My love for the cinema started officially at the same night that I watched Orson Welles`s “Citizen Kane”. It was at, about, 3 o`clock in the morning a year ago: I was dead tired but I still couldn`t stop watching. I was fascinated by the trustworthy human portrait that was shown in the film and by the powerful and the exact performance that Welles did. I still have a wish to buy a poster of the film and put it up in my room – A poster that will keep forever more the entrance to the magical, beatiful and crazy world of cinema.
Moment of entry. Welles`s masterpiece
“Citizen Kane” opened my eyes to a new genre that I hadn’t known before: The genre of a tormented male. I (Who used to watch a bunch of Action films before I entered the “grown-up” section of cinema) enjoyed seeing the character of “the unbeaten man” lose. “Citizen Kane” dragged after him Martin Scorsese`s “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull”, Stanley Kubrick`s " Barry Lyndon", Bernardo Bertolucci`s “The Conformist”, Andrey Tarkovskiy`s “Andrey Rublyov”, Gus Van Sant`s “My Own Private Idaho”, John Schlesinger`s “Midnight Cowboy” and Paul Thomas Anderson`s “There Will Be Blood” and “The Master”. All these films containing a tortured, sensitive and confused male character. I really connect to it.
Travis Bickle is a tortured and mad man who tries to rescue little girl from the evil side of life.
And then, like any other average film buff, the Gangsters came in. It’s ironic that I met the “The Unbeaten Male” character of the gangsters films from the same director who did the ultimate tortured male film, Martin Scorsese. When I first watched Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas” I understood that I’m going to spend a lot of time with the Italian side in me. After “Goodfellas”, I started to watch all the Crime classics: Brian De Palma`s “Scarface” and “Carlito’s Way”, Quentin Tarantino`s “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction”, Martin Scorsese’s “Casino” and “Mean Streets”, Coen Brothers`s “Miller`s Crossing”, Raoul Walsh`s “White Heat”, Sergio Leone`s “Once Upon a Time in America”, Matteo Garrone`s “Gomorra”, Gavin Hood`s “Tsotsi”, Michael Mann`s “Heat”, Nicolas Winding Refn`s “Pusher” thriloghy and Ridley Scott`s “Amrican Gangster”.Read less