16 May 2005

The face of another

The Face of Another by Hiroshi Teshigahara

A very interesting film. I think it's the first time ever on DVD in UK. Transfer is excellent. It's an odd film, I was not familiar with Teshigahara at all and now having seen this am keen to see more. His use of stills reminded me of 'La Jetee', the black and white photography is superb and music used to minimalist perfection.

As usual Sense's of cinema has some good background. Interestingly Dan Harper compares 'The Face of Another' to 'Frankenstein', 'Mad Love' and 'The Beast With Five Fingers', in my mind I was reminded of 'Seconds' also from 1966 and Georges Franju's 'Eyes without a Face' just because of the subject matter.

15 May 2005

If Charlie Parker was a gunslinger...

...there would be a whole lot of dead copycats.

You should check Tom Sutpen's blog. It's truly wonderful and everything a blog should be, he puts a lot of time and effort into it has some excellent links and always posts intelligently.

Recommend anyone to check it out and keep popping back to see what he has added.


Michelangelo Antonioni season at NFT

Just announced. A chance to see all the films on the big screen. Seems only quite recently they had a full retrospective.