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Paradise Alley


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  • Working with producer Edward R. Pressman, a specialist in chancy oddities, Stallone created an eccentric, feverish drama about working-class nobodies trying to survive in a hostile environment. Like Martin Scorsese’s films from the same period, Paradise Alley melds intense ’70s acting styles with Expressionist formal effects.

  • Despite its constant sense of humor and its derision, despite its optimistic ending, the realized film resembles a long nightmare. The neighborhood and nighttime scenes, the lighting, its fixed shots (there is practically no camera movements) and violence (too frequent), all participate to a mise-en-scène that is codified like a nightmare.