Drama · France · Criterion Collection

#884 César (1936)

#884 César 1936 // France // Marcel Pagnol Criterion Collection (LINK) The third and the finale of Marcel Pagnol’s Marseille Trilogy unsurprisingly, following the optimistic and airy vibe of Fanny (1932), ends the upheaval story of three generations in a happy note. This time instead of transposing his own theatrical play onto the screen, Pagnol produced César solely for… Continue reading #884 César (1936)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · France

#883 Fanny (1932)

#883 Fanny 1932 // France // Marc Allégret Criterion Collection (LINK) Most of my complaints on Marius (1931) are kind of resolved in it’s sequel Fanny, which I find to be more engaging and compelling in its visual and narrative terms. Still the film retains some of the residue of a “canned theatre”, the prolonged conversations still going… Continue reading #883 Fanny (1932)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · France

#882 Marius (1931)

#882 Marius 1931 // France // Alexander Korda Criterion Collection (LINK) I have been hesitated with the intention of reviewing Marius the film alone before complete The Marseille Trilogy, since often, alongside with Fanny (1932) and César (1936), it is reviewed as an entirety of a trilogy rather than individually. Eventually I resisted the temptation to indulge into Fanny after… Continue reading #882 Marius (1931)

Criterion Collection · Drama · France · History

The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 6 The Trial of Joan of Arc 1962 // France // Robert Bresson The Passion of Minimalism Considered retrospectively as the most overlooked and underrated films by Robert Bresson amidst his 13-feature oeuvre, The Trial of Joan of Arc is also his shortest, and perhaps the most formalistic work. The… Continue reading The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · France

#363 Mouchette (1967)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 8 #363 Mouchette 1967 // France // Robert Bresson Criterion Collection (LINK) Death in Salvation Watching Mouchette and Au hasard Balthazar (1966) back to back with a sheer 15 minutes break in-between, as arranged by my local film house, is both an ethereal and devastating experience in the sense of witnessing… Continue reading #363 Mouchette (1967)

Criterion Collection · France · Music

#161 Under the Roofs of Paris (1930)

#161 Under the Roofs of Paris 1930 // France // René Clair Criterion Collection (LINK) Under the Roofs of Paris opens with a montage sequence of city roofs shots and the clear sky looming at the background, subsequently the camera descends from the level of the roofs, revealing a circle of citizens gathering on the street. Meanwhile… Continue reading #161 Under the Roofs of Paris (1930)

Criterion Collection · Drama · France · Religion

#297 Au hasard Balthazar (1966)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 8 #297 Au hasard Balthazar 1966 // France // Robert Bresson Criterion Collection (LINK) The Faith of Suffering Recently I rewatched Au hasard Balthazar the third time, it is a restored version screened in theater instead of the old decent Criterion DVD I have owned for couple of years. Should I use… Continue reading #297 Au hasard Balthazar (1966)