The Last Film Seen

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Re: The Last Film Seen

Postby wpqx » Tue Apr 29, 2008 2:25 pm

Napoleon, Au Secours, Lucrezia Borgia, and La Folie du Docteur Tube

Re: The Last Film Seen

Postby wpqx » Wed Apr 30, 2008 2:26 am

Douce (1943) - Claude Autant-Lara

Yay I got to see a French film made during WWII. I had dreadful spectators behind me but the film had moments of unexpected humor (I'm not even sure if it was supposed to be), but quietly reaffirming a story that seems told a thousand times about good old fashioned class differences. Politically speaking the film can't possibly have pissed off too many Nazis so it isn't hard to see how the film was made during the occupation. Quite a few interesting and changing character dynamics and quite a haunting ending. Better or worse I certainly enjoyed this more than Devil in the Flesh, the only other Autant film I've seen.

Re: The Last Film Seen

Postby arsaib4 » Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:05 am

I've only seen Sylvia and the Phantom from Autant-Lara. His films are certainly hard to come by.

Re: The Last Film Seen

Postby wpqx » Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:58 am

Well every Tuesday they're showing films of the occupation and immediate postwar period (and by immediate they mean within five years apparently. This was the film I was most anticipating so therefore the one I made the greatest effort to see.

Speaking of progressing through generations of French filmmakers, at long last the films of Jean Eustache are going to be playing in Chicago from mid-May to the beginning of June. Not sure if I'll catch everything but Mes Petites Amoureuses is a film that I will have to be either dead or in jail to miss.

Re: The Last Film Seen

Postby arsaib4 » Wed Apr 30, 2008 9:36 pm

That's the spirit! It'd be nice to discuss it with someone who's also seen it recently. Looks like a couple of his fiction and documentary featurettes are also on the menu.

Re: The Last Film Seen

Postby wpqx » Thu May 01, 2008 3:55 am

From what I've gathered there showing everything he's done, but I typically get rather excited for these screenings and miss 80% of them (cough Imamura).

Re: The Last Film Seen

Postby justindeimen » Fri May 02, 2008 10:04 am

DVD round-up for April:

Arizona Dream (1993) (6)
Black Cat, White Cat (1998) (7)
When Father Was Away on Business (1985) (8)
Do You Remember Dolly Bell? (1981) (7)
Life Is a Miracle (2004) (7)
Underground (1995) (9)
Muay Thai Chaiya (Chaiya) (2007) (6)
Bullet in the Head (Die xue jie tou) (1990) (8)
Invisible Waves (2006) (7)
Once a Thief (Zong heng si hai) (1991) (7)
A Chinese Ghost Story (Sien nui yau wan) (1987) (7)
A Chinese Ghost Story II (Sien nui yau wan II yan gaan do) (1990) (7)
A Chinese Ghost Story III (Sien lui yau wan III: Do do do) (1991) (8)
A Chinese Ghost Story: The Tsui Hark Animation (Xiao Qian) (1997) (6)
Once Upon a Time in China (Wong Fei Hung) (1991) (8)
Once Upon a Time in China III (Wong Fei Hung II: Naam yi dong ji keung) (1992) (7)
Once Upon a Time in China and America (Wong Fei Hung: Chi sai wik hung see) (1997) (5)
Last Hero in China (Wong Fei Hung: Chi tit gai dau neung gung) (1993) (7)
Fatal Contact (Hak kuen) (2006) (7)
Running Out of Time (Am zin) (1999) (7)
City on Fire (Lung fu fong wan) (1987) (7)
Tiger on Beat (Lo foo chut gang) (1988) (6)
Thunderbolt (Pik lik feng) (1995) (6)
CJ7 (Cheung Gong 7 hou) (2008) (5)
Glasses (Megane) (5)
The Story of Ricky (Lik wong) (1991) (6)
Day of the Dead (2008) (3)
Kung Fu Dunk (Guan lan) (2008) (4)
Sharkwater (2006) (9)
The Ice Storm (1997) (8)
Suicide Kings (1997) (6)
War Dance (2007) (5)
The Stars Look Down (1940) (8)
Fuse (Gori vatra) (2003) (7)
The Savages (2007) (7)
Suspiria (1977) (9)
Inferno (1980) (6)
Mother of Tears: The Third Mother (Terza madre, La) (2007) (6)
Boarding Gate (2007) (7)
The Stendhal Syndrome (Sindrome di Stendhal, La) (1996) (7)
From Beyond (1986) (7)
Children of Paradise (Enfants du paradis, Les) (1945) (9)
Jimmy Carter Man from Plains (2007) (7)
Only Human (Seres queridos) (2004) (6)
Running on Karma (Daai chek liu) (2003) (6)
Landscape in the Mist (Topio stin omichli) (1988) (9)
The Orphanage (Orfanato, El) (2007) (5)
The Trouble with Harry (1955) (8)
Swimming Pool (2003) (7)
Prison on Fire (Gaam yuk fung wan) (1987) (7)
Prison on Fire II (Jian yu feng yun II: Tao fan) (1991) (6)
The Rules of the Game (Règle du jeu, La) (1939) (9)
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004) (8)
Pumpkin (2002) (8)
The Heroic Trio (7)
The Heroic Trio 2: Executioners (Xian dai hao xia zhuan) (1993) (5)
We're Going to Eat You (Di yu wu men) (1980) (7)
Legend of the Dragon (Long de chuan ren) (1990) (6)
Exodus (Cheut ai kup gei) (2007) (7)
Hudson Hawk (1991) (7)
Cloverfield (2008) (7)
The Goddess of Mercy (Guan shi yin) (1967) (7)
Rich and Famous (Gong woo ching) (1987) (4)
Rich and Famous 2: Tragic Hero (Ying hung ho hon) (1987) (8)
The Devil Probably (Diable probablement, Le) (1977) (7)
Heart of Glass (Herz aus Glas) (1976) (8)
Cobra Verde (1987) (6)
Signs of Life (Lebenszeichen) (1968) (7)
Spring Blossoms (Chun nuan hua kai) (1968) (6)
Passage to Buddha (Hwaomkyung) (1993) (8)
Bad Luck (Zezowate szczescie) (1960) (8)
The Passion of Berenice (Pasión según Berenice, La) (1976) (7)

Re: The Last Film Seen

Postby wpqx » Fri May 02, 2008 3:15 pm

May have asked this before, but do films ever get a 10?

Seems you and I watched Bullet in the Head on about the same day.

Re: The Last Film Seen

Postby justindeimen » Fri May 02, 2008 3:35 pm

Not often. 10s I keep for films that make themselves become my favourite films. They aren't often universally well-loved but I just needed a rating that would delineate between a technically excellent film and one that I would want to bring onto a deserted island, so to speak. Anyway, like I mentioned before, my ratings need an overhaul. I'm finding myself rounding up more often than not. I'm thinking a rating on a scale of 20 might do the trick.

Regarding Bullet in the Head, that may be true. I'm still continuing my Hong Kong marathon of their more well-known populist films, still miles to go and even further to go to delve into some of the lesser known films. Hoping to find a couple more gems along the way.

Re: The Last Film Seen

Postby wpqx » Fri May 02, 2008 4:19 pm

Keep us posted on your Far East odyssey. Perhaps I'm the most generous rater around (certainly seem to be on this site) but Landscape in the Mist would probably still be in my top ten foreign films of all time list so that's certainly worth that extra point by my estimate.


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