Monte Hellman a fait peu de films, 2 à ma connaissance, mais quels films !! le cultissime Two lane blacktop...road movie tout en nuances et souffle mesurés, scène sensuelle inoubliable de l'apprentissage du levier de vitesse... et celui là, 30 ans après ou à peu près. un film qui colle parce qu'il ne va nulle part, un film dans lequel le protagoniste est son propre obstacle.. jouissif et unique
Talk about beautiful losers. Two white collar criminals come out of hiding to act in a film based on their crime, for a director who just wants to revive the noir and fall in love. There are moments here that make me shiver every time, vulnerable, exposed moments that make time stand still. "Art" is the portrait of a dead love on our prison cell - but every square inch of that portrait is earned. If we're lucky.
Make no mistake about it, this is another masterpiece by Monte Hellman. An immersive atmosphere of shifting characters and realities in a crescendo of suspense. This is a homage to cinema as a voyage both inside and outside ourselves, where one is never too sure of what is seeing, that always mysterious suspended moment of amazement.
It's hard for me to believe, that Hellman actually made this piece. I love his 60's and 70's works, but this reads like a cross of "Lost Higway" and "The Stuntman", without an edge unfortunately. Script is boring and actors are unconvincing, plot is too elaborate to keep the mood, which is sliding down rapidly in the second half... another example it's hard to make a good comeback after what's been done in the past.
It all started lightheartedly with Day for Night. Yanagimachi turned it into a haunting masterpiece with Who’s Camus Anyway. Hellman in turn has made a complex film that expands on both films and addresses itself to posterity through a digital camera. Hellman’s best film since Cockfighter.