Contempt (1963)

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Contempt Movie Review

Contempt is a 1963 French drama film directed by Jean-Luc Godard and starring Brigitte Bardot and Michel Piccoli. It is such a good film that left a big impression on me.

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I’ve noticed the more we doubt,

the more we cling to a false lucidity,

in hope of rationalizing what feelings have made murky

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It follows a dissolution of a marriage because of lack of trust. Now the reason why I liked this movie is that it is both a talkative and a visual experience and I love both. There is a conversation between the two that lasts for more than thirty minutes and that is probably the highlight of the entire film, so realistic and natural that scene felt. But there is also a sense of space as it is so well utilized in every scene and objects almost became characters in their own right.

I found the film’s parallel to Odyssey really well done. Contempt has such an overwhelming melancholy tone to it that it does leave a big impact on the viewer, at least it did to me. It is even artistic at times and surely it is one of the rare Godard films that are less pretentious and more engaging and truly artistic. His direction here is very strong.

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The film does succeed as a romantic tragedy and I really liked both of the protagonists. It seemed at first that they argued over nothing, but because I myself can be very jealous, I understood her character and why she acted that way. It was a great showcase of how jealousy and lack of trust can ruin an otherwise strong relationship.

Of course the film is phenomenally acted. Everyone did a good job, but Michel Piccoli and Brigitte Bardot carry the entire film on their capable shoulders. He is very good, subtle and his performance is strong and realistic whereas she is so charismatic and memorable in possibly her greatest and most famous role. The film showed her naked butt too much, but despite me not liking nudity in a film, this was mostly well done and more truly sensual than overdone. She is a beautiful woman, but she also could act and her performance here is a proof of that. And she was definitely very endearing in some sequences.

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Contempt has its problems. It is overall too slow and seemingly about nothing. And the first fourth or so is very mediocre. I really disliked that beginning as the shooting of the movie proved to be a bad way to start the film, cold and unappealing. But thankfully those kinds of scenes became much better later on.

Contempt is beautifully made. The score is very strong and its theme repeated throughout the whole picture is fantastic and so melancholic, perfectly fitting its tone. The editing is also pretty good. The film is slow, but it is paced well and it is actually the kind of slow movie that isn’t boring, but that just demands patience and it rewards you afterwards with an emotional ending. It is a film that is layered and that becomes much better after you’ve seen it when thinking about it thoroughly.

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The cinematography is also superb. Everyone talks about the colors used here that represent the colors of the American and French flags and certainly that was an interesting choice, but I myself admired its scenery the most. The Italian seaside brought a lot of memorable imagery to it, the one that is fitting to its story as it felt again poignant and also timeless, fitting to Homer’s work. The film sounds and looks great and its camera movements are so polished. Overall, I really liked it and it is one of the films that surprised me how good it is as I didn’t expect much going to it.

Contempt is a rare Godard film that is less pretentious and more truly artistic which is why I liked it quite a bit. The camera movements and the imagery are stunning, Brigitte Bardot and Michel Piccoli are charismatic and memorable leads, the film’s parallel is well incorporated and the overall story felt at first simplistic, but is actually poignant and clever. It has a very weak beginning, but it is mostly a wonderfully melancholic, sensual and frequently beautiful film that stays with you long after you’ve seen it.

My Rating – 4.5

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A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969)

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A Boy Named Charlie Brown Movie Review

A Boy Named Charlie Brown is a 1969 animated comedy drama film directed by Bill Melendez. It is the first Peanuts feature film and actually one of my favorite animated films period.

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Well, I can understand how you feel.

You worked hard, studying for the spelling bee, and I suppose you feel you let everyone down,

and you made a fool of yourself and everything.

But did you notice something, Charlie Brown?

The world didn’t come to an end.

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I love this movie so much! To me it was such an almost perfect way to transition from specials to a feature and surely enough, this film is better than the majority of specials themselves, at least when it comes to my opinion. They managed to include as much of the classic Peanuts characters and humor and situations as possible and thus becoming a quintessential Peanuts outing.

I loved that it focused on the spelling bee instead of sports as that made it much more enjoyable for a non-sports fan like me. Every spelling bee scene was just terrific. Another highlight is Lucy’s scene in psychiatric booth, that was genius. To me this film is far from perfect and surely it does have too much musical numbers in it and the first act is sorely lacking in comparison to the rest of the film, but the rest is so great that I forgive those flaws.

