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DIRECTOR'S CUP APRIL 2011

by meg1
DIRECTOR'S CUP APRIL 2011 by meg1
LINK TO DIRECTOR AND FILM INTRODUCTION LIST FIRST – Group 3 April 3– John Carpenter (They Live) vs Gustav Deutsch (Film ist. 1-6) JACK LEHTONEN AND HERBIE S April 4 – Kenji Mizoguchi (The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums) vs D.W.Griffith (True Heart Susie) KENJI AND DENNIS BRIAN SECOND – Group 4 April 5– Rouben Mamoulian (City Streets) vs Allan King (Warrendale part 1, part 2 (password: mubi)) KAI WHITE AND CANALETTO Arpil 6 – Ermanno Olmi (Il posto) vs Hal Hartley (Henry Fool) APURSASAR AND RISSELADA THIRD – Group 1 April 7 – Aleksei German (My Friend Ivan Lapshin) vs João Pedro Rodrigues (Two Drifters) ARI AND DUST IN LOVE April 8 –… Read more

LINK TO DIRECTOR AND FILM INTRODUCTION LIST

FIRST – Group 3
April 3– John Carpenter (They Live) vs Gustav Deutsch (Film ist. 1-6) JACK LEHTONEN AND HERBIE S
April 4 – Kenji Mizoguchi (The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums) vs D.W.Griffith (True Heart Susie) KENJI AND DENNIS BRIAN

SECOND – Group 4
April 5– Rouben Mamoulian (City Streets) vs Allan King (Warrendale part 1, part 2 (password: mubi)) KAI WHITE AND CANALETTO
Arpil 6 – Ermanno Olmi (Il posto) vs Hal Hartley (Henry Fool) APURSASAR AND RISSELADA

THIRD – Group 1
April 7 – Aleksei German (My Friend Ivan Lapshin) vs João Pedro Rodrigues (Two Drifters) ARI AND DUST IN LOVE
April 8 – Arturo Ripstein (Castle of Purity) vs Bernardo Bertolucci (The Spider’s Strategem) SANTROPEZ AND PEDJA

FOURTH Group 5
April 10 – Paul Verhoeven (Soldier of Orange) vs Miklós Jancsó (The Red and the White) ADAM COOK AND EDWIN N
April 11 – Grzegorz Królikiewicz (Through and Through) vs Michel Brault (Les raquetteurs) MAX PAINTER AND EVA

FIFTH Group 6
April 12 – Jonas Mekas (Diaries, Notes and Sketches) vs Jafar Panahi (The White Balloon) CAT AND HOUSE OF LEAVES
April 13 – Ritwik Ghatak (The Cloud-Capped Star) vs Todd Haynes (Safe) VIKRAM KAMAT AND STEFAN

SIXTH – Group 2
April 14 – F.W. Murnau (Sunrise) vs José Luis Guerín (Berta’s Motives) NINO STAR AND TWODEADMAGPIES
April 15 – Edwin (Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly) vs Michael Winterbottom (Wonderland) YUKI ADITYA AND COMEANDSEE

SEVENTH Group 7
April 17 – John Landis (An American Werewolf in London) vs Marcel Carné (Hôtel du Nord) HOUSE OF LEAVES AND ALLY
April 18 – Fritz Lang (Dr Mabuse: The Gambler part 1, part 2) vs Louis Malle (God’s Country) CINETHESIA AND RUS

EIGHTH Group 8
April 19 – Ulrich Seidl (Dog Days) vs Benjamin Christensen (The Mysterious X) CAT AND KAI WHITE
April 20 – Lynne Ramsay (Morvern Callar) vs Bernard Émond (The Woman Who Drinks) CECIL AND MARC

Group 9
April 24 – Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Clouds of May) vs Frans Zwartjes (Spare Bed-Room) ARMAN AND MAX J PELL
April 25 – Bill Forsyth (Gregory’s Girl) vs Léos Carax (Mauvais sang) OZUFAN AND JIMMY PARADISO

