QuincyMD, on 29 October 2012 - 04:54 PM, said:
Sa it on Saturday night and actually enjoyed it - its not brilliant but its not the car crash as dscribed in this thread its just an average production of an average interpretation.
By my reckoning its now running to about 1h 45m plus interval and the pace certainly couldnt be faulted.
The only real issue is that Enrico is supposed to be this hard nut and in his first scene we see him murder an innocent man but he loves his dad so thats alright - which is utter nonsense!!
The gone to hell scene at the end is as noted above now played out in a doorway with some dry ice which supposedly makes the militia so scared that they let everyone else go, maybe they had a bad experience at the Naples Roxy one Friday night that put them off dry ice for life.
There are still some odd things happening though - the devil sits licking an ice lolly through one scene that she has no dialogue in and having the shepherd appear in the auditorium means that nobody in the circle can see him!
Mind you there was only three people in my row and one of them bailed at the interval proclaiming it "the worst thing I've ever seen in this theatre", I can only assume he never saw "A Matter of Life and Death".
I loved A Matter of Life and Death (and, before anyone asks, yes I have seen the film, many many times).
But if Damned by Despair is now 2 hours 5 minutes, they should be able to dispense with the interval by the middle of November