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Of course the ending makes this movie. Wow, rarely have I seen a better conclusion in an animated film. Charlie Brown loses the game and closes in his room and refuses to ever come out. Linus comes in and tells him that he failed, but the universe didn’t come to an end because of it. That line in a nutshell is the reason why I respect this series as a whole. It never sugarcoats, but actually truthfully explains to children that they may continue losing and that winning is uncertain, but it isn’t the end of the world if you lose and that you should continue trying. A fantastic message in such a brilliant, wonderful ending.

Let’s talk about the characters. Charlie Brown is excellent! Rarely has he been this good in a special before or after. I loved that Peter Robbins voiced the character and I loved that he was at his angriest and most depressing mood here. He was relatable and you root for him throughout the entire movie.

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Peppermint Patty was surely missed here, but all of the others are here thankfully. Lucy is as hilarious as ever and some of her lines and moments made me laugh out loud. Snoopy was solid, but not as great as the others were. But thankfully this time around his scenes did not take as much screen time as they usually do. Schroeder and Sally are well used, but Linus is one the highlights in one of his best roles ever. I loved the emphasis on his security blanket and he is so endearing here, but he is also there for his friend which made him even more lovable.

A Boy Named Charlie Brown has a couple of songs in it so let me touch upon all of them. The Star-Spangled Banner was out of place and Failure Face is forgettable, albeit being a great scene, but I Before E is very catchy and a great way for children to learn spelling, Champion Charlie Brown is solid and the titular number is certainly quite charming and endearing. The songs are actually quite solid here, at least half of them are.

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The animation is really good and as pleasant as usual with the character designs being faithful and top-notch. The voice acting is of the best variety and using the best of the earlier voices. The score is quite good and the film is stupendously well made in terms of the technical aspects. It is not only well directed, but also polished in its shots and so deft in its editing as it is never slow and never rushed, it lasts for just the right amount of running time. It is always wonderful to watch, the dialogue is as clever as you would expect from the series and the humor is some of the best of the entire series as it made me laugh more than a couple of times with many hilarious parts. I loved its skillful tone too as it balanced light tone with humor and serious tone with drama and messages beautifully. It is overall a tremendously well realized movie and one of my favorite Peanuts stories and one of my favorite animated features as a whole.

A Boy Named Charlie Brown managed to bring everything you want from Peanuts to the table and it did that beautifully. The humor is excellent and some of the lines were hilarious, the characters are superbly utilized with Charlie Brown, Lucy and Linus being the highlights, the film is very well made technically and of course the standout is the final scene which features such a respectable, truly great message for children and it was a beautiful, brave way to end the movie.

My Rating – 5

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The Haunting (1963)

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The Haunting Movie Review

The Haunting is a 1963 British horror film directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Harris. It is a respectable, yet mildly disappointing horror picture.

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A closed mind is the worst defense against the supernatural

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It follows a small group of people investigating a purportedly haunted house. The movie is more psychological instead of paranormal and nothing supernatural ever really happens here. That is okay and I respect that as it led to better character development and more realistic, emotional driven drama.

However, I still found the film problematic because those psychological elements weren’t the best realized. I am of course talking about the narration. The protagonist’s thoughts are expressed to us almost all the time through a series of inner monologues. And although that classical, book-like and elegant approach felt interesting at first, it quickly wore off its welcome as it became repetitive and the film relied too heavily on it. I would have cut off at least half of those monologues.

Another problem is the acting. Surely the characters are very well developed and actually admirable for a horror flick. And the actresses did a really good job with Julie Harris in particular giving a terrific performance. But the actors are so bad and mediocre that they easily overshadow them and because the women are so good here, you could easily see how weak the men are with Russ Tamblyn in particular giving a horrible performance. Instead of being scared, he wore that stupid smiling face of his throughout the whole movie and successfully killing the suspense when he was on screen.

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But The Haunting is so technically innovative and just fantastic that it lifted those major mistakes and helped make the movie much more enjoyable than it could have been without them. The cinematography is just stupendous and some of the shots were absolutely spectacular. I just loved the imagery in this movie, the crisp black and white photography and the haunted house itself which was beautifully envisioned and superbly well utilized.

I loved that staircase which was very memorable and intriguing. I loved the outdoors shots at the house and its various rooms and corridors were so well established and used to create suspense. The film is quite suspenseful at times and I liked the paranoia and the going mad aspect of it, so dramatic and creepy. It is the kind of realistic horror film that is more sophisticated than truly scary.

