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  • Wavelength

    ★★★½

  • The Earrings of Madame de...

    ★★★★½

  • The Trust, or The Battles for Money

    ★★★½

  • The Roman Orgy

    ★★★★

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  • Wavelength

    Wavelength

    During the film's running time, I was like "okay, this is interesting and pleasant to sit through (trust me, the film is not complex, so you can just chill yourself through it), but does it warrant the kind of praise that has been heaped upon it?"
    Okay, I understand: it's a turning point towards something completely different from previous avant-garde films, but I guess I'm more interested in ideas rather than concepts nowadays.

  • The Earrings of Madame de...

    The Earrings of Madame de...

    Max Ophüls is such a smart man. He may very well be the most intelligent filmmaker ever.
    If I fail to give this the 5 stars that I gave The Night of The Hunter, it's simply because I have a personal connection to the later film. Otherwise, this film is practically faultless. I don't really see any gap here.

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  • The Tree House

    The Tree House

    The biggest issue with The Tree House is in terms of perspective: the director leaves very little chances for the native people to speak for themselves. So, in effect, we listen to the director masurbating in his own thoughts, and his own interpretation of the native people - which, frankly, lends little credibility to the documentary. I mean, it's not like the director fails to examine his subjects; it's more like, we don't know how reliable his rambling thoughts are. We don't know how the native people feel about themselves actually.

  • When the Tenth Month Comes

    When the Tenth Month Comes

    The film might superficially look like a devotion, a tribute to the country's loss throughout the century - which is pretty in line with the party's ideology...But its condemnation of the delusionally bookish, theoretical ways with which people, especially communist officials, attempt to protect the grace of the "gone soldier" subtly sends out a message: Communism does not get rid of the stain in the human hearts. The film's emphasis on education of young children makes the moral failure of…