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Hired by the government to prevent a diamond heist, Modesty (Monica Vitti) recruits her wily sidekick Willie Garvin (Terence Stamp) to help her battle crafty, colorful foes on the secluded island of a suave mastermind thief (Dirk Bogarde). Grooving with mile-high hairdos and swinging, psychedelic wall patterns, Modesty Blaise is campy entertainment at its best!
Top Customer Reviews
The film is genuinely funny, but in a way that may not be everyone's cup of tea. As just one of the more over the top examples, a joke late in the film depends on Dirk Bogarde's reaction to a strangled body hanging limply behind him. The moment *is* funny, but I suspect that more than a few viewers will find it anything but. The pace too is leisurely, not at all in the fist-in-the-face mode of even the early Bonds, much less more recent films in the series. In other words, expect neither childish jokes à la Powers nor fast-paced action à la Bond.
Instead, there is a lot of what pretentious critics call the "gestural," which might best be described as mannerisms so showy that even academics notice. There isn't an ounce of subtlety in any of it, which seems to be the point. From Losey's overly elaborate camerawork (take a moment to figure out how the shot in the credit sequence was taken without the camera crew becoming pretzels, for example), to Richard Macdonald's eye-popping Op Art inspired production design, to Dirk Bogarde's camped up Gabriel, everyone seems to be trying to out-outrage one another.
If you are familiar with Losey's more serious work, this loud declaiming might seem out of character, but the results are as obscure and opaque as his collaborations with Harold Pinter. Still, if you normally enjoy his films, you will probably get a kick out of seeing Losey's claustrophobia turned inside out and made into a joke.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this movie and I feel no reason to justify myself. Though, I must say that this film is very high camp. And that is something that I enjoy immensely.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
A campy hot mess but great for the nostalgia factor...and Monica Vitti is obviously the prototype for Lady Gaga.Published 3 months ago by Gregg A. Gendiellee
Disappointed in this one, could have been much campier, the villains are the best part of the movie. Dirk Bogarde, Clive Revill, and Rosella Falk are just great. Read morePublished 8 months ago by ZenDodge69
Just watched it... amazing on so many levels:
- a visual gem, as it looks like technicolor,
- full of visual art references,
- witty dialogues,
-... Read more
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