HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Watch List
Giraffe
Kat and the Band
Echo
Perfect 10
Octaman
Red Penguins
China Syndrome, The
Babyteeth
Round-Up, The
Around the Sun
Once There Was Brasilia
Peripheral
Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street
Ice
She Demons
Good Girls, The
Hail, Hero!
Faces in the Crowd
Tamango
Traitor, The
Tomorrow
Third Generation, The
Saxon Charm, The
Spy Intervention
Moonrise
Mulan
Killer with a Thousand Eyes, The
Vigil, The
Liberation of L.B. Jones, The
Wizard of Baghdad, The
Ride
Good Manners
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
Sweet Home
Big Score, The
Siddhartha
Three Outlaw Samurai
Echoes of Fear
Guinea Pig, The
   
 
Newest Articles
For God's Sake Strap Yourselves Down: Flash Gordon on 4K UHD
Party Hard: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Nights in with ABC 2 - Your Faces are All Blurred!
Eve Knew Her Apples: The Lady Eve on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Tempo - Gallery One
Network On Air: Nights In with ABC 1 - Welcome Once Again to Manchester!
Transformative Apocalypses: Phase IV and Southland Tales
The Happiest Days of Their Lives: The Guinea Pig on Blu-ray
Faced Poe: Three Edgar Allan Poe Adaptations Starring Bela Lugosi on Blu-ray
Hard Luck, Buster: The Cameraman on Blu-ray
At the Hop: Mr. Vampire on Blu-ray
Divine Madness: Female Trouble on Blu-ray
Country Matters: Further Out of Town on Blu-ray
Bat-Damn: Was Joel Schumacher's Batman Really That Bad?
The Beat Goes On: Takeshi Kitano Collection on Blu-ray
Dream Treats: Scorsese Shorts on Blu-ray
It's Only Money: Laughter in Paradise on Blu-ray
A Regular Terpsichore: Dance, Girl, Dance on Blu-ray
Teenage Trauma: Baby Love on Blu-ray
The Happening: Pet Shop Boys It Couldn't Happen Here on Blu-ray
Who Watched The Watchmen?
The Golden Age of Colonic Irrigation: Monty Python Series 4 on Blu-ray
Lady of Pleasure: Lola Montes on Blu-ray
Take You to the Gay Bar: Funeral Parade of Roses on Blu-ray
Hit for Ms: Mark Cousins' Women Make Film on Blu-ray
   
 
  Woman with Red Boots, The The Death Of Art
Year: 1974
Director: Juan Luis Buñuel
Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Fernando Rey, Adalberto Maria Merli, Jacques Weber, José Sacristán, Emma Cohen, Laura Betti, Ángel Álvarez, Pilar Torres
Genre: Drama, WeirdoBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: Mr Perrot (Fernando Rey) is a wealthy businessman who has a preoccupation with art. Today he orders his valet and chauffeur to take him to visit an art gallery, and after a minute of viewing the paintings he faints and collapses on the floor. Coming round, he orders his valet to buy up all the artist's work in the gallery and storms out, but later in a cafe, he finds a new obsession. She is writer Françoise LeRoi (Catherine Deneuve), who needs cash but is reluctant to pen anything new. She goes up to Perrot and offers to flash for him if he will give her money - and with her magic powers, she does...

The Woman with Red Boots, or La Femme aux Bottes Rouges as it was originally known, was directed and partly scripted by Juan Luis Buñuel, who as you might have guessed was the son of famed surrealist Luis Buñuel. For that reason, this film is very much associated with his father, as if he was living in the shadow of him artistically, and while it's true that you could imagine the more seasoned filmmaker grappling with the weirdness the younger Buñuel had a different tack.

Unfortunately, it wasn't as provocative so any questions about art and the appreciation and decline thereof were rather muted by a simple tale of oneupmanship and gamesplaying. Françoise takes a fancy to a youngish magazine editor, Mark Villier (Adalberto Maria Merli) when she spots him on the street, but her attempts to get to know him are thwarted - or are they? They seem to exchange letters, much to the chagrin of Mark's wife Sophie (Emma Cohen) who thinks her husband is working up the courage to embark on an affair.

But how much does Perrot have to do with this? He likes to think of himself as a puppet master, and is bringing Mark and Françoise together, yet he has reckoned without her magical powers. No explanation for these talents is ever offered, we're simply meant to accept that she can psychically make anything she wants to happen, happen. Usually she is playful with this ability, such as making a muddy boot appear balanced on the head of the man she was talking to, but she can turn it to more significant results, as we see in the finale.

That said, the supernatural is deployed sparingly, so character is relied on for much of this. Eventually, after Sophie has been shot by Mark in a freak hunting accident (she was spying on him to see if he was having an affair yet and got in the way of a bullet), and he has lost his job with her family business because of it, he accepts the invitation to visit Perrot at his mansion in the country. And guess who is there as well? That's right, Françoise, who Perrot has persuaded to join him so she can write a book for him.

However, the businessman has implemented a scheme which is all to do with the suicides of artists he has been associated with and the death of art - will Françoise fall victim to this, or outwit him in the same way she plays three dimensional chess with him when not typing? The film is matter of fact about its strangeness, even pedestrian, and despite committed performances never really takes off and flies. Mark under interesting, but minor, and sad to say some way after the gamesplaying of the elder Buñuel; perhaps Juan would have been better off trying a western, something to distance himself from his father's oeuvre and distinguish himself in his own right. Music by Jean Louis Ducarme and Michael Ionesco.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 3458 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
Andrew Pragasam
  Lee Fiveash
  Mick Stewart
Enoch Sneed
  Dsfgsdfg Dsgdsgsdg
   

 

Last Updated: