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Old 9th October 2009, 14:49   #256
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He he Amitoj, list all the BErgman movies you've watched till now.

Watched Downfall (Der Untergang (2004)) yesterday. This movie is about the last few days of the Third Reich and it's a must watch. This movie portrays the other side of Hitler when he was defeated, dejected and left alone. A must watch. Only thing I didn't liked is the cinematography as it was bit too dark at times and many times the highlights were blown out. And irritatingly the subtitles got merged with the white background in few scenes and I can't understand German.
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Hi,

Are there any team bhpians with interests in the following film makers:

1. Satyajit Ray
2. Jean Renoir
3. Michelangelo Antonioni
4. Alfred Hitchcock
5. Stanley Kubrick
6. Roman Polanski
7. Mike Nichols
8. The Coen Brothers
9. David Lynch
10.Anthony Minghella

If anyone is interested in one or many or all, do give a shout to connect.
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issigonis : I'm interested in

4. Alfred Hitchcock
5. Stanley Kubrick
6. Roman Polanski
8. The Coen Brothers
9. David Lynch
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Hi,

Are there any team bhpians with interests in the following film makers:

1. Satyajit Ray
2. Jean Renoir
3. Michelangelo Antonioni
4. Alfred Hitchcock
5. Stanley Kubrick
6. Roman Polanski
7. Mike Nichols
8. The Coen Brothers
9. David Lynch
10.Anthony Minghella

If anyone is interested in one or many or all, do give a shout to connect.
Jean Renoir was a son of great french impressionist painter Augustus Renoir.
Roman Polansky is in prison now.
Antonioni - man of italian neo realism.
Kubrick- shining in heaven
Hitchcock- psycho, birds
Ray- world of appu
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Hi,

Are there any team bhpians with interests in the following film makers:

1. Satyajit Ray
2. Jean Renoir
3. Michelangelo Antonioni
4. Alfred Hitchcock
5. Stanley Kubrick
6. Roman Polanski
7. Mike Nichols
8. The Coen Brothers
9. David Lynch
10.Anthony Minghella

If anyone is interested in one or many or all, do give a shout to connect.

Very much interested sir! I adore Antonioni and Polanski.
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Old 12th October 2009, 11:44   #261
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Ran - Akira Kurosawa

The last of the Kurosawa's Samurai clan. Set in the 1600s, the story is about an aged Lord and his 3 sons.

The lord wants to retire and wishes to pass on his dominions to his 3 sons. The three sons are quite contrasting in their wishes and the old man makes a wrong choice. Things go wrong and he is dismissed from his own place by his two elder sons. Struck by the reality and the visible self destruction of his family, he descends into madness. The younger son tries to retrieve his father but is killed by treachery by the second son. It is a tragic end indeed and I won't tell you the root cause. Plz do watch it yourself. The lord and the root cause have performed outstandingly in the film. It makes for a very compelling viewing.

The most striking parts of this film are the war scenes and the cinematography. The war scenes are very disturbing and are as real as they can get. The movie is damn slow in the beginning but catches up eventually. Another Kurosawa masterpiece!

Beyond the clouds - Wim Wenders and Michelangelo Antonioni

The movie is interconnected through 4 short stories. It starts beautifully especially the first story and after that its all a disappointment specially from a guy like Antonioni. In fact, for the story line, some of the things are not at all needed.

Like many Antonioni films, there are very few dialogues and the acting is mostly through emotions alone. Women are the central subject. It is shot in the beautiful landscape of France and the camera work is excellent.

Not a must watch.
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Lemon Tree - Arabic/Hebrew movie about a Palestinian woman and her struggle to retain her lemon grove when the Israeli Defense Minister moves into the house next to her, which is right on the border between Israel/West Bank.

The Lives of Others - German movie about how Stasi, the East German secret police would keep tabs of everybody and everthing in the old GDR.

Both are excellent movies and i would recommend them. 4/5 stars.
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The Colour of lies - Claude Chabrol

I don't know why I saw this movie. Perhaps I needed a change from watching all the flicks by Bergmans and Kurosawas. Boy! what a change! Don't take it literally. It was the stupidest movie I've ever seen. There is no strength in the movie at all. Everyone looks like a weakling.

Best avoided.

