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A special day

Ettore Scola’s “A special day” is one of the most impressive films I have seen in recent times ( months, years ). Set against Fascist Italy it deals with human solidarity and courage against totalitarian surroundings. The film is very slowly moving, beautifully shot and Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni are in a league of […]

La Notte

One of Michelangelo Antonioni’s masterpieces in HD on you tube ! Watch it as long as it is on. One of the all time great films. Update: the link for the whole film on you tube is gone, so here is a link to the trailer and one scene. Superb and inexpensive Blue Rays are […]

Lo and Behold

An interesting film: the new Werner Herzog documentary “Lo and behold: Reveries of the connected world”. It deals with our information age and the role the internet played, plays and will play in the future. A chilling outlook to say the least… The film can be watched at the socksharenet platform. Here is the official […]

Patience

THE most profound film about W G Sebald so far ! Very astute observation by Katie Mitchell ( theatre director ) in this film by comparing Sebalds style with Virginia Woolfe’s novel “The Waves”: ” …an attempt to capture perception in all its fleeting and fast way we perceive and we put things together… “. […]

Autumn Almanac

Bela Tarr has been for me – together with Michelangelo Antonioni – one of the most interesting film directors. His black and white masterpieces “Satantango”, “Werckmeister Harmonies”, “The Turin Horse”, “The man from London”, “Damnation” and the colour film “Autumn Almanac” are like many other comparable great works of literature or music very demanding in […]

Cops

Buster Keaton was undoubtedly one of the greatest of all American comedians. His stone faced appearance and the unforgiving obstacles which nearly ruin his life are beyond sheer comedy. We are fortunate in having pristine restorations of his films. Here is a superb example: “Cops” from 1922. As always his aspirations meet many adverse circumstances…

Grigori Chukhray ( 1921-2001 )

One of the many great directors in Russian cinema. His most famous film is ”Ballad of a soldier ” ( 1959 ). A romantic war time story, filmed in a very melodramatic way, but — abstaining from Soviet propaganda– this film goes way beyond the obvious. But see for yourself… www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0zr877200s&list=PL67F92F009F8AAF54&index=2

You, the Living

A very funny and sardonic comedy by Roy Andersson, the cover states: “Monty Python meets Ingmar Bergman”, I would add: plus Aki Kaurismaki. In our clearly pre WWIII times this is probably a fitting and thankfully ironic description of what the human race has come to. There is a key scene in the film where […]

Opening and Closing Scene

From “The Third Man”, directed by by Carol Reed, one of the classics of cinema here a re-visit to the opening and closing scenes. Cinema does not get more atmospheric than that. The menacing opening theme and the improvisational ending, both set the tone and evoke Vienna in all its glorious and sinister facets.