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Everything posted by safetylast15

  1. i dont think anybody should be stereotyping that people at a young age dont enjoy silents: im 19 years old, and i have a silent movie collection that contains more than one hundred films. i love silent films, and i think that they are now only appreciated by people that really love film. i am one of those people. my favorite directors are erich von stroheim and charlie chaplin, and ive seen multiple films by murnau, lang, pabst, griffith, sjostrom, vidor, niblo. they have now evolved into an acquired taste, and it is very understandalble that people dont enjoy them anymore. unless it's a charlie chaplin movie, my girlfriend falls asleep, and i dont get aggrivated (its when we're watching casablanca or the grand illusion when i get angered). also, if you dont like silent films, stay away from this forum. whats the point of wasting your time and disrespecting people for things that they enjoy?
  2. Persona (1966) Directed by Ingmar bergman Starring: Liv Ullman, bibi Andersson, Gunnar bjornstrand MGM DVD Release Persona is a mind blowing film. It is not easily accessible for those that are not familiar with the work of bergman, but after watching a few of his films, and understanding his style, this film will come to the viewer at full force, and will display why bergman is one of the greatest auteurs of all film history. The print on this dvd is pristine. There arent any cracks in the film, and it is presented in its original aspect ratio, and is in crystal clear black and white. Persona involves a theatre actress who stops talking during a performance of the Greek Tragedy, Electra. She is put in the hospital, and a nurse named Alma is chosen to care for her. Elisabet, the woman who doesnt speak, and Alma go off to a cottage where they spend every moment together, trying to cure Elisabet of her supposed sickness. Alma reveals her deepest secrets to Elisabet and what follows is open to interpretation, with each of the characters possibly blending into one. It is fascinating stuff. Throughout the film, bergman reminds the viewer that it is only a movie that we are watching, leading to one of the theories of the movie being about nothing. One must see it to understand it. The film is one of bergman's best, but one should start off with the Seventh Seal or Wild Strawberries before viewing this one. There are a few dvd extras on the disc, including an audio commentary, an interview with Liv Ullman, an interview with bibi Andersson, and a 27 minute documentary about the film. The commentary is decent, and it gives many perspectives on interpreting the film that would have gone unnoticed throughout a first viewing. The commentator knows what he is talking about, and he seems to have more fun than most commentators do on the dvd's. The supplementary interviews are pointless. Liv Ullman rambles on about her relationship with bergman, giving no new perspective on the film, while bibi andersson talks about her being the mediator for both bergman and Ullman. The documentary is basically a rehashing of what the viewer learned in the commentary, with a few little sections of an interview with Ingmar bergman. One must expect the extras to be lacking, because it is not a Criterion release. Despite the poor supplementary material, I would definitely encourage anyone to rent this film, and then if they are intrigued by the quality of film-making, go out and buy it. It is a wonderful joy to watch, and one to leave you thinking.
  3. I bought a japanese import of Jean Renoir's Toni, and the english subtitles were a mess. Things came out saying "go store to will me?" It was horrible. Every translation was unreadale. I wouldnt recommend any japanese imported foreign films.
  4. These are just a few that i can think of off the top of my head: La Roue (1922) Greed (1924) The big Parade (1925) The Crowd (1928) A Lon Chaney Collection, feat: He Who Gets Slapped (1924) The Unholy Three (1925 & 1930) West of Zanzibar (1928) La Chienne (1931) Zero for Conduct (1933) All of Ingmar bergman's early works The Magician (1959) Life of the Marionettes There are more, but that's all i can think of right now
  5. why are foreign films referred to as being a completely different genre than american films? to me, film is film, whether it is in english, french, german, dutch, whatever. It doesnt make sense how a film that was made by victor sjostrom in sweden is considered foreign, while the films that he made in america arent, even though they came from the same mind. i dont think it should be a seperate category at all. film is film. to me, the only difference is the language, and thats not much of a difference at all. im not bashing the name of this forum, which is foreign language films, because that is the appropriate title, but to the people that say "i dont enjoy foreign films", just because you cant understand the language, does not mean that it is no less powerful than a spielberg film.
  6. safetylast15

    la roue

    does anyone know where i can get a copy of abel gance's 1923 film "la roue"? i cant find it anywhere, and i really want to see it.
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