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Old 3rd October 2009, 14:49   #241
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Have you guys notice one thing about Bergman movies, many times he had a character named "Karin" in his movies (wild strawberries/ through a glass darkly/Cries & Whispers etc.)
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Lots in common in his movies actually.
  • Same actors
  • Majority of the movies are women based
  • Themes revolve around silence, death, humility, harrassment, failure, hate and disgust, music and art
  • A scene with actual wild strawberries especially in his 1950's movies
His themes are more or less actual life events he has experienced.
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I very rarely watch movies, Here are my favorites -

1) English - 2F2F, F&F, Driven, Fastest Indian, Behind Enemy Lines, Tokyo Drift
2) Tamil - All Ajith Movies and Dalapathi
3) Telugu - Chiranjeevi Movies and few comedy movies of Venkatesh
4) Hindi - Vastav, Shoot out at Lokandwala (Friction movies of Sanjay Dutt)
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My choice of film makers.
MALAYALAM -
John Abraham
G. Aravindan
Adoor Gapalakrishnan
P.A.Bekkar
P.Padmarajan.
K.P.Bharathan

REST OF INDIAN FILM MAKERS
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Sathyjith Ray
Hridhik Khatak
Mrinal Sen
Shyam Benegal
Kumar Sahney
Mani Kaul
Govind Nighalani
Janua Berua
K. Balachander
Girish Kasaravalli

WORLD CINEMA-
Andrei Tarkovsky
Sergie Eisenstein
Robert Flaherty
Stanley Kubrick
Larry Clark
Fritz Lang
Werner Herzog
Passolini
Victoria de Sica
Jean Luc Godard
Akira Kurosova
Imamura
Vong Kar Wai
Glaber Rosho.
Perry Henzil.
Thomas Elia
Alexandro Jodorovsky
Thats all I can remember now.There are many many more.I dont watch films anymore like i used to do in the 1980's and 90's.

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Old 5th October 2009, 16:14   #245
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Persona by Bergman is available on Youtube. So, those of you interested can watch it online.

I watched it a couple of days ago and I concur with Amitoj's review. In fact, I feel its a cut above Cries and Whispers. I am sure at that point of time, no director had thought of such a theme and injected so much realism and imagination at the same time.


Breathless - Jean-Luc Godard

Godard's first film was a surprise package among the then boring french cinema scene. Like Francois Truffaut, he was a breathe of fresh air not only to french cimena but to world cinema as well.

Its about a small time crook who is on the run for killing a police officer, romances a chic (good looking) in paris and has plans to take her to Rome. But police is in the look out for the crook and the chic has other ideas of her own.

A good watch but nothing exemplary.

Edit - The Seventh Seal is also available on Youtube

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Breathless - Jean-Luc Godard


Edit - The Seventh Seal is also available on Youtube
Breathless - What i liked was that breathlessness was sort of implanted in the camera work and editing.

Started watching Sevent Seal couple of days back. Havent gotten around to finishing it yet.

Also saw Jarodowsky's El Topo. Now, i get most of the symbolism in the movie, and the path it traces of a righteous man who falls from grace, becomes a cheat, and then finds salvation in bringing freedom. But in my opinion, Jarodowsky went overboard with it.
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I rememberb watching El Topo (A long film) in Spanish in Amsterdam. Before watching the movie I read screen play of El Topo and an Interview with Jodorowsky.
Jodorowsky acted El topo's role and they never had any rehersel. Many of of the acters even never seen a movie before. It was a total radical way of making film. I am sure it is strange film, but interesting.
The interview with Jodorowsky was great.
He made a film in India.A major part of the film was shot in Rajastan.
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The interview with Jodorowsky was great.
He made a film in India.A major part of the film was shot in Rajastan.
There is a 6 minute "conversation" with Jodorowsky (finally i use the correct name) in Extras. Will watch it.
I just now read about the film he shot in India, on wiki. It claims that he has disowned that film.
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I was reading about Bergman a bit. Found that his mother was called Karin too.
hmmmm.

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Lots in common in his movies actually.
  • Same actors
  • Majority of the movies are women based
  • Themes revolve around silence, death, humility, harrassment, failure, hate and disgust, music and art
  • A scene with actual wild strawberries especially in his 1950's movies
His themes are more or less actual life events he has experienced.
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Have you guys notice one thing about Bergman movies, many times he had a character named "Karin" in his movies (wild strawberries/ through a glass darkly/Cries & Whispers etc.)
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There is a 6 minute "conversation" with Jodorowsky (finally i use the correct name) in Extras. Will watch it.
I just now read about the film he shot in India, on wiki. It claims that he has disowned that film.
Read this book if you can find called El Topo. screen play and Interview.
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I think Bergmann very much come from Carl th. Dreyer. Man who directed 'Passion of Joan of Arc'
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The Seventh Seal directed by Ingmar Bergman

A knight, Anotnious Block (played by Max Von Sydow) returns after fighting the Crusades for 10 years, alongwith his squire Jon, to his home country. He finds his home country ravaged with plague and people going crazy with fear that the end is near. On top of all this, Death has come to get Block. Block challenges Death to a chess of game in order to get some more time, for Block has grave doubts about his faith in God.

A gripping film, as can be expected from Bergman. One thing that makes it stand out from other Bergman films is that in this movie, Bergman is very direct about the message he wants to convey. There is a scene in the movie where a procession of victims of the plague are walking through the town, singing Dies Irae. It is one of the most haunting scenes.

Another thing i noticed in the movie was that there was a bit of tongue in cheek humor in it as well, which came as a bit of a surprise to me.

I read somewhere that Bergman later on disowned this movie. People suspect that he found the movie to be too personal and hence could not bear to watch it in his old age.

Nevertheless, another masterpiece from the greatest filmmaker of this era.
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The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries were released in the same year. They were enough to show the world that Ingmar Bergman has arrived.
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Another thing i noticed in the movie was that there was a bit of tongue in cheek humor in it as well, which came as a bit of a surprise to me.
If you find this surprising, you will be much more surprised with Smiles of a summer night. Very different compared to the usual Bergman flick.
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If you find this surprising, you will be much more surprised with Smiles of a summer night. Very different compared to the usual Bergman flick.
Gosh so many movies i am yet to watch! Don't know when i will get to repeat viewings!!
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