Group 10
April 26 – Carol Reed (Outcast of the Islands) vs Ousmane Sembene (Mandabi) MAXIMILIAN PERCOVICZ AND RISSELDA
April 27 – Terence Davies (The Long Day Closes (password: mubi)) vs Mark Rappaport (The Scenic Route) CECIL AND WALBERTO

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DIRECTOR’S CUP April 2011 – VIEWED

FIRST – Group 3
April 3 – John Carpenter (They Live) vs Gustav Deutsch (Film ist. 1-6) Managers Jack Lehtonen and

VOTE: THEY LIVE

They Live (vs Film Ist 1-6)
DIR John Carpenter ’88

8.5/10

When you look at the millions of couch pototoes today obeying the subversive laws of the aliens – sleep, breed, use no imagination, obey – drugged on Pringles and mindless television seems we didn’’t need aliens, we did it all by ourselves. Frighteningly prophetic, unwittingly…and it seems “Nada’s” efforts were all in vain as the gulf between the haves and the have not’s widens. They live!

Film 1st (vs They Live)
DIR Gustav Deutsch 2000

8.5/10

Mesmerising, interesting imagery, sometimes very beautiful

April 4 – Kenji Mizoguchi (The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums) vs D.W.Griffith (True Heart Susie) Managers Kenji and Dennis

VOTETRUE HEART SUZIE

The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums (vs True Heart Susie)
DIR Kenji Mizoguchi ’39

8.5/10

I found this a bit of a hard slog at 140 odd minutes and wonder if the narrative had the “legs” to effectively support that length. Though mention is often made of the depiction of the lot of women in this set up, it seems to my mind to be just as focused on the suffering and entrapment imposed on males by patriachy and rigid social structure – Kiku suffers as much as Otoku from the pressures and demands, isolation and shame imposed on him by his society. I couldn’t say this was “enjoyable” for me…she drove me nuts with her over solicitous “I am nothing you are everything” persona and squeaky little voice and he was not very appealing really at all, not handsome and mostly rather boring so it was hard for me to immerse in her great sacrifice and adoration of him. I very much appreciated this film for what it is, cinematically but emotionally it left me pretty cold.

True Heart Susie (vs The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums)
DIR D W Griffith ’19

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SECOND – Group 4

April 5– Rouben Mamoulian (City Streets) vs Allan King (Warrendale part 1, part 2) Managers and Canaletto

City Streets ( vs Warrendale)
DIR Rouben Mamoulian ’31

City Streets is great fun. Loved the story, the characters, the fashions, the decor, the cars, the camera work is effective and classy…and the fairy tale ending which I wasn’t expecting was sweeeet. Gary Cooper was a pretty boy at age 30, I had not seen him this young before. Sylvia Sidney does a fine job playing the various personas of Nan, stepdaughter of a racketeer – tough nut, coquette, and true heart to The Kid. Best line: Now go home and tell your mamas you been re-born tonight

8.5/10

Loved this mirror shot:

Warrendale (vs City Streets)

DIR Allan King ’67

I found it hard to engage with this as authentic…when people know they’re being filmed I just can’t buy into their behaviours as there’s so much potential to play up to the camera. It was interesting though and the obvious mental trauma of abused kids is always disturbing but overall I felt pretty much out on the edge of things with Warrendale.

7.5/10

Arpil 6 – Ermanno Olmi (Il posto) vs Hal Hartley (Henry Fool) Managers Apursansar and Risselda

Il posto( vs Henry Fool )
DIR Ermanno Olmi ’61

Missed the vote on this one – still to view Il Posto

Henry Fool (vs Il posto)
DIR Hal Hartley ’97

LOVE HENRY FOOL ♥♥♥
10/10
So my vote would probably have gone that way

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THIRD – Group 1
April 7 – Aleksei German (My Friend Ivan Lapshin) vs João Pedro Rodrigues (Two Drifters) Managers Ari and

My Friend Ivan Lapshin (vs Two Drifters)
DIR Alexei German ’86
9/10

Authentic depiction of life in Russia in the 30’s focused aound the rather enigmatic character of Ivan Lapshin the chief of police and the boarding house where he lived, the attitudes, how people survived, sometimes supporting each other sometimes not. Was interested to see sequences to do with the theatre and the feeling of the frivalous, a richness in the fabric of things. It is a bleak cold landscape, but as the narrator tells us, “we all pitched in together and were all in the same boat” – there was a sense of camaraderie which is often the way of it.

