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  • Vitalina Varela

    Vitalina Varela

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    In my eyes, Pedro Costa is one of the most exciting, interesting, and important directors currently working. This is due to his principles as a storyteller and filmmaker, to which he adheres resolutely, making him a unique voice in cinematic history. Because of this I'm going to start off this review by explaining my fascination with his work in basic and broad terms.

    An organic approach to stories. The stories Costa works with stem from lived experience, while not beingโ€ฆ

  • Workers, Peasants

    Workers, Peasants

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    Had to catch this as part of the ongoing Straub-Huillet retrospective on mubi. I tend to forget the experience of seeing a film by the duo, so each time I return I am overwhelmed by their work and by how efficient it is, it's really quite unlike watching films made by anyone else. There is, of course, the specific film and what it contains within itself. But more than that, it's the continuation of the highly distinctive style, perhaps theโ€ฆ

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  • My Octopus Teacher

    My Octopus Teacher

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    "On all levels except physical, I'm an amphibian animal"

  • Contempt

    Contempt

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    Return after a considerable, and I think much needed, break from Godard. My last encounter with him which was in watching Wind from the East. I found that to be an interesting experiment, but not particularly engaging in its theory (which is unfortunate because its mostly theory). With Contempt, I think it has much more to offer . I don't find the "ideas", those being primarily centered around the process of making film, dilemmas occurring from the conflicting interests ofโ€ฆ

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  • L'Avventura

    L'Avventura

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    Finally feeling somewhat on the same page as Antonioni, and that happens in a film where communication is it's most subversive element, the one that discloses the least about what is actually going on in the film. And there is clearly a disconnect between the director/writer and his characters here. While delving into fascinating psychoanalysis, the distance remains and much like Luigi Pirandello, Antonioni lets his characters roam free without doubting the primal forces that directs the film. As thoughโ€ฆ

  • Red Desert

    Red Desert

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    First off thanks to Connor and Marcus for promptly guiding me to this immediately following my review of L'avventura and never has a recommendation felt so appropriate. Of course I loved it, as Antonioni's scenes become more layered in complexity, though the lifeless black-and-white has its charm, so does his narrative. And it is important to remember this complexity going in to this film, as interpretations often tend to err on the simplistic side. Still we explore the realm ofโ€ฆ