"I hate life! The torment, the cruelty of it." -Limelight
The last time I saw this, I didn’t think it was one of Lubitsch’s best. Maybe 15 years and an upgrade to the Criterion Blu-ray will change that.
“You might offend Hitler.”
“Well wouldn’t that be too bad?”
It seems like Lubitsch’s heart was more in the drama than the comedy. That- and the WWII backdrop, heavy on the nazis- creates a conflicted tone that I never quite vibed with.
Jack Benny and Carole Lombard’s characters are shady, and…
First of all, I love the song at the beginning. Somber piano and strings. Mournful vocals.
Second of all, I hope Letterboxd doesn’t delete this art house porn horror oddity. There is a softcore version, after all. It’s included on this DVD release.
The suicide scene is one of the saddest and most beautiful suicides I’ve seen since THE RULES OF ATTRACTION. That scene alone proves that this is a legit film.
It’s like an erotic Twilight Zone that takes place in a sexual purgatory.
The end is so disturbing. I wonder what the softcore version is like.
I’ve never liked a Michael Mann film, but I have such a good feeling about this one I picked up the Criterion BluRay. I also hear it might have been an influence on Drive, so let’s find out...
Oh god yes. Gimme that rain soaked neon synth city shit all day.
I was like “how is Jon Belushi so thin?” Then I remembered Jim Belushi exists.
OK, our protagonist is not a good guy.…