The Discreet Bourgeois

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The Last Ten Films I’ve Seen

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  1. Magnificent Obsession (Douglas Sirk)
  2. Danton (Andrzej Wajda)
  3. I Fidanzati  (Ermanno Olmi)
  4. Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman)
  5. A Woman’s Face (Gustav Molander)
  6. The Steamroller and the Violin (Andrei Tarkovsky)
  7. That Forsyte Woman (Compton Bennett)
  8. The Catcher Was a Spy (Ben Lewin)
  9. Florence Foster Jenkins (Stephen Frears)
  10. Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir)

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1- The Steamroller and the Violin – A tender film from Andrei Tarkovsky? Well, it was a student project, but it is really lovely.   No indication at all of the strenuous films to come

2- I was obsessed with the BBC version of The Forsyte Saga when it played here in the 70s. Because of that, I turned my nose up at the MGM version That Forsyte Woman.  First of all, what a silly title. Second, Errol Flynn as the homely Soames Forsyte?  But watching it now it is a solid MGM adaptation, a good example of their ‘Tradition of Quality’.  I wonder why there weren’t more films of these books.  The story and characters are so rich

3- I think we take for granted how talented and multi-faceted Meryl Streep is.  Her output is an embarrassment of riches.  What can’t she play.  Each character is uniquely conceived and not like any other.  Bette Davis was as brilliant, but she was always playing a Bette Davis character.  Streep as the infamous Florence Foster Jenkins is poignant, hilarious and infuriating.  Another work of genius.

2 thoughts on “The Last Ten Films I’ve Seen

  1. Great post 🙂 I have done updated posts on Douglas Sirk, Ingmar Bergman and Andrei Tarkovsky regarding my favorite films of theirs. Here are the links below and keep up the great work as always 🙂

    https://cinematiccoffee.com/2018/08/03/my-favorite-douglas-sirk-films/

    https://cinematiccoffee.com/2018/03/03/my-favorite-ingmar-bergman-films/

    https://cinematiccoffee.com/2018/08/12/my-favorite-andrei-tarkovsky-films-2/

  2. I agree with your Bergman ranking, even though Persona still puzzles me. In fact, I am having friends over in a few weeks to watch and pick it apart!

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