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I wake up with film and go to sleep with film, everything in between is also filled with film.

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  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    The Passion of Joan of Arc

    ★★★★

    It was interesting to watch Dreyer's famous The Passion of Joan of Arc after having seen Bresson's lesser known The Trial of Joan of Arc. The former is claustrophobic and visceral, whereas the latter is more peaceful and spiritual.

    Unlike Bresson, Dreyer was interested in the earthly role that Joan played, not so much her spiritual connection to the Holy. Dreyer meticulously copied from the Bibliothèque Nationale's original record of the trial of Joan of Arc. It can be said…

  • The Trial of Joan of Arc

    The Trial of Joan of Arc

    Schrader writes in Transcedental Style in Film that "Each protagonist [in Bresson's films] struggles to free himself from his everyday environment, to find a proper metaphor for his passion. This struggle leads Michel to prison, Fontaine to freedom, and the priest and Joan to martyrdom."

    I believe that the above quote is most obvious in the last case of Joan in The Trial of Joan of Arc. We all know her story, we all know her ending. But the beautiful…

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  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★

    What many people don't pick up from First Man, is that it shows a double dynamic. Reaching the moon certainly did change human perspective (also for the good), and partly as a result we came to think of the earth, not as an infinite resource, but as an organism in which we are intertwined. I believe that reaching the moon did indirectly raise awareness of global warming, and man's influences upon it.

    However, it was a ridiculous task to send…

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★★

    I could admire Roma on the same screen as some of the greatest masterpieces; for example, the restored version for Stalker, and the restored 70mm's for Lawrence of Arabia and 2001: A Space Odyssey. I am usually far from jumping to conclusions, but herewith I am sure: Roma ranks right among these timeless masterpieces, as one of the best cinematic works ever to exist.

    The surround sound is beyond perfection, it literally circles around the viewer - I have never…