Avant-Garde · Brazil · Criterion Collection · Silent Film

#877 Limite (1931)

#877 Limite 1931 // Brazil // Mário Peixoto Criterion Collection (LINK) I was privileged to have the opportunity to watch the restored Limite several years ago at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. All I knew before stepping into the theater was that Limite is a silent Brazilian film, and it is a myth. Directed by Mário Peixoto, who… Continue reading #877 Limite (1931)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Kazakhstan

#876 Revenge (1989)

#876 Revenge 1989 // Kazakhstan // Ermek Shinarbayev Criterion Collection (LINK) The first Kazakh film I ever watched is Emir Baigazin’s Harmony Lessons in 2013 which I absolutely love, but thereafter regrettably I have yet encountered any more films from that region where diverse cultural heritage and ethnic origins are shared. Revenge, also known as The Red… Continue reading #876 Revenge (1989)

Criterion Collection · Drama · France · Violence

#871 Dheepan (2015)

#871 Dheepan 2015 // France // Jacques Audiard Criterion Collection (LINK) The most strikingly beautiful shot in Dheepan happens soon after the prologue: some brimming butterflies slowly revealed themselves in slo-mo with a pitch-dark background and a lyrically sacred score, gradually we realised they are some glaring headbands worn by the titular character Dheepan (Antonythasan Jesuthasan)… Continue reading #871 Dheepan (2015)

Comedy · Criterion Collection · Japan

#84 Good Morning

#84 Good Morning 1959 // Japan // Yasujiro Ozu Criterion Collection (LINK) The Delightful Charm of Ozu The first thing that bumps out of my mind while talking about Yasujiro Ozu would be his sweetly melancholic family drama, additionally, it’s also a necessity to mention Tokyo Story (1953) in the same conversation and present it as the epitome of… Continue reading #84 Good Morning

Adaptation · Drama · History · United Kingdom · United States · War

Barry Lyndon (1975)

Barry Lyndon 1975 // UK, USA // Stanley Kubrick   Barry Lyndon is a film that requires to be watched in a big screen, not the big screen in a home theater set-up but the direct projection (film or digital) in the theater with a prevailing solemn atmosphere; it’s like admiring a vintage painting, you… Continue reading Barry Lyndon (1975)

Criterion Collection · Documentary · Germany

#569 People on Sunday (1930)

  #569 People on Sunday 1930 // Germany // Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer Criterion Collection (LINK) People on Sunday occupies an unique time and space in cinema history. Produced in 1929 and released one year later at the late silent film era, it marked the near-end Weimar cinema in which the epoch of expressionism was replaced with… Continue reading #569 People on Sunday (1930)

Adaptation · Drama · France · Romance

Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 10 Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)   Four Nights of a Dreamer (French: Quatre nuits d’un rêveur) is based on the short story “White Night” written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, it’s the second Dostoyevsky’s work adapted by Robert Bresson since his preceding film A Gentle Woman (1969). The same short story… Continue reading Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)