Thursday, August 20, 2009

Classic Movies at Polvos Azules

A few months ago, I did an article about Polvos Rosados, the place where you can go to get all the pirated DVDs, video games, etc., that you want. Well, Polvos Rosados is kind of the gentleman's pirate market. If you want to go to a real one, you should hit Polvos Azules.

Polvos Azules is in the vicinity of the stadium (cross the Via Expressa and head towards the center of Lima). I don't suppose Polvos Azules is really all that dangerous, I just feel a little jumpy when you go there. Go in a group to be safe, and if you have any Peruvian friends, have them do the negotiating.

Now, most of the time it's super easy to find the most recent DVDs (Star Wars Episode III was here about a month before its theatrical release), but you'll have a bit of a harder time finding good classic movies. However, on my last trip to Polvos Azules, I found a great little shop that has a wonderful collection of classic titles. The price is a little higher there (which is more or less standard for older movies), but if you want to see some Brando or Bogart, it's worth it (and you're still only paying around a dollar per film).

As you can see in the above picture, on my last trip I picked up:
Spartacus--Hard to believe that Stanley Kubrick directed this (at least roughly half of it)
Amadeus--Watch it for the music
The Day the Earth Stood Still--the OLD version...did you know a bounty hunter in "The Empire Strikes Back" is named after a character from this film?
The Wild One--Classic Brando, "What are you rebelling against?" "What you got?"
Harvey--James Stewart and a six foot tall invisible rabbit
White Hunter, Black Heart--The alwasy underrated (except when he's directing...then he's overrated, unless it's "Unforgiven" or "The Outlaw Josey Wales") Clint Eastwood in an alegedly true story about the great John Huston (he plays the crusty old guy in "Chinatown")
Five Easy Pieces--An early Jack Nicholson film with one scene that basically came to define him as an actor and probably a person ("I want you to hold it between your legs!")
Julius Caesar--Marlon Brando did this version basically to show people he didn't just "mumble"--there's a Charlton Heston version that's worth getting too.
El Cid--I've never actually seen this, people keep telling me about it.
Wild At Heart--Nicholas Cage and David Lynch, I used to be under the impression that cage was in a lot of Lynch movies, in hindsight, I think it's only this one.
The Right Stuff--Kind of ridiculous America propaganda, but there's some pretty good stuff in here, and the cast didn't really produce superstars, just great actors
Escape from New York--hahaha, a guilty pleasure, but I think John Carpenter is great, long live Snake Plisskin (I wanted "Escape from L.A." where Plisskin takes on a Peruvian Shining Path terrorist of all things, but they didn't have it).
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre--Directed by John Huston and starring Bogart and Huston's own father, who won an acadamy award for best supporting actor (I believe the Huston family is the only one with three generations to have won acadamy awards, John Huston's daughter Anjelica [longtime partner to Jack Nicholson] got one too...for Prizzi's Honor maybe?)
Casablanca--My wife has never seen this, and it's basically a requirement for anyone who's seen more than two or three movies
The Hunger--People keep mentioning this to me so I bought it on a whim, it's one of the Scott brothers first films (and they're damn good)
City Lights--There's about 4 Charlie Chaplin films that everybody should see at least once...and they're still damn entertaining
White Heat--Never seen this, people keep telling me to
The Man Who Would Be King--Another Huston film starring Sean Connery and Michael Caine, easily in my top 3 all time favorites...this movie is excellent!
Happiness--Haven't seen it, but I liked "Storytelling" by the same director
The Hustler--Paul Newman playing the character that would eventually win him an Acadamy Award in "The Color of Money"
The Maltese Falcon--Another John Huston, Humphry Bogart classic
Viva Zapata--Marlon Brando playing the famous Mexican revolutionary
To Have and Have Not--Bogart in a Hemmingway adaptation (adapted by William Faulkner of all people)
Modern Times--Another of the 4 Chaplin movies I mentioned before
The Sting--The second best movie starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman (the best being "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid")
Dead Man--Johnny Depp in a Jim Jarmusch film
A Streetcar Named Desire--"Stellaaaaa!"
Into the Wild--Yeah, it's not a classic, and it's kind of a dud to finish on, but my sister didn't like it so I was willing to buy it

There you have it, 28 films that probably would have cost me over 400$ had I bought them in the states. However, instead of lining the pockets of the descendants of the people who actually MADE these films, I decided to line the pockets of some guy in Peru who is trying to run his pirate DVD store (not to mention my own). I'm not going to lose any sleep over it either. And for those of you who also want to see these same films, here's the guy's contact information:

CC. Polvos Azules
Psje. 9 Tda. 8 Calle 6--Sotano
Av. Paseo de la Republica 475--La Victoria

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1 comment:

  1. We should watch Into the Wild tonight, because I go camping tomorrow...;-)