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Jean-Paul Le Chanois, Les misérables, 1958

Great story, but the film's a bit wooden, despite a solid cast (Gabin, Bourvil, Blier..) and a well-written script (Barjavel and the director). It's a good rainy afternoon flick to start the year, though you can see why the cocky young turks of the Nouvelle Vague hated it. Le Chanois (real name Dreyfus) had an interesting back story, which you can read about here
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Paul_Le_Chanois (the English language Wiki page has precious little information)
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Tickled, 2016
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imdb.com wrote:Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

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Roy Ward Baker, A Night to Remember, 1958

No, James Cameron wasn't the first - and this 1958 production (not too many big names apart from Kenneth More, though watch out for a young Honor Blackman) has a lot to commend it and is a lot more historically accurate than the later Hollywood blockbuster. Details here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Night_t ... 1958_film)
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Jack Cardiff, The Girl on a Motorcycle, 1968

This is simply fuckin' ridiculous, but it's so bad it's rather good (that said, I won't be returning to it that's for sure).. Marianne Faithfull, who must still be regretting her decision to star in it if she's got any sense left, married to a decidedly débandant schoolteacher (played to awful perfection by someone called Roger Mutton, who's not very well known and deserves to remain that way), takes off on a stupidly large motorbike to see her lover (Alain Delon) in Heidelberg. Now of course, any normal lass would probably fall for Alain Delon ca. 1968, but here he's a pipe-smoking (how less sexy can you get?) philosophy professor(!). As it turns out she doesn't get there (to quote wiki: "En route, she indulges in psychedelic and erotic reveries as she relives her changing relationship with the two men, before crashing into a truck at the end") - I wonder if, by any chance, Dennis Hopper knew this film before scripting the famous ending of Easy Rider. After all, at the time it was a huge box office success, as you might expect (yes, we do get to see Ms Faithfull's naughty bits.. but Monsieur Delon's wedding tackle is hilariously hidden by a plantpot) - today it's veeeery dated and politically incorrect beyond belief. But if you fancy a laugh..
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Richard Misek, Rohmer in Paris, 2013

You'd probably be hard-pressed to find anyone who loves Eric Rohmer more than Richard Misek, it seems - but this affectionate fanboy mashup of Parisian street scenes culled from Rohmer's oeuvre probably tells you more about Richard Misek than it does Eric Rohmer. The director admits he makes his own rules up as he goes along, including excerpts of other Nouvelle Vague films too - I spotted bits of Cléo de 5 à 7, Sans soleil, Bob le flambeur and L'homme qui dort - and, notably, a large chunk of Tous les garçons s'appellent Patrick. This latter, though written by Rohmer, was directed by Jean-Luc Godard, but Misek's script and especially his montage (far too much rewinding, fastforwarding and glitchy audio) doesn't make that at all clear. Some of the hero-worshipping commentaries are also off the mark in terms of actual historical detail - read Antoine de Baecque's excellent Rohmer biography for the story - but, well, if it makes you want to return the original films I suppose it serves some purpose.
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Roy Ward Baker, A Night to Remember, 1958

No, James Cameron wasn't the first - and this 1958 production (not too many big names apart from Kenneth More, though watch out for a young Honor Blackman) has a lot to commend it and is a lot more historically accurate than the later Hollywood blockbuster. Details here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Night_t ... 1958_film)
IIRC, that's the one with the beautiful version of "Nearer My God to Me." Maybe it's well known in Britain but I'd never heard it with that tune before. Lovely.

But one other thing:
a pipe-smoking (how less sexy can you get?) philosophy professor!
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Husbands (Cassavetes, 1970).

And people think TODAY's men (and Americans in general) suck....

Like many Cassavetes products, this is a very difficult film to watch. Unpleasant scenes are extended until they are almost unbearable. The credits self-describe the movie as "a comedy," and I suppose first third is a bit humorous, even if there's a foreboding vibe throughout. But the rest of it is extremely disturbing, especially the scenes in London, which are weirder and more excruciating than anything in Fellini.

