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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
  16. What a great list of movies Mike. Especially, Ivan's Childhood, Come and See, Andrei Rublev and Burnt By The Sun. Don't forget, The Steamroller and The Violin, The Mirror and The Sacrafice also from Tarkovsky, There really is something very unique about Russian and Soviet cinema. A look and feel that has been passed down from artist to artist and is very Russian in nature. A signature that doesn't exist anywhere else.
  17. Hi allieharding, Another film came to mind that really gives good insight to Russian/ Soviet history. Have you seen Come and See from Elem Klimov? Similar in subject matter to Ivan's Childhood but more in feel to Andrei Rublev. I think its one of the great films of the 80's. ~~Mike~~
  18. Oliver Twist is one of the most awesome and beautiful epics of our time. I've never seen the telling of this story done with such intensity and dark and morbid imagery. I don't think this film could have been made in the US and worked on this level. Mainstream America always likes a sugar coated movie full of heros and squeeky clean kids who have never struggled with anything more then being grounded from their ipod and cell phones. Oliver Twist is a film of real beauty set agaist the back drop of a distrubing tragedy. One that shows what kids really go through in life and the strength and for
  19. Amen brother!!! I can't imagine TCM without some of the brilliant foreign films that have crossed my path over the years. Further more I can't imagine modern cinema with the influence of Bergman, Tarkovsky, Dreyer, De Sica, Ray, Kurosawa and countless others. Much of what we have in the film community today has been inspired by non-American film and its ability to break taboo's and create more realistic and radical stories and settings to give a more accurate perception of the human condition. Even looking at pure entertainment, I think a lot of today's crude comedy, sexual farces and vio
  20. I do agree. Rublev is rather a rough film to sit through but, it has grown on me with each viewing and I've grown to really love it. However, I agree fully about Ivan's Childhood. I have been watching that film regularly since I was an early teen and it has never lost its power an beauty. From Nikolai Burlyayev's acting to Vadim Yusov's usual perfection as the cinematographer, Ivan's Childhood is a truely brilliant statement about WWII, about children and about the Soviet experience in that time period. It's also directed with great care a reserve and holds a great dream like feel through out
  21. Hi I am soory I don't know but you may want to check out www.classicmoviekids.com I have found 100's of photo's of child actor gallaries going back to the early days of the silent era. Also ahve you types in "silent child star ann" in yahoo or other search engines? Anyway, good luck!!! ~~Mike~~
  22. I loved this movie. Even by todays standards I find it shocking and most entertaining. Lon Chaney is an acting genius and not just in this film. I've seen several of his silent's now and have never been disapointed by any of his work. I do hope one day that more of his movies, even the partial ones, will be released outside the industry. As well as as many survivng silent's in general. ~~Mike~~
  23. allieharding- Thanks for the comment. Have you seen The Steamroller and The Violin? It's a brilliant film from Tarkovsky. Not so much historical as it is a very solid glimps as to how children are brought up in Soviet- era Russia. It has a very good and universal feel about it. Especailly about the struggle of kids in general. Much more feel good then Tarkovsky is remembered for, but just as striking.
  24. RobertH Hi and thanks for the recommend. There are still a few of Tarkovsky's works that have slipped through the cracks and Solaris is one of them. I also haven't seen The Mirror yet and have heard a lot of praise about that one as well. ~~Mike~~
  25. Fateless is an amazing and unusual look at Gyuri Koves, a young Jewish Hungarian boy and his experience before, during and after the holocaust. Its unusual in the respect, that as this boy faces life each day in the hands of his potential destroyers, he sees an inner beauty and undeniable happiness in all things. I read so much about this film last year in Daily Variety and have had it on my must see list ever since. Fateless lives up to everything that I had expected from this film. From its acting to its amazing production design, Fateless is a rare film to come out of eastern Europe.
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