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Mala Noche
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Mala Noche


Description: Gus Van Sant's long unavailable and now fully restored first feature film, Mala Noche marks an auspicious debut feature.

Walt (Tim Streeter) is working in a liqueur store when he encounters two handsome new Mexicans, Johnny and Pepper. Immediately, Walt develops an obsession with Johnny, who is an illegal immigrant with little knowledge of English. The desire may be one-sided but it becomes a friendship of mutual needs and desires.

Made in 1985 on a shoe-strong budget and based on a novella by Portland poet Walt Curtis, it�s a gritty celebration of the outsider, a world male hustlers and immigrant workers, which feature in some of his other movies, such as Drugstore Cowboy and My Own Private Idaho.

Long before the emergence of New Queer Cinema directors such as Todd Haynes and Gregg Araki, it explores male desire with honesty. Shot with grungy, poetic camerawork that he�s distinctively developed in subsequent movies, Mala Noche delivers a dramatic poignancy and a genuine affection for its characters. A visual triumph of unrequited love.

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Cast: Doug Cooeyate, Sam Downey, Nyla McCarthy, Ray Monge, Robert Lee Pitchlynn, Tim Streeter
Director: Gus Van Sant
Language: English
Features: 2007 interview with Gus Van Sant, Preface � introduction by St�phane Delorme, L�Objet du Desir � opening sequence analysis by St�phane Delorme
Year: 1985


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paulthatispaul

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Registered: June 2007
Location: London, UK
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Review Date: 18 June 2008 Would you recommend this DVD? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
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Gus Van Sants first feature film proper oozes style and effortless sensuality. Adapted from beat out of time poet Walt Curtis novel of the same name the film is shot in beautiful 16mm black and white and has a fantastic score which mixing blues, opera and Mexican achieves a state of poetic realism that has since become a hallmark of Sants oeuvre.

The style of the movie, and much of Sants subsequent career, is very influenced by both the cinema veritie and the Dogma 85 movement. On his methodology in this movie Gus Van Sant said �No Cutting, No stars, No Script�. The low budget is very effectively used, the film being entirely filmed on location leads to chiaroscuro like shadows in the natural light interiors and exteriors, evocative of confused but poignant powerful emotions.

The camera lingers lovingly over the dingy apartment, two bit cafes and dirty cigarette butt strewn streets of Portland Oregon, a very American twilight zone, the romantic longing tempered by the inevitability of disappointment yet enlivened by hope, reflective of the relationship between American Walt Curtis and Mexican Johnny

The cast to gives of an effective air of poetic realism, marred only by the Spanish language dubbing for Johnny played by Native American actor Doug Cooeyate who couldn�t speak a word of the language. But no matter the beauty and passion of film carries you along.

If an adaptation of Kerouac�s On The Road ever gets of the ground Sants the man for it, the only director who could do it justice, so evocative of that novel is the lyrical feel of this movie and it�s themes of disappointment and unrequited love.
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Registered: June 2007
Location: London, UK
Posts: 32
Review Date: 18 June 2008 Would you recommend this DVD? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros:
Cons:

Gus Van Sants first feature film proper oozes style and effortless sensuality. Adapted from beat out of time poet Walt Curtis novel of the same name the film is shot in beautiful 16mm black and white and has a fantastic score which mixing blues, opera and Mexican achieves a state of poetic realism that has since become a hallmark of Sants oeuvre.

The style of the movie, and much of Sants subsequent career, is very influenced by both the cinema veritie and the Dogma 85 movement. On his methodology in this movie Gus Van Sant said �No Cutting, No stars, No Script�. The low budget is very effectively used, the film being entirely filmed on location leads to chiaroscuro like shadows in the natural light interiors and exteriors, evocative of confused but poignant powerful emotions.

The camera lingers lovingly over the dingy apartment, two bit cafes and dirty cigarette butt strewn streets of Portland Oregon, a very American twilight zone, the romantic longing tempered by the inevitability of disappointment yet enlivened by hope, reflective of the relationship between American Walt Curtis and Mexican Johnny

The cast to gives of an effective air of poetic realism, marred only by the Spanish language dubbing for Johnny played by Native American actor Doug Cooeyate who couldn�t speak a word of the language. But no matter the beauty and passion of film carries you along.

If an adaptation of Kerouac�s On The Road ever gets of the ground Sants the man for it, the only director who could do it justice, so evocative of that novel is the lyrical feel of this movie and it�s themes of disapointment and unrequited love.
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