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PostSubject: Re: Film Articles & Interviews Thread   Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:00 pm

Indeed that is exactly what we need more rationalisation and deconstruction of everyone, no decent anally retentive audience can live without it apparently. I may be a staunch atheist but every so often I just find myself praying for the rapture!
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PostSubject: Re: Film Articles & Interviews Thread   Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:44 am

Greta Gerwig's film, Lady Bird, has topped Rotten Tomatoes list of films with 100% rating with 170 reviews. Toy Story 2 was the past mantle holder at 163 reviews. Trailer and article in the link.

https://www.pedestrian.tv/film-tv/film-with-10m-budget-best-rated-rotten-tomatoes/ 

Looking forward to watching this one. What's made the reception of this film brilliant is that it was made on a $10m budget. I wonder if this will encourage more films in the low-mid range budget. I've been feeling nostalgic for all those great 70s/80s/90s dramas such as those by Barry Levinson, Sydney Pollack and Mike Nichols, so here's hoping for a return to that style of film making.
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PostSubject: Re: Film Articles & Interviews Thread   Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:26 am

Fascinating if old interview with Jacques Rivette. I disagree with much of it, but his assessment of Bunuel and Hitchcock is spot-on. Unless you're a feminist/puritan/brain damaged, of course:
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both had the balls to make films out of the obsessions that they carried around with them every day of their lives.

http://sensesofcinema.com/2001/jacques-rivette/rivette-2/

Nice to see some love for Lang and Melville as well. Amazing how cunts such as Tarantino have taken their place in history.
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PostSubject: Re: Film Articles & Interviews Thread   Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:34 pm

Tarantino has never directed a scene half as good as the simple yet brilliant sequence in "Le Cercle Rouge" in which the goons find Alain Delon at the billiards hall.

I love Melville, but he does have one weakness imho: there is not a single even two-dimensional female character in his entire oeuvre.
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PostSubject: Re: Film Articles & Interviews Thread   Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:19 pm

Salomé wrote:
there is not a single even two-dimensional female character in his entire oeuvre.

Melville wasn't there to represent womankind and today would've been relentlessly pilloried if he'd done so. Besides, for those of us who remember Melville at all,  it is surely his individualism and non-conformism that makes him interesting.

Still, maybe it's as well he died so young. I don't think he would have survived an environment in which gender is fluid and rich women wear black dresses in protest against toxic masculinity. All that said  wink , what did you make of Leon Morin, Priest?
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PostSubject: Re: Film Articles & Interviews Thread   Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:22 pm

Erica Ambler wrote:
Salomé wrote:
there is not a single even two-dimensional female character in his entire oeuvre.

Melville wasn't there to represent womankind and today would've been relentlessly pilloried if he'd done so. Besides, for those of us who remember Melville at all,  it is surely his individualism and non-conformism that makes him interesting.

Still, maybe it's as well he died so young. I don't think he would have survived an environment in which gender is fluid and rich women wear black dresses in protest against toxic masculinity. All that said  wink , what did you make of Leon Morin, Priest?

I think you are conflating two things, 'female representation' in the modern mold (e.g. the insistence on "strong female characters") and the ability to write/create complex, multi-layered female characters.
Hitch was definitely capable of the latter. Melville had absolutely no interest in doing so, which is why the women in the majority of his films have more or less the same function as set dressing.

Which is also an issue in "Léon Morin, Prêtre". Obviously due to the nature of the source material, he could not completely eliminate the agency of the female role.
But the more faithful adaptation of the same novel, "La Confession", reveals the extent to which Melville made it fit into his narrower world view.

I would agree with Melville's non-conformism being key to his appeal (e.g. the obvious homo-erotic tension between Delon and Gian Maria Volonté in the abandoned apartment scene in the aforementioned "Le Cercle Rouge").
As well as the little quirks that reveal his love for the medium, like the police road block near the roadside monument devoted to Joseph Nicéphore Niépce (also in "Le Cercle Rouge").
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PostSubject: Re: Film Articles & Interviews Thread   Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:52 pm

You may be right. We're in a time when everything is being conflated so I bow to your greater knowledge of Melville. That said, expecting a man to be able to write convincing female characters may be a bit much, particularly these days.

Right now, many ostensibly intelligent women no longer accept or grasp the concepts of personal responsibility or Due Process - I have no idea how to negotiate such an impasse between the sexes. To me, both concepts are fundamental to being an adult and a citizen, and I don't see how any democratic society can function in their absence. I despair if an educated woman can no longer differentiate between:

1. being propositioned;
2. a regretted or drunken tryst;
3. the act of rape

Now that's conflation.

The fact is, rape has been illegal since the earliest days of Western civilisation (although it is a most common female fantasy). Now, I won't pretend to understand what women want or to attempt to disentangle their highly contradictory sexuality; I am not qualified to do so. However, I very much doubt there are enough priests, gaols or psychiatrists to sort out the current mess the West finds itself in.
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PostSubject: Re: Film Articles & Interviews Thread   Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:53 am

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/oxfam/

Interestingly, I think the fact that Mary Beard felt the need to author this piece is a good example of the cultural shift you are talking of. It reminds me somewhat of how feminists are now attacking Margaret Atwood for believing in due process.
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PostSubject: Re: Film Articles & Interviews Thread   Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:45 am

It is a cultural shift but it's not just that; there's a hysteria about today's politics that alarms me. This piece by Juliet Samuel places it in a wider quasi-religious context.

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[There is] an increasingly hard-line division of the world into the "profane" (rich, white, straight, male, conservative) and the "sacred" (poor, non-white, gay, female, Left-wing). It is a mentality that, as argued by the French sociologist Emile Durkheim, is a defining feature not of democratic politics, but of religion.

https://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-daily-telegraph/20180219/281513636628453
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