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Re: The Last Film Seen

PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:09 pm
by wpqx
Time of the Gypsies was released here on VHS, not sure if there was ever a DVD of it. Perhaps you should start a thread on Kusturica with all those films seen.

Re: The Last Film Seen

PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2008 1:07 am
by R6dw6C
Last film I watched (together with my parents at the cinema...) was " Märzmelodie / Melodies of Spring " (Martin Walz, 2008) and it's simply one of the best if not the best German "RomComs" I've seen in years. Magnificent. A faithful hommage to the old Hollywood Romances of the 40ies and the 50ies, yet a very modern and very German (and extremely funny) film, often interrupted by musical inserts in which famour German Pop Classics are elegantly and surprisingly put into the mouths of the gorgeous cast (Actually, it's almost a Musical). Hope isn't dead yet, maybe, our Beyond-the-Arthouse-Cinema can renovate it's old creativity and charme sometime - maybe also without being old fashioned. But since this is also a real exception, this superior and lovely film can't be appreciated enough in a cinematic landscape which is full of ultra-dumb comedies and static desperation studies. (9/10)

Re: The Last Film Seen

PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2008 9:22 pm
by justindeimen
The Stars Look Down - My favourite Carol Reed film so far, a rewatch of The Third Man might be necessary though considering it has been more than a decade and a Criterion has been out.

Re: The Last Film Seen

PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 12:10 am
by wpqx
I still haven't seen The Stars Look Down, or many other Reed films, but quite a high endorsement coming from you.

Re: The Last Film Seen

PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 7:05 pm
by wpqx
The Far Country (1955) - Anthony Mann

Well my original review was lost in the flood somewhere. Excellent film and a great example of Mann and Stewart's brilliant collaborations.

Re: The Last Film Seen

PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 9:02 pm
by wpqx
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) - Billy Wilder

Well my hopes for late era Wilder were remarkably improved after watching Avanti!, but I can't say I had the same reaction to this film. The pacing seemed to be a little off and just too uncharacteristic. Now maybe I just don't care for Sherlock Holmes in general, but I would consider this something of a misfire. Of course it's gotten some legendary status due to the mutilation the film took upon a disastrous first screening, but I'm not sure if it would have been any better.

Re: The Last Film Seen

PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 6:15 am
by arsaib4
Mes petites amoureuses (France/1974) - A

Casshern (Japan/2004) - C+

Re: The Last Film Seen

PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 7:14 pm
by R6dw6C
Mes petites amoureuses (France/1974) - A
I supposed so! Have you seen more by Eustache?

Last Film I watched was " La Violenza: Quinto potere " (1972), a striking court drama with a marvellous Enrico Maria Salerno in the leading role as a Prosecutor (and, obviously, the only incorrupt member of the court) who tries to reveal the enormous political influences of the mafia within the process against a poor man who was blackmailed to murder a politician. Obviously a follow-up to Damiano Damiani's similar, successful films, this one hasn't got the same impact but it is very intense and interesting nevertheless (there are many authentic facts used) and, of course, it's carried by an excellent cast including Mario Adorf as a renowned investor (and Mafia Boss), Gastone Moschin as a corrup lawyer, Guido Leontini as the prosecuted Crook and Georges Wilson (and also a minimalistic score by Ennio Morricone).

Re: The Last Film Seen

PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 10:45 pm
by wpqx
I watched an unsubtitled version of India Song last night, which made the film seem even more alienating than perhaps originally intended.

Re: The Last Film Seen

PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 1:15 am
by arsaib4
R6dw6C wrote: Mes petites amoureuses (France/1974) - A I supposed so! Have you seen more by Eustache?

I had previously seen The Mother and the !$@+$ and I also just watched Une sale histoire, so that's three more than what most of his fans claim to have seen, at least those in this country. A couple more of his retros are on the horizon, so I'm sure I'll catch the other works shortly. Have you watched Mes petites amoureuses? Simply an astonishing piece of cinema.

Speaking of Duras, wpqx, her undervalued Nathalie Granger is coming out soon in the U.S.