Sep 28, 2012
Trailer 794 of 905
Martin Scorsese's most acclaimed film after Raging Bull was considered a return to form but in fact showed the director stretching himself toward new cinematic heights. Alongside The Godfather it is now regarded as the definitive gangster movie. Scorsese envisioned the style of the piece, based on Nick Pileggi's true crime best seller, as lightning-paced, "almost like a two and a half hour trailer". The entire music score is made up of period source cues that comment on the action and the frenetic editing adapts elements of the French New Wave. Joe Pesci won a supporting actor Oscar. "What do you mean funny? Funny how? How am I funny?"
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Oddly enough, Brando didn't marry the female star of this movie--but instead Movita Castaneda, the female star of the 1935 MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY..
Watching this week's TFH ode to blaxploitation makes me want to grow an Afro!.
It's enjoyable, and Racquel's presence makes it memorable (that poster of her in her loins is an icon), but, this is far from the best of Harryhausen..
Thanks for the shout out, David. I look back at this trailer with great fondness...
It played a couple of years back on TCM underground, and "bizarre" does kind of nail it; it doesn't really make a lick of sense, but it's quite entertaining, and I still find myself humming "What You See is What You Get" frequently. The concept of cloning black leaders to undermine the black community's leadership was a precursor to the "Undercover Brother" film years later (though that was mind control drugs, not cloning exactly).
The people of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (where they still make boats) are still proud of their achievement in recreating the Bounty for this film, no matter what the reaction to the film might have been (I watched it a few years back and also enjoyed it quite a bit, I guess all the bad press at the time really coloured judgement to a degree). It was a sad day in this part of the world when the Bounty met its fate by sinking in Hurricane Sandy...