Magnet of Doom 1963
I will admit this loses some steam near the end but the breadth and scope of this film is wide, and for me its pleasures are many. The location shooting in New York and New Orleans is so visually delicious and makes me wonder what Melville and François Reichenbach could have done if they had teamed up.
As someone who is watching through Melville's films in a methodical way for the first time, I also just find it fascinating to…
I respect what other people took from this but it fell flat for me. It's a clever synthesis of many avant-garde effects that have been done very well in other films over the decades (thinking of works by Michael Snow, Clemens Klopfenstein, Philippe Garrel, to name a few) but with cheesy and trope-y horror elements that were obvious and cheap. I'm glad to go to the multiplex and see something different, but if this can get a moment to show in front of audiences, why can't anything truly cinematically bold get a shot as well?
Bongo juice and Nutella crepes