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Old 07-03-2015, 11:09 AM   #826
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re scripting... it's a film by film basis really. Obviously it's always important, but going back to my Fury Road discussion earlier for example, poor or on-nose dialog isn't a negative really, but the scripting also applies to the film's exquisite structure and so on and that's the main take-away. Versus say, a Lubitsch or Wilder film or something where the dialog is more crucial than the structure.
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Alright, I went to this movie. once again panicking about where I parked, but what else is new?
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John Frankenheimer's The Train is maybe one of the best films I've ever seen.
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Alright, I went to this movie. once again panicking about where I parked, but what else is new?

You went to Duelle? Thoughts?

Shame they couldn't get an actual print; I talked to the girl who programmed the thing afterwards and she said the French Film and TV office that was supposed to hook it up told her it was lost in the mail or something. WTF? So even though they showed it digitally, still nice to see it on the big screen and with an audience.

I'm looking forward to going to this series every month now.
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Well, first and foremost, I know you all want to know that my car was, once again, fine, I've gotta stop freaking out about parking meters.

Anyways, I enjoyed the film very much, but I don't know if I was just uncomfortable in my seat (the gentlemen in front of me was *just* tall enough that the top of his head was blocking the subtitles, so I had to keep shifting around), or if I just legitimately felt this way, but despite being an hour shorter than C&J, I felt like this movie was much slower. I loved the noir look and feel, I really liked the humor in the beginning, and I wish it had lasted through the whole film. There were a lot of characters to love and the story felt really unique. It looked so different from C&J, too, which really surprised me. Cinematography was my favorite part of the film, but I also did enjoy the back and forth of who was good, who was bad, etc. Again, nice noir influence there.

Also, I loved the tea party scene. Low key, Rivette's favorite book/movie is clearly Alice in Wonderland.

As for the theater itself, I'm not sure how I feel. I'm glad you mentioned there was a foul up with the print, because when I saw that DVD player Play button logo I was pissed. $12 to watch a DVD? And the sound quality was atrocious. I love watching movies with other people, and I realize it's LA so prices are going to be higher, but I just kinda expected more. But, now that I know this wasn't the normal situation, I'll gladly give it another try.
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Yeah, the programmed seemed genuinely bummed that she couldn't get the print. But she said she wanted to show the film so bad, and since it's a rarity anyway I can see the reasoning behind just showing it regardless.

You're right on about the cinematography--imagine how good this would have looked on 35mm. Hopefully one day there will be a nice Blu-ray to watch.

The structure is what I find most interesting. Basically every scene is with two people, which builds toward that scene at the halfway point where every character is at that same nightclub. And after the brief showdown between the two goddesses (such amazing visuals), it goes back to two-person scenes for the rest of the film.

This one is definitely worth reading about on that Rivette website I mentioned before. His whole plan for the 4-film series was really interesting, and it's a shame he was only able to complete two of them. W/r/t the acting (which is heavily stylized), I love these instructions for how he wanted his players to move on camera:

Then, during shooting, each "unit" (each block-sequence) will be subjected to a method designed to break down not only conventional dramatic techniques but also the more recent conventions of improvisation with all the prolixities and cliches it entails (hesitations, provocations, etc.), and to establish an ecriture based on actions, movements, attitudes, the actor's 'gestural', in other words. The ambition of these films is to discover a new approach to acting in the cinema, where speech, reduced to essential phrases, to precise formulas, would play a role of 'poetic' punctuation. Not a return to the silent cinema, neither pantomime nor choreography: something else, where the movement of bodies, their counterpoint, their inscription within the screen space, would be the basis of the mise en scene.

Plus you have that on-screen piano player appearing in all those random scenes, which was a brilliant, winking move by Rivette. What also impresses me is how Juliet Berto went from playing her very talkative, loose role as Céline right to this very controlled performance in the next film.

Anyway, whole article here:

jacques-rivette.com: For the shooting of Les Filles du Feu

There are more about the film but that's the best primer.
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Cool, thanks, I will check out some of those articles. I hadn't had a chance to follow up on any of that last week, but I will definitely at some point this week. Maybe tomorrow.

I completely missed that that was Céline. That character was brilliant, too.

And I'm glad to know there was some purposeful attempt at a call towards silent film, because there were some moments where I thought to myself that the acting reminded me a lot of that. Sometimes I can be on target, lol.
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Favorite movies of the decade (2010-) [because boredom]

Another Year (Leigh, 2010)
Blackhat (Mann, 2015)
Certified Copy (Kiarostami, 2010)
Cosmopolis (Cronenberg, 2012)
The Day He Arrives (Hong, 2011)
Don't Go Breaking My Heart (To, 2011)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Anderson, 2014)
The Grandmaster (Wong, 2013)
The Homesman (Jones, 2014)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Coen, 2013)
Insidious: Chapter 1 & Chapter 2 (Wan, 2010/2013)
Like Someone in Love (Kiarostami, 2012)
Mad Max: Fury Road (Miller, 2015)
Melancholia (von Trier, 2011)
Shutter Island (Scorsese, 2010)
The Skin I Live In (Almodovar, 2011)
Star Trek: Into Darkness (Abrams, 2013)
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Weerasethakul, 2010)
The World's End (Wright, 2013)
You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet (Resnais, 2012)
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I'm glad to see some Into Darkness love. It seems so many people hate it. Also, the first two Insidious' (Insidii?) are two of my favorite in the horror genre and some of my favorites in general. Unfortunately, I rarely get to watch them because my wife is a scaredy cat.
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This could be ? good?

Ben Affleck plans to direct, star in a new Batman movie
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Gone Baby Gone was great.
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And Ben Affleck wasn't in it. Very important.
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Gone Baby Gone was great.
then he made two terrible movies since
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