Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Music · Sweden

#71 The Magic Flute (1975)

#71 The Magic Flute 1975 // Sweden // Ingmar Bergman Criterion Collection (LINK) The low rating I gave to Bergman’s highly acclaimed The Magic Flute reflects my fundamental disinterest in “filmed opera” and, to a lesser extent, “filmed stage play” (for instance Bergman’s After the Rehearsal is another example). I find them aloof and boring,… Continue reading #71 The Magic Flute (1975)

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)

Biography · Criterion Collection · Music · United Kingdom

#20 Sid & Nancy (1986)

#20 Sid & Nancy 1986 // UK // Alex Cox Criterion Collection (LINK) Before delving into the intoxicating film Sid & Nancy, I had never heard of Sex Pistols, I have zero interest on punk rock, and I had no idea it’s indeed a biopic, or sort of inspiration from real events. The first thing the film… Continue reading #20 Sid & Nancy (1986)

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)

African · Criterion Collection · Documentary · Music

#689 Trances (1981)

#689 Trances 1981 // Morocco // Ahmed El Maanouni Criterion Collection (LINK) Watching Trances, a documentary about the musical group Nass El Ghiwane, and listening to the featuring Moroccan music which I’m totally ignorant of alike my experience on the Cuban music in Buena Vista Spcial Club (1999), is an absolutely comforting experience. Directed by Ahmed El Maanouni, whose first… Continue reading #689 Trances (1981)

Criterion Collection · Cuba · Documentary · Music

#866 Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

#866 Buena Vista Social Club (1999) 1999 // US, Cuba, France, Germany, UK // Wim Wenders Criterion Collection (LINK) I like listening to music, most of the time they are pop songs, seldom would I have the initiation to explore the different kinds music or their origins, so I’m definitely not a musical guy. It’s a… Continue reading #866 Buena Vista Social Club (1999)