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the night watchman
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PostPosted: 03.11.2004 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Swank list, Fred. I still haven't seen The Tenant yet. How's it compare to Polanski's other forays into horror?
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PostPosted: 03.11.2004 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree; very, very fine list.
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PostPosted: 03.12.2004 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the night watchman wrote:
Swank list, Fred. I still haven't seen The Tenant yet. How's it compare to Polanski's other forays into horror?


Oh, The Tenant is quality! It's a little slow (not be confused with boring) but it's worth it at the end. Really makes you think! The DVD is cheap, too. $9.99! Very Happy
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PostPosted: 03.12.2004 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree about The Tenant, although I wouldn't describe it as slow (deliberate perhaps). For me, what has lingered is how the apartment building oozes a sense of menace, a creepy, palpable malevolence--when Polanski, exploring his new space, pulls aside furniture to find in the wall a hole containing a human tooth, it just seems a natural part of the building's organic body. Eventually we realize that the tenant has lost his mind to paranoia, and the film's funny, unexplained surrealism becomes very effective; it's a bit like watching a film co-directed by Polanski and David Lynch. Very dark, very compelling, and while I don't consider it the equal of Rosemary's Baby, it remains one of my favorite Polanski pictures.

Speaking of Polanski, I'm still waiting to hear whether anyone has seen Bitter Moon. Anyone anyone?

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PostPosted: 03.12.2004 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome, Fred! Excellent choices, by the way. Your list contains many of my personal favorites too: Freaks; Treasure of the Sierra Madre; Night of the Hunter; Citizen Kane; Sunset Blvd.; Taxi Driver; and especially Murnau's Sunrise, which I might admit I'm obsessed with. Speaking of Kane, TCM showed it last week and I got sucked into the circular narrative all over again. I just meant to watch the opening newsreel, and before I knew it the movie was nearly over. I've probably seen that film at least 15 times, and it keeps getting better. I truly love it.

Interesting choice with The Unknown. (I'm assuming you mean the Browning?) It doesn't quite rank among my very favorite silents, but I still adore how sick it is: When Crawford confesses she can't stand the touch of male hands, Alonzo plots to have his arms surgically removed; when he returns from the secret operation, he learns Crawford has fallen for another. At that moment, the look on Chaney's face--the commingling of despair, hysteria, and rage--is simply brilliant acting. And the climax, involving a man about to be torn apart by horses, is expert suspense.

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PostPosted: 03.12.2004 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
Welcome, Fred! Excellent choices, by the way. Your list contains many of my personal favorites too: Freaks; Treasure of the Sierra Madre; Night of the Hunter; Citizen Kane; Sunset Blvd.; Taxi Driver; and especially Murnau's Sunrise, which I might admit I'm obsessed with. Speaking of Kane, TCM showed it last week and I got sucked into the circular narrative all over again. I just meant to watch the opening newsreel, and before I knew it the movie was nearly over. I've probably seen that film at least 15 times, and it keeps getting better. I truly love it.

Interesting choice with The Unknown. (I'm assuming you mean the Browning?) It doesn't quite rank among my very favorite silents, but I still adore how sick it is: When Crawford confesses she can't stand the touch of male hands, Alonzo plots to have his arms surgically removed; when he returns from the secret operation, he learns Crawford has fallen for another. At that moment, the look on Chaney's face--the commingling of despair, hysteria, and rage--is simply brilliant acting. And the climax, involving a man about to be torn apart by horses, is expert suspense.

Eric


Thanks, Eric! There's a very long story to why Freaks (1932) is my favorite film of all-time, but this is another story for another day. Laughing

The Unknown is a personal favorite of mine, but what really all ties it together is Chaney's acting. I've never seen anything like it! Chaney's raw emotion is extraordinary to say the least! One of my favorite scenes is when Chaney goes to light his cigarette, but he uses his feet instead of his hands. As Michael Blake noted in the commentary on the DVD, the scene where Chaney realizes Nanon is getting married to someone else and goes into hysterics...that's brilliant.
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PostPosted: 03.12.2004 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Chaney's physical dexterity in the picture is mesmerizing.

Fred C. Dobbs wrote:
There's a very long story to why Freaks (1932) is my favorite film of all-time, but this is another story for another day. Laughing


I like suspense in a darkened theatre, Fred, but not in real life. Give it up! You're among friends. Wink

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PostPosted: 12.11.2004 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FILMS

Sansho the Bailiff- Mizoguchi

Andrei Rublev- Tarkovsky

Paris Texas- Wenders

Mirror- Tarkovsky

2001: A Space Odyssey- Kubrick

L'Avventura- Antonioni

Maborosi- Kore-eda

The Green Ray- Rohmer

Sunrise- Murnau

North by Northwest- Hitchcock



MUSIC

Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy- Elton John

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road- Elton John

Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

2nd Symphony- Sibelius

O.K. Computer- Radiohead

My Way: The Best of Frank Sinatra

Tumbleweed Connection- Elton John

Concierto de Aranjuez- Rodrigo

La Boheme- Puccini

1967-70- The Beatles



BOOKS

The Wind in the Willows- Grahame

The Little Prince- St Exup?ry

House of the Spirits- Allende

The Pillow Book- Sei Shonagon

Jacques le Fataliste- Diderot

Tom Jones- Fielding

Life of Pi- Martel

Master and Margarita- Bulgakov

Nature Diary- Opal Whiteley

Manon Lescaut- Pr?vost
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