Cinema Egzotik: Duck Night
How many films are there with a ‘Duck’ in the title? Cinema Egzotik takes aim with Duck Night, an evening that throws the Marx Brothers and Sergio Leone together with the fast-paced one-liner comedy Duck Soup and Leone’s last and, so far, least known Spaghetti Western Duck, You Sucker.
Egzotik programmer Martin Koolhoven explains. “It”s high bloody time we scheduled a Marx Brothers film. The mirror scene alone makes it worth watching their anarchic masterpiece Duck Soup. The second film this evening must be the most seriously undervalued film of all times. However hard Leone tried not to have to direct this film himself, in the end he made one of the finest films ever.”
Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, US, 1933, black and white, 68”, Dutch subtitles)
“The movie is funny from beginning to end”, said leading expert and walking film encyclopaedia Roger Ebert. Groucho is the madcap, stern dictator Rufus T. Firefly, prime minister of the toy kingdom Fredonia. Harpo and Chico have come to spy upon him, which inevitably creates a whirl of comical intrigue. Tempted to make your own duck soup? Why not rely on Groucho”s famous recipe: “Take two turkeys, one goose, four cabbages, but no duck, and mix them together. After one taste, you'll duck soup the rest of your life.'
Duck, You Sucker (Sergio Leone, IT, 1971, 157”, Italian spoken, English subtitles)
James Coburn stars as an expat IRA revolutionary who gets involved in the Mexico Revolution. His contribution to the cause is a fistful of dynamite which he detonates at the right time and in the right place with cool calm. A film bursting with humour and action, a film with plenty of passion, warm-blooded women and rough unshaven men drinking tequila as if it were water. In short, a genuine Sergio Leone, with an epic score by Ennio Morricone.