The Discreet Bourgeois

Possessed by an urgency to make sure all this stuff I love doesn't just disappear


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The Last Ten Films I’ve Seen

  1. The Children are Watching Us (Vittorio De Sica)
  2. Fists in the Pocket (Marco Bellocchio)
  3. Il Posto (Ermanno Olmi)
  4. High Plains Drifter (Clint Eastwood)
  5. All About Eve (Joseph Mankiewicz)
  6. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
  7. Forbidden Games (René Clément)
  8. Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (Fritz Lang)
  9. Holy Motors (Leos Carax)
  10. Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache (Fritz Lang)

 

1- What a treat that TCM gave me the opportunity to watch three such different Italian classics in a row. The Children are Watching Us is even more gripping and heart-breaking to me than Bicycle Thiefheresy, I know. I had heard about Fists in the Pocket but had never seen it. It seems very much in keeping with a lot of neurotic, psycho-sexual stuff that was going on at the time – I am thinking of things like The Collector  and Teorema.I must say that the protagonist was a quite compelling and ingratiating monster.   While watching  Il Posto I would often forget that this was an Italian film and not a product of the Czech New Wave. I kept thinking the protagonist was the hero from Closely Watched Trains.  Anyone else notice this?

I loved Il Posto and I am in love with Domenico Cantoni!

2- As expressed by the epigram to this blog, I worry a lot about great things disappearing and I feel personally responsible to make sure they don’t.  This really struck home while watching Fritz Lang’s epic Die Nibelungen. I worried that hardly anyone, even film lovers, watch silent films anymore. I worried that in the aftermath of the CGI assault on our senses, the poor dragon in the first part, the dragon that dazzled the first viewers the way King Kong dazzled his first viewers, would just look ridiculous:

dragon

Surely true film lovers will allow  themselves still to be dazzled! Surely the crazed, soul-annihilating vengeance of Kriemhild is still kick-ass!  Surely the majesty of UFA running on all cylinders is amazing, still!

A friend of mine once described me as the kid who wouldn’t take a nap in nursery school because he was afraid that the teachers would forget to wake us up in time.

Man, I need to relax.

3- High Plain Drifter proves that even at the very outset of his career, Clint Eastwood reveled in a totally cynical Weltanschauung.

4- The Grand Hotel Budapest is Heaven On Earth.  If anyone tells you otherwise, kick them and walk away.

5- And why have you still not watched Holy Motors?

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