Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · France · War

#385 Army of Shadows (1969)

#385 Army of Shadows 1969 // France // Jean-Pierre Melville Criterion Collection (LINK) Army of Shadows starts with a Nazi army marching in the Champs-Élysées, with the Arch of Triumph at the background, surround by the incoming sound of drumming and the foot stamping. The sight of soldiers in uniform marching directly towards the camera evoke the… Continue reading #385 Army of Shadows (1969)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Sci-Fi · United States

6/10/2017 (Blade Runner 2049)

Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve, 2017) – Letterboxd I absolutely love the 1982 Blade Runner (the final cut version) and I’m completely satisfied with what the filmmakers bring, both new and nostalgic, to the sequel; 2049 definitely lives up to the reputation of its predecessor, it imbues the right atmosphere, oppressed, decadent and grimy; The… Continue reading 6/10/2017 (Blade Runner 2049)

Adaptation · Crime · Criterion Collection · Film Noir · France

#448 Le Deuxième Souffle (1966)

#448 Le Deuxième Souffle 1966 // France // Jean-Pierre Melville Criterion Collection (LINK) Probably the first truly Melvillian film, refined and restrained, expansive in scope yet abstracted thematically, Le Deuxième Souffle (also known as The Second Breath) features various cliches of gangster and heist films and transcends them to the level of existentialism. As in other Melville’s film,… Continue reading #448 Le Deuxième Souffle (1966)

Adaptation · Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · Film Noir · France

#447 Le Doulos (1962)

#447 Le Doulos 1962 // France // Jean-Pierre Melville Criterion Collection (LINK) Jean-Pierre Melville had made only thirteen full-length features throughout his life, Le Doulos situated exactly at the middle of this marvelous oeuvre, continuing the commercial and critical success of the preceding film Léon Morin, Priest (1961) with the French New Wave icon Jean-Paul Belmondo, and anticipating the subsequent… Continue reading #447 Le Doulos (1962)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · France · Religion · War

#572 Léon Morin, Priest (1961)

#572 Léon Morin, Priest 1961 // France // Jean-Pierre Melville Criterion Collection (LINK) Léon Morin, Priest does not start by introducing us to its eponymous character, the amorous priest that was played by the fresh off suffocatingly charming “New Wave” icon Jean-Paul Belmondo. Indeed the film, adapted from an award-winning autobiographical novel by Béatrix Beck (published in… Continue reading #572 Léon Morin, Priest (1961)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Thriller · United States

#135 Rebecca (1940)

#135 Rebecca 1940 // USA // Alfred Hitchcock Criterion Collection (LINK) Rebecca is a collaborative product out of disparities, from its gossipy production history to its dichotomous themes and motifs, there’re compositions between two opposing variants to be evaluated. First and foremost, we have the British newcomer Alfred Hitchcock who had already gained his reputation… Continue reading #135 Rebecca (1940)

Adaptation · Comedy · Criterion Collection · Thriller · United States

#163 Hopscotch (1980)

#163 Hopscotch 1980 // USA // Ronald Neame Criterion Collection (LINK) Hopscotch is the parody of espionage film, the comic essence of the ugly reality of the intelligence agency of the so-called “global police,” and above all a political satire that is as relevant today as it had been forty years ago. Still the most important part… Continue reading #163 Hopscotch (1980)