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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
  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.
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    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 pai
  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. 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
  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 Ber
  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, Sund
  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 thi
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