Criterion Collection · Drama · History · United States

#320 Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

#320 Young Mr. Lincoln 1939 // USA // John Ford Criterion Collection (LINK) It’s apparent the recent release of Criterion catalogue has a political agenda, the high-school political satire in Election (1999), and the self (narcissistic) portrait of the Ugandan dictator in General Idi Amin Dada (1974), both highlights year 2017 as the beginning of the… Continue reading #320 Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · France · History · Independent Films · War

#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)

Drama · France · History

Lancelot of the Lake (1974)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 11 Lancelot of the Lake 1974 // France // Robert Bresson   Bresson’s attempt to achieve a perfection in the art of cinematography, in contrast to the condemning “cinema”, is idiosyncratic and honorable. It is Bresson’s Holy Gail and, unlike Lancelot and the knights of the Round Table, he succeeds eventually… Continue reading Lancelot of the Lake (1974)

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 · Drama · History · United Kingdom · United States · War

Barry Lyndon (1975)

Barry Lyndon 1975 // UK, USA // Stanley Kubrick   Barry Lyndon is a film that requires to be watched in a big screen, not the big screen in a home theater set-up but the direct projection (film or digital) in the theater with a prevailing solemn atmosphere; it’s like admiring a vintage painting, you… Continue reading Barry Lyndon (1975)

Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · History · Italy

#228: Salvatore Giuliano (1961)

Criterion Challenge #228 Salvatore Giuliano   1961 // Italy Spine #228 Release: Feb 24, 2004 In the obituary published in Sight and Sound magazine shortly after the death of Francesco Rosi in January this year, the Italian director was described as the “Neapolitan portraitist of the Italian South and master of the cine-investigation”. This distinctively… Continue reading #228: Salvatore Giuliano (1961)