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)

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)