Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · Silent Film · United States

#529 Underworld (1927)

#529 Underworld 1927 // USA // Josef von Sternberg Criterion Collection (LINK) The 1927 silent film Underworld was the first break-out hit from the Austria-born American film director Josef von Sternberg, who was more widely known for the seven sound-film collaborations with Marlene Dietrich in the 30s, in which Sternberg adopted a more sophisticated and stylistic aestheticism unfortunately overshadowed his early achievement in silent features. Underworld, a… Continue reading #529 Underworld (1927)

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

#860 Mildred Pierce (1945)

#860 Mildred Pierce 1945 // USA// Michael Curtiz Criterion Collection (LINK) James M. Cain’s 1941 hard boiled novel Mildred Pierce has been on my reading list for quite sometime. But instead of picking up the book and go for a read, I rewatch the film which based on the novel for a second time. The film Mildred Pierce, directed… Continue reading #860 Mildred Pierce (1945)

Comedy · Criterion Collection · Spain

#855 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

#855 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown 1988 // Spain // Pedro Almodóvar Criterion Collection (LINK) I seldom approach a film via its title since most of the time it’s a commercial decision rather than artistic choice, while the remaining film titles are simply forgettable. Still there are moments that, though rarely, the film title… Continue reading #855 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Italy · Neorealism

#854 The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978)

#854 The Tree of Wooden Clogs 1978 // Italy // Ermanno Olmi Criterion Collection (LINK) Ermanno Olmi’s 1978 Palme d’or winning film The Tree of Wooden Clogs is a three hour epic masterpiece that have been largely sidelined in the discussion of Italian cinema. It has not been forgotten for sure, the major awards it earned… Continue reading #854 The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978)

Criterion Collection · Drama · France · Silent Film

#62 The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

#62 The Passion of Joan of Arc 1928 // France // Carl Th. Dreyer Criterion Collection (LINK) If I have to choose one face to embody the word”cinema”, that would be the poignant face of French actress Renée Jeanne Falconetti in the 1928 film The Passion of Joan of Arc. Falconetti, a stage actress hired by the Danish auteur Carl Theodor… Continue reading #62 The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Denmark · Drama · Silent Film

#706 Master of the House (1925)

#706 Master of the House 1925 // Denmark // Carl Th. Dreyer Criterion Collection (LINK) Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer, best remembered for the masterpieces namely The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), Vampyr (1932) and Ordet (1955), had begun working in film industry ever since the early 1910s. Master of the House, Dreyer’s earliest work that is included in… Continue reading #706 Master of the House (1925)