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Dillinger Is Dead (The Criterion Collection)
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Marco Ferreri, the Italian filmmaker who many looked at as a rebellious director that some looked at as innovative, non-compromising, intelligent but also controversial, provocative and a man who could care less of what people thought about his film.
Never a shy man, Ferreri was to the point of how he felt. Arthouse fans may have loved his films but he could care less about those people who watch art house films. In fact, he hated those types of audiences. He was not a big fan of the popularity of the Cinemateque Francais of the '60s (which he called the films "incoherent") and nearly interview that revolved around his work, you can easily tell Ferreri was agitated, especially when it seemed the interviewer wanted to praise his style of filmmaking or a film.
And if there was one film that people loved, it was Ferreri's 1968 Italian art house film "Dillinger e morto" (aka "Dillinger is Dead). Looked at as one of Ferreri's true masterpiece and a film that was well-received, this irked Ferreri. In fact, because of the positive attention he received from the film, Ferreri could not wait to get back to the films that he was known for...films that were provocative and, in his own words, "bad taste".
"Dillinger is Dead" is a dark film that borders between fantasy and reality. A film that has hardly any dialogue, but its the actions of this man of the bourgeois lifestyle coming home from work and like a voyeur, we take a peak of how he is inside the home. Is what we are watching completely real or is this a film about dreams manufactured from a man with desires?Read more ›
The look of this film is excellent. It was shot in the actual apartment of a very famous pop art/painter (1969), and it is a convincing and compelling 'set' in contrast to, oh, let's say Godard's tableaux, which often seem so contrived. It could have been shot yesterday, but for a few outdated appliances. Even better is the uncredited soundtrack that plays practically non-stop in the background throughout most of the film. It really adds to the scenes and augments the action, but not too obviously.
The motive of the film is very much of its time, though... again, it is saved by following entirely poetic impulses.
This is a disturbing film that seasoned viewers who appreciate Lynch, Bunuel or Imamura would welcome. You have to drop your expectations of logic and let the impressive talent of the lead (Piccoli) guide you through the weirdness... it's not as deliberately maddening as some self-indulgent art films, but it definitely takes you out of the ordinary.
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Stop calling this kind of movie a masterpiece.....Another artsy- fartsy movie yes !!! Somewhat interesting for the way it was filmed, and for the lighting ,but not a memorable... Read morePublished 18 months ago by EXFAN
Criterion hit the mark again. We follow a man who can cook, who goes to a daily existence of a job and returns home and watches TV, cooks and goes to bed. Read morePublished on May 9, 2010 by Michael A. Lilly