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Walk on the Wild Side (Sous-titres français)

Laurence Harvey , Capucine , Edward Dmytryk    DVD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Guilty pleasure! June 24 2004
"A Walk on the Wild Side" is a well made, intriguing soap opera set in sultry, steamy New Orleans. When the audience sees the opening credit sequence in which a sensuous black cat is photographed in closeup as it prowls along sidewalks and alleys of the Big Easy, viewers are hooked. This startling and ingenious introduction as well as the juicy end credit sequence were conceived by the brilliantly inventive graphic artist Saul Bass.
The rather sordid plot revolves around a good-looking Texas drifter named Dove, superbly underplayed by Laurence Harvey, who hitchhikes his way to New Orleans in search of his long lost love, Hallie. Hallie is portrayed by the elegant and ravishing Capucine. (Capucine bears an uncanny resemblance to both Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn. No wonder everyone was crazy about her!) Enroute to the Big Easy, Dove encounters a runaway juvenile delinquent, Kitty, performed with sass and vigor by Jane Fonda. She tags along with Dove until he leaves her behind after he discovers that she is a thief and a liar.
Following an anonymous tip, Dove locates Hallie who is living and working in a high-class brothel. At first he does not realize that she has followed a primrose path. When he does find out, he is understandably shocked. Eventually he forgives her and proposes marriage. Complications and tragedy follow.
The cast of " A Walk on the Wild Side" are uniformly excellent. Barbara Stanwyck is especially memorable. She gives a fearless, ferocious performance as the calculating, possessive lesbian madam, Jo, who is hopelessly infatuated with Hallie. Other palatable ingredients in this movie: the solid direction by Edward Dmytryk; the crisp, evocative black and white photography of Joe MacDonald; and the bold, brash jazz score composed by the great Elmer Bernstein.
No it's not Shakespeare, but "A Walk on the Wild Side" is a very watchable, well-crafted, guilty pleasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meow! The Fur Flies in "Walk On The Wild Side" Dec 11 2001
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Last evening, I skipped the traditional televised holiday fare and watched Edward Dmytryk's "Walk On The Wild Side" (Columbia Pictures, 1962). Let's just say that the next time you're having friends over for melba toast and you're looking for the perfect over-the-top extravaganza to project on to the living room wall, this should be the featured attraction. Barbara Stanwyck is the lesbian owner of a New Orleans brothel known as "The Doll House." Glamorous Capucine (a 60's version of Garbo)is the most popular call girl since Holly Golightly and coveted by both her butch madame and a drifter named Dove (not kidding) played by the inscrutable Laurence Harvey. Add a youthful Jane Fonda (in her bulimic period) and a miscast Anne Baxter as a Mexican diner owner (cascading dark wig, inauthentic accent and all) and you've got one mesmerically curious flick. Oh, did I forget to mention that the entire thing kicks off with a title sequence in which two felines (one black, one white) engage in a vicious catfight punctuated by Elmer Bernstein's pulsating jazz score? Meow! They sure as hell don't make e'm like this anymore! - Mark Griffin ("Genre" Magazine)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Walk on the Wild Side Feb. 4 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This cinematic adaption of Nelson Algren 1930's New Orleans classic novel suffers by the dated censorship of the early 1960's, given its content love, morals and prositution, it needs the free rein of the post 1970 era to achieve its full impact. Laurence Harvey, gifted, elegant, articulate (Hebraic and English/Luithanian) is miscast a bit and asked to play a Texas farmer of high morals seeking lost love in a den of iniquity, the Big Easy, encounters beauty after beauty who adore and want him whom he spurns for his lost love! The beauties are respectively, Jane Fonda, Anne Baxter, Jo Anna Moore and all for the love of the abstract remote and cold Capucine! Brook Benton title song is classic and the direction excellent, Barbara Stanwyck leads the cast of villans who are all superb. Only the censors and the extreme reach called for by Mr. Harvey are the only flaws here. In all his other roles, Mr. Harvey is superb, alas,he died too soon, of cancer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stranger comforts . . . . . . . . Aug. 8 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
Best title [and end-title] to date! The great catfight between the too real alleycats, but that's Saul Bass!
It's close to Blanche "Streetcar" country - a lurid and rique tale of our hero {the not forgotten "Prince" Laurence} looking for and finding his lost beloved - Capucine {another tragic end in real life} ensconced in a well-run brothel [Barbara Stanwyck as the madam - a GREAT, chilling performance]. Along the route he meets the young drifter, Jane Fonda, Anne Baxter ["interesting casting"], and other various persona from the lower depth - almost another reflection of Orpheus-Euridyce.......
Quite bold for the relatively conservative Blue Velvet Kennedy era, fairly effective today as a period piece. Excellent theme song too! DVD restoration in wide screen would do the titles proud!
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3.0 out of 5 stars 'shudder' April 22 2004
Format:VHS Tape
What an unpleasant film this is. Barbara Stanwyck was incapable of giving a bad performance, but participating in this undertaking must have been hard on her. Ann Baxter as a Mexican hash-slinger? That endlessly moaning New Orleans blues music? Moody Capucine as a call girl pursued by her madam? Not uplifting stuff. In fact,I have to believe that the only reason Miss Stanwyck appeared in this monstrosity was because she was a workaholic. She certainly didn't need the money. Granted, if I were wired differently, I don't think I could resist her advances...she was that charismatic. But this movie leaves a bad taste in the mouth. (...)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shocking but somehow elegant
First of all, I was shocked to find that you could actually purchase this DVD. This is an old film, but old enough that the innuendoes are still there; not a lot is spelled... Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2007 by J. Kress
4.0 out of 5 stars "A Walk on the Mild Side"
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Published on June 25 2004 by carolbwilliams
4.0 out of 5 stars DOVE & the "DOLL HOUSE".....
It's been said that nobody deliberately sets out to make a bad movie. Based on a novel of the same name and with character names like Dove Linkhorn and Kitty Twist, "Walk on... Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2004 by Mark Norvell
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic
A must see--and own. I highly recommend for your library. Harvey, Fonda, Standwick,and Capuccini are all great! Will keep you on the edge of your seat. Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2002 by Lenora J Jenkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Tame by today's standards, but...
I was pretty young when I first saw this movie on television on a late show. The musical score and the tragic conclusion stayed with me. Read more
Published on April 9 2001 by lidamae
3.0 out of 5 stars The fabulous Barbara Stanwyck steals the show!
The movie seems to be trying to shock us with its portrayal of a New Orleans whorehouse (and maybe it *was* shocking back then). Read more
Published on July 4 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars An oft forgotten gem from the early sixties.
The opening credits are worth the price of admission in this drama of a young man seeking his lost love. Read more
Published on July 2 1999 by Darrell A. Sayers
5.0 out of 5 stars Laurence Harvey is our greatist Lithuanian-American actor.
Perhaps the best music ever and absolutly the best credits with a facinating story line are enough to (barely) save this wonderful period piece. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 1998
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