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Yasujirô Ozu

One of the greatest Japanese movie directors, he lived from 1903 – 1963 and shot over 50 films. I have just watched 12 works and this was one of the most sophisticated movie experiences ever. Here is an excellent introduction into his very special art. Highly recommended.

Alltagsgeschichten

The great Jewish documentary filmer Elisabeth T. Spira has produced more than 60 episodes of Austrian life in the series Alltagsgeschichten between 1985 and 2006 for the ORF. Here is an example about life in a Jewish Viennese old people’s home. Very moving are the last 2 interviews. From 38.04 min on. A Mengele survivor […]

Poetic Harmony

An excellent short introduction into the art of Andrei Tarkovsky, one of the most important filmmakers in the 20th century.

Nostalghia

From one of the greatest movie directors of all times here a few impressions from “Nostalghia” by Andrei Tarkovsky.

Terence Malik

In pure cinematographic terms one “Days of Heaven” ( 1978 ) by Terence Malik, is one of the most aesthetically beautiful films I have ever seen. The full movie can be found on socksharenet, but the best version available is – as always – from Criterion.( Be aware you need a Blue Ray Region A […]

Hiroshi Teshigahara ( 1927-2001 )

One of the most interesting discoveries in this year has been the work of Japanese filmmaker Hiroshi Teshigahara, particularly his groundbreaking ‘New Wave’ film ” Woman in the Dunes”( 1964 ). A fascinating film, works on many levels, a contender for the top 10 for sure !

Roy Andersson

Not for the faint hearted, Roy Andersson is one of my favorite film directors. A far cry from wanting merely ” to entertain” his films are relentlessly grim, but also have a sense of comical element, that reminds me of the Kaurismakki brothers. Very dark, very Scandinavian ! Here an unknown work:” World of Glory”. […]

The Death of Mr Lazarescu

Ion Fiscuteanu is the main actor in “The Death of Mr Lazarescu”, a stunning film by Romanian director Cristi Puiu. It shows the last hours of an elderly man in Bucharest going through the hospital machinery. And it was the only role Fiscuteanu ever got international acclaim for, whilst suffering from cancer himself during the […]

Edward Yang

One of the most important Asian film makers was the Taiwanese director Edward Yang ( 1947 – 2007 ) .”A brighter summer day” is one of his key works, and it is no exaggeration calling this 4 1/2 film one of the 20th century’s most important and ingenious movies. Here is a clip about Criterion’s […]

Modernity

Excellent film essay about film director Michelangelo Antonioni’s two masterworks ‘L’avventura’ and ‘Il deserto rosso’. His films stand out even more so today in their astute analysis of the absurdities of life in the second half of 20th century and the ever increasing encroachment of technology and soulless technocracy. And here is a modern day […]