On the silver screen

September 4, 2018

A few film-related links today:

  • Writing at The Weekly Standard, John Simon gives a primer on the films of Ingmar Bergman. I believe I’ve seen about a half-dozen of Bergman’s films, and many of those Simon recommends as good entry points are yet unseen by me. Like Bresson, I’ve found Bergman a tough nut to crack; sitting down to watch him sometimes feels too much like homework. But, as always in such cases, I willingly shoulder the blame, and I’m planning to follow-up on some of Simon’s suggestions, homework or not.
  • I have no similar difficulties with the films of the Coen Brothers, from whom the most recent news is that their forecast mini-series, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, has now been converted into a feature film instead. This is disappointing, as I’d been curious to see what they would do with the extra time and scope that the mini-series format would provide, but, on the other hand, a new film from the Coen Brothers could never be simply disappointing. I look forward to it.
  • I’ve also been looking forward, for over a year now, to Terrence Malick’s new film, Radegund. Rumours were circulating that it might premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, but the festival’s line-up has now been announced and I am sobbing quietly, in voiceover.
  • It is also rather sad to note that I have lived in and around Toronto for almost 20 years and have never been to a single TIFF screening.
  • Also at The Weekly Standard, Tim Markatos has written a fine appreciation of Dreyer’s classic film The Passion of Joan of Arc, and of other cinematic treatments of St Joan’s life. I’ve actually seen quite a few of these, including Rossellini’s, Bresson’s, and Rivette’s — but I’ll not contest the critical consensus that Dreyer’s is the best.

4 Responses to “On the silver screen”

  1. Rob G Says:

    The only Coen film that truly disappointed me was their remake of ‘The Ladykillers’.

    Bummer about ‘Radegund’, but the Criterion ‘Tree of Life’ comes out next week, so that’s something!

  2. cburrell Says:

    Agreed about “Ladykillers”. I am also a bit of a rogue and don’t care for “Raising Arizona”. I know, I know!

    I’m ready to pounce on that extended “Tree of Life” if our local library gets it.

  3. Janet Says:

    I should watch some more Coen Brothers. I think I’ve liked all that I’ve seen.

    AMDG

  4. cburrell Says:

    If you care to mention which you most enjoyed, I or others might be able to give some suggestions.


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