Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · France · History · Independent Films · War

#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)

Comedy · Criterion Collection · Silent Film · United States

#615 The Gold Rush (1925)

#615 The Gold Rush 1925 // USA // Charles Chaplin Criterion Collection (LINK) Watching Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush with hundreds of audience in the theater is one of my greatest cinematic experience ever. But what intrigues me the most is the fact that I could hardly remember which version of The Gold Rush I have watched… Continue reading #615 The Gold Rush (1925)

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 · 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)

Adaptation · Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · Film Noir · Romance · United States

#880 They Live By Night (1948)

#880 They Live By Night 1948 // USA // Nicholas Ray Criterion Collection (LINK) The Beginning of an Outsider Nicholas Ray’s debut feature They Live By Night starts by showing a boy and a girl enjoying themselves in a cheerful and romantic mode, with an overlapping statement “This boy … and this girl … were never properly introduced… Continue reading #880 They Live By Night (1948)