Get ready to celebrate the everlasting magic of the movies as CINEMA PARADISO heads to select @picturehouses
cinemas for one night only May 5.
Rushing home for the Easter long weekend like...
"Take any picture you can. One out of four will be good, one out of ten will be very good, and one out of 15 will get you an Academy Award." Born this Day: William Holden, seen here with BORN YESTERDAY co-star Judy Holliday.
A passionate affair changes the lives of two friends forever. Don't miss Alain Resnais' MÉLO - Out now on Blu-ray in the 🇬🇧&🇺🇸
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Bernardo Bertolucci's art house hit about a man who joins Mussollini's secret police & is sent to assassinate his old college professor who's the leader of an anti-fascist movement. Closet homosexuality & repressed memories weigh heavy on the protagonist. Told in flashbacks & structured in a non linear way, the Conformist has dazzling cinematography & camera angles & is "pure cinema". It's quite stunning & top shelf eye candy. Heaped with symbolic images & references, it can be watched multiple times. The famous scene of 2 women slow dancing is a highlight. This movie influenced just about everyone from Coppola to Scorsese & is one of the best world movies of the era.
Still staying off FB, so apologies to those who might be commenting and getting no replies... Watched this the other week; my fifth Hirokazu Kore-eda film, and something of a departure from the quiet family dramas I'm now used to. It's ostensibly a courtroom/crime thriller, about a man who has confessed to the murder of his ex-boss, and the efforts of the defence team to find mitigating reasons in order to avoid the death penalty. It's even shot like a legal thriller, all slick camera moves and widescreen shots, forgoing the open intimacy of his usual 'style'. Yet, similar themes and narrative devices abound. It's as much, if not more so, about the personal interactions between characters as it is the twists and turns of the story, and often those interactions are peripheral to the main thread. Also, those twists are delivered in an almost anti-climactic way. If this was a western film, that would be the focus; big dramatic emphases on the revelations with 'duhn-duhn-duh' music cues. Here, Kore-eda delivers them almost casually. It's the truth of the players' emotions he's after, plus wider themes of whether it's ever justified taking a life, who gets to decide, and whether some people deserve it. Some actors who've worked with Kore-eda before return, while the addition of Kôji Yakusho - a stalwart of Kiyoshi Kurosawa films - adds a possibly intentional element of slippery ambiguity simply because of the actor's association with Kurosawa's off-beat arthouse ways. While it might not have the emotional impact of Kore-eda's other films, it still gives the viewer plenty to think about. Ultimately, this is a film about subjective truths, and as such, doesn't offer much in the way of answers outside the relatively simple skeleton of the story. Great stuff, from a director I'm beginning to think can do no wrong.
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…Throughout the film, I kept thinking of how a Hollywood remake might’ve tackled the material. After some thought I saw the prospect as unlikely, even as creatively indulgent streaming platforms have become the ‘New Indies’.
Firstly, Resnais chose an unashamedly straight and uncynical adaptation of the original stage play that, while it suited his period-correct schema, would be too static for a contemporary audience.
Secondly, I struggled to think of a trio of actors willing to play such complex, flawed characters as here (even the cuckolded Pierre is his own worst enemy).
Third-and-last, I can’t see how the attention-span of a contemporary, mainstream audience would endure Bernstein’s elegant monologues and its cloying, intense atmosphere.
Which leaves Resnais’ gloriously ‘French’ original. Unseen, unknown and unappreciated by the vast majority, it’s sad to think that this polished gem has been left to sit in the dark for so long: hurrah for Arrow Academy then, for letting it shine once more…
To read my FULL review of #melo
visit Avvaganda.com/melo but my ‘Triple word / Score’ on an intimate ‘slice-of-life’ drama?
