Belgium · Criterion Collection · Drama · Food · France · Slow Cinema

#484 Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

#484 Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles  1975 // Belgium, France // Chantal Akerman Criterion Collection (LINK) The Mother and the Whore Before watching Chantal Akerman’s 1975 film Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, I had learnt two things from what I read on cinema: the film itself is one of the best… Continue reading #484 Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Turkey · Violence

#688 Dry Summer (1964)

#688 Dry Summer 1964 // Turkey // Metin Erksan Criterion Collection (LINK) My knowledge on Turkish cinema is largely based on the two worldly renowned figures, the contemporary auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan and the veteran master Yilmaz Güney, apparently it’s far from comprehensive in the scope of time and quantity. So I’m particularly thankful for the restoration… Continue reading #688 Dry Summer (1964)

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)

Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · South Korea · Violence

#670 The Housemaid (1960)

#670 The Housemaid 1960 // South Korea // Kim Ki-young Criterion Collection (LINK) The Housemaid is a profoundly subversive and provocative immoral tale written and directed by the South Korean director Kim Ki-young. Released in 1960, just one year before the commence of military dictatorship of Park Chung-hee, the film is often hailed as one of… Continue reading #670 The Housemaid (1960)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Mexico · Neorealism

#686 Redes (1936)

#686 Redes 1936 // Mexico // Emilio Gómez Muriel, Fred Zinneman Criterion Collection (LINK) Redes belongs to the group of films that the historical significance is far greater than the quality of the film itself, it merits as the precursor of neorealism that took roots in post-WWII Italian cinema. Redes is an international collaborative work in a nation that… Continue reading #686 Redes (1936)

Bangladesh · Criterion Collection · Drama · India

#687 A River Called Titas (1973)

#687 A River Called Titas 1973 // Bangladesh // Ritwik Ghatak Criterion Collection (LINK) Ritwik Ghatak’s penultimate 1973 film A River Called Titas taking place in East Bengal indeed echoes a lot from Soviet masters, like Alexander Dovzhenko, in its use of montage as well as profound and elegiac landscape shots. It alludes to Jean Renoir’s The River (1951)… Continue reading #687 A River Called Titas (1973)