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54 Ratings

Paradise Alley

Directed by Sylvester Stallone
United States, 1978


Three Italian-American brothers, living in the slums of 1940’s New York, try to help each other with one’s wrestling career using one brother’s promotional skills and another brother’s con-artist tactics to tho wart a sleazy manager.

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Paradise Alley Directed by Sylvester Stallone

Critics reviews

Working with producer Edward R. Pressman, a specialist in chancy oddities, Stallone created an eccentric, feverish drama about working-class nobodies trying to survive in a hostile environment. Like Martin Scorsese’s films from the same period, Paradise Alley melds intense ’70s acting styles with Expressionist formal effects.
September 27, 2013
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Despite its constant sense of humor and its derision, despite its optimistic ending, the realized film resembles a long nightmare. The neighborhood and nighttime scenes, the lighting, its fixed shots (there is practically no camera movements) and violence (too frequent), all participate to a mise-en-scène that is codified like a nightmare.
August 14, 2013
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