Criterion Collection · Drama · France · History

The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 6 The Trial of Joan of Arc 1962 // France // Robert Bresson The Passion of Minimalism Considered retrospectively as the most overlooked and underrated films by Robert Bresson amidst his 13-feature oeuvre, The Trial of Joan of Arc is also his shortest, and perhaps the most formalistic work. The… Continue reading The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962)

Adaptation · Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · Film Noir · Japan

#24 High and Low (1963)

#24 High and Low 1963 // Japan // Akira Kurosawa Criterion Collection (LINK) High Up in Heaven or Down in Hell The films by Akira Kurosawa in majority, no matter jidaigeki/samurai or contemporary, are subsumed with a deep sense of social conscience and often concretise the inexorable socio-economic division. Amidst all, High and Low would be the aptest… Continue reading #24 High and Low (1963)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · France

#363 Mouchette (1967)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 8 #363 Mouchette 1967 // France // Robert Bresson Criterion Collection (LINK) Death in Salvation Watching Mouchette and Au hasard Balthazar (1966) back to back with a sheer 15 minutes break in-between, as arranged by my local film house, is both an ethereal and devastating experience in the sense of witnessing… Continue reading #363 Mouchette (1967)

Criterion Collection · Drama · France · Religion

#297 Au hasard Balthazar (1966)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 8 #297 Au hasard Balthazar 1966 // France // Robert Bresson Criterion Collection (LINK) The Faith of Suffering Recently I rewatched Au hasard Balthazar the third time, it is a restored version screened in theater instead of the old decent Criterion DVD I have owned for couple of years. Should I use… Continue reading #297 Au hasard Balthazar (1966)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Turkey · Violence

#688 Dry Summer (1964)

#688 Dry Summer 1964 // Turkey // Metin Erksan Criterion Collection (LINK) My knowledge on Turkish cinema is largely based on the two worldly renowned figures, the contemporary auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan and the veteran master Yilmaz Güney, apparently it’s far from comprehensive in the scope of time and quantity. So I’m particularly thankful for the restoration… Continue reading #688 Dry Summer (1964)

Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · South Korea · Violence

#670 The Housemaid (1960)

#670 The Housemaid 1960 // South Korea // Kim Ki-young Criterion Collection (LINK) The Housemaid is a profoundly subversive and provocative immoral tale written and directed by the South Korean director Kim Ki-young. Released in 1960, just one year before the commence of military dictatorship of Park Chung-hee, the film is often hailed as one of… Continue reading #670 The Housemaid (1960)

Crime · Criterion Collection · Drama · United Kingdom

#865 Blow-Up (1966)

#865 Blow-Up 1966 // UK // Michelangelo Antonioni Criterion Collection (LINK) Abstracted Reality and Inconceivable World It has been fifty years since Blow-up is released, even though the film’s impeccable art direction and the cultural phenomenon depicted encapsulate the moment of 60s swinging London perfectly, it still looks as refreshing now as it would have been in… Continue reading #865 Blow-Up (1966)