Has anyone seen any more movies of this guy Claude Chabrol? I'm told he is good but am not convinced by this movie at least.
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JVH, I saw Chabrol's A Judgement in Stone (La Ceremonie) which is an adaptation of a Ruth Rendell story. It was quite good.
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Lads,

My list of my 'desert island movies' ( movies that I would watch again and again if I were stranded on a deserted island), in no particular order :

1. Jalsaghar (The Music Room, Satyajit Ray)
2. Charulata ( Satyajit Ray)
3. Bicycle Thieves ( DeSica)
4. sex, lies and videotape ( Steve Soderbergh)
5. Kanchenjungha (Satyajit Ray)
6. Blow Up (Antonioni)
7. Apocalypse Now (Coppolla)
8. Vertigo ( Hitchcock)
9. No Country For Old Men (Coen Brothers)
10. Garam Hawa (Sathyu)
11. Citizen Kane ( Welles)
12. La regle du jeu (The Rules Of The Game, Jean Renoir)
13. Mulholland Drive (Lynch)
14. Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (Nichols)
15. Fargo (Coen Brothers)
16. Hope And Glory (Kubrick)
17. The Pianist (Polanski)
18. Shatranj Ke Khiladi (Satyajit Ray)
19. North by Northwest (Hitchcock)
20. Peeping Tom (Powell)
21. The Third Man (Reed)
22. The Italian Job (Collinson)
24. Chinatown (Polanski)
25. The Bridge On The River Kwai ( Lean)

Whew! I could go on but I'll stop now and add to this later - there are so many outstanding films (other favourites include Ray's Seemabaddha -Company Limited; Aranyer Din Ratri-Days and Nights in the Forest; Kubrick's 2001 : A Space Odyssey; Minghella's Breaking and Entering; Friedkin's The French Connection and so on and so forth.
Whew again!

Chew on these.
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JVH, I saw Chabrol's A Judgement in Stone (La Ceremonie) which is an adaptation of a Ruth Rendell story. It was quite good.
Thanks. Will check it out.
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2001 a space odyssey this film was shot in 1968 and is AGES ahead of the time it was shot in Definitely a must watch for film lovers.
definitely the best of kubrick.
Im one big Stanley kubrick fan.The next film i love of his is,is a political comedy -Dr strange love :how i learned to love the bomb
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Lads,

My list of my 'desert island movies' ( movies that I would watch again and again if I were stranded on a deserted island), in no particular order :

1. Jalsaghar (The Music Room, Satyajit Ray)
2. Charulata ( Satyajit Ray)
3. Bicycle Thieves ( DeSica)
4. sex, lies and videotape ( Steve Soderbergh)
5. Kanchenjungha (Satyajit Ray)
6. Blow Up (Antonioni)
7. Apocalypse Now (Coppolla)
8. Vertigo ( Hitchcock)
9. No Country For Old Men (Coen Brothers)
10. Garam Hawa (Sathyu)
11. Citizen Kane ( Welles)
12. La regle du jeu (The Rules Of The Game, Jean Renoir)
13. Mulholland Drive (Lynch)
14. Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (Nichols)
15. Fargo (Coen Brothers)
16. Hope And Glory (Kubrick)>>> This should be Paths Of Glory. Waiting to get Dr Strangelove, which along with 2001, are two of Kubrick's best.
17. The Pianist (Polanski)
18. Shatranj Ke Khiladi (Satyajit Ray)
19. North by Northwest (Hitchcock)
20. Peeping Tom (Powell)
21. The Third Man (Reed)
22. The Italian Job (Collinson)
24. Chinatown (Polanski)
25. The Bridge On The River Kwai ( Lean)

Whew! I could go on but I'll stop now and add to this later - there are so many outstanding films (other favourites include Ray's Seemabaddha -Company Limited; Aranyer Din Ratri-Days and Nights in the Forest; Kubrick's 2001 : A Space Odyssey; Minghella's Breaking and Entering; Friedkin's The French Connection and so on and so forth.
Whew again!

Chew on these.
>>> Also waiting to see Night Of The Hunter by Laughton, M, Metropolis (both by Lang), Lola Montes by Ophuls and of course Tokyo Story by Ozu. Ozu reminds me of a very very low profile Indian film maker - Nirad Mahapatra and his remarkable film - Maya Miriga. Mahapatra's style reminds one of Ozu's quiet, nondescript yet powerful filming style.
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2001 - Space Odyssey is fantastic. with so less dialogue he manages to show so much with his visuals (and yes made in the 60s!) adding to the thought provoking theme too.

OT:
of course the novel by Arthur C. Clarke is amazing too, written at the same time as the film.
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Just finished watching Gomorra (Italian with English subtitles). This is a realistic depiction of an Italian crime syndicate through five separate stories stitched together. Unlike the movies of the Godfather genre, the mafia is not at all romanticized. Overall, an excellent movie.

A review can be found here:

Cannes Review: Gomorra - Cinematical
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