(us) wrote: STAR STAR STAR STARThe Pitch ReviewWRITER: Ever tried to masturbate in bed without waking up your partner? DIRECTOR: Who hasn't? Its awkward, especially if you get caught. This'll be like that, but in space - address all sorts of life's awkward moments!PRODUCER: And you know how everything seems much more interesting when the people involved are good-looking & talented. Let's do that. As if Wes Anderson took on Star Trek. And 70's EVERYTHING. HILARIOUS! WRITER: Hey! Hahaha! Let's throw in a robot therapist! Who doesn't fall in love with a robot therapist? It'd make the perfect Christmas gift! Classic. (And characters that need it, am I right?)DIRECTOR: YES! And a robotic hand! Ha!PRODUCER: And a tiny bit of Nudity? Yes. We can throw in smidge of perfect space tits & ass. 70s naughtiness & civilian drama in space. Gender issues galore. Women's career stuff, love, loneliness (especially loneliness). Lets reside in those awkward moments. Man, this'll be a cult classic.ROBOT THERAPIST: Does a "tiny bit of nudity" mean I get to see Liv's boobs?LIV: Shut up, robot therapist.
(us) wrote: Excellent! Film about tradition, but most of all honor and dignity being very important in Afghanistan. The whole drama is about the peace and harmony in this small Afghan village being invaded by Canadian film crew (obviously representing Western people) who, of course, absolutely refuse to even try to understand local customs and way of life. I think it's a really good film.
(jp) wrote: "In the grim comedy of life, it has been wisely said that the last laugh is the best."So speaks the straightforward opening statement, which immediately reminds me of something: Released along its superior counterpart The Last Laugh starring Emil Jannings, He Who Gets Slapped is Sjstrm's second U.S. feature film after the very little famous and now partially lost Name the Man.The legendary Lon Chaney is the central character used to rise some questions about the human nature to the surface while embodying other human virtues. "HE" is a martyr that is willing to sacrifice himself for others out of love. While being an idealistic personification, it is not an impossibly unrealistic one, like a symbol of any dignity left in the human heart. He was betrayed by a Baron since his scientific studies were stolen, so he is forced to start a new life, that's right, as a clown. As exaggerated as this may seem, this new occupation suits a purpose, and besides, the original argument is based on a highly regarded Russian play. It is one of the most hard-to-watch emotional and psychological character destructions cinema has offered, and yet one of the best, even if it doesn't reach the height of Janning's German films, including the overwhelmingly powerful Der Blaue Engel (1930).The role of the clown is used to ask the audience what is it in human nature that makes people laugh at the physical, emotional or psychological humiliation of others. What is it that makes it an instrument of comedy that causes that involuntary reaction in us called laughter? However, that's the purpose of clowns through a generalized scope of society, up to the extent that "clown" is today used as a pejorative term. It turns out, however, the shocking truth that a clown can also have feelings. It is extraordinary the degree to which we can objectify a person because of a role he/she decides to assume. "I don't drink with clowns." These barons are even confusing entertainment acting roles with social strata!!!So the clown role was also a good motor not only for making the life transformation of HE (Lon Chaney) all the more drastic, but also for transmitting suffering. The film makes the viewer intentionally suffer, which is a bold move, and even more considering the optimistic times of Hollywood's Golden Age. Of course, silent Hollywood was invaded by a shocking amount of renowned foreign names mainly from France, Germany and Sweden that became directors, being Sjstrm one of them, so this allowed the Hollywood industry to acquire several perspectives for finally standardizing it to its classic melodramatic formula that respectfully emphasized family values during the 30s. So the 20s were a battlefield of thematic experimentation.That also helped big names like Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer and John Gilbert to propel to stardom. They were already big by the time. However, Lon Chaney shines with an extraordinary, multifaceted performance as a frustrated scientist, social outcast, humiliated human being, and a laughing clown. He is truly extraordinary.Finally, we have the unusually shocking definition of vengeance from Sjstrm, not to say straightforward, which shouldn't surprise us since the vengeance dilemma that was present in A Man There Was (1917). The whole show acts as a tragic essay of human prejudices in modern society, making references to the entertainment industry and the criticisms that can come out of it. Sjstrm brilliantly causes several emotions in the audience, perfectly timed independently from each other, like a truly complete emotional roller-coaster: indignation, anxiety, romance, comedy, suspense and sadness, in that order. His delivery of his ideas is unapologetic, which makes him a brave filmmaker that never hesitated to fully utilize the art form. Extremely recommended, very undervalued, He Who Gets Slapped is meant to move all hearts of the people who see it, with maybe one or two emotional slaps in the process!95/100