one of the more interesting dtvs, and definitely a step up from his other directorial work (well, except for Command Performance). Alas it’s all carved up, especially in the opening 30 minutes, as Dolph goes dissolve-happy, and generally does a bad Tony Scott impression. Once the film moves to the countryside it improves in almost every aspect (also first dtv I’ve seen that makes the Bulgarian landscape look beautiful, even if it is supposed to be Russia), culminating with a peaceful interlude that is one of the better sequences in dtv.
La Dolce Vita
gordon lightfoot tho
"I don’t want to sound gloomy, but, at some point of your lives, every one of you will notice that you have in your life one person, one friend whom you love and care for very much. That person is so close to you that you are able to share some things only with him. For example, you can call that friend, and from the very first maniacal laugh or some other joke you will know who is at the other end of that line. We used to do that with him so often. And then when that person is gone, there will be nothing like that in your life ever again."
-Christopher Lee on Peter Cushing, after his death
Horror of Dracula
Basically the best “hero intro” shot I’ve seen. Fluid, the camera’s motion in tune with the diegetic music source (regrettably impossible to convey with screencaps). The figure appearing ambiguously, shot from behind, matching the film’s nearly-expositionless momentum at this early stage. The motion suggesting the utter directness of the character/”hero”, he’s moral definition. All mastery. And of course, importantly, it’s cool as hell.