Some sexual language and jokes are tossed about – two characters discuss their lovers’ characters and proclivities in a misogynistic and dismissive way, but the tone is humorous.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


Footprints, released in 1972, is a highly respected film by fans.

The film stars Lawrence Oliver and Michael Kane. Michael Kane, we should all know that most of the fans of today’s era are familiar with his image in his old age: a typical English gentleman with proper behavior and humor. Michael Kane, born in 1933, is 83 years old and still active on the screen. The old man began acting in the 1950s and has starred in more than 100 films so far. Although many of them are supporting actors, his acting skills are absolutely blameless. He can be described as an actor with high quality and output. In 1986 and 1999, he won the Oscar for best male partner for Hannah sisters and always the sun, respectively. In 1992, the queen awarded him the title of jazz. In recent years, he has become a royal actor of Christopher Nolan. He can be seen in the Dark Knight trilogy, deadly magic and Star Trek. In “ace agent” released in China last year, he played a calm but resourceful role. And in Paul Sorrentino’s latest work, that is, the film “Youth”, which is loved by many literary and artistic young people, sir Kane has also contributed a superb performance that no one can match.

Another actor in this film, Lawrence Oliver, may not be familiar enough to his friends who only focus on current films. Like Kane, he is a British national treasure performing artist. He became famous on the stage and was once the acting spokesman of Shakespeare’s plays. Oliver has the general temperament of English aristocracy. In addition, his sometimes melancholy eyes and handsome appearance are also impressive. Oliver started acting at the age of 15, then moved to Broadway and became famous. Soon after, he began to take part in movies. During several years in his hometown and Hollywood, he performed a series of films based on famous works: Pride and Prejudice in 1940, Henry V in 1944, Hamlet in 1948, and won an Oscar for this film, Othello in 1955, Wuthering Heights, Romeo and Juliet After the storm in the hometown and other classic works. For those who are keen on Star gossip, another identity of Lawrence Oliver may be more famous than his chronology, that is Vivien Leigh’s lover. His 20-year love affair with Vivien Leigh continues to be talked about. Lawrence Oliver died in 1989 at the age of 82.

Against the backdrop of two heavyweight actors, footprints naturally radiates classic brilliance. In addition, the film’s director Joseph mankevich is also famous. He wrote the 1940 version of Philadelphia story, comet beauty, ghost and the undead, the love history of three wives, Julius Caesar and other masterpieces. He is also one of the directors, including Cleopatra, the famous failed film in history, which almost brought fox to the brink of bankruptcy in the 20th century.

It can be seen that the production lineup of footprint is hard enough. Michael, Oliver and mankevich formed an iron triangle, which made the film very popular once it was launched. The luxurious performance of two British actors not only gives the film a top-level sense of classical art, but also makes every link of the story full of tension. Kane also won an Oscar nomination for this film. This is a two male film full of suspense and thriller elements. However, the more remarkable feature of this film is that it is a typical secret room film.

At the beginning of the film, Kane’s Barber Milo visits a villa. After knocking on the door, he hears a broadcast from the back garden. Milo followed the sound and found that the villa owner had built the main part of the back garden into a maze surrounded by grass walls. Oliver’s detective writer Andrew is dictating the plot of his work in the center of the maze. Milo turned around for a long time and finally met Andrew. At first, they were polite and decided to go back to the house to talk because of the lack of drinks in the maze. Shortly after returning to the house, Andrew pointed out frankly that Milo was the lover of his wife Margaret, and Margaret planned to abandon herself and marry the barber. At this time, the story began to show a strange atmosphere.

Oliver’s performance shows Andrew’s resourcefulness and headstrong incisively and vividly. He advised Milo not to worry. Due to his physical relationship and Margaret’s unrestrained pursuit of materials, he agreed that Milo would take his wife away. However, Andrew asked Milo to help him blackmail the insurance company so that he could get money compensation. He ordered Milo to make a “Burglary” and steal the jewelry from his safe. As a detective writer, Andrew arranged the fake theft seamlessly, and the police and insurance companies could never find the perpetrator. So Milo, a hairdresser with a low income, can get rich by stealing jewelry, and Milo can get a lot of compensation for the lost jewelry. The handsome young Milo followed Andrew’s advice, but it was obviously not so simple

