Monthly Archives: March 2015

Backlog #11: Le Petit Soldat (1960)

I don’t think that I have seen anyone look as stunningly beautiful as Anna Karina in this film. We’re all quite in love with her, most of all, the camera. She only has to look our way to leave us … Continue reading

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Backlog #12: Tristana (1970)

I really liked this film. It looked great and it had an air of great sincerity and passion. This belied its plot matter a little, which is melodramatic: the title character is an orphan who is taken in by a … Continue reading

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Backlog #13: La Femme Infidèle (1969)

This is a very stylish, classy but rather shocking movie (the three adjectives fit together well). It’s a psychological thriller that is a brilliant study of crime, passion and moral ambivalence. Charles (the husband) is a typical executive, his wife … Continue reading

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Backlog #14: The Silence (1963)

The Silence is a spare, tense film. Two sisters, who clearly do not get on at all, are travelling through central Europe on the train. The older sister is a tired, strained, emotionally repressed spinster suffering from a chronic illness. … Continue reading

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Backlog #15: The Phantom of Liberty (1974)

Asseyez-Vous. This is a bewildering movie. Its setting is contemporary seventies France (both urban and provincial) and its characters are bourgeois and official types. The basic plot scenarios are very mundane: going to bed, visiting a sick relative, giving a … Continue reading

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Backlog #16: The Red Shoes (1948)

This is a brilliant piece of work, but I didn’t take to it. Simply put, it was too fantastical and full of artifice for my taste. And I found the tragic climax jarring (although logical enough, given the tone of … Continue reading

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Backlog #17: Pierrot Le Fou (1965)

I false-started on this film twice, falling asleep both times at the 40 minute mark. This is in spite of its plot, which is very simple: a man leaves his family and runs off with the nanny. Supported by various … Continue reading

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