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

#889 The Breaking Point (1950)

#889 The Breaking Point 1950 // USA // Michael Curtiz Criterion Collection (LINK) The world is unforgiving and full of sins, I learnt that from watching the global news and film-noir, a genre defined by its dark atmosphere. Many film critics deduced rules of this particular genre like the shadowy dark city setting, the presence of… Continue reading #889 The Breaking Point (1950)

Adaptation · Crime · Criterion Collection · France · LGBT

#398 Les Enfants Terribles (1950)

#398 Les Enfants Terribles 1950 // France // Jean-Pierre Melville Criterion Collection (LINK) Two Heads of the Same Coin There’s a famous quote from François Truffaut commenting on the filmic adaptation of Les Enfants Terribles in which he firmly asserted “Jean Cocteau’s best novel became Jean-Pierre Melville’s best film.” I haven’t read the original novel published in 1929 by the… Continue reading #398 Les Enfants Terribles (1950)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Horror · Mystery · Religion · United States

#541 The Night of the Hunter (1955)

#541 The Night of the Hunter 1955 // USA // Charles Laughton Criterion Collection (LINK) A Hard World for Little Things A self-proclaimed preacher, with H.A.T.E. tattooed on his left hand knuckles and L.O.V.E. on the other, speaks to the Lord humbly while driving a stolen car. He confesses his confusion over the number of widows… Continue reading #541 The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · France · History · Independent Films · War

#755 Le Silence de la Mer (1949)

#755 Le Silence de la Mer 1949 // France // Jean-Pierre Melville Criterion Collection (LINK) Resist Against All Odds The name of Jean-Pierre Melville has been strongly alluded to the “cool” style heist/gangster film in my mind that I almost forget his three-time ventures into war film. Indeed, excluding his first short film, Melville’s debut feature Le… Continue reading #755 Le Silence de la Mer (1949)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Religion · Sci-Fi · Soviet Union

#888 Stalker (1979)

#888 Stalker 1979 // Soviet Union // Andrei Tarkovsky Criterion Collection (LINK) Wandering in the Zone It’s weird to say I absolutely love Stalker (I would say it’s one of my top 10 favorite films of all time) even it’s utterly beyond my logical comprehension. I have watched Stalker three times, each time my confusion grows and thickens… Continue reading #888 Stalker (1979)

Adaptation · Crime · Criterion Collection · France · Violence

#886 L’argent (1983)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 13 #886 L’argent 1983 // France // Robert Bresson Criterion Collection (LINK) Exchange of Sin and Absence of Redemption If I have to pick the most idiosyncratic director of all time, I would definitely vote for Monsieur Bresson, who single handedly revolutionized the philosophy of cinema and championed the art… Continue reading #886 L’argent (1983)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · France · Religion

#222 Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 3 #222 Diary of a Country Priest 1951 // France // Robert Bresson Criterion Collection (LINK)   All is Grace Diary of a Country Priest is the landmark film that signifies a turning point in Bresson’s aesthetic while itself being Bresson’s first true great work. All the melodramatic flair… Continue reading #222 Diary of a Country Priest (1951)