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Out 1: Noli me tangere (1971)

This is a challenging film, and not merely due to its epic 13 hour run-time. After the events of May ’68, Rivette reached out to cinema’s potential for transformation. He decided that cinema’s necessarily political nature (‘every film is political’) … Continue reading

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Les dames du Bois de Bologne (Bresson, 1945)

Les dames du Bois de Bologne (1945), his second feature, is unlike any other film by Robert Bresson. Frankly, it is his most conventional film, besides the (short) slapstick comedy, Public Affairs (1934). There is little if no poetry, subtext, … Continue reading

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Contempt (Le Mépris, Godard, 1963)

Besides a few brilliant moments – scenes of nature, the ending etc – the soundtrack, albeit a beautiful one, is distracting, disjunctive, and, in almost every instance, completely unsuitable; this is the primary reason for me not loving this film … Continue reading

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