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Re: The thief who steals my time...

PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 4:35 pm
by A
Guess I'm all alone on that one. But you're in good company, as Bunuel also didn't think much of it.

Re: The thief who steals my time...

PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 10:12 pm
by wpqx
This past fall when I watched every available Bunuel film I was a little disturbed at how uneven his Mexican work was considering after Archibaldo De La Cruz and Los Olvidados I had such grand expectations.

Re: The thief who steals my time...

PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 11:26 pm
by R6dw6C
@ wpqx:

Imagine that: I already was a fan of "The Cremator" after I saw it with french subtitles.
I absolutely must see more czech films from that period, there are probably many more unique masterpieces around.

@ arsaib:

My inital fear was that I wouldn't like any of Bunuels films, though I enjoyed "Belle de Jour" and "Un Chien Andalou" before (Don't ask me why, I don't know). Having A sitting next to me at the screenings of "Vidiana" and "Susana" helped a lot, I guess. It's wonderful if you have an instinctively feeling that your companian feels and thinks about a film the same way and I hardly remember another film we enjoyed both so much as "Susana" (usually, I'm enthusiastic and he is so-so ). It was like a totally surreal combination of Paul Verhoeven, Russ Meyer, Douglas Sirk, Hitchcock and Bunuel's own style. And yet, it left a long and stimulating aftertaste, so it wasn't just quick amusement.

Looking forward to see "Gran Casino", A's description makes it sound delicious.

Re: The thief who steals my time...

PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 11:35 pm
by arsaib4
A wrote: Where have you seen [Gran Casino] arsaib? I thought it was quite difficult to come by.


Gran Casino was recently released by Lionsgate (U.S.) in a 2-disc set with The Young One, a Mexican-American co-production which isn't exactly a masterpiece but I do prefer it to the former. Having said that, I'd still like to see more of his work on the big-screen.

"Damn, I should finalize my viewing log for February, but I forgot to write down the movies i watched after the Berlinale, and now I can't figure them out anymore. "

That doesn't bode well for the films you watched at the Berlinale. ):

Re: The thief who steals my time...

PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 11:39 pm
by arsaib4
R6dw6C wrote: @ arsaib:

My inital fear was that I wouldn't like any of Bunuels films, though I enjoyed "Belle de Jour" and "Un Chien Andalou" before (Don't ask me why, I don't know). Having A sitting next to me at the screenings of "Vidiana" and "Susana" helped a lot, I guess. It's wonderful if you have an instinctively feeling that your companian feels and thinks about a film the same way and I hardly remember another film we enjoyed both so much as "Susana" (usually, I'm enthusiastic and he is so-so ). It was like a totally surreal combination of Paul Verhoeven, Russ Meyer, Douglas Sirk, Hitchcock and Bunuel's own style. And yet, it left a long and stimulating aftertaste, so it wasn't just quick amusement.

Very nice. Would love to read more about your viewing experiences at the fest.

Re: The thief who steals my time...

PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 11:44 pm
by R6dw6C
Having said that, I'd still like to see more of his work on the big-screen. Come over to Nuremberg, they're mostly screened with English subtitles.

That doesn't bode well for the films you watched at the Berlinale. ): Well, it actually seems as there weren't too many outstanding films around in general. A and Matalo even left one screening because the film ("Coupable") was too terrible. They never did that before as far as I'm concerned. But a few light were shimmering such as "Just Anybody", "United Red Army" (this film is for you, arsaib!), "Otto; or, up with dead People" and "Loos Ornamental". Don't get too worried about A's comment, after all, he hasn't seen a masterpiece last year, though there were plenty around.

Re: The thief who steals my time...

PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 12:41 am
by wpqx
The Cremator is arguably my favorite Czech film but there are certainly some other good ones around. Not to be too self promoting but My Czech Film Fest thread would explain it a lot better than I could just going off of memory.

Re: The thief who steals my time...

PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 12:50 am
by R6dw6C
Your thread already enriched my shopping list, wpqx! I'm not blind, though I need new glasses.
Oh Money, where are you? I'd love to introduce you to Second Run...

Have you seen Vera Chytilov√°'s masterpiece "Daisies"?

Re: The thief who steals my time...

PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:18 am
by wpqx
Yep, quite an interesting film. On a similar zany note is Lemonade Joe which can only be called the oddest Western I've ever seen.

Re: The thief who steals my time...

PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:34 am
by R6dw6C
On a similar zany note is Lemonade Joe which can only be called the oddest Western I've ever seen. And the German theatrical poster of this film is one of the oddest artworks I've ever seen. So far, that's what intrigues me about classic czech cinema: Are there more odd obscurities out there?

Regarding "Daisies", I think that Godard could've been jealous as hell of Vera Chytilov√°. She managed to achieve everything he tried so hard to achieve these years (I'd like to figure out what he achieved in any way, beside intellectual misanthropy and self-centered cinematic experiments).

But no Godard Discussion here, I'm still under shock because of your statement - "Godard is the greatest thing ever happened to the universe" - or something like that.