Fran Kursztejn

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saying “the movies are back baby!!!” every time i watch a movie since 2003

Favorite films

  • The Childhood of Maxim Gorky
  • The Sun Shines Bright
  • Ashes and Diamonds
  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

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  • Tabu

    ★★★★★

  • Marnie

    ★★★★★

  • Rancho Notorious

    ★★★★★

  • In Vanda's Room

    ★★★★★

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  • Tabu

    Tabu

    ★★★★★

    unfathomably gorgeous artistic achievement and yet one that places the medium so close to the audience in its simplicity that its almost as if they are forming the images. i watched this when i was much too young to understand it, but even still i haven’t found a film as perfect as this that is also somehow not intimidating, only intimate.

  • Rancho Notorious

    Rancho Notorious

    ★★★★★

    “i wish you’d go away. come back ten years ago.”

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  • The Age of Innocence

    The Age of Innocence

    ★★★★★

    if this is a renoir pastiche then scorsese drastically misunderstands renoir, if this is an ophüls film then he drastically misunderstands ophüls. if this is an adaptation of wharton then he misunderstands her as well. it is through these many misunderstandings that scorsese stumbles upon something original and highly personal. he’s known to be cinema’s enthusiastic classicist, the last friend of the old guard, but really he is only informed by them, the only true “pastiche” he knows is life itself, the only influence is the weight of a woman’s lips.

  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    ★★★★★

    On doomed love. Doomed, I think, being the key word lost in translation. Doomed seems to just imply a matter of audience recognition, we know that our Capulet and Montague romance will not end happily, but R and J are unaware or refuse to believe the eventuality. What doomed love has always meant to me is both a recognition by the audience and a recognition by the characters. The characters know the stakes, know the outcome, know how much pain…