Cadinho93 has written 1,250 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ .

  • Persona

    Persona

    ★★★★★

    "Is it really important not to lie, to speak so that everything rings true?"

    Persona is one of Ingmar Bergman's most cerebral films and there's the rub. He picks our brain, exploring the depths of guilt and despair, both of the mute actress Elisabeth Vogler (Liv Ullmann) and attending nurse Alma (Bibi Andersson) and yet, it's not a depressing film. On the contrary, it makes you think about the healing process the psyche undergoes to recover when it's hurt. Master director Ingmar Bergman's hypnotic, avant garde composition is cinema on the nature of cinema. Overall, Persona is enigmatic, erotic and compelling.

  • The Silence

    The Silence

    ★★★★★

    "You can't live without feeling superior. That's the truth."

    The Silence is incredibly visually beautiful. It's dark and harrowing at times, but it's not unrelentingly bleak. The usual probing of the complexity of human relationships in an absurd and inexplicable world is on full display, but there is humor, delight and one could argue that it's ultimately one of Ingmar Bergman's most hopeful films, which admittedly doesn't take much hopefulness. Ester (Ingrid Thulin) is fantastic in the film. She usually is great, but it's her most impressive performance, as is Anna (Gunnel Lindblom). Overall, The Silence is one of Ingmar Bergman's best films.

  • Lola

    Lola

    ★★★★★

    "There's a bit of happiness in simply wanting happiness."

    Lola is an elegant example of French New Wave filmmaking from the early 60s. Anouk Aimée is like a combination of Marilyn Monroe, Cyd Charisse and herself. Lola is kind and sensuous. You just have to leave romantic cinema to the French. Nobody does it better. It's romantic, fun, engaging, sexy and stylish. I don't mean just the stars. That applies to the whole supporting cast, photography and music. Overall, Jacques Demy knows how to make a worthwhile film.

  • The Young Girls of Rochefort

    The Young Girls of Rochefort

    ★★★★★

    "I must steer clear of dreary bourgeoisie art, I must be avant-garde and paint what's in my heart."

    The Young Girls of Rochefort is such a wonderful film! A fabulous cast that includes Catherine Deneuve, Françoise Dorléac, Danielle Darrieux, George Chakiris, the one and only Gene Kelly among its stars. It's an uplifting film, Jacques Demy aimed for it to be unrealistic, a fantasy and sometimes watching it's a true tonic for what ails you. Overall, great music, dancing, performances, colorful costumes and scenery will put you in a better mood than you are in especially if you love musicals.

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    ★★★★★

    "People only die of love in movies."

    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is Jacques Demy's salute to Hollywood musicals. Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castlenuovo are the impossibly young and beautiful stars of the film. They bring to life a true portrait of the tender and doomed love they share to the screen, with a skill and grace that is unmatched. This visual perfection of youth and love is matched only by the glorious music of Michel Legrand. The score proves irresistible and sweeps the tender, but thin story to the heights of grand opera. Overall, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is a masterfully crafted "modern musical opera".

  • My Fair Lady

    My Fair Lady

    ★★★★★

    🎶I Could Have Danced All Night!🎶

    My Fair Lady is complex, with in-depth characterization and is impeccably filmed with many imaginative and original touches. Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) is attractive and gives one of her best performances. Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) is brilliant as, perhaps his best performance and the supporting cast is first-rate as well. The musical numbers are well-structured, with a flair and zest, which shows George Cukor's taste and sensibilities. Overall, My Fair Lady captures the spirit, the style, the genius of the musical and provides us with an archival record of the show.

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    Lawrence of Arabia

    ★★★★★

    "Nothing is Written."

    Lawrence of Arabia is David Lean's character study of T. E. Lawrence, as well as his greatest film. The cinematography consists of stunning desert vistas, brilliant lighting, innovative editing, Maurice Jarre's lovely score and David Lean's own fascinating direction. Lawrence of Arabia is what happens when a director gets everything right. Peter O' Toole gives one of the best performances. Those blue eyes on the screen and when he is on top of the train with his shadow on the ground, then turns around with the sun beaming off him, basically like a God. Overall, Lawrence of Arabia is a really remarkable film.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird

    ★★★★★

    "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."

    To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the finest stories ever put on film. Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) is played by the incomparable actor, has to be one of the most admirable characters ever portrayed on the silver screen. It's a film that everyone ought to watch. Overall, it's a great story, with wonderful characters and a fascinating setting, but it also has some great lessons to teach about life and about what it means to be a decent, honorable person.

  • A Shot in the Dark

    A Shot in the Dark

    ★★★★★

    "I believe everything and I believe nothing. I suspect everyone and I suspect no one."

    A Shot in the Dark is the best of the "Pink Panther" series. It never ceases to amaze me that Cato (Burt Kwouk) always picks the worse times to practice "assaulting" Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) with their practice fighting. Maria Gambrelli (Elke Sommer) is absolutely stunning and Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) continues to develop marvelously. The nudist colony part is brilliantly shot and Inspector Clouseau can totally destroy words that will leave you shaking with laughter. Overall, it's one of the greatest comedy films ever made.

  • The Pink Panther

    The Pink Panther

    ★★★★★

    "We must find that woman!"

    The Pink Panther is as good as the next, "A Shot in the Dark". Both are examples of how to make excellent comedies with a sound story, a creatively hilarious and smart screenplay, a good set of characters, and a unique style of filming that elevates "slapstick comedy" to the highest level of sophistication. There are so many quotable lines that are well worth to write them down as you watch the film. Inspector Cluseau (Peter Sellers) as the bumbling, but incredibly lucky inspector always pleases. Overall, The Pink Panther will always be one of a kind.

  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    Once Upon a Time in the West

    ★★★★★

    "Make your ever lovin' brother happy."

    Once Upon a Time in the West is one of the best Western films ever made. Sergio Leone mixes the themes of dreams, greed, lust and revenge against the vast Western landscape. Ennio Morricone's score is epic. The cast is terrific: Charles Bronson, Henry Fonda, Jason Robards and Claudia Cardinale. Experienced movie goers will love the building drama and the character study. Incidentally, this is the first western Sergio Leone film in which a woman plays a central and important role. Claudia Cardinale is hypnotic, haunting and incredibly beautiful. Overall, it's simply great.

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    ★★★★★

    "You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig."

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is an all time classic Western. Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef give magnificent performances. The plot is utterly fascinating, having you wondering until the very end how it will turn out. The scenery is absolutely beautiful. It's filled with varied scenarios, each somehow related to the main plot. Ennio Morricone's score is quite fascinating and the theme is played even today in many different venues. Overall, it's my all time favorite Western.