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ï¿½Conjugate me a verbï¿½
on December 4, 2002
Iï¿½ve seen this some days ago, and i must say at first i wasnï¿½t very interested in those quick and cynical dialogues between Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster, but then I realised the story was deliciously evil and I kept myself stick to the screen.
What a screenplay! It was made by North By Northwestï¿½s Ernest Lehman and it gives us an accurate view of corruption and use of blackmail in the press. Curtis is excellent as the ï¿½cookie full of arsenicï¿½ as well as Lancaster in an ususual ï¿½villainï¿½ role as the obsessive caring brother and reputed press writer. My favorite line between the two is when Curtis says ï¿½No, J.J not even by a full column--ï¿½ and then stops.
Attention also to the excelent cinematography b/w that films the city as well as the nice jazzy score by Elmer Bernstein.