i see this mentioned less than other lee chang-dong films, but i think it's his best. loved it a lot more than "burning". the emotional dynamics at work are no worse than normal, just the regular sadness and dread. it's essentially suicifuel lol.
so i finally got around to watching the final john cazale film... PAIN.
i know it's somewhat common knowledge by now that the wedding scene is quite clearly a painful detriment to the film, it's easily the most dragging first act i've ever seen myself. don't get me wrong i'm all for unusual lengths, seriously i mean it when i say that i strongly believe how in an ideal world all films would be at least 180-240 minutes long. but…
my ethics professor, of all people, brought up the sauna scene out of the blue earlier today which convinced me to rewatch this classic again (btw please inject everything about that fight directly into my brain lol) and damn baby it's better than i remember. i’ve probably seen it 6-7 times by now and it only gets comfier every rewatch.
apparently cronenberg studied russian gang culture for like 3 years before creating this film. and during shooting, mortensen went into…