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 · Criterion Collection · Drama · Film Noir · France

#183 Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 2 #183 Les dames du Bois de Boulogne 1945 // France // Robert Bresson Criterion Collection (LINK) Ladies of the Lake, or in French Les dames du Bois de Boulogne, is by far my least favorite Bresson film. The biggest problem is, in my opinion, the absurdity of the plot instead… Continue reading #183 Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945)

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 · Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · Film Noir · Japan

#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)

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 · Crime · Drama · Film Noir · United States

#810 In a Lonely Place (1950)

#810 In a Lonely Place 1950 // USA // Nicholas Ray Criterion Release Date: 10 May 2016 (LINK) In a Lonely Place is the sort of film that I watched years ago without realising who, and how important, the director was. It didn’t leave a strong impression in my mind at that time, so it’s… Continue reading #810 In a Lonely Place (1950)

Crime · Drama · Eclipse Series · Film Noir · Japan

Eclipse Series 38: Masaki Kobayashi Against the System

Eclipse Series 38: Masaki Kobayashi Against the System   The Thick-Walled Room 1956 // Japan // Masaki Kobayashi Originally made in 1953, The Thick-Walled Room, the third feature made by Masaki Kobayashi, was shelved by the studio until 1956, in fear of any taboo subject of war criminals offending the Americans. Kobayashi was offered the chance… Continue reading Eclipse Series 38: Masaki Kobayashi Against the System