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Re: pixote's super slow dictation marathon
« Reply #170 on: January 30, 2017, 05:06:55 AM »
Have you seen much of Fatih Akin's work, pix?

In order of preference:
The Edge of Heaven
Head-On
Tschick
Soul Kitchen
Crossing the Bridge

I haven't! I've had Head-On queued up for years but have never gotten around to it. I'll happily add The Edge of Heaven to this marathon and hope to get to it before the end of 2018, haha!

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Eggzellent! Will look forward to it.
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Re: pixote's super slow dictation marathon
« Reply #171 on: January 30, 2017, 03:25:08 PM »
I may have seen Interiors, too, but I can't even remember for sure. I think I've always been a little wary of it because it sounds like Woody Allen trying to make a Bergman film, and I'm always just like, "You know, I'd rather just watch a Bergman film by Bergman." :)

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Ooh! Have you ever caught up with Interiors? That would be my dictation if you haven't!

"I've been very lonely in my isolated tower of indecipherable speech."

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Re: pixote's super slow dictation marathon
« Reply #172 on: January 30, 2017, 03:32:14 PM »
Ooh! Have you ever caught up with Interiors? That would be my dictation if you haven't!

So it shall be!

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I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

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Re: pixote's super slow dictation marathon
« Reply #173 on: July 07, 2017, 01:23:26 AM »


Bitter Victory  (Nicholas Ray, 1957)
Dictated by ses

I tried to force myself to love this, just because I appreciated ses' dictation of it, but it was somewhat of a struggle. Then I looked back and realized that ses didn't necessarily love it either but was in the middle of a Nicholas Ray marathon and wanted to keep the discussion going. So the fact that it took me seven years to get to this dictation kind of defeats the purpose, lol.

My initial reaction to Bitter Victory mirrors ses' in most every way. It's a very good-looking film, the kind I would normally curate a series of screenshots from, but I'm pressed for time at the moment. Michel Kelber's camera turns the vastness of the desert into a claustrophobic crucible. Richard Burton, meanwhile, pops from the screen like an action star. It's almost regrettable that the story doesn't allow him to go full Indiana Jones or Rambo. Curd Jürgens is good as well, moment to moment. His character didn't fully cohere for me by the end, but I fault the script more than his performance.

What kept me from loving this movie is that is has too much subtext as text. Everything drives headlong towards character and theme, resulting in a very forced setup (with an unnecessary love triangle) and blinding the film from the details of its action sequences, which as a result lack strategy, spatial orientation, and stakes. They're all secondary to the morality play.

ses, I don't know if your appreciation of this film has deepened in the last few years, but for now I agree with your initial take: "I thought this film was decent, but not great."

Grade: B

Up next: Daguerréotypes (dictated by FifthCityMuse)

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I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

 

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