Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · France

#314 Pickpocket (1959)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 5 #314 Pickpocket 1959 // France // Robert Bresson Criterion Collection (LINK) Bresson’s Sleight of Hand Bresson’s fifth feature Pickpocket opens with a statement asserting the nature of the film and proclaiming a non-thriller itself, probably too self-concern for a master to insert such a preface, but indeed for anyone expecting a… Continue reading #314 Pickpocket (1959)

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)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · France · Religion

#222 Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 3 #222 Diary of a Country Priest 1951 // France // Robert Bresson Criterion Collection (LINK)   All is Grace Diary of a Country Priest is the landmark film that signifies a turning point in Bresson’s aesthetic while itself being Bresson’s first true great work. All the melodramatic flair… Continue reading #222 Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Film Noir · France

#183 Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 2 #183 Les dames du Bois de Boulogne 1945 // France // Robert Bresson Criterion Collection (LINK) Ladies of the Lake, or in French Les dames du Bois de Boulogne, is by far my least favorite Bresson film. The biggest problem is, in my opinion, the absurdity of the plot instead… Continue reading #183 Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945)