favourites are only SOME of my favourites...
A masterpiece of the absolute highest order. I pity all those who couldn't feel what I felt while watching this. To me, this is art that lies beyond simple categorisation of "how was it?". This is art that withdraws itself from mundane ratings, analysis or critique, art that simply is and will always be indescribable.
As Kubrick himself put it: "There are certain areas of feeling and reality - or unreality or innermost yearning, whatever you want to call it - which are notably inaccessible to words."
A psychological breakthrough. Directors like Lynch, Fincher and many others wouldn't exist without this. Bergman took what Godard established in france even further.
Cinematic self-awareness of artificiality, trademark shattering existentialism and brilliantly disorientive direction paint the picture of complex human psychology.
Do artists know what they have achieved once they do? Did Bergman know what he had just acomplished, that he had paved the way for others to follow after him?