April 21, 2011 · 6:47 am
It’s time for the third entry in the Iron Director series. In the first edition, the theme was “Directors I became obsessed with in 2010”- Francois Truffaut and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, with Truffaut emerging victorious. In the second edition, I pitted two people that I consider to be the two greatest living American directors, Martin Scorsese and the Coen Brothers. Scorsese just barely earned the win. For this entry, we’ll be taking a look at two guys with the same name, albeit different spellings- Louis Malle and Luis Buñuel. To set the mood, I highly recommend watching this clip of The Kingsmen singing Louie, Louie. These two have always been linked in my head for a handful of reasons. I have an ongoing internal conversation about which of the two is my 2nd favorite director of all-time. I’ve mentioned both of them as my 2nd favorite on multiple occasions. Depending on the week, you’re liable to get a different answer. I’m a great admirer of both of their filmographies. Both have worked, and excelled, in several countries. There aren’t a lot of similarities on the surface, but going a little deeper shows that they’re not wildly different. Let’s dig in: Continue reading →
Filed under Foreign Film, French Film, Movies, Silent Movies, Spanish Movies
Tagged as Au Revoir les Enfants, Belle de Jour, Diary of a Chambermaid, Elevator to the Gallows, Film, God's Country, Iron Director, L'Age D'Or, Lacombe Lucien, Los Olvidados, Louis Malle, Luis Bunuel, Movies, Murmur of the Heart, The Fire Within, The Milky Way, Un Chien Andalou
July 13, 2010 · 12:05 pm
EDITOR’S NOTE: I made this list in 2010. I updated the list in 2011. The updated list is more complete and puts far less emphasis on personal preference. The new and improved version can be found here.
On the cusp of Bastille Day, and with such a rich history of French cinema, I felt that it was only fitting to create a list of the 50 best French films. Initially, I’d planned on simply listing them in no particular order. However, mon ami, I eventually determined that it wouldn’t be fair to not put forth the extra effort. They’re now listed at least in order of personal preference, with some weight given to overall quality. In other words, there are likely more influential films or higher quality films further down the list. But their higher quality doesn’t overcome my overall enjoyment of the other films higher up on the list.
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Filed under Foreign Film, French Film
Tagged as 400 Blows, A Man Escaped, A Woman is a Woman, Alain Resnais, Army of Shadows, Au Revoir les Enfants, Belle de Jour, Bob le Flambeur, Breathless, Children of Paradise, Contempt, Danton, Delicatessen, Diary of a Country Priest, Drole de Drame, Elevator to the Gallows, Eyes Without a Face, Film, Forbidden Games, Gervaise, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Jean Cocteau, Jean de Florette, Jules et Jim, L'Age D'Or, La Haine, Lacombe Lucien, Last Year at Marienbad, Le Corbeau, Le Jour Se Leve, Le Samourai, Les Diaboliques, Louis Malle, Luis Bunuel, M. Hulot's Holiday, Manon des Sources, Marcel Carné, Mon Oncle, Mouchette, Movies, Murmur of the Heart, Night and Fog, Orphic Trilogy, Phantom of Liberty, Place de la Republique, Play Time, Port of Shadows, Rififi, Sorrow and the Pity, The Battle of Algiers, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The Fire Within, The Passion of Joan of Arc, The Piano Teacher, Un Chien Andalou, Vampyr, Wages of Fear, Weekend
May 4, 2010 · 1:04 pm
Luis Buñuel was a genius, the master of the absurd. If John Cassavetes is the Godfather of Independent Cinema, then Buñuel is the Godfather of Surrealist Cinema, starting with his landmark collaboration with Salvador Dali in 1929, Un Chien Andalou. His career was spent laying social conventions to waste. Sometimes he nailed sexual conventions. Sometimes it was class structure. Sometimes it was religion. If there’s a social institution or convention out there, he found a way to poke fun at it. Here are five must-see scenes/films from Buñuel. Continue reading →
Filed under Foreign Film, Spanish Movies
Tagged as Belle de Jour, Diary of a Chambermaid, Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Exterminating Angel, L'Age D'Or, Luis Bunuel, Simon of the Desert, The Phantom of Liberty, Un Chien Andalou, Viridiana