Good link for further reading

Two Drifters (vs My Friend Ivan Lapshin)
DIR João Pedro Rodrigues ’05
8.5/10

Moving narrative based on grief and the seeking of identity, love, loss delusion and hope/yearning. Rui, bereft without his beloved Pedro, goes through the various stages of grief seeking solace as and where he can. An unlikely alliance is formed with the strange Odete who is mentally unstable. Perhaps in some way unique to their undersanding they might have chance of helping each other make sense of life and embark on mutual healing. An interesting film, I enjoyed it.

April 8 – Arturo Ripstein (Castle of Purity) vs Bernardo Bertolucci (The Spider’s Strategem) Managers Samtropez and Pedja

Castle of Purity (vs The Spider’s Stratagem)
DIR Arturo Ripstein ’73
9/10

Fascinating precursor to Dogtooth & a masterwork, beautifully filmed and performed, loved the setting and all the rain (Lanthimos went for blinding sunshine heh) – would have liked more ambiguity created in the balance between sanity and madness, kindness and brutality in the father. As it was, he became rather one dimensional character – an angry projector onto others – repeating what became fairly predictable behavious. Consequently I felt a lessening of tension and interest in the latter stages. I preferred the arm’s length oddness of Dogtooth. However, I feel far less well disposed towards Dogtooth after seeing Castle of Purity as it is clearly a rip off, albeit a smart one.

The Spider’s Stratagem (vs Castle of Purity)
DIR Bernardo Bertolucci ’70

9/10

The web of intrigue around Athos Magnani and how he died is the focus for his son who is mysteriously invited to Tara by Driafa, his father’s mistress – Athos is revealed as both traitor and sacrificial hero…but just why Athos turned traitor never seemed to be explained and I wondered if the delays of the train and the panning to the entanglement of underbrush meant Athos the son was never getting out of Tara. Beautifully filmed with a moving score and darkly comedic flourishes.

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FOURTH Group 5
April 10 – Paul Verhoeven (Soldier of Orange) vs Miklós Jancsó (The Red and the White) Managers Adam Cook and

VOTE: THE RED AND THE WHITE WINNER

Soldier of Orange vs The Red and the White
DIR Paul Verhoeven ’77

This film started off well, I thought I was going to love it but it lost me with it’s combination of comic skit feel and serious war drama, it just did not seem to know what it wanted to be. I really loved hearing Red Sails in the Sunset and the other music and I liked the serious side of things but some of it was just silly and I really lost patience with it in places. I was pleased to have the opportunity to see it at all though as I had no idea PV had ever made such films. All part of the education.

The Red and the White vs Soldier of Orange
DIR Miklós Jancsó ’68

This film showed in a cold and clinical way the absurdity of man fighting man as …we are all just men. It was beautifully filmed and played out, violence was depicted stilted quite perfunctory way, by either side, with little emotion so you have to do the work yourself to put yourself in the picture – black and white so no blood – and there is no opportunity to take sides or get pally with anyone. One still has to remember though that the revolution behind this war was fought against the most appalling cruelty and oppression against which men felt powerless to do anything but take up arms and I’m not comfortable with the idea their suffering and courage can be cast aside as “pointless”. So I have mixed feelings about The Red and the White and the message behind it but the film itself achieved exactly what it set out to do in superlative fashion.

