Yes, Laura, sharing is wonderful. Twice over the years I have been able to introduce a "little" girl to Grand Illusion, and since last week Sally wanted to see Rules of the Game, the third may be coming up soon, though she is hardly a little girl anymore. Hiroshima mon amour had a tremendous impact on me, around the same time as L'Avventura! I've seen the latter recently, and it is time to take another look at the former. Springtime in England sounds great. As they say, if winter comes, can spring be far behind!
And thanks for your good wishes, Laura. How are your studies going? And what are the films you liked best in '12? It was a good year for me, with the discovery of Tulio and some good films from Norway and Hungary. The two that most moved me with their passion were Margaret and The Deep Blue Sea. Nothing "cool" about either. Now that my younger daughter has moved back East after six years in the West, I will be sharing a lot of movies with her. That will be a great pleasure. Stay well. Bob
Laura, it has only been during the past five or ten years that I have been drawn to melodrama, and you may have explained why. Many of the best "modern" films, by which I mean from the sixties on, are much more adept at expressing ideas than feelings, and I have probably been seeking at a somewhat less than conscious level the films and filmmakers listed on the 5th that have a strong emotional content and even sentiment, so long as sentimentality is avoided. Since my twenties, I have been steadily getting les and less "cool"!