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Festivale Winter 1997

Fifth Element

At last! A good piece of science fiction film.

Well, okay, Fifth Element may not be a piece of break-through cinematic history, but it is definitely worth a couple of hours of your life.

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Fifth Element reminded me overwhelmingly of the best of Barbarella -- stylish, colourful, camp, over-the-top, unwilling to be perfectly serious, edgy.

Bruce Willis plays his usual smart-mouthed loser-with-a-hammer fist who gets the girl in the end (what? You think that would be a surprise ending?). He dyes his hair blond, but its Mr-man-with-a-gun-and-an-attitude.

The leading lady is a wonderful surprise, a wonderful-looking woman (she has to be) -- perfect, they say. Because SHE is the saviour. It's a nice touch.

The music is excellent. The incredibly stylised black raging heterosexual newscaster is beyond good. The movie travels are a wonderful pace. Good costumes, fun sets, and very, very well cut.

Two films would-be film-makers should check out for camera work and cuts are Fifth Element and KUFFs (get the video).

It's about time we let people with a sense of humour and a sense of wonder and a love of film (more than the money and the hype) get their hands on the millions needed for a project like this.

RUN, don't walk, to the ticket office.

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Title: Fifth Element
Cinquième élément, Le (1997)
Written by: Luc Besson (story) Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen 
Directed by: Luc Besson 
Produced by: John Alan Amicarella (associate); Patrice Ledoux; Iain Smith (co-producer)
Edited by: Sylvie Landra
Director of Photography: Thierry Arbogast 
Music: Gaetano Donizetti (from Lucia di Lammermoor) Eric Serra

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The Players: Bruce Willis; Gary Oldman; Milla Jovovich; Ian Holm; Chris Tucker; Luke Perry
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