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#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)

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

#889 The Breaking Point (1950)

#889 The Breaking Point 1950 // USA // Michael Curtiz Criterion Collection (LINK) The world is unforgiving and full of sins, I learnt that from watching the global news and film-noir, a genre defined by its dark atmosphere. Many film critics deduced rules of this particular genre like the shadowy dark city setting, the presence of… Continue reading #889 The Breaking Point (1950)

Adaptation · Crime · Criterion Collection · France · LGBT

#398 Les Enfants Terribles (1950)

#398 Les Enfants Terribles 1950 // France // Jean-Pierre Melville Criterion Collection (LINK) Two Heads of the Same Coin There’s a famous quote from François Truffaut commenting on the filmic adaptation of Les Enfants Terribles in which he firmly asserted “Jean Cocteau’s best novel became Jean-Pierre Melville’s best film.” I haven’t read the original novel published in 1929 by the… Continue reading #398 Les Enfants Terribles (1950)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Horror · Mystery · Religion · United States

#541 The Night of the Hunter (1955)

#541 The Night of the Hunter 1955 // USA // Charles Laughton Criterion Collection (LINK) A Hard World for Little Things A self-proclaimed preacher, with H.A.T.E. tattooed on his left hand knuckles and L.O.V.E. on the other, speaks to the Lord humbly while driving a stolen car. He confesses his confusion over the number of widows… Continue reading #541 The Night of the Hunter (1955)

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)