Top 4 are changed periodically subject to whim
Holds up very well on rewatch. There's a great mix of kitschy 60's style and almost farcical dystopia that make this a very easy watch. I feel like had the last ten mins or so been more satisfying I could have bumped it up half a star, but as it stands it feels like they couldn't decide between 4 alternative endings, so just put them all in there back to back.
For the first hour or so I was really into this. A sort black comedy whereby a bank clerk seemingly starts to steal a Butchers life bit by bit. There's a lot of social politics and commentary in here, and I'm certainly not qualified to break that down in this review.
I feel like I've really enjoyed every Elio Petri film I've seen, but I don't think any of them have quite been 'top tier'. Like there's always a little…
Seen at Berlin Film Festival.
Very much a film of two halves. The first half being one that shows both the trials and tribulations, and the lengths a mother goes to to help her child.
This is where the film is at it's best, it has drive, it has a purpose, and it gets to explore a character.
Fast forward to the second half and any sense of focus goes out of the window. At first I felt like the…
I'm going to be controversial here and say that I was actually slightly disappointed. There are undoubtedly a number of factors that I think contribute to that.
Firstly I think expectations were incredibly high. Both Kurosawa as a director and Ran as a film seem worshipped the world over by film fans with the sort of reverence usually reserved for a deity.
I'm not particularly well versed in the story behind King Lear, nor the other Japanese stories that apparently…