30 August 2005

Anna Karina gives Jean Paul Belmondo a challenge in 'Une femme est une femme'.

Anna Karina gives us all a wink in 'Une femme est une femme' by Jean Luc-Godard.

Europa 51

I'd been wanting to see this film since I had seen it on 'My Voyage to Italy' by Martin Scorsese which I saw on BBC4 last year some time. It was a great documentary with lots of excellent clips from some of the true great Italian films, all with Scorsese's personal narration on each film.

Sadly 'Europa 51' aka 'The Greatest Love' is not onDVD in UK or US but I did manage to buy a copy in Spain when I was there in April. Sadly the sountrack is in Italian and the only subtitles are Spanish. But seeing as this was probably the only opportunity to see this film, other than wait for a Rossellini retrospective at NFT I decided to buy. It's funny, without the language you can still work out what is happening.

29 August 2005

Europa 51 by Roberto Rossellini

24 August 2005

Zabriskie Point by Michelangelo Antonioni from Films and Filming March 1970.

Michelangelo Antonioni's Zabriskie Point, photo taken by Magnum Photographer Bruce Davidson

23 August 2005

Michelangelo Antonioni


I caught this when I was in Madrid in July. I thought I’d missed the UK release, figuring it would be a very low key release. It was released last Friday (19/08/05) in London and is being shown at 2 cinemas.

One sound bite used in the marketing of the film compares it to 2001, another to ‘Memento’ as directed by David Lynch. These critics are completely off base in my opinion.
The film bears no resemblance to ‘2001: A space Odyssey’ at all, in fact I don’t think it does this film any favours at all to compare it to anything, certainly the only films that come close in my mind are ‘Pi’ and ‘Tetsuo’. The premise is the best part for me, it’s a sci-fi film yes, there is time travel, yes but there are no special effects, no CGI and the film is all the better for it. Shane Carruth has said the film cost $7,000, the alleged same sum that Robert Rodriguez made ‘Desperado’ for. Sure, the crowds are not going to flock to see it as some will no doubt complain that it is difficult to follow as dialogue is muffled and the characters talk over each other but in my mind it’s a far better film than ‘Desperado’ and requires to the viewer to relax and let the film unfold, what’s great is that it’s so different from everything out at the moment. I’m not saying it’s a great film but it is well worth the time to go and see it and far better than most of the films on current release.


22 August 2005

Le Samourai : Jean Pierre Melville

18 August 2005


12 August 2005

Dear Wendy

Interestingly I read that Lars Von Trier is afraid of flying so he has never been to America. He is making a trilogy of films about America starting wit 'Dogville' and the second one 'Manderlay' will be shown at the London film festival

Thomas Vinterberg directed this, the set was in Denmark. I still haven't decided if I enjoyed it or thought it was a good film or not, it's certainly easier to like than 'Dogville'.

11 August 2005