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I also respected the dialogue in The Haunting. Some of the conversations regarding the house itself as well as the supernatural were quite interesting to listen to and I loved the conflict that was present between the two women, but all of them interacted really well with one another. I liked the ending and both the score and the sound effects were superb. The direction is also excellent and the editing is deft leading to such an all around polished feature. I just wished that it was more scary and that it had less monologues in it.

The Haunting has a frustrating overabundance of inner monologues in it and the performances from the male actors are quite weak, but the women did a really good job, the film is quite suspenseful at times and it is above all such a genuinely terrific visual experience with beautiful cinematography, phenomenal imagery of the house and a couple of striking atmospheric sequences.

My Rating – 4

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Havoc in Heaven (1964)

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Havoc in Heaven Movie Review

Havoc in Heaven is a 1964 Chinese animated adventure film directed by Wan Laiming. It is a flawed, yet such an admirable, artistic endeavor.

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I humbly beg your Majesty to bring this monkey fiend to justice

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It follows Monkey King who rebels against the Jade Emperor of heaven. Now in terms of storytelling, this isn’t the greatest film. Of course I was fascinated by its story and mythology as China has a rich history. I loved those intriguing fights and scenery. But it just didn’t captivate me as much as the visuals did and sometimes it wasn’t that easy to follow and isn’t all that well crafted.

The characterization is solid, but also not particularly remarkable. The characters are good, but not as memorable. Only the Monkey King is a memorable, interesting creation. He is a major figure in Chinese literature and mythology and this incarnation was pretty solid. The voice acting I also found to be pretty good.

The film succeeds as an action-adventure flick because it is so adventurous in its tone and charming while also featuring terrific action sequences. I absolutely loved the fights here as they were tremendously well choreographed, epic and exciting. Those scenes were some of the highlights of the film.

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But where Havoc in Heaven shines is in the animation. Wow, is this a beautiful movie! The animation here has to be the best that sixties had to offer, at least it is in my opinion. What Chinese animators did here was nothing short of miraculous. They took this great material and did the best they could with it, bringing polished and professional animation to the picture.

The colors are so bright and pleasing here, wonderful to witness. The movements were wonderfully well executed and of course the scenery is just fantastic. Some of the imagery here was actually mesmerizing to behold with the highlights being heaven scenes as well as the fight choreography. Also some of the underwater stuff was great too. This wasn’t the easiest film to animate, but they managed to do a great job which is commendable. Not only that, but I would also call this animation a work of art as it truly felt like a moving picture and a beauty to behold. The animation fascinated and captivated me and I wish that the rest of the movie was as great.

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Havoc in Heaven is pretty well edited and paced, but I watched the shorter version of one and a half hours so I wouldn’t know if the longer, two hour version is better or not. This one was polished, superbly well directed and well paced. The score I also found to be respectable and the sound effects in particular were awesome and realistic. They perfectly accompanied the fight sequences, creating wonderful scenes in the process. But despite its great technicalities, I again found the plot and particularly the dialogue to be lacking as it isn’t as sophisticated as its visuals are. Also, the movie was never particularly entertaining and sometimes it was a bit dull to me. I wish that the characters and the plot were stronger as it would have made this film a classic, but it is still a respectable, sometimes wondrous piece of filmmaking that somewhat deserves its praise as the finest Chinese animation of all time and it deserves the second viewing as I intend to do one day.

Havoc in Heaven is definitely lacking in terms of storytelling and characterization plus it isn’t particularly engaging, but it is a wondrous achievement technically as the sound effects and score are superb and of course the visuals are dazzling. It has such a beautiful, absolutely jaw-dropping stylistic animation that I would absolutely call a work of art. The visuals propel this movie to greater heights making it a respectable, albeit flawed effort.

My Rating – 4

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Gay Purr-ee (1962)

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Gay Purr-ee Movie Review

Gay Purr-ee is a 1962 animated musical film from Warner Bros. starring Judy Garland. It is a very disappointing, frankly quite weak movie.

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Boys, if you ever marry, marry for love… of money.

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The plot is nothing special and is quite ordinary and at times even dull. Now obviously Disney’s ‘The Aristocats’ was influenced by this movie and in some plot points it might even be called a rip-off. But to me the aforementioned movie is much better with better characters, animation and music. The plot is weak in both movies and here it tried to have many different things in it, but ultimately doesn’t succeed in either of them.

