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  1. FISCHER's rating of the film The Duellists

    Si la mise en scène est parfois un peu appuyée, le scénario qui dénonce l'absurdité nécessaire de cet affrontement interminable ne manque pas de profondeur. On a le droit de préférer ce film aux oeuvres suivantes (beaucoup plus clinquantes) de son auteur... www.cinefiches.com

  2. Dan Kenneth Gigernes's rating of the film The Duellists

    Every shot look like a painting and the location work in France makes the most out of the location. Fascinating story based upon historical event, good orchestral score and Ridley Scott already with his film debut delivering a masterpiece of a film.

  3. Addy K.'s rating of the film The Duellists

    As Napoleon rises to power in France, two soldiers become mortal enemies and duel over 16 years. Why? In a post-modern twist, the exact reason is not known, to either one. Keitel's Feraud is an enigmatic savage. Seductively mad, he represents our base instincts. Carradine as honorable Armand is the thinking man; a prisoner of society. THE DUELLISTS captures their bizarre rivalry with thundering, overwhelming beauty.

  4. Cinema Omnivore's rating of the film The Duellists

    6.9/10, my review: http://wp.me/p1eXom-32g

  5. Ethan's rating of the film The Duellists

    This is a nice little costume drama and an intimate early film from the great Ridley Scott.

  6. Jérémy Poirier's rating of the film The Duellists

    The cinematography is magnificent. The story and premise are really good but further development should have been made to some characters, especially Keitel's character (but maybe it is the point). But it really is a minor detail about it. Overall, it is a fantastic, fascinating and marvelous looking debut film from Ridley Scott.

  7. Paul Mallinson's rating of the film The Duellists

    A stunning directorial debut from Ridley Scott.

  8. John Matrix's rating of the film The Duellists

    For all its beautiful photography, impeccable costumes, etc., this is a pretty straightforward tale of manly enmity. The unlikelihood of the duels approaches absurdity but never becomes laughable. The most striking characterisitc of all these encounters is the sound of the swords. It's so loud it drowns out the ragged breathing of the combatants. Does a great job emphasizing the enigmatic nature of their rivalry.

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  10. Draughtsman Without Contract's rating of the film The Duellists

    I have an inordinate and probably over inflated love of this film having seen it innumerable times since being a teenager. It now feels like an old friend to be watched as a treat on high days and holidays. Always highly engaging even when you can mouth the script in advance; and Diana Quick is so beautiful it really shouldn't be allowed. That struck me as a teenage boy too.

  11. fred boswell's rating of the film The Duellists

    Love this film on so many levels plus it was shot under 1million$ i bet when director Stanley Kubrick saw what Ridley Scott did the exact as Barry Lyndon i i bet he was sick!

  12. bryanvmh's rating of the film The Duellists

    Harvey Keitel only has time for two things in this movie: twirling his mustache, and getting people to duel him. And he's already done twirling his mustache.

  13. James Mackin's rating of the film The Duellists

    Goddamn Harvey Keitel, give a guy a break.

  14. Chris's rating of the film The Duellists

    im like 80% sure they were just in love and hid their feelings by trying to kill each other, also keith carradine has a really annoying voice

  15. Trapped In The Cinema's rating of the film The Duellists

    Harvey Keitel with pigtails. https://trappedinthecinemablog.wordpress.com/2016/06/25/the-duellists-1977/

  16. Oneb's rating of the film The Duellists

    Drained of depth and mystery by its brevity.

  17. Rui Oliveira's rating of the film The Duellists

    Never had seen it before. Ridley Scott's first feature film won the award for Best Directorial Debut at Cannes 1978. It's an amazing debut, with a powerful drama of two men consumed by an obsession with honour, sacrificing their personal lives, for about 16 years. From the astonishing cinematography to the great performances from Harvey Keitel, but especially from Keith Carradine. One of Scott's best no doubt!

  18. Crina Cătălina Bucur's rating of the film The Duellists

    (3.5) Mannerly awaiting for your opponent to be done sneezing in order to commence duelling - chivalry in a nutshell.

  19. DrFirestone's rating of the film The Duellists

    The visual style, colours, camerawork and some scenes are stunning. Acting is very solid too, great attention to details when it comes to things like costumes etc. While the film is quite moody and dramatic at times, which is really good, unfortunately there seems to be little behind that, two men duelling through the years (yes!). Impressive technically, but I found little "substance" here, unfortunately...

  20. raggiodisole's rating of the film The Duellists

    oh boys, do settle down. good, grand, but Harvey Keitel ill-suited to the role, no matter how angry he looked

  21. Jenny Coldpussy's rating of the film The Duellists

    Am I the only one who thinks the movie could've been perfect if they hadn't cast Carradine for that part? Not that he's a bad actor, just... not fanciful enough. The scene where he's face to face with Albert Finney made me feel sorry for him.

  22. macinytresymon's rating of the film The Duellists

    loved this when nit first came out. Now watching again I realise why. Composition and tension together Only slight niggle was accents

  23. Mark Commode's rating of the film The Duellists

    3 1/2, some silly men in this film.

  24. alimcintyre's rating of the film The Duellists

    Impressive performances all round. Very evocative of the age.

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