projects

Mr. Cassavetes and Mr. Pasolini

Thu, 2007-09-13 12:12

Two more films seen by directors on this list.

I watched A Child is Waiting by Cassavetes. It was very, very good. Curiously, it makes me feel especially the universal weakness of the human race - how fun!

Last night I watched Mamma Roma (bad, bad wikipedia article!). Quite a good film, Anna Magnani does a great job. Surprisingly abrupt ending.

Here are the directors left:

  • Tarkovsky
  • Visconti
  • von Stroheim
  • Mankiewicz
  • Marker
  • Dovzhenko
  • Flaherty
  • Rocha

I've got a Mankiewicz on Tivo, a Dovzhenko on VHS(!) from the library on the coffee table, and holds on a Tarkovsky, a Marker, and a Visconti. The list will soon be even shorter...

Fassbinder

Wed, 2007-09-05 23:16

In my continuing project to see a film by every director on this list, I watched Fassbinder's Ali: Fear Eats the Soul tonight. It was fantastic. Amazing cinematography of simple settings, great acting, very human story. I loved it.

I also watched Hsiao-Hsien Hou's Cafe Lumiere, which was terribly empty. It had some nice city shots, but nothing else to recommend it.

I saw Kiarostami's A Taste of Cherry. A very simple film, good acting, but I wish it was just a little less minimal, and a touch of humor (even the slightest touch) would have helped.

I watched Max Ophul's Lola Montes, too. Just terrible, though I thought at first that the circus scenes were really going to make the movie work for me.

So, I've got 10 directors left:

  • Tarkovsky
  • Visconti
  • Cassavetes
  • Pasolini
  • von Stroheim
  • Mankiewicz
  • Marker
  • Dovzhenko
  • Flaherty
  • Rocha

Rome, Open City

Sat, 2007-09-01 00:09

I watched Rome, Open City by director Roberto Rossellini tonight. I thought it was very powerful, and sad, another reminder of mankind's cruelty: hooray!

I watched it as part of a little project I've set for myself to see at least one movie by all 100 top directors at the
They Shoot Picture's Don't They? site. When I started this project, I had 25 director's films to see; with Rossellini out of the way, I've got 14 left:

  • Tarkovsky
  • Ophuls
  • Visconti
  • Cassavetes
  • Kiarostami
  • Fassbinder
  • Pasolini
  • von Stroheim
  • Mankiewicz
  • Marker
  • Hsiao-Hsien Hou
  • Dovzhenko
  • Flaherty
  • Rocha

I've been putting holds on DVDs at the library - it's been very effective, and a nice way to spend part of my summer.