I love film and love engaging dialogue about film. My intent in writing this blog is a means to share my view on film. My hope is that along with current main run films like Whiplash (2014), Moonlight (2016), Manchester by the Sea (2016), I can provide insight into lesser known films like Pina (2011), Queen Margot (1994), Nellie et Monsieur Arnaud (1995), Malena (2000), Ma Saison Préférée (1993), The Scapegoat (2012), The Hunt (2012) as well as classic gems such as Midnight Express (1978), The Bicycle Thief (1949), The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007), Cinema Paradiso (1988), Zorba the Greek (1964), Children of a Lesser God (1986), Love Story (1970), The Piano (1993), A Star is Born (1976), The Mission (1986), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), On Golden Pond (1981), Doctor Zhivago (1965), Being There (1979), Ordinary People (1980), Easy Rider (1969), Chinatown (1974), and Deliverance (1972).
Scores by Ennio Morricone are my favorite.
Sidney Lumet’s gifts to film such as The Verdict (1982), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), 12 Angry Men (1957), Fail-safe (1964); David Mamet and his treasure trove to include Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), The Winslow Boy (1999), The Spanish Prisoner (1997), Oleanna (1994), The Verdict (1982); Swedish Master Ingmar Bergman in his Fanny and Alexander (1983), Wild Strawberries (1957), Autumn Sonata (1979), Saraband (2005), Shame (1868); films by Truffaut, Godard, Coppola, Kieślowski, Ang Lee, Woody Allen, Lars Von Trier and Polanski, personal reputation aside: Chinatown (1974), The Tenant (1976), film has changed my life.
Danish Dame, Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen) brought us beautiful tales which made it to the screen: Out of Africa (1985), Babette’s Feast (1987), and the Immortal Story (1968). Denmark also brings us films I love such as The Celebration (1998), After the Wedding (2006), Prague (2006), In a Better World (2010), The Silence (2010), Fear Me Not (2008), Men and Chicken (2015), The Inheritance (2003), Copenhagen (2014), and beloved actors, Mads Mikkelsen (be still my beating heart), Ulrich Thomsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Paprika Steen, and Stine Stengade.
French masters, Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert, Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Auteil, Gérard Depardieu, Jean Reno, Emmanuel Beart, Louis Malle, Truffaut, Emmanuelle Devos and Italian stars such as the Mastroiannis, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Alba Rohrwacher, Monica Belluci, Giancarlo Giannini delight.
Maestro Hitchcock dazzles in his silent films which I review always in childlike delight, and masterpieces such as Rope (1948), Spellbound (1945), Rebecca (1940) and The Birds (1963).
These lists are only partial representation of this introduction to my love and respect for the history and evolution of film.