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)

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)

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)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Germany · LGBT · Silent Film

#358 Pandora’s Box (1929)

#358 Pandora’s Box 1929 // Germany // Georg Wilhelm Pabst Criterion Collection (LINK) As film approached to the end of silent era in the late 20s, the Weimar cinema was transformed from the epoch of Expressionism into the movement of “New Objectivity”, which largely focused on social issues by employing realistic cinematic settings. Retrospectively, Austrian-born German director… Continue reading #358 Pandora’s Box (1929)

Adaptation · Comedy · Criterion Collection · Drama · United States

#864 Being There (1979)

#864 Being There  1979 // USA // Hal Ashby Criterion Collection (LINK) Holyification of Innocence The ending scene from Hal Ashby’s 1979 film Being There has been stuck in my mind perpetually after only viewing the film once several years ago, it’s arguably a WTF moment. The well-dressed gardener, played by Peter Sellers, that we have been following… Continue reading #864 Being There (1979)

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

#860 Mildred Pierce (1945)

#860 Mildred Pierce 1945 // USA// Michael Curtiz Criterion Collection (LINK) James M. Cain’s 1941 hard boiled novel Mildred Pierce has been on my reading list for quite sometime. But instead of picking up the book and go for a read, I rewatch the film which based on the novel for a second time. The film Mildred Pierce, directed… Continue reading #860 Mildred Pierce (1945)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Denmark · Drama · Silent Film

#706 Master of the House (1925)

#706 Master of the House 1925 // Denmark // Carl Th. Dreyer Criterion Collection (LINK) Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer, best remembered for the masterpieces namely The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), Vampyr (1932) and Ordet (1955), had begun working in film industry ever since the early 1910s. Master of the House, Dreyer’s earliest work that is included in… Continue reading #706 Master of the House (1925)