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)

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)

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#24 High and Low (1963)

#24 High and Low 1963 // Japan // Akira Kurosawa Criterion Collection (LINK) High Up in Heaven or Down in Hell The films by Akira Kurosawa in majority, no matter jidaigeki/samurai or contemporary, are subsumed with a deep sense of social conscience and often concretise the inexorable socio-economic division. Amidst all, High and Low would be the aptest… Continue reading #24 High and Low (1963)

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#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)

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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)