Comedy · Criterion Collection · France · Music

#160 À nous la liberté (1931)

#160 À nous la liberté 1931 // France // René Clair Criterion Collection (LINK) What’s freedom? At one point during the film, we hear the children voice singing “work is liberty” because, as it self-explained paradoxically, “work is mandatory.” In René Clair lyrically crafted musical comedy À nous la liberté, the factory workers of a gramophone manufacturer, owned… Continue reading #160 À nous la liberté (1931)

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)

Criterion Collection · France · Germany · Horror

#437 Vampyr (1932)

#437 Vampyr 1932 // Germany, France // Carl Theodor Dreyer Criterion Collection (LINK) Vampyr is all about mood, about the unsettling wandering among the dead and the unreal, about the ominous disjointed space constructed meticulously onscreen by the Danish master Carl Th. Dreyer. Vampyr has all the essential characters for a “horror story,” a malicious vampire,… Continue reading #437 Vampyr (1932)

Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · France

#306 Le Samouraï (1967)

#306 Le Samouraï 1967 // France // Jean-Pierre Melville Criterion Collection (LINK) At first we don’t see him. Jef (Alain Delon) had been lying on bed, unmoved, inside his drab room, dimly lighted and hardly decorated. Not till we see a puff of cigarette smoke do we realise his existence. Jef barely talked, words were rarely spoken… Continue reading #306 Le Samouraï (1967)

Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · France

#218 Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

#218 Le Cercle Rouge 1970 // France // Jean-Pierre Melville Criterion Collection (LINK) Le Cercle Rouge holds a very special place in my heart, it’s the first Melville film I have seen, owning to the reputation that John Woo is a big fan of Melville as well as this particular film; secondly, it’s also one of… Continue reading #218 Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · France · War

#385 Army of Shadows (1969)

#385 Army of Shadows 1969 // France // Jean-Pierre Melville Criterion Collection (LINK) Army of Shadows starts with a Nazi army marching in the Champs-Élysées, with the Arch of Triumph at the background, surround by the incoming sound of drumming and the foot stamping. The sight of soldiers in uniform marching directly towards the camera evoke the… Continue reading #385 Army of Shadows (1969)

Crime · Drama · France

Un Flic (1972)

Un Flic 1972 // France // Jean-Pierre Melville The distillation of Melville’s stylish gangster genre to a point where mannerism overrides the narrative, Un Flic was Melville’s last film before his death in 1973, and perhaps his most minimalistic, most “silent” film amidst his oeuvre. Dialogues are rarely conversated while gazings, often imbued with implicit desire,… Continue reading Un Flic (1972)