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  • Apocalypse Now
  • Brazil
  • Raging Bull
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

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  • Mouchette

    ★★★★½

  • A Man Escaped

    ★★★★★

  • Katalin Varga

    ★★★★½

  • Time

    ★★★½

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  • On the Silver Globe

    On the Silver Globe

    ★★★★½

    A wildly ambitious and far reaching science fiction extravaganza that is sometimes too vast and impenetrable to fully comprehend but is so alive with infinite possibility that experiencing it for the first time is breathlessly exciting. It is partially confounding due to the film being only eighty percent complete because the Polish authorities disapproved of its supposedly allegorical representation of totalitarianism, and some may find the process of Andrzej Zulawski reading aloud the missing parts of the narrative to be…

  • The Weeping Meadow

    The Weeping Meadow

    ★★★★

    In Theo Angelopoulos' moving drama about the deleterious effects of the 1940s German occupation of Greece and the succeeding Greek civil war, all that is valuable becomes submerged in water. Houses are ruined by cataclysmic floods. The remnants of a torn wedding dress found in a murky river. Memories of the past are washed away into oblivion. Somehere in these waters is the source of life and it is here you'll find The Weeping Meadow where ' little drops of…

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  • Mouchette

    Mouchette

    ★★★★½

    Like an automaton, Mouchette mechanically plods through a monotonous existence, perfunctorily performing daily tasks out of necessity, resigned to her fate. No one likes this unkempt fourteen year old girl. She is the ultimate outsider. Robert Bresson doesn't martyrise his subject. Mouchette can be kind but she can also be spiteful. We see her caring for her terminally ill mother, but we also see her throwing mudballs at her primmer classmates. But her maliciousness pales in comparison to the aggressive…

  • A Man Escaped

    A Man Escaped

    ★★★★★

    ' A Man Escaped' is pure cinema. A story without embellishment. Art without artifice. Robert Bresson wants the viewer to see and listen; not just look and hear. He wants us to feel impatient and to appreciate ' slowness and silence' instead of ' speed and noise'. He wants us to concentrate on every single detail because every fragment of this great film has been carefully considered: every composition, every line of dialogue, and most significantly - every sound.
    Fontaine…

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  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    ★★★★★

    When an artist releases a work that is deemed to be a failure both critically and commercially it can ruin the creator. David Lynch's ' Dune' was ruined by the studio : extremely badly edited and ultimately deemed a box office failure, with Lynch disowning the finished piece. A lot of directors would have no doubt quit through bruised dejection, so two years later to then release the masterpiece that is ' Blue Velvet' feels especially impressive.
    Lynch is a…

  • Days of Heaven

    Days of Heaven

    ★★★★★

    Against the backdrop of the Texas plains an elliptical tale of jealousy and ill fated love leads to tragedy in this bewitching drama.
    Terrence Malick's unadulterated images are some of the most beautiful ever committed to celluloid. Edward Hopper's painting ' House by the Railroad' is brought to life where a solitary Victorian House amid a wheat field is lit by the crepuscular rays of the magic hour. Natural light has never quite been captured in cinema like it is…