The skin

The skin

[La pelle]

DVD - 2015 | Italian
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Based on the novel of Curzio Malaparte, The Skin is Liliana Cavani's controversial look at the aftermath of the German occupation of Italy during WWII and the equally difficult results of life during the Allied liberation. Marcello Mastroianni stars as writer Malaparte, who chronicled the desperate measures taken by his countrymen in order to survive. Burt Lancaster co-stars as the liberating American General unable to understand the devastation around him.
Publisher: [New York, NY] :, Cohen Media Group,, [2015]
Edition: DVD edition
Description: 1 videodisc (approximately 142 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 inches + 1 booklet
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781417243402
Branch Call Number: DVD Skin


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Jan 13, 2016

Sub, sub, sub- Fellini- a pale imitation of the maestro. Go to the source and watch " Amarcord " or " Roma " instead.

Dec 19, 2015

I certainly wasn't expecting this excellently bizarro war giallo when I booked this based on the horrified review by mostrowski52! (I mean, come on-"the most horrifying and disgusting thing * ever seen on film* wish you hadn't seen it" (I don't agree on this last thing)... I've seen several made-for-Italian audience films where Burt Lancaster was cast as leading man despite not speaking any Italian. Why, I do not know- maybe Italian directors thought he was hot; perhaps some Hollywood A-list A-hole said something racist about working for Italian studios & Burt was all rebellious & "FU";- either way I have seen films where he basically moves his mouth up and down and they dub Italian over him. It was leave this in,in this case, or dub ALL the "American" soldiers that are really speaking Italian. ba-doom-chish! - That's right, ALL the American soldiers that are flooding the country to expel the Nazis, speak Italian in this film. For English speakers, everything is subtitled & the effect is so jarring that I can see many 'mericans not warming up to this premise, so maybe THAT is why I haven't seen this flic before; yet I CAN see why Cohen has rescued and beautifully repaired/restored this work. I've always loved the Italian giallo and yet the War-giallo was a genre tangent I had somehow missed. Seemingly built on a series of -at turns- horrifying wartime anecdotes and hilariously biting satire this film uses still-excellent giallo gore effects & yet the real shocks were the amazingly artsy cinematographic moments that penetrate the film & bring to mind early Cronenberg forays. The Americans are shown in a more honest way (dicks out and gangsta-friendly) that dirties up the Cary Grant image, which also may have ALSO dulled the appeal to the Yanks. Entertaining for those willing to pick out the bones; yet one horrifying scene after another tries to educate, however- In a crises; at least, FORGET ABOUT THE MEAT!!!

mostrowski52 Sep 20, 2015

Disappointed: Burt Lancaster, clearly speaking English, but dubbed into Italian with English subtitles. Without Burt's voice, he might as well not even be there. Also, here's a warning: at the end of the movie there's the single most horrifying and disgusting thing I've ever seen on film: a man crushed head to toe by a tank, splatter and all. You'll wish you hadn't see it, and frankly, nothing in this movie justifies it either.

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