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A Film Rumination: He Who Must Die (Celui Qui Doit Mourir), Jules Dassin (1957)

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7.5/10 (Good)

American director Jules Dassin — famous for his 40s and 50s film noir works Brute Force, Rififi, Night and the City, The Naked City – departs from his normal stomping ground with an adaptation of Nikos Kazantzaki’s 1948 novel The Greek Passion.  Dassin left the US for France because of his Communist affiliations — hence, the film is in Continue reading A Film Rumination: He Who Must Die (Celui Qui Doit Mourir), Jules Dassin (1957)

A (short) Film Rumination: La Charcuterie Méchanique (The Mechanical Butcher), Auguste and Louis Lumière (1895)

The brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière were two of the earliest and most influential film directors. La Charcuterie Méchanique (1895), considered one of the earliest “sc-fi” films of all time, predicts the mechanical butcher.  A rather simple machine “transforms” a pig into Continue reading A (short) Film Rumination: La Charcuterie Méchanique (The Mechanical Butcher), Auguste and Louis Lumière (1895)

A Film Rumination: Three Crowns of the Sailor, Raoul Ruiz (1983)

8.25/10 (Very Good)

If Jan Potocki’s fantastic 18th century novel A Manuscript Found in Saragossa — a frame story within a frame story within a frame story – was recited over the course of a wine filled evening by a drunken sailor the result might conjure something of the  kaleidoscope of heavily tinted Continue reading A Film Rumination: Three Crowns of the Sailor, Raoul Ruiz (1983)

A Film Rumination: The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting, Raoul Ruiz (1979)

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8/10 (Very Good — read the friendly warnings before you embark….)

We enter, from the street, a sprawling house occupied by a single long-winded art collector of dubious authority and his proliferation of mannequins and silent helpers Continue reading A Film Rumination: The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting, Raoul Ruiz (1979)

A Film Rumination: La Guerre est Finie, Alain Resnais (1966)

7/10 (Good)

Alain Resnais – most famous for his early French New Wave film Hiroshima Mon Amour (1966) and the impenetrable masterpiece Last Year at Marienbad (1961) — also has the ability to craft an astute political drama: La Guerre est Finie (1966).  Sadly, in part because of the dated political situation, La Guerre est Finie Continue reading A Film Rumination: La Guerre est Finie, Alain Resnais (1966)