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With: Robert Forster, Richard Tyson, Tabitha Morella, Rachel Grant, Thushari Jayasekera, Aurelia Scheppers, Mitch L. Guy, Matthew Rugetti, Brian Hite, Michael J. Sielaff, Holger Moncada Jr., Krystina Ptasinski, Alejandra Morin, Ivan Sauma, William Brasington, Julien Bui, Collin Fowler, Martel Shaw, German Leonne
Written by: Alex Ferrari
Directed by: Alex Ferrari
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 11
Date: 08/05/2010

Red Princess Blues (2010)

3 Stars (out of 4)

'Red' Blooded

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Several years ago I reviewed a short film by Alex Ferrari, Broken, and gave it a mediocre review. Ferrari has recently completed a new short, and I'm happy to report a marked improvement.

Red Princess Blues is a very stylish, very cool little sleight-of-hand action film in a pulp vein. It takes place in a very vivid, sleazy carnival setting. A pretty teen, Zoe (Tabitha Morella), is invited inside a backlot tent for a behind the scenes "good time." A tough, nasty carny, Rimo (Richard Tyson), starts trying to put some moves on her, but a mysterious stranger at the bar, the "Princess" (Rachel Grant), intercedes.

Ferrari's action is much better this time around. It's much clearer and snappier, and with overall better writing and acting. Perhaps the only thing that's really missing is the reason why Zoe would be interested in hanging around a freakshow and going into the tent with Rimo. However, the atmosphere is so rich and so detailed, that you can pretty much suspend disbelief, as if this is taking place in an alternate reality wherein freakshows are the equivalent of rock 'n' roll shows. Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) is the "storyteller" (i.e. narrator).

Ferrari is hoping to expand this into a feature, and I for one am looking forward to seeing it.

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