i think i saw an ozu film in school once; it was really pretty, but i remember falling asleep midway through. then again, it may have been an early one of kurosawa's. pardon my ignorance/shabby memory.
tonight i watched bresson's "the diary of a country priest" and i really dug it, even though it was on a vhs tape & from a pretty badly deteriorated print. i found it quite, uh, downlifting, though very compelling. i just wish it had been a better print; i think the experience would have been greatly enhanced.
dunno if schrader discusses this elsewhere, but i can totally see how one could trace a connection from the priest in this movie to travis bickle, or, for that matter, george c. scott's character in "hardcore".
just curious as to what y'all think of these three directors. next i'm planning on checking out a dreyer film. recommendations, thoughts, reprimands, etc?
― Dallas Yertle (Dallas Yertle), Monday, 20 October 2003 09:10 (fifteen years ago) link
― Girolamo Savonarola, Monday, 20 October 2003 15:10 (fifteen years ago) link
― Anthony (Anthony F), Monday, 20 October 2003 16:18 (fifteen years ago) link
Dreyer:The Parson's Widow (1920)Leaves from Satan's Book (1921)Mikael (1924)Master of the House (1925)The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)Vampyr (1932)Day of Wrath (1943)Ordet (1955)Gertrud (1964)
Bresson:Angels of the Streets (1943)The Ladies of the Bois de Boulogne (1945)Diary of a Country Priest (1950)A Man Escaped (1956)Pickpocket (1959)Au hasard Balthazar (1966)Mouchette (1967)Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)Lancelot of the Lake (1974)The Devil, Probably (1977)L'Argent (1983)
Ozu:I Was Born, But… (1932)A Story of Floating Weeds (1934) The Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (1941)The Record of a Tenement Gentleman (1947)Late Spring (1949)Early Summer (1951)Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952)Tokyo Story (1953)Early Spring (1956)Equinox Flower (1958)Floating Weeds (1959)Good Morning (1959)An Autumn Afternoon (1962)
Schrader:Blue Collar (1978)Hardcore (1979)American Gigolo (1980)Cat People (1982)Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)Light of Day (1987)Patty Hearst (1988)The Comfort of Strangers (1990)Light Sleeper (1991)Affliction (1997)
― Girolamo Savonarola, Monday, 20 October 2003 17:55 (fifteen years ago) link
Dreyer: The Passion of Joan of Arc
Ozu: Tokyo Story/Floating Weeds
Pretty much everything Schrader isn't notorious/famous for, with the possible exception of Light Sleeper.
― adaml (adaml), Tuesday, 21 October 2003 07:40 (fifteen years ago) link
― Gear! (Gear!), Tuesday, 11 November 2003 07:49 (fifteen years ago) link
Life-changing? Is he exaggerating?
See the film.
― Ernest P. (ernestp), Tuesday, 11 November 2003 15:41 (fifteen years ago) link
― amateur!st (amateurist), Tuesday, 11 November 2003 18:38 (fifteen years ago) link
― PVC (peeveecee), Tuesday, 11 November 2003 23:21 (fifteen years ago) link
― Dallas Yertle (Dallas Yertle), Wednesday, 12 November 2003 00:10 (fifteen years ago) link
― Eric H. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 12 November 2003 06:54 (fifteen years ago) link
I try to treat my parents better than I have done in the past. Seriously.
― Ernest P. (ernestp), Wednesday, 12 November 2003 12:23 (fifteen years ago) link
― Eric H. (Eric H.), Thursday, 13 November 2003 22:51 (fifteen years ago) link
― Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 3 March 2006 16:10 (thirteen years ago) link
― J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Saturday, 4 March 2006 00:22 (thirteen years ago) link
see A Man Escaped, wow.
― Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 4 March 2006 18:40 (thirteen years ago) link
― ryan (ryan), Saturday, 4 March 2006 22:14 (thirteen years ago) link
Brooklyn retro for Dreyer; JRo in Artforum:
― Dr Morbius, Friday, 13 March 2009 19:24 (ten years ago) link
The library finally got a copy of the Criterion version of Gertrud. Yes?
― The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 May 2011 18:07 (eight years ago) link
d thomson speaks v highly of it in his biographical dictionary, but i found it a bit of a snooze the one time i saw it in a cinema - lots of long, long takes and tracking shots and repressed emotions and so on.
saw day of wrath again v recently and that has aged much better, imho - really shows off dreyer's genius for capturing all the emotions/feelings flitting across the faces of his v closely scrutinised subjects.
― Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 19:44 (eight years ago) link
Gertrud was a snooze – enervated Bergman.
Yeah, Day of Wrath scared the hell out of me when I saw it five years ago on crappy VHS. Now that the library stocks the Criterion edition, I might check it out again.
― The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 7 June 2011 18:06 (eight years ago) link
Given how my tastes in movies (and, well, everything) have devolved in the last five years or so, there's no way I'm RESCREENING Gertrud anytime soon. I'll just keep calling it a masterpiece.
― scissorlocks and the three bears (Eric H.), Tuesday, 7 June 2011 18:09 (eight years ago) link
No reason to watch Gertrud when most of the horror movies you like convey existential dread more convincingly.
― The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 7 June 2011 18:10 (eight years ago) link
But how many so successfully convey the smug masochism of preemptive sexual lobotomization?
― scissorlocks and the three bears (Eric H.), Tuesday, 7 June 2011 18:18 (eight years ago) link
Gertrud was a snooze
i have to agree. i know dreyer is meant to be a master but stagy acting and that looking off into the distance while speaking reminded me of that bit in "love and death" when the characters say "wheat....wheat"
― subaltern 8 (Michael B), Wednesday, 25 December 2013 03:02 (five years ago) link
Saw Schrader's The Comfort of Strangers in 35mm tonight, adapted by Pinter from Ian McEwan's novel. It is WACK. And maybe the best of PS's violent bisexual fetish movies.
― the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 19 May 2015 04:12 (four years ago) link
― Anne of the Thousand Gays (Eric H.), Wednesday, 22 November 2017 17:49 (one year ago) link
American Gigolo might've been better as a silent; looks great and sleek, silly whenever anyone talks for too long. Was that Mozart piece at the end used in Pickpocket?
― a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 4 July 2019 13:52 (one month ago) link
“Don’t get me started on Brian De Palma. I re-watched ‘Redacted’ last night because (I) thought that given total artistic freedom he could reach for the stars. And he did. But the stars were beyond his reach. The script is trite, it is weak. That’s because Brian is trite, Brian is artistically weak. Skate fast on thin ice. That’s his story. That’s his con.”
― Pauline Male (Eric H.), Thursday, 4 July 2019 15:48 (one month ago) link
I watched AG again over Memorial Day weekend; it looked better than it ever had.
― TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 4 July 2019 15:55 (one month ago) link