★★★★★= Very Good (and Beyond)
★= Very Bad (and Below)
I found this fairly mediocre in the way I find a lot of period themes romantic literary adaptations. A lot of comparisons to In the Mood for Love but for my money I found Carol to perhaps be the closest analogy. That film is also universally loved but I found it flat and a bit sappy. While elements in Beale Street such as the acting and the cinematography I can agree with are great, others I fundamentally find not so…
Definitely the best of the pre-code gangster films although it still suffers a bit from the pacing of the time as well as censorship. The newspaper scene, for example, is an example of the later. Still it's really fun to see where a lot of the modern tropes come from and Muni, Dvorak and Morely are all highlights.
This is like watching a decent documentary with your racist uncle commenting endlessly over it all. The majority of reviews on here for Mondo Cane seem to go one of two ways. Either it's terrible because it's racist and cruel and should be thrown in a dumpster or it's terrible because it's uninteresting and dull. I actually thought the film itself was pretty good. Even the scenes other folks describe as "dull" I found pretty engaging. For example the hangover…
The score is amazing and the film is gorgeous to look at so already I'm sold. It's far less a narrative film than it is a poetic look at war and the victims not fighting. The war itself is replaced with nature (mist, rivers, birds), folk songs, and documentary footage. The aftermath of these moments are poetic vignettes dealing with various aspects of war. Just a great piece of experimental/poetic cinema.