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Notes on “Contempt”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: “Contempt” probably doesn’t work. But is it intended to? Director Jean-Luc Godard is rare among filmmakers of the sound era in his ability to treat movies perfunctorily. He’s a doodler, a sketch artist; ideas flit across … Continue reading

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Notes on “Sweet Dreams”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Marco Bellocchio may be the dean of contemporary filmmakers, but few talk about him. When he makes a good movie, people shrug and say something about “Fists in the Pocket.” They don’t seem to realize that … Continue reading

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Movie Posters: Three Deneuves

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: What is it about Catherine Deneuve that prompts desecration? It sometimes seemed as though her directors needed to spoil her in order to properly venerate her. Perhaps it’s the placid opaqueness of her beauty that encouraged … Continue reading

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Naked Lady of the Week: Edwige Fenech

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: For my money, Edwige Fenech is to the ’70s what Bardot was to the ’60s: the preeminent sex queen of the European cinema. Admittedly, this is a crown she wears in my imagination only: the general … Continue reading

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Notes on “The Great War”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: The 1959 “The Great War” is appropriately titled: it may be one of the great war films. Certainly it’s a thoroughly Italian one: a war film in which no one is sure who’s in charge or … Continue reading

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Giallo Movie Posters: Estremi Italiani

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Either you like extremes in your art and pop culture, or you don’t. I suspect most fans of the giallo are in the former camp. The giallo was a peculiarly Italian brand of thriller-cum-horror film that … Continue reading

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Giallo Movie Posters: Edwige Fenech

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: I’m fond of referring to Edwige Fenech as the Nefertiti of the Trash Cinema. Are you all familiar with Edwige? During the ’70s she was one of the premier actresses in European genre movies. Chic and unshamable, … Continue reading

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