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Undervalued films by great directors.

by john glaves-smith
Undervalued films by great directors. by john glaves-smith
The first two are among my favourite films by any standard. Making the list I found more films off the data base than on it which rather proved the point I was making. Rossellini’s ‘Messiah’ is almost ridiculously superior to Pasolini’s more familiar film on the same theme: just compare the way that the Resurrection is filmed. John Huston’s ‘Fat City’ received glowing reviews when it was released but it has now been overshadowed by the more obvious virtuosity of ‘Raging Bull’. I wouldn’t seriously claim that the Fellini’s ‘La Voce della Luna’ was the equal of ‘8½’ or ‘Roma’ but it makes for a touching farewell performance. No one who loves… Read more

The first two are among my favourite films by any standard. Making the list I found more films off the data base than on it which rather proved the point I was making. Rossellini’s ‘Messiah’ is almost ridiculously superior to Pasolini’s more familiar film on the same theme: just compare the way that the Resurrection is filmed. John Huston’s ‘Fat City’ received glowing reviews when it was released but it has now been overshadowed by the more obvious virtuosity of ‘Raging Bull’. I wouldn’t seriously claim that the Fellini’s ‘La Voce della Luna’ was the equal of ‘8½’ or ‘Roma’ but it makes for a touching farewell performance. No one who loves the delirious dance sequences in Dr Mabuse and Metropolis should miss Debra Paget in Lang’s late Indian epic ‘The Indian Tomb’. Mizoguchi’s ‘Forty Seven Loyal Ronin’ is dauntingly long and disturbingly militaristic but achingly beautiful, a vision of a rigid society going into auto-destruct. Bunuel’s ‘Robinson Crusoe’, Renoir’s ‘La Nuit de Carrefour’ and Ozu’s ‘The Only Son’’ should also be there. Above all thre should be Rivette’s virtually unseen ‘Noroit’. These are all films for those whose passion for cinema as it might be surpasses their regard for cinema as it is .

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