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About XBergmanX

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  1. MikeBSG, If you liked "Before The Fall" you might be interested in another Picture This release called "King Of Theives". It's a very good film. A German?Czech production I believe.
  2. dfordoom, "I think they are different. It's not just a matter of language, if you look at Spanish films or German films or whatever there's a different aesthetic, a different tone. If you go from Bergman, say, or Godard, or Fellini, and then go to American movies of the same era it's a whole different cinematic world. " I agree fully with this one. Even in modern foreign cinema there is a deffinate feal that is embodied in films, produced outside the states. Even when it comes to foreign directors making english language movies. Like Inarritu- Babel, 21 Grams, Cuaron- Children Of Men and lots of others. I am disappointed that the current mind set isn't open to non-english cinema. I was raisned on non-english movies and cant's imagine my life without Bergman, De Sica, Truffaut, Tarkovski, Fellini and countless others.
  3. I'd like to add Michael Haneke's early films. He resently did "Cache" but his earlier Austrian films are some of the very best of the ninties. "The Seventh Continent", "Benny's Video", "71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance" and "Funny Games" are all some of the most disturbing film out of the region in a long time. And in the case of Benny's Video, a pretty accurate prediction about modern violence and children.
  4. XBergmanX

    The Penalty

    Did anyone else watch The Penalty two weeks ago? I loved it!!! It really met my expectations and I've been wanting to see it for a long time. Lon Chaney is a genius as usual. I'd really like to see the surviving pieces of the film where Lon is a train conductor and Oliver Twist. Does anyone know if either of them have been run on TCM? ~~Mike~~
  5. Hard one to call especially since my opinion changes regularly but... I'd have to say Ingmar Bergman, Vittorio De Sica and Francois Truffaut. As far as modern/ recent foreign directors I would have to say Bille August, Guiseppe Tornatore and Zhang Yimou
  6. Definately Ordet and Dreyer. Pretty certain it's Danish. Ordet really is a masterpiece. It's available on criterion dvd if you're interested.
  7. No problem. I can't tell you how many times I have watched that film this year. Sometimes when I'm working I'll put that dvd in and and just have the music playing in the background. Very haunting and beautiful. Attached to this is my updated view on this film. Michael is one of the best films Ive seen recently as the TCM Sunday Silent Feature. Carl Dreyer, as usual, provides an unflinching and very adult view of love, of growing older and of the unfeeling and uncaring nature of man. Wlater Slezak plays a struggling artist who is taken in by one of the worlds more renowned painters. It is here, that Micheal begins modeling for his new master. Bringing them both much fame and recognition. It is obvious, the sexual desire that is shown toward the young Michael by the much older painter. A sexual desire that eventually turns in to a need to be the young man's father figure. Something Michael handdles and accepts with ease and mutual desire as well. Their lives are suddenly put in turmoil when a young female model comes to be painted and Michael falls in love with her. A love triangle destined to be dirty and full of betreyal. Rather shocking stuff actually. Walter Slezak brilliantly carries a great deal of class and sex appeal throughout the whole film He really is beautiful and carries a great talent for the art of silent acting.but,... it is the cinematography that really struck me. Karl Freund did one of the best jobs Ive seen in a silent. With his brilliant use of lighting and irises, every frame of Michael is a poem in images. Well thought out and executed. The production design is also very beautiful and detailed. Complimenting the costumes and hair styles of the time. Also, I must compliment the music which was compiled and performed by Neal Kurz. It really fit the movie and the dark, almost morbid, feeling of the film. I have now watched Michael 8 times since it aired at the end of last year and I find myself more and more taken by it with each viewing. Oh yeah, I thought the movie figurines- Chaplin, Coogan...- in Michael's bedroom were a great touch. This film is typical Dreyer. Even without spoken dialogue, Michael is a film based on characters, what they have to say and the lives that they lead. It is a pretty solid glimpse in to a time long gone. Ideas now forgotten and even better, a slight look at how society viewed homosexuality nearly a hundred years ago. I really love this film and hold it higher the any other silent I have seen to date. Granted there are 100's I would like to see that will more then likely have a greater impact on me. As for the 30 or so that I have seen, Michael has been my favorite. ~~Mike~~
  8. Wowo I'm so envious that you have seen Oliver Twist with Lon Chaney and Jackie Coogan. It's one that I have wanted to see for a long time. As far as my favorites of Chaney??? I would have to put all the ones I've seen. I have never been let down by one of his films. But here they are.... The Unholy Three - silent The Penalty The Unknown The Hunchback Of Notre Dame The Phantom Of The Opera If I had to pick one out to stand higher then the other I don't think I could pick between The Unholy Three and The Penalty. They are both amazing production.
  9. XBergmanX

