Criterion Collection · Drama · Romance · Sweden

#614 Summer with Monika (1953)

#614 Summer with Monika 1953 // Sweden // Ingmar Bergman Criterion Collection (LINK) While Summer Interlude is the mourning of the unexpected loss of love and innocence and their transient nature, Summer with Monika, Bergman’s first international breakout hit, is the tug-of-war between the inexorable maturity into adulthood and the juvenile escapism from social confinement. The film… Continue reading #614 Summer with Monika (1953)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Romance · Sweden

#613 Summer Interlude (1951)

#613 Summer Interlude 1951 // Sweden // Ingmar Bergman Criterion Collection (LINK) In 1951, Ingmar Bergman was only 33 years old, and had directed 9 feature films already since the release of his debut feature in 1946, an astonishing number considering how young he was, not accounting the scripts he wrote and stage plays he… Continue reading #613 Summer Interlude (1951)

Criterion Collection

A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era (1957)

Yuzo Kawashima Part 4: A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era (Yuzo Kawashima, 1957) Ranked the forth place in the Kinema Junpo’s Greatest Japanese Films Poll in 2009 (5th in 1999), A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era is still very much underappreciated outside Japan. Thankfully a splendid restoration has been distributed in the west in recent… Continue reading A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era (1957)

Adaptation · Drama · Japan

Susaki Paradise – Red Light District (1956)

Yuzo Kawashima Part 1: Susaki Paradise – Red Light District (1956) The name of Japanese director Yuzo Kawashima is still largely an unknown to many cinephiles outside his homeland since all but one of his works are unavailable in proper release and subtitle. The exception is A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era (1957) which has… Continue reading Susaki Paradise – Red Light District (1956)

Crime · Criterion Collection · Film Noir · France · Independent Films

#150 Bob le Flambeur (1956)

#150 Bob le Flambeur 1956 // France // Jean-Pierre Melville Criterion Collection (LINK) Bob le Flambeur is ended with an irony, a tease of “uselessness of effort” in which Jean-Pierre Melville particularly liked. It reminds of the human’s futility in the sense of fatalism, a view that probably stands against a gambler’s code of practice: they… Continue reading #150 Bob le Flambeur (1956)