!! please ignore my ratings outside of the ones I've logged in my diary, will fix them soon !!
it's a uniquely human fantasy that things will get better, born perhaps of the uniquely human understanding that things will not.
this doesn't just warrant a second viewing, it almost requires one. previously insignificant details; lines of dialogue, facial expressions, narrative contradictions, and even entire scenes take on whole new meanings. as you spend less time working out what things symbolise, you can spend more reflecting on them.
watching this and knowing - from the start - exactly what is being shown, you realise what a profoundly lonely, tragic film it is.
I’ve seen two Kobayashi films now and they’ve both been genuinely brilliant, can’t wait to watch Kwaidan when I get back home! The first was The Human Condition, which, if there was any doubt left in your mind, destroys the notion that war can be anything but brutal and destructive. With Harakiri he now dismantles the Samurai’s claims to honour, and lays bare the hypocrisy of that facade - but more universally, that of any dogmatic adherence to codes and…
Do you ever put off watching a classic in the fear that it will never live up to its lofty reputation? Well, The Passion of Joan of Arc did not disappoint.
I said just yesterday after watching A Woman Under the Influence that it had been a while since a character had affected me as deeply as Mabel Longhetti, but it wasn’t a long wait for the next. Jeanne Falconetti's portrayal of the French martyr is astonishing, not least in…