🎦➡️ POLISHED | FACETED | SPARKLING / 8 ⬅️🎦
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"Give me a nickel, please." Born this Day: Fay Helm - seen here with Alan Curtis in PHANTOM LADY
Monday Motivation - DUELLE (1976)
"I had grand illusions of being an actor. I sported a great big Adolphe Menjou mustache." Born this Day: Director Joseph H. Lewis - seen here on the set of SO DARK THE NIGHT
Master director Alain Resnais (Last Year At Marienbad) blurs the line between cinematic technique and theatrical artifice in his acclaimed Mélo, adapted from Henri Bernstein's classic play about a doomed love triangle in 1920s Paris. Pierre (Pierre Arditi, Love Unto Death) and Marcel (André Dussollier, A Good Marriage) are both celebrated concert violinists and lifelong friends, in spite of their differing temperaments. Pierre is modest, sensitive and content with his lot; Marcel is hungry, driven, and pursues a solo career that takes him to the four corners of the world. After years apart, the two friends reunite when Pierre invites Marcel to his home for dinner. It is then that Marcel first meets Pierre's wife Romaine (Sabine Azéma, Cosmos), sparking a passionate affair that can only end in tragedy before the curtain falls. As thrillingly intimate on film as it was on the stage, Mélo's César award-winning cast and inventive direction are highlighted in a stunning new restoration, revealing a hidden gem in Resnais' celebrated body of work waiting to be rediscovered. #melo #alainresnais #dramafilm #lovetriangle #classiccinema #arrowacademy #arrowvideo #lovestory #doomedlove #blurayoftheday #newtoblu #bluraycollection
Doomed love in 1920s Paris. Alain Resnais’ MÉLO arrives on Blu-Ray next week 🇬🇧🇺🇸
"There's always a certain amount of camera improvisation. If a man is being pursued and the pursuers are more interesting than the pursued, I'll track to include them." Born this Day: FRONTIER MARSHAL director Allan Dwan
"Failure has a thousand explanations. Success doesn't need one." Born this Day: THE PRISONER star Alec Guinness
Chico, Groucho, Harpo and Zeppo return to the Academy line today as DUCK SOUP, MONKEY BUSINESS/HORSE FEATHERS and THE COCOANUTS/ANIMAL CRACKERS arrive on standard edition Blu-rays! 🇬🇧️
Reorganisation (ft. my wide angle lens)
Ligia Branice in Borowczyk’s Blanche (1971)
If you don't want to do this film justice, you can say that it's about watching Picasso paint. But, you don't even get to see Picasso for most of the time, just the canvas and the progress of the artwork. Now, if you stay with this film, you'll see that Henri-Georges Clouzot made a fascinating documentary about the process of making art, and his subject, Picasso, is more than willing to play ball, as you can see in a magnificent scene where Clouzot directs Picasso, and you are made aware that the art you're seeing created is part of another piece of art.
I'll admit that the first twenty minute were a bit tough for me, but after that, I became more and more intrigued about what Clouzot and Picasso cooked up, and to see the evolution of a painting by a master like Picasso through each step of the process was a tremendous experience. That this film plays around to with switching from black and white to color, from a strict single point of view to heavily edited sequences and then onto to an aspect ratio change (and always being motivated choices by Clouzot) only proof what great work the pairing of two masters can bring.
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Continuing my Hirokazu Kore-eda journey, I watched this a couple nights ago.
Ryota is a private detective, ostensibly working as such for research for his next novel. Except he's bitter, cynical, and experiencing writer's block. He's also divorced from his wife, rarely sees his son, and has a serious gambling problem. His wheels are turning but he's going nowhere. He's also just lost his father - whom he's inherited much of his personality from - and doesn't get on with his sister, who vies with the mother for the favourable sibling position. When a storm hits, he ends up sequestered in his mother's flat with her, his ex-wife, and his son, where he must face some hard truths about himself and his life.
A change of tone if not pace from Kore-eda, this is yet another film I loved. Pretty much everyone in the film is moving on with their various lives except Ryota. There are some really lovely observances about purpose, meaning, what it is to live, and how those around us can shape us. Hiroshi Abe is fantastic as the lead character; at times you want to grab him and give him a shake, which is kind of the point. He's a bit of a shitbag, though you can see how he's got to that position. But you also feel sympathy and empathy for him. Or at least, I did. He's had a lot of crap happen in a relatively short space of time, and is floundering at a crossroads; albeit one largely of his own making. Kore-eda regular Kirin Kiki is also wonderful as his mother, and I was sad to find out she's passed away; apparently Shoplifters was her final film.
Another lovely movie from a director rapidly becoming a favourite. I kind of want to parcel out the next couple films I have, because once they're watched, that's it until - hopefully - the BFI box set lands.
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"I don't think there are many other businesses where you can be paid good money and not know what you're doing." Born this Day: THE KILLING star Sterling Hayden
Jesus, this one broke me. Making my way through the Hirokazu Kore-eda box set I bought recently, and this is the second film after I Wish (and only my third Kore-eda following Our Little Sister, but I'm addicted, now). Ryota and Midori live with their six-year-old son, Keita, in relative affluence. Ryota is distant and strict (in a dispassionate way) with his child, wanting him to grow up with a clear understanding of rules and proper behaviour, not showing 'weakness'. But Keita is quiet, gentle, and though he tries his best, doesn't always meet his father's standards. Then, the parents find out their son was swapped at birth with another boy. Ryusei lives with his younger brother and sister, and parents Yudai and Yukari, in a far more relaxed and slightly impoverished environment. But this life has allowed the boy to be more outgoing and exuberant, with a love of play and laughter. The hard decision is now whether to go on as they have been, or consider swapping the boys to their biological parents... I cannot express how much this film got to me. It's just wonderful. Nuanced, beautifully paced, with astonishing performances, and a wealth of depth beneath its mostly languid surface. It's just fantastic. Deeply mired in Japanese life and culture - with its attendant themes of tradition, honour, social roles, etc. - it still presents universal themes; nature vs. nurture, family ties, the imprint parents can have on their offspring, and what children can teach us that we might have lost sight of. About an hour and 20 minutes in, when the families make certain decision, I just cracked. That was me for the rest of it. The acting is phenomenal, some of the best I've ever seen. I loved this; wanted to watch it all again from the start.
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Monday Motivation - HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT’S INFERNO (2009)