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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)

Criterion Collection · Documentary · Italy · Neorealism · War

#499 Germany, Year Zero (1948)

#499 Germany, Year Zero 1948 // Italy // Roberto Rossellini Criterion Collection (LINK) Roberto Rossellini’s venture into the realm of realism on his war-torn homeland in Rome, Open City (1945) and Paisan (1946) had portrayed the German, aka the Nazi, as a pure corruption with hubristic personality and introverted sexuality, or otherwise a nameless, faceless abstraction… Continue reading #499 Germany, Year Zero (1948)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Italy · Neorealism · War

#498 Paisan (1946)

#498 Paisan 1946 // Italy // Roberto Rossellini Criterion Collection (LINK) After gaining critical acclaim for his post war neorealism entry Rome, Open City (1945), Roberto Rossellini, together with his collaborators Sergio Amidei, Federico Fellini and others, expanded their trait of approaching “reality” from one city to the whole country. Following the same spatial direction and chronological order of liberation… Continue reading #498 Paisan (1946)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Italy · Neorealism · War

#497 Rome, Open City (1945)

#497 Rome, Open City 1945 // Italy // Roberto Rossellini Criterion Collection (LINK) People expecting an utter “realism” in Rome, Open City as allured by the attached label of the groundbreaking neorealism may find themselves be disappointed by the artificiality of melodrama and the ordinariness of the style. The paradox is they are having a different kind… Continue reading #497 Rome, Open City (1945)

Criterion Collection · Drama · France · War

#650 A Man Escaped (1956)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 4 #650 A Man Escaped 1956 // France // Robert Bresson Criterion Collection (LINK) Hands over the Prison If there’s a film to epitomize the style of Bresson, the “Bressonian” as oft-cited, I would pick A Man Escaped without hesitation. It’s the fourth feature film directed by Bresson and the… Continue reading #650 A Man Escaped (1956)

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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)

Criterion Collection · Documentary · France · Holocaust · War

#197 Night And Fog (1955)

#197 Night And Fog 1955 // France // Alain Resnais   Criterion Release Date: 19 July 2016 (LINK) The renowned film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum once claimed Alain Resnais’s short documentary Night and Fog as “ the greatest film ever made about the concentration camps… Claude Lanzmann’s 1985 Shoah is so indebted to this film that it… Continue reading #197 Night And Fog (1955)