The characters are quite weak. Mewsette is your typical female love interest and Jaune Tom is likable, yet forgettable. Robespierre is a typical, but solid sidekick and he is actually better developed and more memorable than the aforementioned two. Meowrice is actually a quite capable villain, but even he disappointed me near the end. His character doesn’t work because Paul Frees gave an infuriatingly weak performance and all of the others are weak as well. They made the movie look cheap along with its animation.

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Yes, the animation is cheap here and yes, it does look unprofessional and if it was still in the development process. However, I still admired its aesthetics because some of the imagery is excellent and some of the designs were great. The scene with the parody of major works from major artists definitely felt like a detour in terms of storytelling, but in terms of the animation, it was quite inspired and even artistic. I just wish that the film got a polished look and it would have been great, but this way it just felt unfinished and unprofessional.

Gay Purr-ee features some quite mediocre musical numbers. As a musical, it doesn’t succeed even though it has a couple of solid songs in it. The Overture is a quite solid opening for the movie and Mewsette is pretty solid as well. Take My Hand, Paree is catchy and in tone it is fittingly French to accompany its setting. Little Drops of Rain is emotional and serves the story well. But all of the other numbers are very weak and even poor in some instances.

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Gay Purr-ee is a problematic movie because it is just too slow paced to become engaging and it was even boring and felt overlong despite its short running time and that is never a good sign. The drama and the villainy was solid, but the action was dull and the entire third act was too cartoony. In the end, it is a further proof of Disney’s dominance during the 60s and how Warner Bros’ unfortunately could not compete and this flick is a testament to that.

Gay Purr-ee has a couple of solid musical numbers, some good scenes and a couple of inspired animated moments, but the overall animation, although obviously featuring solid designs and scenery, felt unfinished and cheap, the characters are not the greatest, the voice acting is quite poor and most of the songs were weak leading to a pretty weak Warner Bros. animated effort.

My Rating – 3

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The Great Escape (1963)

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The Great Escape Movie Review

The Great Escape is a 1963 war film directed by John Sturges and starring Steve McQueen. It is such an overrated, overblown movie.

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I haven’t seen Berlin yet, from the ground or from the air,

and I plan on doing both before the war is over.

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Yes, this is one of the most overrated movies I’ve seen recently. It is supposedly one of the greatest films of 1963 and yet it ended up being one of the weakest in a very weak year for film in the first place. It is about 50 POWs who escape from the war camp during World War II. It is fictional in many of its details and people, yet this really happened so basically it mixes fiction and reality.

Now, the major problem here is that the film is overly reliant on action. Basically the entire second half is one giant action sequence and that bored me to death. I like war movies that are more in the drama category and this one is representative of the worst tendencies of war pictures.

Another problem is the first half which is too light and comedic and just slow. Owing to its two tonally different halves, the film is very uneven and odd in its structure. But it is always tedious, from beginning to end, and rarely have I been bored as much as during this movie. The running time is so overblown and it desperately wants to be the next epic classic and it just isn’t and it never will be in my opinion.

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Now The Great Escape is obviously very well made. Some of its humor is quite solid and the action, although overwhelming, is well executed. The acting is very good and Steve McQueen is memorable in the lead role. The direction is not the greatest and the pacing is of course very bad, but the film looks good as the cinematography is fine and the overall attention to detail are evident. But if it was half the length that it ended up being, it would have been much more entertaining and maybe even a classic that it desperately wanted to be. But this way it ended up being one giant, overrated bore.

The Great Escape is obviously well made, sometimes interesting and well acted, but the film is structurally odd as it is very different in its two halves – the action is boring and overwhelming in the second half whereas the first half is slow and dull. It is one of those war movies that rely on action instead of drama and its running time is overblown beyond a shadow of a doubt. All in all, it is one giant overrated snoozefest.

My Rating – 3

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Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963)

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Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Movie Review

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is a 1963 Italian anthology comedy film directed by Vittorio de Sica and starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. It is an okay, but undistinguished work.

The film is an anthology work that consists of three stories about couples in different parts of Italy. It stars Sophia Loren and Marcelo Mastroianni in all of these stories and that choice I disliked and I just think it would have been better had they chosen different actors for each individual story.

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The people of Forcella are out of this world.

They’ve risen up in a gesture of solidarity!

I must say, it almost makes you forget how filthy and ignorant they are.

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But she is good in this movie and likable. As for Mastroianni, he is here actually the best and most sympathetic of all of his roles which are usually annoying. The two have some great scenes and interact well together.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is an okay, but weak anthology with all of the stories being just passable and nothing remarkable. The first one was the weakest and most forgettable whereas the second story is way too short and somewhat pointless. I mean, it has a point as it shows a man reevaluating his partner, but it should have been done better and this way it was way too short and inconsequential.

