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Tetro (2009) review
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A good movie

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Back in the 70's, Francis Ford Coppola made 4 movies and all of them became masterpieces. I mean, the guy was on fire and, basically, the best film director working at the time. Unfortunately, 40 years later, even though he had a prolific career, he never reached this level again. Anyway, at some point, Coppola did make a come back after 10 years without directing anything and the end result was actually pretty good. First of all, the black and white cinematography was really neat and reminded me of those good old neo-realist features (as a matter of fact, Coppola was inspired by 'La notte' while making this movie). Concerning Vincent Gallo, you may hate the guy or not but he delivered here a really solid performance, like the rest of the cast. Still, even though the story was intriguing, to be honest, it wasn’t really fascinating and it was rather obvious that the accent was on the style and the performances rather than the substance. As a result, sometimes, I didn't care much about what was going on. Still, according to Coppola, it was the most beautiful film he has ever made and, indeed, it was a visual marvel. To conclude, it was a rather intimate and well made drama and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Coppola's work.

Added by johanlefourbe
6 years ago on 22 June 2012 11:00


Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Jun 22 11:18
For a few years now, I've been interested in to watch this one. I have that feeling, that Tetro could really be good movie, at least the trailers are promising. Haven't seen any of his works since Jack - which is underrated and OK - and this one seems so "coppolaly", small and personal work. I'd like to know, if the story line and a plot of this flick, if they are interesting (of course what's interesting for you, probably ain't for me:D) and keep stay one while the whole movie?

Anyway, nice - but short indeed - review.
...And btw, have you seen Twixt?
It seems pretty... Umm... not-so-good?
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Jun 22 12:31
@ - WreckMe -, this flick is definitely an acquired taste. It is beautifully shot but it is also full of symbolic, there is almost no action during the whole thing but the actors talking to each other in some rather cryptic dialogues.... So, it is not an easy flick, definitely not mainstream but if you are in that kind of stuff, you may end up enjoying it! Don't expect 'The Godfather', 'Apocalypse now' or something from this level though...

No, I haven't seen 'Twixt', the reviews are indeed pretty poor but a Coppola flick is always worth a look, in my book.
Edit: 6 years, 3 months ago
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Jun 22 16:33
^Thanks for clarify the flick's incident. The original review of yours was just touch of surface, but your comment about film made it more deep and now I want to watch this one more than ever. So thanks for that...

Coppola means to me a lot more than almost every other film director in entire world, so I agree with you that his works are always worth of watch.

...and back to Twixt, seems that Francis made a mistake with that... I mean, Youth Without Youth and Tetro are both that kind of films, which I personally find very, very interesting, but Francis' latest work really doesn't do same. Without seein' any of man's films from his new era, I think that those two would be a great start to build career again. Twixt is too ordinary. You can find dozens of similar cheap horror flicks. Hopefully Francis will make comeback someday before the sand in time class runs away.
Posted: 11 months, 2 weeks ago at Nov 3 10:06
Coming back to this discussion, since then I have seen both 'Youth Without Youth' and 'Twixt' and, well, to be honest, they were both pretty weak. Indeed, 'Youth Without Youth' was watchable but terribly flawed and 'Twixt' was even worse and easily by far the worst movie delivered by Coppola so far.

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