The story from a 1740 novel by Villeneuve has been told many times through film, this version for me is everything that it should be. Magical, romantic, pride, honor and defending others who through circumstances not of their own making need someone to stand up for them all come together here. Cocteau's pure artistry shines through in this 'fairy tale'.
Best known for his dramatic acting somehow Laughton chose to direct a film. You keep hoping that things will all turn out alright, but the evil that humans are capable of keep pushing forward and you become lost and begin to lose all hope for a happy ending. One of the later films of the 'Film Noir' category, it is the finest example of black and white filmmaking all shadows and mystery.
A mind bending book through the eyes of one of the finest filmmakers. Kubrick keeps you watching and wanting more. Like the main character who's eyes are held open to keep him seeing the atrocities he has invoked himself, you can not look away.
Alright I admit it, I wanted to be either Cary Grant or Marcello Mastroianni, or maybe both. My love of cafes and bistros and just walking through a city at night is because of this film.
In the mid-70's the Vietnam war had ended, the draft had ended and I was saved from going to fight in a place I knew that I would never survive. The nitty gritty effects of war are thrown up onto the cinema screen and it is not pretty, not elegant and not something anyone should be a part of. DeNiro and Walken at their finest. Friendships so strong that they only want to help each other and take the pain away from one another. I doubt that I can watch this film again, I believe it would now be too stressful because it immerses the viewer into a world that has many flaws.
A small village has many parts to it, each and everyone participates, contributes and helps make the village work. A small village is a family. Here in Taos, it is a small village full of family. A truly beautiful film.
I have been here, walking among you as if an angel or ghost. Pinch me, am I dreaming? How do I know you can see me, can you see me, do you hear me? I don't know, but I do want you to see and hear me. How do I do that? I keep trying. As I've said, I met Bruno Ganz at the New York Film Festival for the premiere of The American Friend. Ganz was this angel waiting for this roll to come along.
They're here, it rings through you, and you know. I've never been to the Devils Tower, maybe I should go there someday soon. The obsession of a vision seems to drive Dreyfuss mad, but it's his vision. He creates various forms of art, he is inspired to create art through his vision. This is more than a space monkey film for me, it is about being a visionary and finding the right person in your life that understands and supports your vision.
"Lust For Life" 1956
I enjoy watching films about artists, even the overly dramatic ones such as this. Douglas and Quinn engage and battle one another, but for what means. One sees it his way the other his own way, time has given perspective that they were both right. Madness and genius has never been depicted so brilliantly on film.
An artist makes a film and decides to make art. Lager makes it look like he never wanted to stop working on this film, that he was exploring the possibilities. Illusions and delusions mesh together here creating movement and rhythm.
Do not watch this film, no wait watch it again. Did you see what I saw, you were tricked the way a magician will trick you every time. Dali puts his surrealism twist on a bit of cinema that you can not ever forget.
If you are to study cinema, then you need to see Deren's masterwork of dreaming and repetition. Maybe it's because I was thinking of this film that I dreamt about a man reading a book. As he read a page front and back he would then rip the page from the book and discard it. His partner asks why he was doing this, he tells her that he has a problem with losing his place and reading pages over again, so he rips the pages out as he finishes them in order to not repeat reading them.
Upon meeting Mr. Brakhage I told him that Mothlight was the most incredible film I'd ever seen. Soon after this he'd sent me a 16mm copy of the film as a gift. I put the film on a pair of rewinds and looked at it frame by frame. Breakage placed moth wings, grass and natural objects onto the film surface, printed this and recreated the flickering motion of a moth to a light. Simple, elegant, mind bending.
Of all the dedicated animators I've met leaf was simple about it all, she used sand on an underlie surface and moved it around while shooting one frame at a time. The tale of an owl and a goose as mismatched as could be, became a beauty to behold. Today the political correct ones would never let a film like this be created, thankfully leaf has left an enduring legacy and honoring of a unique culture and their storytelling.
How many reasons can I give to say that yes Bambi is one of my all time favorite films. Full of animals of the forest, full of joy and the sadness of death. Color schemes, the complications of animating four legged animals and the pureness of the animators hands shine through. Hand in hand with Smokey Bear I truly wish that people really would prevent forest fires.
I've met five of the Disney 'nine old men' before they passed away, at the Telluride Film Festival in 1978 I met Wolfgang Reitherman who spoke about animating Monstro the whale and other grand characters in this film. For years I thought that I would wake up one day and my cat Cactus Pete would become a 'real' boy. Pinocchio makes me believe that all things are possible and to stay away from people who will try to take you down the wrong path, but mostly that dreams can come true.
Action adventure in an animated film, character development to the point that you were riding on that wolf with her. The great stag forest spirit, everything in the forest is alive and I know this only too well. A walk in the forest is meditative and spiritually healing. Miyazaki is the real deal when it comes to animation master. I let an opportunity slip away to interview him many years ago when he was visiting the Disney studio in Florida, a regrettable mistake on my part.
Early documentary film by the american master photographer Curtis. Sure he had them be more dramatic, but isn't it worth his effort that he recorded an indigenous people on film for all time. Curtis has many flaws but love of saving a big piece of culture isn't one of them.
Music, dance, romance and comedy. Burns and Allen were such a great comedy team that I smile to this day thinking about Gracie Allen. Burns was her straight man and he egged her on, but she never told him that his viewpoint was wrong, just that hers was a different way of seeing something. Astaire as charming as ever, he knew that typical filming of his dancing would have cropped off his legs, he worked with directors to convince them that a long shot was the best way to film him. He was right and others took notice. There are many reasons we call our shop Two Graces, there are many wonderful and meaningful graces out there, goodnight Gracie.
I truly believe that I am blessed to be a sort of George Bailey, that I have a Clarence watching over me and the love of my wife making for a wonderful life. Stewart in the lead roll brings you along for the ride and puts you in his shoes. Along with his other 2 Capra films they show us the humanity we all seek among us. As meaningful and endearing as film can be.
For friends and mentors Shunsuke Yamaguchi, Dan Braun, Deac Rossell and Bob White.