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  • Shadows

    Shadows

    ★★★★½

    Closing with the statement "The film you have just seen was an improvisation", some immediate concerns arises. Firstly, how can a film with so few errors, in terms of performance, be improvised. The sound is obviously dubbed for large parts of the film, the version we enjoy is the second edition, and it was rehearsed extensively. Some would say rehearsing an improvisation, in the hopes of replicating it exactly, undermines the concept of the improvisation in the first place. However,…

  • The White Ribbon

    The White Ribbon

    ★★★★★

    Haneke's understated mysteries, are boundless in that respect. In restrained pace and expertly, unmistakably European, crafted drama, Haneke exhibits the near-pathological fascination with understanding humans in their condition, that, I believe, is in fact required to create such a narrative. This would also make a perfect double bill with The Turin Horse as they are both conceptually very similar, both being historical fictions that serves as evidence of something much greater than only the story we see, equally nihilistic, and…

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  • L'Avventura

    L'Avventura

    ★★★★★

    Finally feeling somewhat on the same page as Antonioni, and that happens in a film where communication is it's most subversive element, the one that discloses the least about what is actually going on in the film. And there is clearly a disconnect between the director/writer and his characters here. While delving into fascinating psychoanalysis, the distance remains and much like Luigi Pirandello, Antonioni lets his characters roam free without doubting the primal forces that directs the film. As though…

  • Red Desert

    Red Desert

    ★★★★★

    First off thanks to Connor and Marcus for promptly guiding me to this immediately following my review of L'avventura and never has a recommendation felt so appropriate. Of course I loved it, as Antonioni's scenes become more layered in complexity, though the lifeless black-and-white has its charm, so does his narrative. And it is important to remember this complexity going in to this film, as interpretations often tend to err on the simplistic side. Still we explore the realm of…