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A pop-art explosion that makes Austin Powers look demure, Modesty Blaise is a bizarre relic from the heyday of Swinging London. Based on a comic book, the movie is strong on psychedelic art direction, long on camp (especially Dirk Bogarde's aristocratic, white-haired villain), and thin on plot--and what plot there is cannot possibly be deciphered. Italian actress Monica Vitti, the ennui-weary star of many Antonioni classics, makes an odd choice for stylish spy Modesty Blaise (a female 007 without portfolio), especially given her uncertain command of English. The gifted director Joseph Losey, not noted for his humor, apes various New Wave techniques in his approach, even allowing Vitti and costar Terence Stamp to warble an off-key song. But the most coherent contribution is the jazzy swing of John Dankworth's score, which you won't be able to get out of your head, even if you want to. --Robert Horton
Her entire appearance changes with a finger snap. She thrashes villains without missing a spiked-heel step. Welcome to the mad, mod world of sexy, stylish intrigue as British comic strip character Modesty Blaise comes to life in this outrageous spoof.
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!
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 3 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
seller provided exactly what I order it was just a waste of time movie.Published 6 months ago by tom perkins
To take a great novel with a strong female lead in the same category as Lara Croft is an insult to a great adventure series. Save your time and money!Published 6 months ago by Dennis R. Johnson
One of the more dismal of the many, many James Bond parodies that were trotted out in the 60s. It was meant to be a wild, psyched-out Swingin' Sixties romp, but it's completely... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jack Ryan