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Richard Leo Jackson
Gerard Depardieu is at his best and he has rarely looked so hot in a movie. Beineix shot some of the most flattering close-ups I have seen of him. Nastassja Kinski was at the peak of her beauty, and as always is a striking presence, but sadly there's not much character development to her part. Best of all is Victoria Abril, rightfully nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Cesar, who brings an much needed energy to the film, even if she's playing a stereotype. The scenes between Depardieu and Kinski are the most visually beautiful, but the acting honors go to the ones with Abril and Depardieu. It's amazing that Kinski and Abril were so young (23?) when they shot this film, since they bring an emotional complexity and maturity, expressed in very simple gestures, that I cannot imagine in any contemporary young actress.
To sum up, I recommend checking it out for the visuals and the acting, but it's flawed. It would be wonderful if somehow the edited scenes were to be found somewhere and Beineix could do a better, longer edit, like he did with Betty Blue.
As you'd expect from one of the creators of the cinema du look, it's a striking looking film, shot at Cinecitta on lovingly crafted not quite naturalistic sets in neon reds, greens and more muted orange and teals before the latter became a visual cliché, and the heightened stylisation extends to almost every aspect of the film. Thus Kinski's entrance is played at length to the accompaniment of a vivid piano concerto as she slowly walks into a bar, the camera slowly caressing her from a respectful distance as the director creates a bit of cinematic grand opera out of a character not actually doing very much, which sums up a lot of the film. It's a mood piece that's more about the filmmaking than the story or characterisation, the former anorexic, the latter striving for the iconic but settling for archetypes, and if you're not in the right mood it'll try your patience to the limit. Everything happens very slowly, very deliberately, allowing you to either wallow in the visuals or beat your head against the wall as you wait for something to happen. Very little does and even less is resolved.Read more ›
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Having seen this in the theatre (several times) on initial release it is disappointing to read negative comments on the DVD quality. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Paris6
WOW. This movie sucks.
It's so boring and uninteresting and man just bad.
ATTENTION Amazon Buyers, This DVD will NOT play on your BLU-ray player, will only play on a DVD player. The Sellers and/or Amazon Should provide Full-Disclosure... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Koo-Koo-4-Kinos!
"The Moon in the Gutter" (1983) is directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix (Diva, Betty Blue).
The movie takes place mostly in a lower class neighbourhood, or at the docks where... Read more
Classic drama with a few twists! Depardieu is awesome in this film. A must for serious film buffs.Put this on your list of must sees.Published 23 months ago by Earl B. Allen
Wild and weird and classic french cinema. Kinski is just stunning in this over the top dreamy thriller. Read morePublished on December 7, 2013 by Jimmy Palmiotti
For many years, the American noir writer David Goodis (1917 -- 1967) was more appreciated in France than in the United States. Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by Robin Friedman