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Beat the Devil

Disutradarai oleh John Huston
Inggris, Italia, 1953
Komedi, Laga, Petualangan


A quartet of international crooks are stranded in Italy whilst their steamer is being repaired. With them are an English couple, the Dannreuthers. The six are headed for Africa, presumably to sell vacuum cleaners but all is not as it seems. They’ll be joined by others who have similar designs…

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Beat the Devil Disutradarai oleh John Huston
Seen again with a more sophisticated eye, Beat the Devil’s level of perfection turns out to be sublimely amusing, another singular bolt of Huston lightning; everything from Humphrey Bogart’s frazzled charm to Jennifer Jones’s straight-faced tall tales, to Gina Lollobrigida’s delivery of tea for two, to the relentlessly sharp wit of Capote’s dialogue and Huston’s supremely confident direction.
April 12, 2017
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Capote wrote witty dialogue for all of the film’s characters—although he sometimes overdoes it with the literary allusions and quotations, a characteristic of many novelists and playwrights writing screenplays for the first time—but he outdoes himself writing for Billy, which makes me wonder if he saw something of himself in Bogart’s cynical raconteur personality.
February 16, 2017
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Huston and Capote supposedly made up the film as they went along, pulling all-nighters to contrive the next day’s dialogue. Capote’s great gift is to make cravenness simply sparkle, and he does so here, in dialogue dropping wicked pearl after pearl as everyone waits around in dusty Italy for their ship’s captain to sober up; then regards each other warily on a choppy voyage ending and brief toe-tap into the global South, rendered in a postwar parody of prewar exoticism.
February 15, 2017
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