I think there is an expectation of that kind of behaviour from beautiful blondes. They are at a disadvantage because nothing is ever expected of them other than to be beautiful. Men always think they want the blonde shiksas, and then it inevitably turns out not to be worth it. Also, don't work for the family business if you really want to have control over your life. A little predictable, but well done.
Not a touch eccentric was this fuddy-duddy short. It seemed a thoroughly unnecessary adaptation as the pulleys and gears of its mechanization were in need of liberal amounts of modern lubrication. There were blatant clues that broach the so called eccentricities of this girl and the man obsessed with the memory of her Chinese fan. Though, snooty girls like this are in extant today!
Burn and delete every copy of this movie. I'm sorry, but this is an anachronistic mess and an absolute waste of one hour. I find it extremely difficult to even want to dig for a deeper appreciation for this film when the only remotely captivating aspect of it is the minute and a half recital of a turn of the century poem. I can't think of another film that I've labored through that is so across-the-board dry.
A simple and clever look at misguided love, however it connects with the romantic journey I think many of us take which eventually leads to bitterness and confusion. I wish he had included one more shot of the young man on the train, sitting next to the woman in complete silence. That would have strengthened the ending in my opinion.
Partout, des formes rectangulaires rappellent la fenêtre dans laquelle se trouve la jeune fille. Cette fenêtre évoque à la fois un portrait de la Renaissance à la beauté intemporelle, mais aussi le mystère, la fenêtre entrouverte obstruée par des rideaux qui ne laissent apparaître que des silhouettes. Ce court film plein de poésie prend une dimension particulière lorsque l’on sait que le réalisateur était centenaire.
I found this adaptation very much out of the place. The story did not translate well to modern life and reality, it felt somehow strange. I appreciate the setting and acting which is quite good. It's difficult to say what this movie is focusing on or what kind of story it's telling. Characters are very flat and underdeveloped, I found it difficult to feel for them...
Yoking three centuries in one, valuable as an introduction to three sorely overlooked Portuguese artists: Manoel de Oliveira (director, who died only this week (Apr 2)), José Maria Eça de Queiroz (19c novelist, rated with Dickens, Balzac & Tolstoy), and Fernando Pessoa (amazing 20c poet).