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James Goldstone
Director, Swashbuckler (1976)
James Goldstone, the director, hasn't a clue about how to direct sword fights, derring-do, crowd scenes, romantic moments, orgiastic decadence, sight gags, or much of anything else; he is a little better with animals, but even there undependable: he gets a good performance from a monkey, but an undistinguished one from a rooster. What he really lacks is rhythm and timing, the opening sequence, an interrupted hanging, is a model of how not to achieve either comedy or excitement. Several fine performers are perversely miscast in this movie,
Goldstone having the inverse of the skill sought by the alchemists the knack of turning gold into stones. Hence, no doubt, his name.
(John Simon, National Review)
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