aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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sweet smell of success
Posted by dav at 2002 September 21 11:36 AM
File under: Movies

Friday Night Classic DVD: Sweet Smell of Success (1957)


A film noir classic starring Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster which I had first seen on the big screen at one of the Thursday night Thrillvilles at Oakland's Parkway Theater. I love the dialogue in this movie! My cousin Magenand her fiancee watched it with me. Magen has a film degree from SF State. She says pretty much all film noir is the same, so I'm going to have to check out a few more of these (any suggestions?). She also pointed out a subtle plot detail that I had missed comletely and deconstructed certain parts of the film in terms of camera angles and "eye lines". She's useful to have around, everyone should get a cousin Magen.

Comments:

Noir suggestions:

-The Maltese Falcon- the classic film noir, set in San Francisco.
-Casablanca - needs no introduction. Is it noir? I forget the technical definition of film noir but this is definitely noirish.
-Chinatown
-Woody Allen's Shadows and Fog

And don't miss the freakish German movie that sparked off film noir:
-The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Posted by: sean@cheesebikini.com on September 21, 2002 05:08 PM

i've seen Casablanca, it wasn't the same sort of movie to me, but I don;t know the proper definition either. Chinatown is closer, in my opinion. I've never see The Maltese Falcon! I'll add that to my netflix queue.

Posted by: Dav on September 21, 2002 05:55 PM

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