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Diabolically Yours Review

Very Good
The definitive highlight of Lions Gate's Alain Delon five-film box set, Diabolically Yours offers a captivating, early example of the psychological thriller. It's a direct ancestor of just about every puzzler that involves mistaken identy or amnesia, from Memento to Suture to Shattered.

The gist this time involves Georges Campo (Delon) wrecking his sports car, then coming to in a hospital with no idea who he is. When his supposed wife Christiane (continental hottie Senta Berger) takes him to his supposed mansion for his recovery, Georges suddenly loses his motivation of self-discovery, happy instead to convalesce in luxury.

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Pleasure Party Review

In 1975, Claude Chabrol got infatuated, somehow, with swingers, and working from a script from Paul Gégauff he turned in this weak entry into an otherwise very strong oeuvre. Pleasure Party's biggest failing can be found in Gégauff's script and Chabrol's choice of leading man: also Gégauff. The film isn't so much an investigation into unhealthy relationships as it is a platform for Gégauff to hear himself talk. Nothing much comes of this until the last five minutes of the movie -- and even the title's promise of a little cheap, tawdry carnality is nowhere to be found.

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Weekend Review

Weekend is probably Jean-Luc Godard's most renowned, disturbing, and controversial film finally comes to DVD, where old school fans can rediscover it, and modern filmgoers can give it a spin and say, "What the hell!?"

The film is a broad indictment of consumerism, politics, and pretty much everything about humanity in general. In essence it's a story about a couple who try to take a weekend vacation in France, only to be stymied at every turn by traffic, revolutionaries, and ultimately murder in the woods. It's basically a comedy, inasmuch as any film in which a civil war erupts and people get eaten by each other can be considered comedy.

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This Man Must Die Review

Possibly Claude Chabrol's finest work, a dark, moody, and endlessly compelling look at a hit and run that takes the life of a young boy. His father (Michel Duchaussoy), a writer of children's books, embarks on a crusade to find and murder the driver. Midway through the film, he finally does find his man, only to discover his family hates him just as much as our hero does! Capturing his violent thoughts in a diary, it becomes the only evidence against him when the deed is finally done -- but who really did the crime? It happens off camera, and the answer is vague. Two people end up confessing. We never quite found out who's telling the truth. Wrestling over it in your mind will give you a headache, but it's a pain that hurts good.

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More Review

Movie fans will remember More primarily for the fact that it's the one movie (that's not The Wall) which Pink Floyd provided the soundtrack for. Pink Floyd fans will remember More as that movie they bought the soundtrack to which they only listened to once.

Barbet Schroeder's first film, More isn't much of a movie. The story follows German Stefan (Klaus Grünberg) as he meets a blonde vixen (Mimsy Farmer) and follows her to Paris, where he is quickly indoctrinated into the joys of heroin. Eventually they're off to Ibiza for more drugs and, well, you get the picture.

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Les Biches Review

Claude Chabrol's elegant love story is nonetheless quite the bore, with its beautiful bisexual femmes (one named "Why") and lazy evenings in front of velvet curtains. Jacqueline Sassard's supervixen is quite the eye-catcher, but she's so dull in the role it's hard to get much energy out of her raw sexuality. Stéphane Audran's Frédérique is even more hollow, an aging trollop looking for love on the French Riviera, no matter who it comes from. Story? Forget it.... this half-assed "thriller" is about as thrilling as meat loaf. The conclusion is as uninspired as it is droll.

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Purple Noon Review

Very Good
Thirty-six years after its release, Purple Noon is back as part of Martin Scorsese's revival of underseen foreign classics.

This time out it's Rene Clement's mystery-drama (based on the book The Talented Mr. Ripley) about wealthy jerk Phillippe, his adoring (but poor) best friend Tom (Alain Delon), and the redhead (Marge) they both adore (Marie Laforet). Caught up in the greed and envy that comes along with wealth like Phillippe's, Tom hatches a plot to rid the world of Phillippe and take over his life. Fine, well, the only suprising thing about this is how quickly he succeeds at the plan (after about 30 minutes) -- at which point, the movie becomes one of Tom hatching part 2 of the plan... and the movie starts to get interesting.

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