Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · France

#363 Mouchette (1967)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 8 #363 Mouchette 1967 // France // Robert Bresson Criterion Collection (LINK) Death in Salvation Watching Mouchette and Au hasard Balthazar (1966) back to back with a sheer 15 minutes break in-between, as arranged by my local film house, is both an ethereal and devastating experience in the sense of witnessing… Continue reading #363 Mouchette (1967)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Japan

The Rickshaw Man 無法松の一生 (1958)

The Rickshaw Man 無法松の一生 1958 // Japan // Hiroshi Inagaki An Unregrettable Life Winner of the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival in 1958, Hiroshi Inagaki’s The Rickshaw Man is indeed a remake of the same film Inagaki himself directed in 1943, which had been censored significantly. Thereby the 1958 version, adapted from the novel… Continue reading The Rickshaw Man 無法松の一生 (1958)

Adaptation · Black Comedy · Comedy · Criterion Collection · Romance · United States

#872 Ghost World (2001)

#872 Ghost World 2001 // USA // Terry Zwigoff Criterion Collection (LINK) 1% Relatable Terry Zwigoff’s Ghost World, his first feature-film debut after making two fascinating documentaries Louie Bluie and Crumb, is first and foremost featuring no ghost. Loosely adapted from a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Zwigoff, the film… Continue reading #872 Ghost World (2001)

Criterion Collection · France · Music

#161 Under the Roofs of Paris (1930)

#161 Under the Roofs of Paris 1930 // France // René Clair Criterion Collection (LINK) Under the Roofs of Paris opens with a montage sequence of city roofs shots and the clear sky looming at the background, subsequently the camera descends from the level of the roofs, revealing a circle of citizens gathering on the street. Meanwhile… Continue reading #161 Under the Roofs of Paris (1930)

Criterion Collection · Drama · France · Religion

#297 Au hasard Balthazar (1966)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 8 #297 Au hasard Balthazar 1966 // France // Robert Bresson Criterion Collection (LINK) The Faith of Suffering Recently I rewatched Au hasard Balthazar the third time, it is a restored version screened in theater instead of the old decent Criterion DVD I have owned for couple of years. Should I use… Continue reading #297 Au hasard Balthazar (1966)

Criterion Collection · Documentary · Mystery · Thailand

#875 Mysterious Object at Noon (2000)

#875 Mysterious Object at Noon 2000 // Thailand // Apichatpong Weerasethakul Criterion Collection (LINK) My impression on Thai cinema is occupied by the name Apichatpong Weerasethakul, action star Tony Jaa and the once market-dominating ghost horror films. Amidst aforementioned, Apichatpong is probably the most recognisable name among cinephiles and festival-goers, and from watching all of his major features,… Continue reading #875 Mysterious Object at Noon (2000)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Neorealism · Turkey

#878 Law of the Border (1966)

  #878 Law of the Border 1966 // Turkey // Lüfti Ö. Akad Criterion Collection (LINK) The Turkish film Law of the Border, restored by the World Cinema Foundation, has been rescued from perishment and now has the best possible quality it could have as it’s the only know copy to survive the Turkis Coup d’Etat in… Continue reading #878 Law of the Border (1966)