Criterion Collection · Drama · France

#884 César (1936)

#884 César 1936 // France // Marcel Pagnol Criterion Collection (LINK) The third and the finale of Marcel Pagnol’s Marseille Trilogy unsurprisingly, following the optimistic and airy vibe of Fanny (1932), ends the upheaval story of three generations in a happy note. This time instead of transposing his own theatrical play onto the screen, Pagnol produced César solely for… Continue reading #884 César (1936)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · France

#883 Fanny (1932)

#883 Fanny 1932 // France // Marc Allégret Criterion Collection (LINK) Most of my complaints on Marius (1931) are kind of resolved in it’s sequel Fanny, which I find to be more engaging and compelling in its visual and narrative terms. Still the film retains some of the residue of a “canned theatre”, the prolonged conversations still going… Continue reading #883 Fanny (1932)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · France

#882 Marius (1931)

#882 Marius 1931 // France // Alexander Korda Criterion Collection (LINK) I have been hesitated with the intention of reviewing Marius the film alone before complete The Marseille Trilogy, since often, alongside with Fanny (1932) and César (1936), it is reviewed as an entirety of a trilogy rather than individually. Eventually I resisted the temptation to indulge into Fanny after… Continue reading #882 Marius (1931)

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)

Criterion Collection · Documentary · Germany

#569 People on Sunday (1930)

  #569 People on Sunday 1930 // Germany // Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer Criterion Collection (LINK) People on Sunday occupies an unique time and space in cinema history. Produced in 1929 and released one year later at the late silent film era, it marked the near-end Weimar cinema in which the epoch of expressionism was replaced with… Continue reading #569 People on Sunday (1930)

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)