Whether one loves or hates this kind of art, it's hard to deny that nobody would make a movie like this today--and if it WERE to be made, it would certainly never be released. The three stars (Cassavetes, Falk and Gazzara) are all tremendous: you will hate each of them, even if you may be moved to pity them a little now and again.
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That's a fine write up Walt - good on yer (and your pipe and your philosophy students) for 2018 :lol:
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The Shape of Water (del Toro, 2017) It's bits of Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Turtle Diary, all wrapped up in a steam punkish (but 1950s instead of Victorian) package, with some stupid jokes, a really bad bad guy, a bunch of Russian spies who say things like "surf and turf!" a couple of musical segments (!?), a lonely, middle-aged gay sidekick, and, natch, some gratuitous sex and female nudity. I know the reviews have been generally favorable, but I thought it was absolutely awful and I wouldn't have lasted more than about 20 minutes at the theater if I hadn't been with my fam.
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Chinatown. i'm probably just bad at watching movies. anyway, nicholson is mugging his way pleasantly through the entirely unremarkable first half as a mixture between marlowe and miss marple. then things appear to pick up and the leisurely tempo promises to pay off, until ... (SPOILERS AHEAD) ... for no reason at all except polanski himself is a perv who'd love to shag a 15 year old daughter, said motif is introduced to the film, milked for an awkward couple of minutes, and then left hanging in the air, where it undermines the complete finale. the punchline of the film apparently aims to be that, with the death of his love interest, nicholson realizes had he not meddled with things the fates would have been happier, like he should have learned as a cop in chinatown ... and yet it hardly seems believable his character would let go at that point and not try and get revenge from the father cum grandfather to save the love interest's daughter ... and piling up the melodrama but then walking away from it does not a noir make. the only plus is that i've liked nothing by polanski i've seen over the last 20 years or so ... (and i've even seen the first half of the dance of the vampires musical (don't ask)) ...

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Husbands (Cassavetes, 1970).

And people think TODAY's men (and Americans in general) suck....

Like many Cassavetes products, this is a very difficult film to watch. Unpleasant scenes are extended until they are almost unbearable. The credits self-describe the movie as "a comedy," and I suppose first third is a bit humorous, even if there's a foreboding vibe throughout. But the rest of it is extremely disturbing, especially the scenes in London, which are weirder and more excruciating than anything in Fellini.

Whether one loves or hates this kind of art, it's hard to deny that nobody would make a movie like this today--and if it WERE to be made, it would certainly never be released. The three stars (Cassavetes, Falk and Gazzara) are all tremendous: you will hate each of them, even if you may be moved to pity them a little now and again.
Nice write up - it's a great film. One of my favourites. Completely brutal a very tough watch, without refusing its characters humanity. It still feels totally relevant about a certain kind of fucked up male friendship and malaise - a kind I think probably most men have had contact with at some time in our lives but that we have no idea how to represent in fiction. We only see it in those godawful Man Boy Comedies that pretty much dominate mainstream film comedy - "Vince Vaughan is still a krazy party boi at 40! You'll cry with laughter as he drinks, vomits, mocks the poor and disabled and waves his cock around with *hilarious* consequences: But can the love of a good woman teach Vince the true meaning of a family Christmas? 5 Star! - a wonderful romp. You;'ll love how Vaughan papers over cultural contradictions and normalises toxic assholery at the heart of the bourgeois family"

Anyway, Husbands is neither sentimental nor moralizing. As you say, you can pity these people at times, even identify with them, at the same time as never finding them less than totally repulsive. The film manages to present these people as utterly viscerally terrible without making them the 1 dimensional, unsympathetic polemical pawns you'd find in e.g. Godard or Bunuel. And it captures the feel of a life unraveling like no other film I've seen - the organizing principle here is total, self-willed entropy.

I think a lot of its success comes down to the fact that there is so little critical distance in it, that nobody involved is keeping the characters at arms length, and for me that makes it land so much harder. As much as some scenes are borderline unwatchable in the way they make you squirm, I do think it's often pretty funny, and it also at times has an infectious life and energy, coming mostly from the leads - who are all totally fantastic - that's rare even in less scathing films about male friendship. All together it's a weird stew of a film, and it refuses to resolve.

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"Vince Vaughan is still a krazy party boi at 40! You'll cry with laughter as he drinks, vomits, mocks the poor and disabled and waves his cock around with *hilarious* consequences: But can the love of a good woman teach Vince the true meaning of a family Christmas? 5 Star! - a wonderful romp. You;'ll love how Vaughan papers over cultural contradictions and normalises toxic assholery at the heart of the bourgeois family"
Perfect. And thanks for giving additional perspective on Husbands. I think you're spot on, and it's made me think more about Cassavetes' artistry.
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"Bad for glass.."
Wombatz wrote: i'm probably just bad at watching movies
I dunno about that, but you certainly seem to have a knack for picking things you don't like :) On Chinatown, I'm afraid I don't agree at all (ha! plus ça change) - I've used this movie for several years in English lessons so I must have seen it at least 30 times, and I still think it holds up very well. (Normally, after five or six viewings I've had enough.) Funny you chose to dwell on Polanski's character, who only appears briefly a couple of times in the film, once to slit Jack's nostril open (prompting one of his great throwaway ripostes later when teased about his bandaged nose by a cop: "your wife closed her legs too quickly"), once when Jack and Faye turn up at the old folks' home. No, I think the storyline is original and Towne's script great. I do agree with you on the vampire thing though, that was awful.
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Umberto D (de Sica 1952)
I didn't get as much out of this one as I expected. I think I just don't respond well to this kind of morally uncomplicated, sentimental fare. Clearly it is dreadful that someone should go through the arc Umberto goes through, but I need a bit more tension in my narratives if I'm going to be drawn in. There are some undeniably beautiful shots, and some nice set pieces - but it's storybook stuff. The linear inevitability of the thing, as it visits the - now famous - set piece landmarks (begging/not begging? should he give up Flike? the train) makes it feel like one of those Disneyworld diorama rides, sedately running on rails past the carefully crafted attractions while you wait to get off and ride something more exciting.

