Bonnie & Clyde

Posted in Uncategorized on May 21st, 2010 by caime

A free spirited small town girl ( bonnie Parker) bored of herself get the chance of a lifetime to be the one the most infamous criminals when she meets a bank robber by the name Clyde Barrow). Starting off small they start off with stores and gradually move on to bigger more dangerous things. The dynamic between them is shown within the first 10 minutes of move. They are instantly drawn to each other, but even then so through out the entire movie there seem to be off about the too. On example is his inability to be intimate with her. Through all her efforts it is only in the end when he is finally able to sexually intiamate with her. This conundrum has left many people wondering whether or not the character Clyde was a homosexual in real life. Even taking that aside their story is one of the most compelling interesting love stories in a movie. Although their characters are against the law and suppose to be looked at as bad people. They both are highly likable cahracters and the director purposely asks you to relate to them  even after they commit all of their crimes. this type of movie so new to its time and been reproduced many times since this movie. I believe stories like this is one of the most fasinating types features to come out of Hollywood.

Borom Sarret

Posted in Uncategorized on May 21st, 2010 by caime

This movie is not only visually stunning but is also very historical with its context and overall history. The mere fact that the movie is considered the first film that was both made in Africa and made by a Black man. Only Twenty minutes long but yet its so significant. A story about a day in the life of of a cart drive. The main character is a complex character that has a lot of layers. A first he seem overly kind to let people get a ride for free even though that he need to make mone for his family, but soon after when the man with diabled legs asks him for change he refuses and admits that he doesnt even feel bad for him. He continues the coldness when he is asked to drive a man and his dead child to its burial and leave the body on the floor and leaves.  Call it karma because immediately after he is asked to drive into the heights  where is not allowed to go. When he arrives he stoped by the local police and has his cart taken away and man who hired him to go sneaks away and never pays him. At this  point he is left with nothing and is force to walk back home. Upon his arrival his wife greets him disappointed. The movie ends with her stating that she promised that they would have dinner tonight and hands him the baby and leaves. The auidence is left to linger and think about what do that actually mean for them and what she is going to do.

Alfred Hitchcock presents Vertigo

Posted in Uncategorized on May 7th, 2010 by caime

An ex detective John ‘Scottie’ Ferguson is hired by an old college friend to follow is wife Madeleine due to some strange ocurrences  in her behavior. It is believed that she is a reincarnation of a lady who long since past. After rescuing her from what seems like a suicide attempt he gets to know her and they fall in love. In trying to have her overcome what she is going through he takes to an old mission church were she slips away from climbing the steeple and unable to follow her she plummetsto her death.  blaming himself for her death is pulls away from everyone, until he meet Judy Barton. Because of her striking resemblance to the late Madeleine this is when in the words of  Alfred Hitchcock “Attempts to re-create the image of a dead woman through another one who’s alive”. In the end he finds out that she was Madeleine the the entire time.

In Hitchcock and Truffaut when explaining the story Alfred  Hitchcock explains why he chose to let the  viewer in on knowing right off the bat that Judy is really Madeleine. In the book the audience and John finds out at the end as a surprise.  Instead of going for the element of surprise he went for the element of suspense he explains  that like a child listening to a story and asking what comes next in the case of the second part of Vertigo is as if nothing comes next therefore by having the audience find out that they are the same person leaves the audience in suspense wondering his reaction when he finds out. This is a very bold move which i believe was brilliantly executed. After watching the first half I was left with an uneased feeling about what happen and why wasnt the movie over, when it was revealed that she was the same person I once again became interested in what was going to happen. Even though it was revealed in the middle the ending still had a bit of a surprise.

Film Noir

Posted in Uncategorized on March 26th, 2010 by caime

Film Noir or literally translated Black Cinema. Notable because of it dark and downbeat style and detective and crime stories. This type of cinema arose post World War II. The themes the movies dealt with, alured the felling of the society at the time some of which were anxiety, pessimism, and suspicion. The term itself is not a genre but a type style that captured the ambience of the post war society. Double Indemnity Released 1944 is a prime example of a movie of this time period.  Billy Wilder’s use of lighting plot and camera movements exemplfies what types of movies were being made during this time. Right from the begining the dark mood was apparent with the begining shot a long shot of a car racing down the street  swerving to keep from hitting connstruction worker then an intersecting car. when Walter get to his office the his back is to the camera the entire time and we do not see his face untill he gets upstairs into his office and sits in his chair. I believe this scene is the most important scenes because it visually dipicts what the story is about and sets the overall tone for the movie. A tension was built due to the wait of seeing Fred MacMurray’s character, and forshadowed what was to come from this thriller.

Umberto D

Posted in Uncategorized on March 19th, 2010 by caime

 

         Umberto D is an extremely good example of the types of films that were being made during the Italian Neorealism period. The storyline alone being about a person’s struggle to overcome poverty while still trying to maintain their Dignity, and self esteem had tremendous historical content for Italy post war. Right from the very beginning the film oozed emotion, each shot more deary then the last. The use of Tableaux shot aided the realist feel of the movie. The dynamics between the characters where naturalist, and displayed some of the social injustices and power struggle that were felt by many during that time. What I enjoyed the most was the use of sound and its score during the heartfelt sequences especially in the final scene where is looking for someone to take his dog and tries to distract him and hide with the tearful music stringing along in the background , then his “almost attempt of suicide” when the all you hear is the roaring sound of the oncoming train that seems like is going to end his suffering. This captivating melodrama can bring a grown man to tears. The lack of a conventional “happy ending” only makes the film more true to life essentially gaining what Vitorrio De Sica was trying to accomplish.

Italian Neorealism

Posted in Uncategorized on March 19th, 2010 by caime

 

After the fall of the Fascist government in Italy and the end of World War II, the rest of the world was finally introduced to Italian cinema. Most Directors before this time was held back by fascist censorship. Being finally freed by thissuch directors like Alessandro Blasetti, Augusto Genina, Roberto Rossellini, were able to showcase their style of cinematic realism. The style was called Italian Neorealism which Depited stories about poor working class where they would frequently film on location rather than on set, and the style even seem documentary like. Because of this such works as Roma, città aperta (Roberto Rossellini, 1945), Umberto D. (Vittorio De Sica, 1952), and Vittorio De Sica’s Ladri di Biciclette also known as The Bicycle Thief was created.

In Aesthetic of Reality: Neorealism by Andre Bazin he discusses his belief of the orgin of the style which he dates back to Renaissance and not something that is “spontaneously generated”. He acknowledges the roles that the government and economic state had a large part in the productions of that time. He also believes that Fascism allowed the country unlike Nazism to have artistic pluralism. Seeming to be very against politics he even goes on to say that all commercial productions where being completely controlled capitalist. He describes the films as repressed social outlets by stating “The reslist trend, the domestic satirical, and social description of everyday life, the sensitive and poeticverism, were, before the war, minor qualities, modest violets flowering at the feet of the giant sequoias of production.”  Overall that the liberation of the country is what allowed such a style to grow new meaning and direction.

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