1957 film adaptation of Romanian playwright Ion Luca Caragiale's novella “Două loturi” (Two Lottery Tickets, 1901). The scenario was written by director Jean Georgescu, one of the most skilled Romanian filmmakers of the 1940s and 1950s, while the directing belongs to Aurel Miheleş and Gheorghe Naghi, at that time both recently graduated from the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow. This is the second feature film in colour from Romania. Despite the great public success, the film was often criticized by reviewers, mostly for its unhandy directing from the two debutants. Miheleş and Naghi would however continue their collaboration and release another two Caragiale adaptations, of which “Telegrame” (Telegrams, 1959) was nominated for the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) at the 1960 edition of the Cannes festival.
Bobby L (au) wrote: Some movies are soo bad, they're good. As most everyone here knows, I have a fondness for those. But, to steal from the legitmatly great Ghost World, some things are soo bad they surpass being good and go back to being bad. This, this is one of those things. The over-acting would have been tolerable if any of the characters were likable, they weren't. The mummy makeup would have been fine for a movie of such a limited (I greatly stress that word) budget, but he's really fat. Some scenes are soo dark I have no idea what is going on in them. This could have been awesome, but sadly, was just awesomely bad. As a drinking game, though, this could be amazing!
Danny O (br) wrote: One of the greatest rock bands up close and personal. Irish rockers U2 jam with blues master blues master B.B. King in director Phil Joanou's documentary. The veteran music video director joined the band's U.S.Joshua Tree tour, filming the 1980s rock icons as they sang with a gospel choir, recorded at Sun Records and made a pilgrimage to Graceland. B.B. King performs on "Angel of Harlem" and "When Love Comes to Town," both included on U2's subsequent album "Rattle and Hum." The film follows them from Scotland to their U.s Tour in 87. When going into a concert film you have to be asking yourself two questions. 1.Hows the music? and 2. How does it look?. To answer the first question, the music is mostly recent U2 standard, and since this is a band that takes pride in the political content in their music it's a surprise that throughout the film about 80% of the lyrics are impossible to understand. The only way you understand what the words are if you know all the songs lyrics by heart. I think the audience does and you can tell cause they sing a long and there's no denigrating the power that U2 has over its fans. Now onto the next question of how does it look?. The important thing is that almost all the concerts take place at night ande were very poorly lighted for movie-making purposes. Compared to other movies about rock bands this film is a mess, but a fun mess. The colors are good-looking I will say but they never change and stay the same the whole film and doesn't change its look barely. The audience which is a big factor in all bands, was basically pushed out and the whole camera the whole time was focusing on U2 and forgetting about the audience. However the one thing that really ticked me off was the band U2 themselves. You would think since they are one of the biggest bands in the world they would at least have something interesting to say, no, not at all. During the first 5 minutes U2 just sits there and they don't say a thing and they think this is being cute. There was no insight from this band except for a little mention of Elvis but even that wasn't interesting and just came off as way too random. I did like the music and liked how it was filmed in black-and-white. I felt like I was there with the band in concert and a lot of the camera work is really extravagant of how they go from one member of the band to the other in such a fashion that isn't rushed but used to have a total concert experience. Consensus: This film is not a documentary as much as it is a film on U2's concerts. It looks good and is rockin' but doesn't feature any insight from the band and completely forgetting the audience. Get the soundtrack not the movie. 5/10=Rental!!
Nick F (it) wrote: Charming movie is carried by the excellent cast, especially Bancroft who chain smokes her way through a love affair with a far away English bookstore. Hopkins is of course the model of British emotional restraint and its great to just watch him looking for old books. The device of breaking the 4th wall is rather clumsy at points, although for the final exchange, I suppose it gives the audience the illusion of the meeting that will never happen. Its an interesting choice to be sure. This is a movie for book lovers everywhere.
Aaron H (ca) wrote: one of the only chick flicks i dont mind
jacob c (ag) wrote: Well this proves Sylvester Stallone is losing his voice. This movie is pretty much telling us moves directed by an actor can be good. A movie to sit back with your popcorn and have a good time.
Frances H (nl) wrote: So bad and farfetched, that it's funny! It's as if Stephen King took a wrong turn and came out cornier than my Dad's old jokes. It needs to take lessons from Fallen with Denzel and John Goodman, which had a similar plot, but used it to chilling effect.