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  • When You Read This Letter

    When You Read This Letter


    André Bazin described the film as a "stylistic exercise." In viewing Melville's preceded comprehensive works, calling When You Read This Letter an exercise is arguably an overstatement. The story is clumsily built to suit the absurd romantic weave between a womanizer and three drastically disparate women: a converted nun, a naive teenager and a distraught rich woman. Altogether the premise looks noir-ish and promising, combining a criminal fraud, an unsuccessful suicide, a brutal rape and a marriage under blackmailing; but…

  • Les Enfants Terribles

    Les Enfants Terribles


    Jean-Pierre Melville: Cinema of Resistance Part 2

    Two Heads of the Same Coin

    There's a famous quote from François Truffaut commenting on the filmic adaptation of Les Enfants Terribles in which he firmly asserted "Jean Cocteau's best novel became Jean-Pierre Melville's best film." I haven't read the original novel published in 1929 by the poet-film-maker Jean Cocteau, however I could hard conceive that's Melville's best work in consideration of Le Samouraï (1967) and Amy of Shadows (1969). Perhaps Truffaut made…

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  • Yi Yi

    Yi Yi


    The Rearward View of Life

    Near the end of the film Yi Yi, there is a funeral, the little boy Yang-Yang (Jonathan Chang) reads out the letter he wrote for his deceased grandma (Ruyun Tang), saying he would like to be a person of showing stuff others don't see, and now when he sees his baby cousin, he would feel old too. Every time when I watch this ending, I can imagine director Edward Yang expressing his motivation in making…

  • In This Corner of the World

    In This Corner of the World


    Avoidance of melodramatic and dialectic clichés normally found in the war film genre, In This Corner of The World offers an indepth heartwarming portrait of "everyday" life of Japanese family before and during WWII via the innocent and imaginative mind of a absentminded girl Suzu, in which the world is sometimes turned into an expressionistic drawing or a fairy tale, even during air raids. Supported with various authentic and memorable side characters (the charming boy of the Suzu's first-love which…