Tag Archives: Romanticism

Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1928, D. H. Lawrence)

At times it seems like reading and writing a novel like this which exalts the immediate bodily and sensory experience of life over the insular and intellectualized is committing a great hypocrisy. The hands that cradle the spine and turn … Continue reading

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Female Troubles

15 Nov 2013: La Cotta (DVD, 1967, Ermanno Olmi) Even more than Il Posto this hour-length television feature depicts the sensitive, romantically forlorn young male that appears as prototype for the many subsequent protagonists of Wes Anderson, Spike Jonze and … Continue reading

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The Slow and the Mild-Mannered: Milano Drift

14 Nov 2013: Il Posto (DVD, 1961, Ermanno Olmi) The dreamlike mundanity on offer here harks forward to another Italian, Marco Ferreri, but with more of a focus on cinematography and even more of a locational drift. The camera itself … Continue reading

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A Light Sublime

12 Nov 2013: Limelight (DVD, 1951, Charlie Chaplin) Much more melancholy and morose than earlier silent-era Chaplin, even when he deals with the soul-destroying industrial horrors of Modern Times, this film counterintuitively feels more inspirational because of it by truly … Continue reading

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The Death Rattle of Algiers

21 Oct 2013: Pépé Le Moko (DVD, 1936, Julien Duvivier) There’s plenty of misogyny and colonialist racism but hard-edged attitude and atmosphere here to launch the thousand crime and/or foreign intrigue films that this movie seems to have done, if … Continue reading

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A Fierce Miss American Pie-Maker

16 Oct 2013: Mildred Pierce (DVD, 2011, Todd Haynes) Though at first I was impressed with the visual tributes to melodrama-master Rainer Werner Fassbinder (there’s a PFA retrospective of his at the moment), the frosted glass, the dollies behind prominent … Continue reading

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Another Love in the Time of Cholera

15 Oct 2013: The Painted Veil (DVD, 2006, John Curran) Like W. Somerset Maugham’s The Razor’s Edge this story tells of an idealistic young white upper-class man and an (at least eventually) admiring woman who meet at a ritzy dinner … Continue reading

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