Friday, February 12, 2010

Wow



In a discussion at a Goodreads bookclub a friend posted this link. It's from Antonioni's The Passenger and I had to post it here it is so mindblowing. I haven't seen this movie in years, but I'm going to get it from the library (!) in a few days. I used to be quite mad about Antonioini: Blow Up and Zabrinski Point were such treats to see in a movie theatre when I was first exploring movies. There was a time when "everybody" in North America watched international films. A movie theatre owner used to be able to amke a living by showing these international movies several nights a week. It's so strange to think of that nowadays.

You can see the influence of Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock so magnificently.

Today Stagg and I are watching the Japanese film Women Of The Night directed by Kenji Mizoguchi in 1948.

Do you go to see international films or rent them?

5 comments:

Uzi Silber said...

only three words for this: magic, magic and magic. Thankfully we still have in downtown Manhattan several movie theaters that show international films everyday.
good blog...
uzi
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Four Dinners said...

I watch international movies all the time. Mainly American...;-)

tweetey30 said...

no but i think my parents do or used to.. not sure which ones..

SeƱor Steve said...

Wow, is right. The guts it took to shoot that scene that way with an ever so slow zoom and then a 360 degree slow pan, all uninterrupted, amazes me. It might have turned out so badly, probably should have turned out badly. Instead, you and I gape at it, it is so good.

Gardenia said...

I can rent some very good ones on our "On Demand" feature with our cable company. I love them!