instantly connected and longing for the film to proceed.

And proceed it did.

The film follows Jef Costello as he carries out a murder and then contends with double-crossing as well as an overzealous police detective. Costello promised a problem free hit, but when he leaves a witness alive his employers feel that he breached their contract, so they attempt to take his life. Narrowly escaping death, Costello decides to go after his employer, but this means enlisting the help of the said witness Valerie, a young and beautiful pianist. While he strikes a relationship with her, the Police Detective assigned to the murder begins to press firmly in on Costello, trying to force confessions out of the ones closest to him; most notably his girlfriend Jane.

Melville does an outstanding job of keeping the pace and capturing pure tension, utilizing his surroundings to stir up emotions within the audience. I love films that work with silence, because I feel that feelings in general are felt and not heard. By just watching the facial expressions on a man’s (or woman’s) face; by watching the way their body moves in relation to what he sees can help instill raw emotion within us. `Le Samourai’ does this to the extreme. The opening scene is proof in the pudding, but there are many scenes where dialog is non-existent, the audience being allowed to truly connect to the mind of the characters as apposed to their mouths.

Performance wise this film is very strong. First and foremost one must recognize Alain Delon’s masterful performance as Jef. He has such a calm and restrained demeanor that adds layers to his characters development. He allows us to truly understand who he is and why he does what it is that he does. Francois Perier also does an outstanding job as the Police Detective hot on his trail. He captures the zeal and determination behind his characters every move and action. Caty Rosier is stunning and endearing as Valerie. There is an air of mystery surrounding her character that she embellishes perfectly, creating a sense of longing in the viewer as he or she desires to learn more about her. To me though, the knockout performance comes from Nathalie Delon who plays Jef’s girlfriend and alibi Jane. There is one scene in particular, when she is confronted in her apartment by Perier’s character, that really solidifies my feelings for her. This is the greatest scene of dialog in the film, and the two actors embody their emotions magically; Delon in particular just ravishing the scene.

`Le Samourai’ is a magnificent film, part gangster film, part film noir; and if you look close enough it is definitely part Samaria film. The acting is top notch, the direction is top notch and the script is expertly woven to draw in the audience and never let them go.

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Where To Buy Tycoon – A New Russian starring Vladimir Mashkov, Mariya Mironova, Andrei Krasko, Levan Uchaneishvili, Mikhail Vasserbaum At The Lowest Price?

Tycoon - A New Russian starring Vladimir Mashkov, Mariya Mironova, Andrei Krasko, Levan Uchaneishvili, Mikhail Vasserbaum

Why Buy A Tycoon – A New Russian starring Vladimir Mashkov, Mariya Mironova, Andrei Krasko, Levan Uchaneishvili, Mikhail Vasserbaum?
A stylish, slick crime drama based on the life of notorious billionaire Boris Berezovsky, TYCOON follows the life of Plato Makovski ,a renegade Russian entrepeneur whose seductive and brutal climb to the top in the post-Soviet era flourishes as the line between business, crime and politics breaks down.

Opening with Plato’s assassination by car bomb, An investigation Judge of his life through flashbacks involving a vivid array of gangsters, mistresses, childhood friends, idealistic intellectuals, and trigger-happy veterans, offers an inside view of a country in which gangsters and greedy politicians conspire to rub out their enemies.

Building a media empire, Plato uses his genius to become a monster, unhesitatingly sacrificing his ideals and his closest friends until he topples.

Compared by critics to SCARFACE and THE GODFATHER SAGA, TYCOON is an epic tale of a visionary and scoundrel, and, in the end, a bridge between the old Russia and the new.

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Gritty insight into 1990s Russia
Other reviewers have covered the essential plot points, the essence being the rise and tribulations of Platon Markovsky. Platon is actually a far more sympathetic character than any real-life plutocrat because he’s using his wits rather than old KGB connections and, until just before the end, he doesn’t assassinate anyone in the pursuit of riches. The viewer can therefore sympathize with Platon in a way that would be improbable if we were watching a documentary on the rise of Boris Berezovsky, for example.

