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#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)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · France · Religion

#222 Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 3 #222 Diary of a Country Priest 1951 // France // Robert Bresson Criterion Collection (LINK)   All is Grace Diary of a Country Priest is the landmark film that signifies a turning point in Bresson’s aesthetic while itself being Bresson’s first true great work. All the melodramatic flair… Continue reading #222 Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

Criterion Collection · Drama · France · War

#650 A Man Escaped (1956)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 4 #650 A Man Escaped 1956 // France // Robert Bresson Criterion Collection (LINK) Hands over the Prison If there’s a film to epitomize the style of Bresson, the “Bressonian” as oft-cited, I would pick A Man Escaped without hesitation. It’s the fourth feature film directed by Bresson and the… Continue reading #650 A Man Escaped (1956)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Japan · Mystery

#309 Ugetsu (1953)

#309 Ugetsu 1953 // Japan // Kenji Mizoguchi Criterion Collection (LINK) The Ghost, the Bad and the Women Ugetsu has been praised as the masterpiece of Japanese cinema ever since it was released and won the Silver Lion Award at the 1953 Venice Film Festival, and alongside with Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon (1950), it’s the film accounted… Continue reading #309 Ugetsu (1953)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Japan

The Rickshaw Man 無法松の一生 (1958)

The Rickshaw Man 無法松の一生 1958 // Japan // Hiroshi Inagaki An Unregrettable Life Winner of the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival in 1958, Hiroshi Inagaki’s The Rickshaw Man is indeed a remake of the same film Inagaki himself directed in 1943, which had been censored significantly. Thereby the 1958 version, adapted from the novel… Continue reading The Rickshaw Man 無法松の一生 (1958)