As for the third story, it is the best one without a doubt. It has some interesting interactions between both of the characters plus it was a somewhat interesting plot with her going out with a priest whose mother is appalled by that idea. It isn’t great, but it is the most entertaining and memorable story here.

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Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is very weakly constructed as these three stories are weakly put together and some last much longer than the others and vice versa. Plus I failed to see the connection between them thematically speaking and the film was also emotionally shallow and cold. The characters are mostly typical and the stories are familiar. It also has that annoying tendency to portray sexualized female characters which is so frustrating and typical about Italian cinema. It got an Oscar for foreign movie and it didn’t deserve it at all. It isn’t bad, but there isn’t anything here that is particularly inspired.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is an okay movie with solid performances and a solid third story, but the second story is too short and the first one is forgettable. As an anthology movie, it doesn’t work as it isn’t thematically connected and not one of these stories is particularly interesting or meaningful.

My Rating – 3

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8 1/2 (1963)

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8 1/2 (1963) Movie Review

8 1/2 is a 1963 Italian drama film directed by Federico Fellini and it one of the most famous and critically acclaimed movies ever to come from Italy.

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My Dears…

Happiness consists of being able to tell the truth without hurting anyone.

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It follows a man who has a writer’s block and the film uses the dramatic structure interrupted casually by fantastical sequences. It is an awfully boring story that supposedly has multiple clever themes and ideas, but I failed to recognize any of them how badly they were executed or how non-existent they were. Not to mention that the film lasts for more than two hours due to bloated running time and is, to make matters worse, tedious and annoying from start to finish like all of his films. I am not a fan of Fellini honestly and I could never get why his films grew reputation because to me they are so boring, annoying and literally repulsive at times. This is not as bad as ‘La Dolce Vita’ but it still comes close to that travesty of a picture. His earlier films from the fifties were infinitely better as both ‘La Strada’ and ‘Nights of Cabiria’ are masterpieces in comparison to this one.

It is, like the aforementioned film, similar in structure in that it is very full of itself but in reality not clever or interesting at all and literally contains sequences that make no sense whatsoever and that are useless in its actions entirely and a total waste of time.

The character development is awful with each and every character being immensely annoying and despicable. The protagonist is once again played by Marcello Matroianni and is once again repulsive, annoying, weakly developed and all around awful to follow. And all the other characters and their actions are the same story.

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As for the acting, it is nothing to write home about as well. The directing is of course the worst because Fellini is the one responsible for all of this with no professionalism or skill whatsoever. There are maybe some good technical aspects regarding the cinematography and the costumes, but that is about all there is to it. It is once again an excuse to venture into bad habits, bad people and excessive hedonism instead of a good story and quality filmmaking with good ideas it was supposed to have.

With awfully unlikable characters, uninspired acting, bad directing and boring and incredibly frustrating story, 8 1/2 is another Fellini’s frustrating movie with repulsive people, bad approach and no story, themes or points present whatsoever. It is a bad film by all means, an excuse to venture into bad habits and hedonism, a boring snoozefest and one of the most overrated films made by the most overrated film director ever.

My Rating – 2

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Sundays and Cybele (1962)

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Sundays and Cybele Movie Review

Sundays and Cybele is a 1962 French drama film directed by Serge Bourguignon and starring Hardy Kruger. It is a typically solid, yet far from great film.

It is about an emotionally disabled war veteran who befriends a young girl. The others are skeptic about his intentions and of course it all ends in a tragic way. This is the kind of story that is admittedly very icky on the premise alone. Yes, it never goes that route, but every film that is even a bit connected with this issue is bound to be an uncomfortable viewing experience and this movie is no exception.

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The major problem lies in the relationship between the two. The story itself is great and very tragic and it could have been a vehicle for a great movie, but the film ended up being just solid owing to a very poor approach to it. What am I talking about? Well, I am talking about the characters themselves which are really not worth rooting for. That is a harsh thing to say, but the reality is that the protagonist is a typically war-affected individual who is never given a proper personality and the girl is actually even worse as she’s immensely annoying and never as likable as the script demanded.

