Archive for May, 2013

Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)

There is a moment in a child’s life where an instant word or action they committed was something they would immediately regret but could never take back. The reason why these moments usually happen within our childhood is because when we are younger we aren’t yet trained to think before we act. Unfortunately one of these instant […]

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Cinema Paradiso (1988)

Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso is one of the most enchanting and magical tales about the love and nostalgia of going to the movies. Its an epic story about a young boys childhood love for films in the village of Giancaldo, Sicily and how he spends every waking moment at the local movie house titled Cinema Paradiso, which in a way […]

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Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, The (1974)

Werner Herzog’s masterful film The Engima of Kaspar Hauser tells a historical true story about a young man barely able to speak and walk, who mysteriously appeared in town square early one morning during the year 1828 in Nuremberg, Germany. The townspeople found him clutching the Bible in one hand and an anonymous letter in the […]

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Spirit of the Beehive, The (1973)

The film opens in the year 1940 in a small isolated Spanish village on the Castilian plateau, as a ramshackle truck arrives as the village’s children scamper around it shouting, “The movies coming! The movies coming!” A screen and projector are set up within the public hall, as children and adults gather together to see the James […]

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Cranes Are Flying, The (1957)

Any realistic portrayal of World War II wasn’t permitted when the Soviet Union was under the strict and dominating control of Joseph Stalin. “The effective prohibition on any honest depiction of the war until Stalin’s death paralyzed cinema,” wrote Josephine Wall. Stalin controlled the film industry with an iron fist and used fear, murder and […]

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