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Christina  Actor. Writer. Spoonie. Melbourne. #classicfilmsunday

‘Cléo from 5 to 7’ (1962) dir. Agnès Varda for #classicfilmsunday - Following on from Chabrol and Godard I’ve been in a French New Wave mood and since I’m still envious that @whitmon saw Agnès Varda talk at the @britishfilminstitute last month I thought it might be time to watch her Left Bank classic. And I adored it. Everything about it. Completely. Too much thus why I kept taking screenshots. Also, Michel Legrand is one of the best film composers ever and yet seeing his delightful and bouncy performance in this film makes me wish he had found time to do more acting as well as composing. So yep, I loved this film. I loved the near-real time aspect and how Cléo suddenly starts noticing the minutiae of life around her. I love the way the character changes and grows stronger as the people around her actually listen and take her seriously. I love the transition between Cléo performing her doomed mortality and slowly genuinely living it as an actual possible reality. I love the long taxi shots and the overheard conversations in cafes. I love the framing and the tracking and that last shot of Cléo walking with Antoine broke my heart as she has finally transitioned from an almost caricature to a full complex human being with real connections and now has to deal with that reality of being human and fragile. Guys, I really liked it. Bonus: also features lots of background kittens and a short silent film-within-a-film starring Godard and Anna Karina. Win.
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#cleofrom5to7 #agnesvarda #frenchnewwave #leftbank #lanouvellevague #corinnemarchand #michellegrand #antoinebourseiller

I just randomly read this little classic and actually really enjoyed it. With lots of dark foggy London streets lit by lamps with shadows falling everywhere it was suitably mysterious and a nice little Victorian horror. Although not actually scary I can only imagine how shocking the twist must have been before it became the stuff of mythology and general knowledge. I also really liked that the take was told from the POV of Jekyll’s friend and a series of letters. It made the story much more mysterious and more interesting than the dozens of adaptations on film I’ve seen. Also, I’ve literally never realised that ‘Mr. Hyde’ is called that cos of the whole ‘hide and seek’ metaphor before. 🤦🏼‍♀️ .
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‘Le Mépris’ / ‘Contempt’ dir. Jean-Luc Godard with his little opening Brechtian voice over. I dunno, I just really felt like watching this yesterday. Is it a #classicfilmsunday cheat to rewatch one of my favourite films instead of something new? Yep, but they’re my rules and #rebel . Plus, you can never watch that 30 minute long scene in the apartment between Brigitte Bardot and Michel Piccoli as husband and wife enough times - it is endlessly watchable and interesting and theatrical and perfect. I read an article on the use of architecture in this film a while ago and rewatching the film with this in mind gave me a new appreciation for the wondrous use of buildings and space in this film to enclose the characters psychological evolution. Not to mention the complex mixture of equally embracing, examining and subversion of the male gaze that Godard achieves. And those poetic shots of Ancient Greek statues and those wondrous neverending tracking shots and the stunning Italian landscape and the phenomenal score from George Delerue....oh I just adore this film so much. Also: bonus Fritz Lang being Fritz Lang!
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*Note: it could not irritate me more that the subtitles spelled ‘Bazin’ like this. 😠
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#lemepris #jeanlucgodard #contempt #brigittebardot #fritzlang #jackpalance #michelpiccoli #brecht #andrebazin #lemépris #georgedelerue #carloponti

Well, it was inevitable that I was going to start reading my beloved Wes Anderson’s beloved Stefan Zweig some day. One book and already in love. Never been so invested in a game of chess....although, to be fair, never been invested in a game of chess at all before.
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‘Stromboli’ (1950) dir. Roberto Rossellini #classicfilmsunday - So...Rossellini’s ‘Viaggio in Italia/Journey to Italy’ is one of my absolute favourite films and so I had high hopes for another Rossellini/Bergman film (indeed the scandalous one in which while filming and both married they had an affair and she got pregnant which led to the film banned in some countries). But, I was disappointed. I loved the way it was filmed and shot. How the volcanic landscape and the village fell into one indistinguishable barren isolation and the savagery of the famous fishing scene was brutal. However, despite Ingrid Bergman being the incredible Ingrid Bergman with a thousand complex thoughts flashing over her face with every moment...she really was given nowhere to start and nowhere to go by the script. Her and her husband were both unlikeable in their own way and the small moments of redemption they each had were not enough to make me start caring about either character. Bergman’s final act was the most interesting but then the film just...ends. I feel as though this film is some sort of weird Rossellini / Pasolini / Antonioni mash up and it comes close but just doesn’t quite nail it. Still glad I watched it though cos I would watch Ingrid Bergman stare at a wall for two hours if I could. .
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