The plot of the whole film takes place in this villa, but the seemingly limited shooting did not make the film dull. Oswald’s lens movement is magnificent. A large number of medium and close-up shots are intertwined with close-up. The medium and long focus lens is combined with the plug-in perspective from time to time. This lens language can make the audience have a clear perception of the villa’s furnishings, so as to feel the strange and gloomy atmosphere. Andrew’s villa is filled with a large number of organ dolls and too gorgeous decoration. Props and interior decoration well reflect the character’s psychology: emptiness, loneliness, intelligence and conceit. The scheduling of the film is also very brilliant. The spatial relationship between Milo and Andrew also follows the strong and weak exchange between you and me. The editing is also very smooth and reasonable. Several seemingly abrupt prop close-up is the finishing touch on implying the character’s psychology and mobilizing the audience’s emotion. From this point of view, the technical indicators such as photography, scene scheduling and editing of footprint are almost impeccable.

There are only these two actors in this film from beginning to end, so the dramatic tension focuses on the wonderful performance of the two characters, which is reflected in the control of line skills and body language. It has been said above that Oliver plays the old and cunning writer vividly, and makes the audience suspicious and deeply attracted in the process of watching the film through his smiling look, confused eyes and thoughtful behavior. When Milo, played by Kane, was first played in the palm of his hand, he performed the unique impulse and confusion of young people. When the other party’s real thoughts are slowly revealed, the helpless frustration is also very vivid. The dialogue between the two stars, as well as the well-designed lines full of puns and directions, are like a duel between two personalized Western cowboys. Their mastery of voice line and intonation has considerable appeal.

The characteristics of scene separation make the film have classical stage drama temperament, and a large number of dialogue also refers to Literature and art. When Milo put on the clown costume, the stage style was particularly prominent. Footprints is a typical three act drama structure, which corresponds to three games in the villa. The first act is the theft game, the second act is the investigation game, and the third act is the murder game. The first act is relatively long, and the plot foreshadowing is concentrated here; The second act has a moderate time, showing a new round of wrestling, and the reversal is realized by the conversion of attack and defense on both sides; The third act is short and carries the ultimate outbreak of the story. At this stage, the tone continued the consequences of the second act of wrestling, but the aggressive attacker finally made the whole game extraneous and irreparable.

Now it seems that the only regret is that the restrictions on makeup in those years led to the end of the suspense in one link in advance, and the viewing experience decreased greatly. Despite this factor, the total number of reversals in the film are set very skillfully. For the secret room film, whether the suspense setting is good or not is the key to whether the film can be fascinating. Except for the part limited by technical conditions, the rest of the story of footprints is done very well. Perfect character performance, reasonable plot reversal and excellent suspense setting are the main reasons why the film is regarded as the standard by countless fans. Therefore, after so many years, it is still a member of imdb top250.

“Footprints” has been recognized as the leader of secret room films. After reading the above comments, if you are interested, you might as well find resources or buy a disc to have a look and appreciate the charm of classical chamber drama and dramatic performance. We might as well make use of the topic here to talk about this type of film that is not a type film, and introduce some secret room films worth seeing.

Generally speaking, we call the film in which the subject of the story takes place in a closed space and at least the film lens focuses on this space for a long time as a secret room film. The “secret room” here is a broad sense. It does not specifically refer to places such as basements or small rooms, but generally refers to all environments that have a certain isolation effect and can make characters fall into struggle, such as a little-known isolated island, a heavily guarded prison, a high-speed train, a plane above the cloud, etc., which can become the location of secret room movies. Such creative ideas often use the limitations of pattern to stimulate strong story tension.

Chamber of Secrets scams first became popular in the field of inferential novels, and many of the Bengal school’s inferential works are keen to describe chamber of Secrets killings, such as Agatha Christie’s famous novels (the names will be mentioned in the following list), such as John Dixon Carr’s three coffins, the hub of distortion, the window of Judas, For example, the “spotted tape” of Sherlock Holmes series, the “astrological killing magic” of Japanese reasoning master Shoji Shimada, and the “after school” of best-selling author Keio Tono, and so on.

From this point of view, the secret room is always inseparable from intrigue and the struggle of trapped animals, and so is the secret room film. This is why the design of suspense is the key to the success of the secret room film. However, secret room film is not a serious branch of genre film. Most of the use of this name comes from the people. The main reason is that there are too many elements of existing genre films, such as science fiction, horror, thriller, crime and so on. That is to say, although the secret room film, like many types, is classified according to the situation of the characters, the drama framework of the secret room film is still not different from the existing types of films. Therefore, when we discuss the secret room film, we actually discuss a similar film genre, rather than a subtype of the genre film.

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