    The Unholy Three

    Amen to that jinva!!! And with most of the computers coming out with Media Center and TEVO and the ability to record TV, it's going to happen a lot more then they could have ever prepared for. At least with VHS in past years they would put a lot of the films out and just charge an arm and a leg for it. It's sad that no one seems to want to risk any loss what so ever and make the die hard fans happy by putting limited copies out on dvd. I remember spending $90.00 for a vhs copy of Shoeshine and I never regreted paying that much for a studio copy. Sure I had to save for it, but in the end my excitment about having it and the joy I got watching it more then made up for the money. Hopefully over time this will be a worst case scenerio for dvd. Best case would be that they can mass produce them for pennies and spread the copies out to everyone that wants one. At a reasonable price and for as long as there is interest for them.
  10. I remembered Russian Ark as well. Modern but very groundbreaking as well. Have you seen it or Father and Son from the same director?
  11. Jack, He did direct other material but just not for the theatres. Saraband was given a very limited release here in the states in addition to several festivals and cinematheque screenings it played at. I do believe you are right, that it was made for Swedish TV. I wasn't able to travel to see it in theatres. I had to wait and see it on dvd. I read about it late last year in Variety and I hoped it would have made it to the Cocteau Theatre in Santa Fe but it never did. To bad actually. I was 3 or 4 years old when Fanny and Alexander hit theatres and I've never had a chance to see one of Bergman's films on the big screen.
  12. You know something, that never occured to me. Good point Jack.
  13. What is everyone's favorite Ingmar Bergman film? Mine is Fanny and Alexander. Still, in my opinion, the greatest and most important film ever made. From Bergman's direction to Nykvist's usual poetic cinematography, to Bertil Guve's, Allen Edwall, Gunn Wallgren's and Erland Josephson's Oscar worthy performances, this is a flawless film. The soul of a boy was filmed. The happiness, sadness and glory of a youth dragged to point of destruction by organized religion and an abusive stepfather. A culmination of 40 years of flawless film making!!!
  14. When I heard about Saraband for the first time.. My jaw hit the floor. Its been nearly 25 years since Ingmar Bergman has directed a theatrical feature and he has been very firm in keeping it that way. He once said that film was special and that he had never made a film that he was disappointed in. That is why he retired from feature films after Fanny and Alexander. He didn't want to tarnish the worlds perception of his work and risk getting older and having a less then desireable project added to a nearly flawless career. He has written several brilliant screenplays- Best Intentions, Sunday's Children, Faithless and so on- in that time and produced and directed hundreds of stage productions, but as for directing film, he has been silent for a long time. To long in my opinion. Saraband is proof of that. Saraband was released theatrically last year and fits every expectation Ingmar's supporters have always had of him. In style its very comparable to his films Hour of the Wolf, Shame and The Passion of Anna but in its screenplay it fits the usual Bergman ideas about the uncertainty of old age, the destructive nature of family and the undeniable need for personal resolve in life. Erland Josephson and Liv Ullman are brilliant. This has been said for decades but they have both mastered Bergman's style of directing and writing. Playing a divorced couple, reuniting after more then a decade apart from each other, they are flawless in this picture. Their skills as actors has aged in to something very special and powerful. There is much tenderness in their chemistry together. A tenderness and respect that can only come from the many years they have spent together as artists and furthermore as friends. Saraband is harsh and disturbing as to be expected from Bergman but I did sense a little more optomism about life and God then Ingmar's screenplays are known for. I know the death of Bergman's last wife really hit him hard and he has been changed as a person because of it. In fact his doubts about the very existance of God have changed completely, as he has faced his isolation in the house they lived in before she died, for more then 20 years. He says he has felt her there still. Just faintly feeling that her existance didn't come to an end and that she still goes on in spirit with him. You can see this in Saraband. However you can still see a great mistrust and anger toward a "silent God" who sits on his throne and relishes in the suffering of his children here on earth. The true resolve is embodied in the need for family and the love for family members that exsists within people. Even when it is impossible to show that need outwardly. A realisation that always comes to late. I love Bergman's films and dare I say Bergman himself. I have never been able to relate to someones personaltiy and ideas as much as his. Through his films, novels and interviews he has spoken a great deal of truth about our existance as humans and mans inhumanty toward his fellow man. Saraband is a much needed statement in our time. Something that could only be said by Bergman. Said through his unwavering mastery of the screen, the stage and the pen.
  15. This sort movie is usually not my cup of tea. However, every time i've seen it, it has more then held my attention. I've really enjoyed it. Its fun, its scary and it has a really good screenplay. It does fall in to the same type of modern slasher flick as House of a 1,000 Corpses, and Chainsaw Massacre but, I think it was much better. The acting is more convincing and it felt like they took more time creating a realistic setting for this families demise. Granted, I am from New Mexico, The Land Of Entrapment, The Land Of Weird and for that reason I guess there was a personal connection with this film for me. I am talking about the unrated version. Its full of shock value and disturbing imagery which normally doesn't make a great film. It makes a blockbuster. In this case it works rather well. If you haven't seen the Unrated DVD and are looking for a no think, good time movie. This is a good one. Anyone else like or dislike it?
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