The look of the thing is authentically stunning though, in the way a Disney ride is not- it could only be where it is, when it was, and everything looks fantastic. That's true of the cast as much as the buildings - Maria has such a face, and amazing screen presence for a 16 year old. The life worn face on the guy in the hospital is remarkable, some of the workmen too. From a 2017 perspective the film creates a a world to itself, and that's a real pleasure. Also the Maria character is handled incredibly well - afforded the kind of quiet, underplayed stoicism you see in Ozu, where most film-makers would overplay the tragedy.

But ... Bergmann saying it's his favourite film!? Maybe I'm cold-hearted, maybe the fault is in my lack of empathic response, maybe I'm not enough of a cineaste. I gather in 1952 in Italy this was rubbing against the grain of Italian reconstructionist pride - but in 2017, absent of that, it's a children's story - there's more moral complexity in the average Studio Ghibli film, and they're targeting 12 year olds.

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Dan Warburton wrote:Funny you chose to dwell on Polanski's character...
Did I? I think not - but we're just watching Season 1 of Star Trek - all of one episode every week or so - and my mind's so fried I don't know what's real news & what's fake news anymore

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George Carey, Toffs Queers and Traitors, 2017

Presumably not the same George Carey former Archbishop of Canterbury (mired in sex-abuse scandals, like just about everybody these days) - but he's done a good job with this entertaining little documentary on the life of Cambridge spy Guy Burgess. Shows how stupidly naïve the British Intelligence Services were back in the 1950s. Maybe they still are.
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Josef von Sternberg, Morocco, 1931

Dietrich's American feature debut is atypical in that she's not exactly in control of the situation (except in the famous first woman-to-woman kiss on the mouth https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x15kom - I love Pre-Code films!), and ends up following Gary Cooper off into the desert. It's also a remarkably slow film - von Sternberg seems more interested in his wonderful tracking shots and amazing sets (and lighting effects) - but well worth it for Marlene's cabaret spot and the ending.
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Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, Skytturnar, 1987

Grimur and Bubbi find themselves back in Reykjavik at the end of the whaling season (and yes, we're not spared the details), with no job prospects, no girlfriends (one look at poor old Bubbi and you might understand why) but just enough money to get royally drunk, arrested and then things go from bad to worse. It's a pretty bleak vision, as neither of the characters is particularly pleasant - though our sympathies lie, on balance, with Bubbi - but as an illustration of the life of man as solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short, they don't come much better than this.
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Philippe Regniez, Cornelius Cardew 1936 - 1981, 1986

Snatched this one from KG, a VHS rip (quite good DVDR) of an old Channel 4 documentary. Not much biographical backstory, but some splendid footage of AMM (Tilbury / Rowe / Prévost / de Saram) and a concert performance of The Great Learning, plus mini-interviews with Wolff, Feldman and the old imperialist himself, Stockhausen. I suspect many people here would enjoy it - I did.
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Roger Vadim, Le repos du guerrier, 1962

I don't normally use film posters to illustrate these write-ups but I couldn't resist this one because it's so wide of the mark when it comes to explaining what the film is about: although Vadim's camera can't resist BB, and we do get to the see the Bardot bare behind briefly, the relationship she finds herself embroiled in with Robert Hossein, whose life she accidentally saves when she stops him committing suicide in a dingy Dijon hotel room, is hardly torrid, or even really sexy. Hossein does a good job as the tortured alcoholic (but Maurice Ronet would have been better), but Bardot can't act her way out of a paper bag and moreover doesn't exactly exude sexuality. It's an odd affair - one suspects Vadim was trying to compete with the Nouvelle Vague, but his directing looks nothing like it - notable also for casting James Robertson Justice (who appears to be speaking his own lines in French, though I may be wrong) as the bohemian sculptor Katov. Nice locations in Florence, but if you want to see a more sultry / sexy BB this is not the one to go for.
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