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  • Bicycle Thieves

    Bicycle Thieves

    -Took notes

    Neo-realism. A movement defined and formed by a reflection of reality. The stories are realistic and relatable to the places they are made. Real people, largely non actors are utilized to their fullest extents, breathing life and emotion into their performances. The locations are almost entirely real. The cinematography, editing and music all serve to aid the emotion in as realistic and subtle way possible. This is my understanding of the style, I have seen it used to…

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    The Passion of Joan of Arc

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    I am shocked. I legitimately did not know that a camera could move the way it does in this film as early as the 20's. I saw the film in 24 fps, and I will surely be seeing it in 20 fps to see how the expirience compares, but as of right now, the 24 fps creates such a whirlwind of movement and editing that is so expressive it puts to shame 99% of all movies made since…

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  • Miracle in Milan

    Miracle in Milan

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    A sharp contrast to the last three Neo-Realist De Sicca films I have recently viewed, Miracle in Milan presents the subject matter of a post WW2 fairy tale in a clearly realism inspired manner. I don't think it really works, and the story itself is so nonsensical and meandering I was left wondering what the point was for so very long, never at any point feeling satisfied.

    There are attempts at humor throughout. That being said, I never…

  • GoodFellas

    GoodFellas

    Scorsese. What a master of his craft. The last time I watched this was over a year and a half ago, and since then I have explored a lot of cinema, so revisiting this has given me a very new and interesting experience.

    Scorsese has crafted the ultimate crime epic, telling a story of the rise and fall of the last true generation of the mob. It shows a world that is gold-gilded. perfectly described by Karen Hill's narration at…

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  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    Warning: lots of random disconnected thoughts.

    I watched Rashomon, and thought alright. I watched the hidden fortress and I saw the Star wars influence. I watched High and Low and was bored by the second half. I watch Ikiru and was grasped by the emotional depths. Then I watched Yojimbo and thought it was alright. I watched the first thirty minutes of Sanjuro and turned it off.

    Seven Samurai is in a league of it's own. The most comparable feeling…

  • Come and See

    Come and See

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Elem Klimov said in an interview in 2002 regarding this film that initially he wanted to title it "Kill Hitler". This didn't happen however, because the name Hitler was barred from being in USSR film titles due to censorship, so instead he want with the biblically inspired title "Come and See". While I think this title ultimately works better, I find the initial design to be semi-revelatory to what the film attempts to communicate and articulate, and what emotions it…