I don’t know what exactly made me dislike their relationship so much other than the fact that it is inherently odd in concept. Maybe the reason why I disliked it again lies in Cybele herself. Her constant talk about marrying Pierre when she gets older is very weird and unlikable along with her overall annoying demeanor. Their relationship needed to be exceptionally strong in order for this movie to work, but it just was either too odd or just too annoying and cold.

Sundays and Cybele is, as is every French film of the period, superbly made and directed while also being solidly acted. The acting isn’t the greatest, but it’s solid nonetheless. The script is pretty good, albeit the execution is weak. The dialogue is sometimes excellent, but sometimes rather frustrating. As for the tone, it is mostly well handled and its dreamlike quality to it I really liked.

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The cinematography is of course one of the major highlights in this picture. Everything looks gorgeous, but the standout scenes are of course in that park. Now, those sequences featured some of the most annoying lines and character traits, but visually speaking, it was marvelous to behold with some particularly inventive camera movements. For instance, the shot where we follow the two from the water reflection is absolutely astonishing. But other than its strong script and technical aspects, the film failed on a bigger emotional level and ended up being a lost potential. It gathered the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film and I don’t know whether or not it deserved it as I have yet to see the other nominees, but I am pretty sure it didn’t.

Sundays and Cybele is a very frustrating film. The script alone is very strong, the film is very well made and the technical aspects are terrific with the cinematography in particular being great with some of the shots being very inventive and astonishing to watch, but the film failed on an emotional level as the characters themselves are either flat or unlikable and the relationship between the two is very odd and not as heartwarming as it should have been in order for the whole film to work.

My Rating – 3.5

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Movie Review

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is a 1964 musical film directed by Jacques Demy and starring Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo. It is such a wonderful, charming experience.

This is the kind of film that perfectly showcases how you can make an original film out of clichéd parts. And truly the story here is very familiar. You have a young, incredibly beautiful couple who are deeply in love, but he goes to war and the two are tragically separated for two years. Then she gets pregnant with his baby and has to choose whether or not to wait for him or go with a different a man.

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Stop crying. Look at me. People only die of love in movies

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This entire plot is somewhat of a rip-off of the Russian classic ‘The Cranes Are Flying‘. However, the approach to this movie is entirely different. Not only is it effervescent, but so light and energetic. It is a movie that any musical fan would most certainly appreciate. And yes, that is another interesting thing about it. The entire film is sung, literally every line of dialogue is sung as a song and you have a major theme repeated throughout the film.

Another authentic aspect to it and the one thing that I found to be the most admirable in it has to be that ending. The two meet at the gas station where he’s working years later and it’s Christmas and the snowflakes are a gorgeous backdrop to the sequence that unfolds in the most heartbreaking, nostalgic manner. They choose to go live their separate lives with their new families and this ending is just so emotional and even poetic in its nature as the combination of beautiful music and superb scenery make it a winner in my book.

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is such a great musical. You don’t have any full-fledged songs here, but you’ve got an unforgettable theme in I Will Wait for You which is just such a gorgeous theme and one of the best of its time. It perfectly accompanied its somewhat epic story through a continuous use of it and it never felt overly used as it was utilized perfectly in every scene.

The music is beautiful, but so are the people in it. Both Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo are so charming and they are such a handsome, pretty couple. Both are just so beautiful to watch and rarely have I seen a prettier couple in any movie. But Catherine Deneuve also gave a terrific performance that ranks as one of her best in a very impressive filmography.

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Movie Review……………………………………………………………

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg has its problems. The tone in particular is troublesome as the movie just doesn’t know how to treat serious issues. For example, there are two deaths in the film’s third act and one is so abruptly handled and the other is just barely mentioned. But I liked the humor quite a bit as it stemmed from the characters singing even in the most mundane of actions which was sometimes hilarious. And of course that cinematography is gorgeous and I really found its colors to be fascinating. The film is so colorful and vivid with extremely bright colors that it made the movie feel very much alive. You have the color of pink repeated throughout which was quite interesting and the clothing matching the house wallpapers was especially interesting and it made for quite an involving experience.

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Movie Review……………………………………………………………….

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is a gorgeous film. The music is wonderful with I Will Wait for You being such a fantastic theme and the colors are vivid and extremely bright and those two factors made this movie such an interesting experience. It is a great example of a film that manages to transcend its familiar storyline and typical plot points with its refreshing approach – this time in the form of a musical and in its heartbreaking, immensely beautiful ending. The tone struggled at times, but the acting pair here is so pretty and the film is such a moving visual as well as auditory experience and it’s ultimately quite unforgettable.

My Rating – 4.5

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