I'd like to see the other Damiani films available in the U.S. before attempting a review (I truly wish I already had after watching The Most Beautiful Wife).
Beside "A Bullet for the General" and "How to kill a Judge" (I'd tend to ignore "Amityville Horror II"), are there any other of his films available on adequate DVDs?
However, it's certainly insuring (?) to see a couple of his films before coming to a conclusion - it's Job's news that those three films you can get might not are really part of his essential body of work (though "The most beautiful wife" comes close, probably).
If you can find the time, I think you should consider starting a thread with some background info, or even a review, if possible.
That's what dubbing is for.
I'll try to prepare something within the next three weeks, before we'll go to Berlin. If wouldn't be so extremely weary in the evening 6 days a week, this mustn't be such a problem.
"A+" is my highest rating. But "A" and "A-" are also used sparingly (they signify "one of the best of the year" for me, and consequently films given those grades qualify for my Primary end-of-the-year list).
Thanks for the explanation, now I'll know what's going on with your ratings in the future. According to this, the film was a real pleasure... If I'd already own a copy of the DVD...
Damiani's film was certainly a pleasant surprise. Di Giarcomo's camerawork was just as accomplished as Morricone's score. A 14-year-old Muti and her performance were just striking as Orano and his work. The tonal consistency achieved by Damiani despite adapting such a sensationalistic true story was perhaps what astonished me the most. I can't wait to see the other films.
Well, if this little outline represents fairly what you liked most about the film, you're already into Damiani, arsaib! This sounds very familiar to me - awful that there's no decent release of "Confessions of a Police Captain" in the US, it's said to be some sort of mental follow-up to "The most beautiful wife" and contains breathtaking performances by Franco Nero and Martin Balsam. Damiani's acting department was very interesting at that time, he also managed to get amazing performances from Giuliano Gemma, Nino Manfredi and the young Michele Placido, performances of a level which was superior compared to most of the other films they appeared in. The most bizarre appearence is probably Erland Josephson's (!!!) italian prosecutor in "I am afraid".
Have you also seen Constantin Costa-Gavras' "Z"?
I love demonlover, and I'd like to believe subtitles are required in order to experience it properly.
That's what dubbing is for... Fortunately, this one was done relatively well and though the differences between the french, japanese and english parts mostly vanished, the dubbing was good enough to make it an amazing experience. I was distrustful as hell before (without having seen anything by Assayas, I really had a very bad opinion and many prejudices on him) but afterwards, I have to admit that this film exactly hits my taste, though it was really disturbing and even disgusting in some parts, especially the "showdown". And I hardly remember any film from the past few years that is more pessimistic. (22 out of 25 / 9/10)