wow, having seen about 30 or so fass films, this has to be in at least my top 5, so heartfelt and heartbreaking, nicely shot, nicely acted, and it's so rare and inspiring to see an intensely sensitive male character in films like peter in this
anyone else see huge parallels between the idiot and mifune to franz and reinhold in berlin alexanderplatz? both the films and novels. anyway as a whole this film is a bit of a mess, the tampering with by shochiku (production company) is obvious, if the narration and explanatory text was frequent throughout it wouldn't have been a problem but confined to just the very beginning severely lessened the film.
mifune is incredible as per usual. this ending is everything a perfect ending should be, we picture for ourselves the reaction he will have to his next visitor, the film keeps going even when it's ended. at times it's not completely convincing but nevertheless a great film
without a doubt the best kubrick film, it's the only one of his films i really love. love the use of lighting, it's clearly his most bergman-influenced film, enthralling meditation on the nature of love, sex and the possibly futility of monogamy, the dialogue throughout is strangely theatrical, a lot of the sequences are beautifully dream-like and it's the only one of his films that isn't blatantly a genre film.
i think this film is one that needs a few watches to take it in completely, my first viewing oscillated between being completely enthralled at times and feeling ambivalent at others.
no one can take away anything from fellini in how important he is and how singular his filmic vision was but i can't say i enjoyed this film much at all. the notorious fellini dubbing was taken to a whole new level, the film didn't really have anything to it and the use of colour was too exhibitionist for my liking, bit of a miss really.
first ozu film. it didn't blow my mind but it was very heartfelt and nice. i can't help but like films like this, wild strawberries comes to mind in comparison. i think the technique of actors directly looking into the camera in conversation became a little overbearing but it would work a lot better in a cinema rather than on dvd which is how i watched it this time
i finally got around to watching querelle. i'm not sure whether it is a masterpiece or whether it's absolutely terrible....it's bizarre how experimental it is, harking back to his earlier films and disregarding the later more conventional ones with everything but the visual fassbinder look which is taken to glorious new heights in this film, if only he had lived to be able to do the voiceover...
while watching this film, i felt rather ambivalent towards it, i was expecting something on a similar par to the ascent, although its nowhere as good as the ascent, after viewing it i found myself thinking more and more about it, it is a good film
i'm not sure how i feel about this film, the b-grade horror plot i didn't like but the thing i do like about it is the exploration of human emotional responses to gender, sexuality, love, loss, stockholm syndrome etc. but the thing is these elements would be unable to be in the film without the other elements i don't like.....very interesting nevertheless
this film is simply phenomenal, sjostrom is fantastic as are all of bergman's troupe as usual. i've seen it 3-4 times but what's strange is i used to think of it upon recollection as the memory-nostaglic-past parts being not as seperate from the present-reality but they are quite seperate which surprised me when i watched it this time, phenomenal film...
the only fassbinder film i don't deeply love, don't get me wrong it is phenomenally beautiful cinematography-wise but it is an absolute mess plot and character etc. wise.