#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Set during the grand, sweeping Napoleonic age, an officer in the French army insults another officer and sets off a life-long enmity. The two officers, D’Hubert and Feraud, cross swords time and time again in an attempt to achieve justice and preserve their honor.
Plot: In 1800, as Napoleon Bonaparte rises to power in France, a rivalry erupts between Armand and Gabriel, two lieutenants in the French Army, over a perceived insult. For over a decade, they engage in a series of duels amidst larger conflicts, including the failed French invasion of Russia in 1812, and shifts in the political and social systems of Europe.
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The Casting Of A Perfect Shadow
The Duellists is remarkable in lots of ways. For one, it’s a masterpiece debut. It’s also one of the very rare films putting a director on the map who keeps delivering what the debut already displayed in abundance. What’s more, it is even rarer in so far that this movie hasn’t aged a single day, which can’t be explained away with the fact that it’s a period piece. It stands the test of time as flawlessly as two other legendary debuts, Orson Welles’s Citisen Kane and John Huston’s Maltese Falcon. The flipside displays a mystery. The Duellists is an almost totally unknown film. To this day it hasn’t earned what it had cost to make it in 1977: 900.000$. That, without doubt, makes it the most underrated masterpiece by one of THE directors of his generation.
The basis was simple and commanding: The adaptation of the classic Joseph Conrad story ‘The Duel’. The result is a lesson in perfect cinematic storytelling. And it’s also a lesson in the forgotten art of low budget moviemaking. Not a single frame suggests that ‘more’ would’ve been better. The required economy of every single aspect of production always finds its perfect answer in the execution of the story. What you can’t see or hear doesn’t need to be there. It’s as simple as that. Suffice to say, Ridley Scott being the director he is, The Duellists is visually superb and at the same time devoid of a single frame just being there to look good. His visual style is completely dependent on the substance of the story as well as the acting. That becomes blindingly obvious in his weaker films, where he resorts to ‘beautifying’ an empty shell. No other great director is as much a slave of the story’s quality, before he can become its master. But once a strong moment, a powerful dialogue, a strong character hits his senses, he ‘translates’ their life into his unique visual language. In that he is almost without comparison. What we sometimes later perceive as only beautiful is always as essential to the story as a note in a symphony is essential to the next one to make ‘sense’. The almost hauntingly arcadian, rural opening shot of the movie is a perfect example. The little girl with her geese leads us through innocence and peace across the screen… and bumps with us into the towering Husar blocking the path. No words. Just eyes making the girl lead her geese away from the path, away from what the Husar is guarding against unwanted onlookers. We’re already hooked into the story on more than one level, and the cut to the duellists on the open field tells us where paradise ends. That’s Ridley Scott in his purest form. The beauty of his style is in fact visual drama, and the power of his language is as visible now as it was in 1977. In ‘Gladiator’, watch the transition from Maximus’s cornfild dream to the tortured earth of the battlefield in Germania and you’ll see what I mean. That’s why Scott is also an actor’s director. He always makes sense to them and the characters with every move of the camera and sets them in the best possible light for what’s required. He likes good actors, which isn’t as normal as one might think. There isn’t a hollow second to be found in each and every performance on The Duellists. That the casting is flawless down to the last extra helped, of course. All this explains much of the ageless quality of the movie. No hollow set pieces to ‘jazz it up a bit’. Only authentic locations and no built sets. Costumes, makeup, props… everything totally convincing and fitting to the period. It’s virtually impossible to determine the movie’s age without knowing the actors. Scott turned an ageless story into an ageless movie. An excellent script and extremely good acting all round helped him do it.
For me The Duellists is the first of 3 consecutive masterpieces (the other two are, of course ALIEN and Blade Runner), unrivalled since John Huston’s first 3 films.
10 out of 10 Ulrich Fehlauer
Rich and Subtle
I first watched this movie shortly after its cinematic debut, and to tell the truth, although I loved the fight scenes I was bored (I was younger then). Something about the movie got under my skin, though, and after I got a VCR in the eighties I rented it and it became one of my all-time favorite films. Ridley Scott does some very sumptuous and detailed camera work, without any of the gimmicky slashbacks and jerkiness that pervades his more recent efforts. The characters all display fully developed personalities (even the extras show spunk) and their own agendas. The film is more French than American in the sense that the viewer must infer the characters’ motives from careful observation of their actions rather than from the sort of ham-handed soliloquy you might find in, say, Gladiator, or the narrative voice-over that marred the theatrical release of Blade Runner (thankfully omitted in the Director’s Cut). This is a film that rewards multiple viewings with new discoveries in the background and plot details. Overall, it qualifies as a very satisfying experience.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 40 min (100 min)
Genre Drama, War
Director Ridley Scott
Writer Gerald Vaughan-Hughes (screenplay), Joseph Conrad (story “The Duel”)
Actors Keith Carradine, Harvey Keitel, Albert Finney, Edward Fox
Awards Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations.
Production Company Paranoid Pictures, Scott Free Productions, Enigma Productions
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex 35-IIC, Panavision Super Speed MKII Lenses, Panavision PSR R-200, Panavision Super Speed MKII Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Gold, Panavision Super Speed MKII Lenses, Panavision Panaflex, Panavision Super Speed MKII Lenses, Panavision Panaflex-X, Panavision Super Speed MKII Lenses
Laboratory Rank Film Laboratories, Denham, UK (processing)
Film Length 2,760 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm