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Postby jmc » Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:21 am

Metropolitan
1990. Dir., Whit Stillman (also known for The Last Days of Disco)

The film is about upper-class college kids hanging out during New York's season of debutante balls. Scene by scene, the film is a long series of conversations, many of which focus on the definition of bourgeoisie--one character, with a particular fear that the New York socialite way of life will collapse, is obsesses over the idea that there is an "urban haute bourgeoisie."

Stillman does little with the camera and there are no shots in the film that one would call beautiful. But the film demonstrates that complex dialogue can be filmed.

Here is part of the scene where the main character first mingles with the "Sally Fowler Rat Pack" (SFRP):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3plmkRy_k5o
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Re: recommend a film

Postby jmc » Sun Nov 17, 2013 4:05 pm

Medium Cool
1969. Dir., Haskell Wexler (most well known for his cinematography work)

It is very hard to imagine this film being released by a major studio at any other time in the history of Hollywood. Originally intended to be a simple story about the relationship between a man and the son of his girlfriend living in Chicago, Wexler rewrote the film when it became clear that 1968 was going to be a tumultuous year. A weird mix of documentary style and fictional narration, Medium Cool looks at the media and its relationship to the RFK and MLK assassinations, the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, race relations, the Black Panthers movement and Vietnam.
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Re: recommend a film

Postby DT Cochrane » Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:36 pm

Have you seen this movie Baby Boom, starring Diane Keaton? Hilarious and very original. Definitely worth checking out. :lol:
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Re: recommend a film

Postby jmc » Thu Dec 05, 2013 1:39 pm

DT Cochrane wrote:Have you seen this movie Baby Boom, starring Diane Keaton? Hilarious and very original. Definitely worth checking out. :lol:


All time favourite! Check out the trailer for yourself: http://youtu.be/UOpOaGdLj_8
So many unexpected twists and turns, and not a single stereotype to be found.
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Re: recommend a film

Postby jmc » Sun Dec 15, 2013 2:32 pm

Black Narcissus
1947. Directors: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

Two recommendations for this film:
1. Get a blue-ray copy and enjoy the stunning visuals of technicolor. The saturation of a film shot in technicolor is, in my opinion, unmatched by anything that proceeded it.
2. Dive into the film without knowing too much about it. Really, the plot of Black Narcissus--nuns trying to establish a covenant in the Himalayas--is just the surface of a story with a lot of psychological depth.

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Re: recommend a film

Postby josephbaines1 » Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:12 am

3 films from 3 great directors that were associated with New German Cinema:

'Ali: Fear eat the Soul' (1974) - dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Fassbinder was so prolific, but this film of his is definitely my favorite. Social realism at its very best.

'Strozek' (1977) - dir. Werner Herzog. This film is pretty quirky, but it also has moments of great profundity. A vagabond adventure.

'Alice in the Cities' (1974) - dir. Wim Wenders. Like many of Wenders's other movies, this film explores the themes of angst and alienation in American life.
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