Archive for February, 2013

Floating Weeds (1959)

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Everyone understands what it is like to have a family. Yasujiro Ozu was a man whose films made you feel what it’s like to be part of a family. Most of his films focus on domestic family life and how changes within that family change relationships between each other forever. Film critic Roger Ebert once stated, […]

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Day of Wrath (1943)

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It is a bleak and hopeless period set in a cold and Danish village in 1623 when people without question still believed in the existence of witches and went about on thousands of merciless witch hunts to catch and then burn innocent people at the stake. Many of these villagers would conjure up any fantasy about a friend, […]

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Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

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Robert Bresson’s tragic masterpiece The Diary of a Country Priest tells the story of a young priest who becomes a failure. The young man’s face looks withdrawn and solemn throughout the story as he becomes strained trying to carry out the responsible duties of a priest at his new local parish; doing his best in […]

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Z (1969)

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“Any similarity to real persons and events is not coincidental. It is intentional.” Along with Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers and John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate, Costa-Gavra’s Academy Award winning film Z is one of the greatest political thrillers of all time. Z was released in 1969 which was the end of a bleak […]

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Come and See (1985)

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I’ve always heard that you can’t create an effective anti-war film because its war scenes would be considered too exciting and thrilling for an audience. And yet they’re films that proved to break that barrier like for instance Oliver Stone’s Platoon and Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan. But there was a Russian film that accomplished that even […]

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