I put together a short piece recently and I figured I'd share it rather than just sit on it. I might share more pieces every once in a while if I feel confident enough. You can find it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfmofDutyJs.
MY 3,000TH FILM
I figured there would be no better candidate for film #3,000 than a film about film that was lightly embarrassing for me to have not seen by now. Close Up is every bit as arresting and affecting as its reputation claims. A lot of Kiarostami's strengths really come to fruition here. It's his murkiest film in regards to being fiction/non-fiction and contain several long takes that entrance the viewer with excellent dialogue and performance. Sabzian is a…
I wasn't expecting this film to be so dark and unrelenting. It's probably one of the best films about an abusive relationship. There aren't a lot of visual tricks that Fellini employs in this one. It isn't neo-realist per se, but it is economic. If it was released today it would blend in perfectly with a lot of contemporary sensibilities within the darker European arthouse fair.
It only took me about 193 minutes, but I think I've carved out kind of an interpretation for the movie. You can almost ignore the score, because my second time watching this will crystalize how I really feel.
Two impressions: 1) This movie is long as fuck, but it does somehow roll without the length being super noticeable. 2) If not for the animated performances and chemistry of Juliet Berto and Dominique Labourier, this film wouldn't work at all. The…
My 2,000th Film!!!
I feel dumb for putting this film off so long because I found myself impressed by every scene. The writing and sound editing feel so organic. I feel as if I know these people even without showing me a great amount of exposition or direct characterization. The archetypes feel universal. These characters are a part of my family, and perhaps every family.
The film has the density and the visual brilliance that it feels like a movie…