Criterion Collection · Drama · History · United States

#320 Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

#320 Young Mr. Lincoln 1939 // USA // John Ford Criterion Collection (LINK) It’s apparent the recent release of Criterion catalogue has a political agenda, the high-school political satire in Election (1999), and the self (narcissistic) portrait of the Ugandan dictator in General Idi Amin Dada (1974), both highlights year 2017 as the beginning of the… Continue reading #320 Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

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)

Criterion Collection · France · Germany · Horror

#437 Vampyr (1932)

#437 Vampyr 1932 // Germany, France // Carl Theodor Dreyer Criterion Collection (LINK) Vampyr is all about mood, about the unsettling wandering among the dead and the unreal, about the ominous disjointed space constructed meticulously onscreen by the Danish master Carl Th. Dreyer. Vampyr has all the essential characters for a “horror story,” a malicious vampire,… Continue reading #437 Vampyr (1932)

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)