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  • Violette

    Violette

    ★★★½

    There is a lot to be appreciated in Claude Chabrol's "Violette": perhaps above anything else, his refusal to make it easy on the audience by taking sides pro or against the title character. Violette Nozière is a famous murderess in France, who lived from 1915 to 1966, the subject fits Chabrol, whose films are often about murder, like a glove. The world is not black and white, and during the course of this film you'll probably find your "sympathies" (if…

  • Wings of Desire

    Wings of Desire

    ★★★★½

    Wings Of Desire is a fresh, innovative piece of cinema with remarkable photography and unbelievable performances. Every camera angle takes on a new connotation. Winders' slow-but-steady rate gives time for the viewer to contemplate on the questions a child asks ("Why am I me and why not you? Why am I here and not there? When did time begin and where did space end?"). He allows the audience members think what they want to think in a new light instead…

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  • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

    The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

    ★★★★★

    The origin of this " Sexless Erotic film " is legendary. Fassbinder is said to have written the screenplay on an 11-hour plane trip from Germany to L.A. Upon landing, he immediately ordered his film crew (which traveled with him) to return to Germany where they made it in 10 days. This is all astonishing because many reviewers regard it as Fassbinder's crowning achievement. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant is an elegantly constructed classical tragedy that explores the…

  • Blow-Up

    Blow-Up

    ★★★★½

    Antonioni makes great use of insinuation. He tantalizes us with the possibility of what could have been. In us he insights the same passion that is in Thomas. In the end, I don't think he disappears so much as he returns. He does not return as the same person, though. He is changed by the passion for his art and the challenge of reality. He is no longer playing the game of catch the murderer, or faking the motions of…