Criterion Collection · Drama · France · War

#650 A Man Escaped (1956)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 4 #650 A Man Escaped 1956 // France // Robert Bresson Criterion Collection (LINK) Hands over the Prison If there’s a film to epitomize the style of Bresson, the “Bressonian” as oft-cited, I would pick A Man Escaped without hesitation. It’s the fourth feature film directed by Bresson and the… Continue reading #650 A Man Escaped (1956)

Criterion Collection · Drama · France

#884 César (1936)

#884 César 1936 // France // Marcel Pagnol Criterion Collection (LINK) The third and the finale of Marcel Pagnol’s Marseille Trilogy unsurprisingly, following the optimistic and airy vibe of Fanny (1932), ends the upheaval story of three generations in a happy note. This time instead of transposing his own theatrical play onto the screen, Pagnol produced César solely for… Continue reading #884 César (1936)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · France

#883 Fanny (1932)

#883 Fanny 1932 // France // Marc Allégret Criterion Collection (LINK) Most of my complaints on Marius (1931) are kind of resolved in it’s sequel Fanny, which I find to be more engaging and compelling in its visual and narrative terms. Still the film retains some of the residue of a “canned theatre”, the prolonged conversations still going… Continue reading #883 Fanny (1932)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · France

#882 Marius (1931)

#882 Marius 1931 // France // Alexander Korda Criterion Collection (LINK) I have been hesitated with the intention of reviewing Marius the film alone before complete The Marseille Trilogy, since often, alongside with Fanny (1932) and César (1936), it is reviewed as an entirety of a trilogy rather than individually. Eventually I resisted the temptation to indulge into Fanny after… Continue reading #882 Marius (1931)

Adaptation · Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · Film Noir · Romance · United States

#880 They Live By Night (1948)

#880 They Live By Night 1948 // USA // Nicholas Ray Criterion Collection (LINK) The Beginning of an Outsider Nicholas Ray’s debut feature They Live By Night starts by showing a boy and a girl enjoying themselves in a cheerful and romantic mode, with an overlapping statement “This boy … and this girl … were never properly introduced… Continue reading #880 They Live By Night (1948)

Criterion Collection · Drama · France · History

The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 6 The Trial of Joan of Arc 1962 // France // Robert Bresson The Passion of Minimalism Considered retrospectively as the most overlooked and underrated films by Robert Bresson amidst his 13-feature oeuvre, The Trial of Joan of Arc is also his shortest, and perhaps the most formalistic work. The… Continue reading The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Japan · Mystery

#309 Ugetsu (1953)

#309 Ugetsu 1953 // Japan // Kenji Mizoguchi Criterion Collection (LINK) The Ghost, the Bad and the Women Ugetsu has been praised as the masterpiece of Japanese cinema ever since it was released and won the Silver Lion Award at the 1953 Venice Film Festival, and alongside with Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon (1950), it’s the film accounted… Continue reading #309 Ugetsu (1953)