A Pistol Shot (1942)

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Count Anikoff, a Russian officer, challenges his best friend, Sergei, to a duel when he finds him courting the young woman he, too, is in love with. Sergei can't bring himself to kill his friend. He fires only after taking the bullet out of his pistol. Now, it is the Count's turn to fire...


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3 February 2014 | Mozjoukine
Artificial Costume melo.
Famous Italian war time adaptation of the Pushkin story was touted as the peak achievement of "Caligraphism" in movies

Knowing Castellani's later work and being curious about the pre Neo Realist Italian cinema, I had great hopes for this.

Unfortunately what we get we get is posed performers in wigs moving through an obvious mix of location, studio and process. I got really tired of Signora Norris's spot lit face beaming out of the center of the frame. The settings are detailed and some of the exteriors in snow, mist and rain are effective but the performances are cardboard.

For the curious, there is some striking imagery and the quality of the Cristaldi DVD (with Italian sub-titles) is exceptional.

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