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Two Weeks In Another Town [Remaster] (1962)

Kirk Douglas , Edward G. Robinson , Vincente Minnelli  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kirk Douglas, Edward G. Robinson, Cyd Charisse, George Hamilton, Daliah Lavi
  • Directors: Vincente Minnelli
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2011
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KO94K4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,950 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In 1952, star Kirk Douglas, director Vincente Minnelli, producer John Houseman and screenwriter Charles Schnee teamed for what many consider the greatest drama ever made about Hollywood: The Bad and the Beautiful. Ten years later, they took another powerful insider's look at the movie business, this time adapting a book by Irwin Shaw. Douglas portrays has-been screen idol Jack Andrus. Just out of a sanitarium, Jack grabs at a small role in a movie shot in Rome by a director (Edward G. Robinson) whose career is also on the skids. When the director falls ill, Jack takes over, realizing this is his last shot at personal and professional redemption. Trenchant, confrontational, intensified by Minnelli's genius for color, Two Weeks in Another Town captures the passion of creative people facing the abyss.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wild, full of energy, melodramatic and comic. March 6, 2011
By thedre
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Just get this. Vincent Minnelli directed this handsome production that seems to be completely shot in Rome, and also Cinecitta studios, (one of the settings). Kirk Douglas and Ed G. Robinson are the big stars in this. Both Hollywood people, one a director, and the other an oscar winning actor both on the verge of their own personal demises. A chance comes for both of them that brings them together, while you get to hang with them on and off sets with George Hamilton and various stunning Italian beauties. Once this movie gets it's motor going, it's going to knock you over. I don't want to reveal the end, or really, the big scenes near the end, but I will say that now I see where Oliver Stone got his ideas for the fantasy sequences in Natural Born Killers and Rodriquez got his visual style for the car sequences in Sin City. Cyd Charisse plays a real succubus, (if I've spelled that right)...with more danger than Lena Horne in her hottest scenes...and that's saying something. Both gals seem to be equal in their abilities in flashing dazzling, dangerous teeth. Technicolor looks extravagant in this film, and so does Rome at night. You care for the lead, Kirk, and don't want some downtempo melodrama to eat him alive, which seems to be always lurking around the corner..but that's the great trick of this film...it puts you on edge and then delivers goods you never expected. When it's over, you've been on a wild ride. You might also dig Kirk's Maserati convertible too...or Clare Trevor, who gets to have lots of fun tearing up the scenery. And while you're at it, get a front projector so you can watch these astonishing films from this period on a 72 inch screen. You'lll never look back. (The other Minelli film from this time is now out...The Cobweb. Just watched that...what a trip.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OVER THE TOP ORGY IN ROME! April 21, 2011
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Che bella citta Roma! Vincent Minnelli's "Two Weeks In Another Town" is pure glamour, trash, camp and Hollywood glitz. In other words it is great fun. Don't go into it expecting anything more than over the top soap opera with the suds on overflow and you won't be disappointed.
Rome takes center stage in the film and is shown in all its "La Dolce Vita" glory of 1962. So much was happening there at this time. The birth of the paparazzi, the filming of "Cleopatra" and the international "Jet Set" had just landed in Rome to make it the fun capital of the world. The film captures all of this with high gloss and a tip of the fedora to Fellini who had first shown a light on the goings on along the Via Veneto a few years earlier.
Kirk Douglas plays a down and out movie star just released from a mental institution / rehab center when he is invited to fly to Rome by his old director and ex friend Edward G. Robinson to take a small comeback part in his epic being filmed at the famed Cinecitta Studios. Well I don't want to spoil the fun so all I will say is that there are plenty of gorgeous Italians running amok and lots of fabulous jewels bedecking Cyd Charisse. Tons of locations throughout the Eternal City and even an orgy! But the highlight of the film is the climactic scenic drive through the streets of Rome that Douglas takes Miss Charisse on after the orgy. That drive has to be seen to be believed! Words fail me at the sheer joy of this over wrought fun fest.
Trust me, it isn't anywhere near the brilliance of "The Bad and The Beautiful" of which it is a kind of follow up on, But it is beautifully bad in the very best way.
The DVD says remastered. But don't expect Blu-ray quality, it is fine nothing spectacular in it's re-mastering. But the color is good and the picture is clear.
I say, go ahead and take the plunge in this Fontana di Trevi of a movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the print April 30, 2014
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If this is suppposed to be a remastered print, why isn't it in the right aspect ratio of 2.35.1? This film was made in Cinemascope. Are the tech.specs. not right on the website?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TWO WEEKS IN ANOTHER TOWN April 29, 2011
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THIS MOVIE ARE VERY INTERESTING STARRING BY KIRK DOUGLAS. HE'S ARRIVING AT ROME WHEN MEETS A DIRECTOR, THAT'S PRODUCING A MOVIE IN CINECITA. THIS DIRECTOR ARE YOUR OLD FRIEND, AND ASKED HIM IF HE WANTS TO HELP HIM IN THIS PRODUCTION. HE HOLDS THIS JOB FOR HELP YOUR OLD FRIEND. AT ONCE, ACTION, ROMANCE AND BETRAYAL ARE DEVELOPING ON THIS SCREEN.
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