L’Histoire d’Adèle H. Isabelle Adjani going the absolute 100% (obsessive unrequited love for a military officer leads to her downfall etc etc…) And maybe from François Truffaut’s output more worth a watch nowadays than a lot of others.
Slow Cinema! No petrol tankers exploding! What’s it all about? It’ll never catch on. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1976).
“A simple man loves his job as a parking enforcement officer / traffic warden. When he discovers he is dying, he just wants everything to stay the way it is.” Time Expired – (freely available on youtube). With the best will in the world, and in my opinion only, it’s not a “profound meditation onContinue reading “Time Expired”
Aki Kaurismäki, the quintessence of, in a five minute clip. The Man Without a Past (2002) Aki Kaurismaki / Excerpts.
No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter. Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, plus Terence Rigby and Michael Kitchen, from around 1975. I have never clicked with Pinter, just one of those things. The first half has lots of Webster hints and half-quotes, the second ditto with Eliot.
Blade on the Feather (1980) by Dennis Potter. Essentially, never trust an old Etonian. Recommended despite the presence of Tom Conti – what higher recommendation could there be? Donald Pleasence does his usual Rolls-Royce acting bit, and there aren’t too many of the usual Potter preoccupations to tick off… but obviously there have to beContinue reading “Blade on the Feather: Dennis Potter”
Black Moon (1975, dir Louis Malle). They do come weirder than this, although not too much. Presumably Malle was trying to channel Bunuel here, if that’s not being harsh on him.
The Small Back Room (1949) – YouTube. A Powell & Pressburger film that gets forgotten about, presumably because it’s black and white. Includes Michael Gough, and Sid James with traces of his original South African accent.
Le Bon Plaisir (1984) – YouTube. Topical, or what… Trintignant as President of the Republique, Deneuve as an old friend (with a young son).
The White Bus (1967). This film contains, apparently, Anthony Hopkins’s first screen role – towards the end, blink and you’ll miss it… Many years ago, I used to see Lindsay Anderson (as a rather infirm and bent-over old chap) every Saturday morning, waiting for Finchley Road Waitrose to open… We mainly talked about the WaitroseContinue reading “Lindsay Anderson – The White Bus (1967)”