There are too many excellent cinamatographic moments to list; one of my favorites repeatedly occurs in the last quarter of the movie where a grinning picture of Boris Yeltsin (then Russia’s alcoholic president) smiles down on corrupt bureaucrat-gangsters as they vivisect the State in pursuit of enormous gains. When the cat is asleep (in this case, in a drunken stupor) the mice will play dirty games indeed.

For someone learning Russian and therefore not utilizing subtitles, it will help to have a native speaker available or a really good dictionary of contemporary slang. For example, it took me a little while to discover that “laveh” (spelled love, with the stress on the last syllable) is slang for money in a way that is equivalent to the British English “dosh” or the French “butin” but which has no real equivalent in American English. It was also enlightening to discover that Russian has a specific word for “slow agonizing death,” namely podihat.

Platon’s progress is somewhat akin to that of the emponymous Candide in Voltaire’s novel: the journey is interesting but its main artistic purpose is to shed light on the society that creates such circumstances. Just as Candide was a bitter criticism of Europe, so Tycoon is a deep and painful criticism of Russia in the 1990s. Of course it’s sad to note that since then things have become even more brutal and cynical, with the current President clearly doing everything possible to recreate Tzarist Russia with himself in the role of Tzar (a word which, incidentally, derives from the Roman Caesar).

If you have any interest in understanding contemporary Russia there are many worse ways to do it than spending an enjoyable nearly-3 hours watching this excellent movie.

An excellent, informative and fascinating movie. It is spellbinding and tragic. Although it gets to a slow start, it picks up speed and never stops for breath. I enjoyed every minute of it and it is a telling story of what happens during a national renewal and the often fatal conflict between money and power.

Stranger than Fiction
Tycoon, like The Godfather, may not be strictly accurate, but is in a profound way utterly true. Based not very loosely on the life of Boris Berezovsky, a real-life Russian oligarch who got his start in the car smuggling rackets, the movie depicts the meteoric rise of Platon Markovski, a Jewish mathematics student with an abundance of guts and guile. Markovski puts his considerable charm and ingenuity to work inventing a new breed of capitalism amid the anarchy of 1990s Russia.

Markovski and his loyal band of brothers run afoul of scheming Kremlin bureacrats who want their piece of the capitalist action without leaving the security of their government posts. The battle between the bureaucrats and the oligarch prefigures Vladimir Putin’s real-life confrontations with Mikhail Khodorkovsky and other malefactors of great wealth.

The movie is overstuffed with characters and incidents, but Director Pavel Lungin keeps it all pumping furiously forward. Tycoon is a triumph of old fashioned storytelling and, like the Godfather, is filled with small moments of warmth and humor along with operatic drama. As outrageous as the plot turns get, none of it – the hypercreative business deals, the buying of politicians, the wild west shootouts between the state and the capitalists – is stranger than what actually happened in Russia over the past 15 years.

The acting and directing are uniformly excellent. This movie, while remaining true to its gangster tale roots, manages to indict an entire society for losing its ideals and sense of human connection once it discovers the delirious delights of the dollar.

Tycoon: A New Russian
The Tycoon is a good movie showing the rise of a new Russian, allegedly resembling Berezovsky. It is fast and funny, and it genuinely reflects realities of the new Russia. Russia has had a tragic 20th century, with grotesque leaders all the way through: the weak and talentless Nickolas II, the crazy people-hater Lenin, the blood-thirsty Stalin, the clown Khruschev, the brainless chatter-box Gorbachev, and the alcoholic and hypocrite Yeltsyn. So the new business genius Platon, continuing this tradition of criminal activities, starts also as a criminal and, together with his gang of mates, creates an empire helped by the mafia from the Caucasus, an Afghan war crippled hero, and someone whose name is never mentioned, but who is obviously the new czar. Platon is portrayed as a heroic figure fighting injustice and at some stage you even empathize with him. He loves his friends, is a good husband and father, and is so full of energy and joy of life… But then we realize that he is another criminal, except he had more brains, stamina and courage to climb to the summit than others whom he ruthlessly eliminates, in particular after they killed his buddies. He stole what belonged to the whole nation. Nevertheless, he is someone we should know in order to understand this great country.

The artistic value of the film is high, the actors are brilliant, and it is a passionate affair with the new Russia and its talented people.

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