Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Music · Sweden

#71 The Magic Flute (1975)

#71 The Magic Flute 1975 // Sweden // Ingmar Bergman Criterion Collection (LINK) The low rating I gave to Bergman’s highly acclaimed The Magic Flute reflects my fundamental disinterest in “filmed opera” and, to a lesser extent, “filmed stage play” (for instance Bergman’s After the Rehearsal is another example). I find them aloof and boring,… Continue reading #71 The Magic Flute (1975)

Adaptation · Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · Japan

#912 An Actor’s Revenge (1963)

#912 An Actor’s Revenge 1963 // Japan // Kon Ichikawa Criterion Collection (LINK) Kon Ichikawa’s oeuvre lies across a large spectrum, from anti-war fable to Olympic documentary, from farcical comedy to detective story, and above all, various literature adaptations from authors like Soseki Natsume, Junichiro Tanizaki and Seishi Yokomizo. The screenplays are often written by his… Continue reading #912 An Actor’s Revenge (1963)

Adaptation · Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · Thriller · United States

#13 The Silence of the Lamb (1991)

#13 The Silence of the Lamb 1991 // USA // Jonathan Demme Criterion Collection (LINK) The Silence of the Lamb is a psychological thriller, a police procedural, a serial killer horror, and above all, a feminist film. Yes Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) stole the show, but the heart and soul lies within Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), a FBI rookie… Continue reading #13 The Silence of the Lamb (1991)

Adaptation · Drama · Japan

The Lovelorn Geisha (1960), The Temple of Wild Geese (1962)

Yuzo Kawashima Part 2 The Lovelorn Geisha (Mikio Naruse, Yuzo Kawashima, 1960) Also known as Evening Stream, it’s an intriguing collaboration between Naruse and Kawashima. There’re traces of Kawashima’s emphatic comedic timing particularly in the opening pool scene, but the film still felt largely in the realm of Naruse’s ethical drama. The multi-threaded narrative hinged on the… Continue reading The Lovelorn Geisha (1960), The Temple of Wild Geese (1962)

Adaptation · Drama · Japan

Susaki Paradise – Red Light District (1956)

Yuzo Kawashima Part 1: Susaki Paradise – Red Light District (1956) The name of Japanese director Yuzo Kawashima is still largely an unknown to many cinephiles outside his homeland since all but one of his works are unavailable in proper release and subtitle. The exception is A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era (1957) which has… Continue reading Susaki Paradise – Red Light District (1956)

Adaptation · Comedy · Criterion Collection · France · Music · Romance

#72 Le Million (1931)

#72 Le Million 1931 // France // René Clair Criterion Collection (LINK) The epitome of early “talkie” musical, René Clair‘s delightful Le Million, arguably his best work, is still a silly yet euphoric film to watch. It could cheer a depressive person up effortlessly with its simplicity. The experimental use of synchronized soundtrack in Under the… Continue reading #72 Le Million (1931)

Adaptation · Comedy · Criterion Collection · Drama · United States

#901 The Philadelphia Story (1940)

#901 The Philadelphia Story 1940 // USA // George Cukor Criterion Collection (LINK) I like old Hollywood classics, especially screwball comedy with impeccable dialogue written by a self-aware cleverness, which is no longer, or rarely, detectable in contemporary films (the most recent exception is perhaps The Big Sick). But from time to time, I watched one… Continue reading #901 The Philadelphia Story (1940)