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  • Germinal
  • A Dog's Will
  • Night and Fog
  • Hellzapoppin'

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  • The Barkleys of Broadway

    ★★★½

  • Strike

    ★★★★

  • The Last Dance

    ★★★★

  • Woman in Witness Protection

    ★★★★

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  • The Last Dance

    The Last Dance

    ★★★★

    Daibyônin/THE LAST DANCE (1993) Japan col 116m.
    Directed and written by Jûzô Itami.

    Itami's real life wife, Nobuko Miyamoto, is starring in the female lead role, as per usual. She is always good acting as well as good looking. Rentarô Mikuni in the main role of the film: as a no-good adulterer and film director struck with cancer.

    The film is generally harsh and sometimes discomforting, but there are also gorgeous scenes of bizarre humanity, engaging humour and scenes with…

  • Night and Fog

    Night and Fog

    ★★★★★

    Nuit et brouillard/Night and Fog (1956) 30m. b/w+colour
    Directed by Alain Resnais, assisted by Chris Marker.

    Commentary by Jean Cayrol.
    Narrated by Michel Bouquet.

    I watched the Criterion Collection (2003) DVD.
    One of the best documentaries I have watched.

    NEVER FORGET, NEVER FORGIVE!
    NEVER FORGET, NEVER FORGIVE!
    NEVER FORGET, NEVER FORGIVE!
    NEVER FORGET, NEVER FORGIVE!

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  • A Tale of Springtime

    A Tale of Springtime

    ★★★★

    COMPLETELY ENCHANTING

    Much talk.
    Nothing really happens.
    In the end nothing has changed.
    Perhaps!

    Colour code: definitely blue.

    I have loved every encounter with the cinema of Eric Rohmer this far.

  • The Thing From Another World

    The Thing From Another World

    ★★★★

    KEEP WATCHING THE SKIES!

    Rewatch 2016-07-21.

    The last time I watched this, several years ago, I thought it was a nice OLD horror story; entertaining but obviously old-looking.

    This time I was really surprised how well-paced, interesting and fast-flowing it felt. It works very well in 2016 as well as it must have done in 1951.
    WHAT A JOYFUL WATCH it is even now!

    Credited directors are Christian Nyby and Howard Hawks.
    Kenneth Tobey and Margaret Sheridan have top billing.…