To fully understand the work of Peter Watkins, it is important to understand the context in which he made his films. This rule is especially important in the appreciation of Edvard Munch, without a doubt his most personal achievement, and one of the few who received praise from the public. The NRK, the Norwegian broadcasting company that co-produced the show, was particularly displeased by this potential success; it may be because of the fact that Watkins was a foreign director,…
In 13 days, Peter Watkins, his team and 200 non-professional actors worked together to create one of the most important piece of cinema of all time. Its 6 hour runtime may seem intimidating, but every second is crucial to achieve Watkins' objective.
The director was already known for his critiques of mass media, and its tendency to silence those who challenges the status quo - he himself was the victim of the system, notably with the release of…
Bill Nighy definitely does his best here, but how could you ever hope to live up to Akira Kurosawa when you stick so much to the original work while toning down its greatest elements? The simplified narrative brings out a lot of the complexity of the original, as if to keep the lush without a thought for the original’s soul. A good example of this lies in the production design. Ikiru may visually seem like a product of its time…
Watching it dubbed is definitely a disgrace that will definitely be rectified someday, but the idea of watching such an important film on film was too great. It is far from the surrealist films that made Buñuel’s general fame (may it be his first or his final films) leaning instead on a particularly pungent social commentary on the reality of the lower classes of Mexico, a demographic forgotten by Western bourgeois - an observation that is just as true…
Habituellement je préfère écrire ma critique quelques jours après avoir vu le film, histoire de bien laisser le film reposer, donner un avis qui a assez de recul. Sam fait exception à la règle, puisque je me doutais déjà du dénouement de l'histoire rien qu'en regardant la bande-annonce. On m'a pourtant averti qu'un aspect thriller inusité à ce genre de drame sportif-ish rendais le film plus intéressant, j'ai donc voulu lui donner une chance.
C'est très mauvais. L'aspect thriller tant…
Are we there? Are we at the dawn of a new age of Hollywoodian blockbusters where the creativity of talented filmmakers is put forward instead of brainless products with the same story, character arcs and complacency? If it’s the case then good, but I guess I’ll stay on shore and wait for the boat to come back and fetch me up - unless the industry decides to follow the footsteps of Matrix 4, which seems unlikely.
Pretty much everything…