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#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)

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#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)

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#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)

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#314 Pickpocket (1959)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 5 #314 Pickpocket 1959 // France // Robert Bresson Criterion Collection (LINK) Bresson’s Sleight of Hand Bresson’s fifth feature Pickpocket opens with a statement asserting the nature of the film and proclaiming a non-thriller itself, probably too self-concern for a master to insert such a preface, but indeed for anyone expecting a… Continue reading #314 Pickpocket (1959)

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#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)

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#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)