Johnson, un agent du Liquor Control Department, se retrouve au Cuckoo Bird Inn, une auberge isolée au milieu de nulle part, après avoir échappé de peu à une bande de contrebandiers impitoyables et à un tueur mystérieux.
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In theory it shouldn't work; the performances are amateurish and all over the place, the script is basic and the pacing is questionable. But despite all its evident flaws the result is surprisingly enjoyable, with a few gripping, intense sequences and a fantastic soundtrack. Nice find NWR.
TNotCB is crafted with such resolute and passionate incompetence I couldn't help but immediately fall under its charm.
Agent Johnson was clearly meant to ooze with 007-esque magnetism - making every enigmatic glance and clenched fist all the more hilarious. The unhinged performances, editing & sound mixing collide to create fleeting moments of genuinely unsettling horror (but mostly it's just really really funny)
A very strange experience: Actors and dialogues are simply horrible and remind me of a school theatre play, the visual and acoustical montage is amateurish. So in this respect it's a great fun to watch the film. But some sequences are also amazingly intense, like the stunning fast cut/jump cut outdoor scenes with the naked young woman or the gripping b/w-shots with the scared/disgusted face of the main actor.
Swamp Sleaze Cinema! (an actual sub-genre). No masterpiece here, but there's so much creativity and originality on the part of almost everyone involved in this film that was pretty much non-existent in 1965 Hollywood. A dirty grimy look/feel that a big budget film wouldn't have been able to achieve. I am glad that this film was re-discovered, restored, and presented on Mubi along with the other films in this series.
A supposed exploitation holy grail that was believed to be lost was restored in 2017 yet hardly seems worth the effort. Grade 'Z' production values and performances and a nonsensical plot wear out the pictures welcome pretty quick. Hard to pick the worse performance here but I would narrow it down to Mrs. Pratt or the innkeeper's beard. Great score though...love the bongos.
1 star? 2 stars? So-bad-that-it's-good cliché? What? Are you serious? I mean, what are you looking for in a movie? Fancy photography? Fancy performances? Fancy music? Come on! Look at it... Just look at it... Look... This movie exudes love for cinema at every frame... This is touching... Touching I say...