karljkiplin

I teach English in remote foreign places.

"Favorites" is just four I really like. Who has four favorite films?

Favorite films

  • Pickpocket
  • Through the Olive Trees
  • The Shop Around the Corner
  • Merry-Go-Round

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  • A Lesson in Love

    ★★★★

  • The Ideal Landscape

    ★★★

  • The New Babylon

    ★★★

  • Family Feud

    ★★★★

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  • The New Babylon

    The New Babylon

    ★★★

    On the stylistic plane: terrific (though hysterical, as so many of these Soviet silents are). But then we come to the Achilles' heel of Soviet pics prior to the late '50s. The moustache-twirling rich villains. The tough, soulful, saintly workers. And that's terrifically dull. Style is no substitute for substance.

  • The Sins of Love

    The Sins of Love

    ★★★★

    Takes awhile to warm up: at first seems to be a standard actress's-jealous-older-husband (jealous of the Romeo who can't keep away from his Juliet) with director and cast going through the motions. But when Josef Rovenský is finally allowed to let loose in his Emil Jannings rôle the movie improves significantly. Gaston Jacquet does a good Adolphe Menjou impression as well.

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  • The Bodyguard

    The Bodyguard

    ★★★★

    The Stalker drives Andrei Rublev through stark Tadjik terrain while Eduard Artemev scores: Khamraev's gathered the Tarkovsky gang for one of his "Easterns." A manly man kind of movie, all arduous journeys, gun battles, fistfights, and tough dialogues - though Gulya Tashbayeva's headdress is the image likely to leave the most lasting impression. It's not very deep but it's entertaining and it looks terrific.

  • The Cry

    The Cry

    ★★★★

    The only "New Wave" that mattered.