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  • The Old Mill

    The Old Mill

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    There is no canon. There is no agreement… You have to forge out for yourself and discover the movies you love and then discover your own ways of dealing with them. - Tag G.

    A tough one to write about, to be sure, but this viewing made me realize that it’s one of the great masterpieces! Dave Kehr called it the high point of Disney’s early naturalism, but that only gets us halfway there β€” this is naturalism intensified into…

  • Johnny Guitar

    Johnny Guitar

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    for all its immediate pleasures as a work of genre (and they are great and many), johnny guitar ultimately remains mysterious. my memory of the film is always dominated by the searing quality of the images and ray’s idiosyncratic compositions, though perhaps even more adventurous and exciting are the jarring, sometimes frightening, spatial and temporal shifts made by the cutting. perhaps the most radical decoupage of any classical studio film! also, does any other western betray such a potent sense…

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  • City Lights

    City Lights

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    seeing this again today on 35mm helped to clarify bresson’s relationship with chaplin β€” precision of editing arises out of a deep understanding of physical gesture. as rosenbaum said, it’s important to remember that this is chaplin’s first sound feature, and his mastery of sound becomes a key part of what makes it so moving. a great masterpiece, really one of my very favorite films.

  • Anne of the Indies

    Anne of the Indies

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    bares some relation to later neo-lumieres like jeanne dielman in the sense that it's a film in which the characters are essentially entities defined by action and movement. this may not be immediately apparent, however, due to the fact that the film's actualities are thrown off by being placed within the context of the lush, deliberately artificial technicolor aesthetics typical of the swashbuckler adventure genre of the late 40's & early 50's. The underlying sense of dread (bordering on terror) that…