April 11 – Grzegorz Królikiewicz (Through and Through) vs Michel Brault (Les raquetteurs) Managers Max Painter and Eva

VOTE: THROUGH AND THROUGH WINNER

Through and Through vs Les Raquetteurs
DIR Grzegorz Królikiewicz ’73

Through and Through was the story of a couple eking out an existence in a very bleak nihilistic social and economic environment – they are shown as morally bankrupt desperados, murderers, briefly hedonists but at the end they demonstrate they do care for each other which seems particularly touching, even though one should find them loathesome. This is possible though as the film invits no judgement upon the pair. I enjoyed the film and have not seen anything quite like it before. This is a picture of their champagne bottle consumed during their one night of luxury when they enjoyed the spoils of their ghastly crime.

Les raquetteurs vs Through and Through
DIR Michel Brault

This was gorgeous, brief and full of bonhomie – you just felt really good after watching it and I love anything set in the 50’s. I was very interested in the ladies fashions and loved the harmonica player.

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FIFTH Group 6
April 12 – Jonas Mekas (Diaries, Notes and Sketches) vs Jafar Panahi (The White Balloon) Managers

VOTE DIARIES NOTES AND SKETCHES WINNER

This was hard to watch sometimes with all the jerky blurry camera work…but such a unique and significant work I had to vote for it. My favourite bits were in Central Park, all the winter scenes and the weddings, and seeing John and Yoko again at their love in. This is a picture of a gorgeous donkey from the film… I think his name was Roscoe but maybe not.

The White Balloon vs Diaries Notes and Sketches
DIR Jafar Panahi ’95

The White Balloon – I had mixed feelings about this, some things I really liked, others I found pretty tedious. I liked the idea of the new year, the circles of life repeating, everyone going about their preparations for the holiday and the fine detail of “a day in the life” of brother and sister and the sights and sounds of Tehran. I liked the direct dialogue and that the story stayed on track, people said the obvious and apparent things. Sometimes there was a bit too much rambling with minor characters though. The girl does a good job of holding her own amazing performance but she got annoying. I really liked her brother, nice looking boy. I was a bit sorry they did not say goodbye and thanks to the Afghan boy. I wish it had been called The Gold Fish.

April 13 – Ritwik Ghatak The Cloud-Capped Star – LOST :(

Neeta’s tragic decline and great performance won my vote.

vs Todd Haynes Safe WINNER

Safe was very well made and conveyed a fragile soul going under in a toxic filled world….the husband was a strange conveyance I thought. At first we see him as a sort of “lone rutter” impervious to her non involvement in the sex act, next we see him throw a tanty when she’s not looking too interested, throws his watch and says something along the lines of “fuck this shit” then…he seems to become the soul of loving patience. ODD. This film helped me as I went out and bought a whole lot of chemical free stuff for home.

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SIXTH – Group 2

April 14 – F.W. Murnau Sunrise WINNER :)

The emotions conveyed in Sunrise brought a tear to my eye and that’s pretty good with no word spoken. Was surprised by the dark subject matter and the vamp was delicious. Loved this scene early in the film it reminds me of the old travel posters and a world now vanished.

vs José Luis Guerín (Berta’s Motives) LOST

Liked this very much but was stunned by Sunrise so that won out for me! Loved this shot of the kids with the film crew having a smoke.

April 15 – Edwin Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly WINNER :)

I would not have understood anything in this without the commentary which is not a good thing really, film should not be quite that inaccessible but it was most admirable in its originality and human connectedness so got my vote.

vs Michael Winterbottom (Wonderland) LOST

This was great for the most part but lost me somewhere before the end.

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SEVENTH Group 7
April 17 – John Landis An American Werewolf in London WINNER :)

vs Marcel Carné (Hôtel du Nord) – LOST

April 18 – Fritz Lang (Dr Mabuse: The Gambler part 1, part 2) WINNER

vs Louis Malle (God’s Country) – LOST :(

Glencoe – 80% German heritage, 5000 people NINE churches… 7 Protestant 2 Catholic – and no synagogues :)

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