Drama

Semih Kaplanoglu – Süt AKA Milk (2008)

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A high school graduate, Yusuf could not pass the university entrance exam. Writing poetry is his greatest passion and some of his poems are being printed in various obscure literary journals. But neither these poems, nor the rapidly falling price of the milk they sell, are being of any benefit to Yusuf and Zehra’s lives. When Yusuf finds out about Zehra’s secret affair with the town’s stationmaster he gets disconcerted. Will he find the way to cope with his anxiety for the unknown future, the rapid change that he is going through and the pain of taking a step into adulthood and leaving his youth behind? (IMDb) Read More »

Franco Zeffirelli – Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

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Description: “Jesus of Nazareth” is by far the most detailed movie on the life of Christ. I remember when it first aired on TV back in April of 1977. That was the week of my wedding and I remember watching it with my new bride on our honeymoon. Because of it’s length and as a mini series it was able to cover most all the events in Jesus’s life. There are many scenes and which I would say are some of my favorites but by far the best scene in the whole movie is when Earnest Borgnine, playing a Roman Centurian, approaches Jesus with a request that he heal a servant of his. A servant he loves as a son. Jesus says he will go to his home. The Centurian says that it won’t be necessary since Jesus is a Jew and can’t come into a Gentiles home. All Jesus has to do is give the word and he knows that Jesus would heal his servant. Jesus says that he has found no greater faith in all Israel than that of this Centurian. Although there were some artistic interpretations in the movie, they are so very few it isn’t worth mentioning. I have seen the “Passion of the Christ” and I feel it is a very powerful movie on the last week of Christ, but it is so intense. I have to give “Jesus of Nazareth” the highest rating possible. (buttuglybiker – IMDB). Read More »

Ingmar Bergman – Bildmakarna aka The Picturemakers (2000)

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The Image Makers (Swedish original title: Bildmakarna) is a 2000 Swedish TV drama directed by Ingmar Bergman and written by Per Olov Enquist.The play was originally written for and staged by the Royal Dramatic Theatre (featuring the same cast), where it premiered on Feb 13, 1998 (directed by Bergman). Following the success of the stage production, it was adapted for Swedish television (SVT) in 2000 with Bergman as a director.The Image Makers portrays an odd meeting of four great Swedish artists: author Selma Lagerlöf, actress Tora Teje, film director Victor Sjöström and film photographer Julius Jaenzon. The drama is set in the year 1920 at Swedish Filmstudios where the great silent film director Victor Sjöström is shooting the silent film The Phantom Carriage, an adaptation of Lagerlöf’s popular novel Körkarlen. He has now invited the book’s grand authoress to take a first look at some early scenes… Read More »

Marlen Khutsiyev – Mne dvadtsat let (Мне двадцать лет) AKA I am Twenty (1964)

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Communism, youth and adulthood in 1960s Russia

Review:
Half Godard, half serious but worthy drama, with an unexpected bit of propaganda thrown in for good measure, Khutsiev’s 3-hour epic is an
interesting, serious and even fun look at Moscow circa 1964. Some of it is idealized and lying: the clean communal apartments without alcoholics, the bright streets unlittered. Some of it is truthful and
feels true, even if Russians of that generation hadn’t confirmed its truthfulness post-screening. Its all blended together so well, though, that truth and falsehood make a single fascinating film. Read More »

Joon-ho Bong, Leos Carax & Michel Gondry – Tokyo! (2008)

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This triptych of tales set in the titular city of Tokyo suggests an Eastern version of NEW YORK STORIES, but there is a significant difference: in this case, none of the three writer-directors (two French and one Korean) are natives; consequently, their short films emerge less as love letters to the city than as skewed points of view from outsiders looking in on what what they consider to be a strange, exotic land, bordering on a freak show. With their surreal touches, fanciful symbolism, and at least one outright refernce to Japanese kaiju cinema, TOKYO! emerges as a boderline genre effort – not quite a fantasy film but definitely a curious piece of cinefantatique. Unfortunately, the weirdness is not always entertaining – in some cases it is merely boring – but there is enough going on to make this interesting for fans of art house cinema. Read More »

Various – O Estado do Mundo aka State of the World (2007)

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O Estado do Mundo is a compilation of 6 different short movies, retracting differents views of people above the world, showing people from different continents.

Luminous People from Thailand.
People traveling from Thailand to Laos on a boat, most part of the people seems to be dislocated with the travel, every one lost in their own reverie.

Germano from Brasil.
Some fishermans are trying to explore different parts of the ocean, trying to find better fishes and unpolluted areas. In their trip, their boat broke down, and they need help to back home safely.

One Way from India.
A man travel from Nepal to India. At his new country, he’s working as a security man, thinking about his trip, his expectations from a new and free Nepal and his future. Read More »

Olivier Assayas – Irma Vep (1996)

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Quote:Maggie Cheung is a martial arts movie star from Hong Kong. She has just arrived in Paris to play the lead role in a TV-remake of the 1915 silent movie serial “Vampires” by Louis Feuillade, to be directed by René Vidal. Maggie is to reinterpret the part originally played by Musidora as a modern Irma Vep more in the style of Catwoman in Batman 2. Alone in Paris without a word of French, struggling to communicate in awkward English with people who speak it no better than she, Maggie muddles through the mists of jetlag and the ups and downs of daily life on the shoot, trying to figure out what people really want from her. link Read More »