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Special Features

  • Making Of et interviews

Product Details

  • Actors: Philip Loch, Elis Imboden, Christian Durango, Sloan Cobb, Roberta Hanley
  • Directors: Michael Oblowitz
  • Writers: Jim Thompson, Larry Gross
  • Producers: Billy Zane, Albert T. Dickerson III, Barr B. Potter, Brad Wyman, Chris Hanley
  • Format: Anamorphic, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (PCM Surround), French (PCM Surround)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004VYHU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,528 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "This World, Then the Fireworks" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "flickjunkie" on April 19, 2000
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This is not a film for everyone. It is dark, sultry, twisted and self indulgent, and that doesn't have mass appeal nowadays unless Quentin Tarantino is directing and people are shooting each other in the face. It is, however, a terrific piece of filmmaking and as a fifties period piece it is surpassed only by films actually made in the fifties.
It is the story of brother and sister twins who were traumatized as children and turn out quite screwed up as adults. There is the ever present hint of incest looming in their relationship and they are both prone to lascivious escapades. The story serves up a slice of their lustfully demented lives together.
You almost have to be over 50 to appreciate this movie or be someone who likes old black and white films from that era. Director Michael Oblowitz has recreated not just the look, but the feel of the period. Tom Priestly, who went on to be the cinematographer on "The Thomas Crown Affair" did a fantastic job with filters and lighting to give the film an authentic fifties feel. The sets, props, costumes and music were all meticulously accurate. The use of a first person narrative (the story was narrated by Marty [Billy Zane]) was a very popular device in 40's and 50's films (think Humphrey Bogart).
Unfortunately, the film was more form than substance since the story was a just meandering film noir libido ride. Still, for fifties nostalgia buffs, this is a treat.
Gina Gershon was fabulous as Carol. She was sexy, seductive, and lewd while simultaneously being vulnerable and fragile. I can't remember seeing her in a role better suited to her talents, nor can I remember her giving a better performance. Billy Zane was really wrong for this part.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By yygsgsdrassil on April 24, 2003
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...or "Whoa, Momma! Is this some perverse fun."
I was compelled to stop to watch this primarily because it's got two of my favorite bad girl actresses Gina (Showgirls/Bound) Gershon and Sheryl Lee in it, but to my greatest surprise, it turns out to be a Jim Thompson Noir, with cynical guy voice overs and the "each scene is a painted cover of a pulp magazine" type of cinematography. Billy Zane plays a drifting journalist whose relationships with everyone seems a bit unhinged, to say the least, and in his mind's eye maybe he becomes the hardboiled type that is usually part of the "True Detective" Noirs. You wonder does he have enough hold on reality?--Or is it just how the wicked thinks. Does his sister, Carol, have any grips on
reality? Or is she out to settle some scores seeing after a brutal murder and a near gang rape when she was a kid? Like some of the reviewers below noted: this is not for everyone's taste, but if you love Thompson and ia a big fan of what one cable station is calling Neo Noirs, you will love this. I would have love seeing how Daivid Lynch would have handled this...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 1999
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I loved this movie. Any movie where Billy Zane takes off any of his clothes is great!! The story is a bit under developed but the charaters have depth. Film moves along at a good pace but there are few surprises. Rue McCallahan as the mother was interesting and Sheryl Lee as the girlfriend was great. She plays a tramp very well. I would have liked to have seen how the relationship between the brother and sister developed in the years that the movie didn't cover. Mother refers to "the trouble" they got into but that is never really explained. Overall worth seeing and I plan to own it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 1999
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This is a kinky and twisted movie with a dash of black humor. Only Zane can pull off such a character with his "pushing the envelope" and zany ( zaney ? ) acting ability. As for Gershon (those lips) she plays her character as the wanton sister very well. I guess it's that underlying hint at incest between Zane's and Gershon's characters as well as the dysfunctional family atmosphere exuded by Rue McClannahan as their ailing mother that may disturb some viewers. Otherwise, this is a great art house flick if you like films out of the ordinary with bizarre characters and a peculiar story !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 2002
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Well, I liked it, folks. The nastiness of the original is nicely captured. I ain't gonna analyze it because analyzing is all about rationalizing what you can't deal with. Like Gummo, this is the world as others pretend not to see it. But it's in all of our heads all the time. It's just that most of us have it so deeply hidden & buried that we live for shrink & therapist. This would make a nice double bill with Woman Chaser. Long live Thompson & Willeford & David Goodis.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 1999
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Interesting movie which communicates the peculiar Jim Thompson world view in a direct, uncluttered fashion. Good, unobtrusive photography. Lots of decadent sex. The anti-hero likes his sister very much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 1999
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There are a lot of ridiculous elements to this movie, but as a whole it's not campy enough to be entertaining by itself. There's Billy Zane's bizarre tirades: "Commandment One Minus! Verily, the Lord sayeth..." or something like that. And his almost self-parodying arrogance. And his 400-pound wife. And his comically redundant narration of what's happening on the screen. And the sign that misspells the Spanish word "medicina." And the horny female cop. Amusing at times, but pretty slow going--the longest 1:40 I've spent in a while. Probably more enjoyable if you don't try to follow the confusing, almost random "plot."
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