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Sean is a bright, curious kid with owl-like eyes and square spectacle frames who should see more Criterion films. Of course, lists like these are more revealing about my own experiences and feelings than his curiosities, but I'll pretend not to know that right now.
Cinema does not begin and end with Robert Bresson, but it should. This is the acme of Bresson's art: cruelty and fatalism, martyrdom and redemption. Plus a little bit of rock 'n roll!
Bresson extends his fatal, jaundiced eye into the animal realm, in this story of a much put-upon donkey who is baptized and then tortured through all his life. With a beautiful Anne Wiazemsky (who is my first round draft pick in my Fantasy French Girl league). Jean-Luc Godard edited the trailer, which you must see as well.
Acting does not get as rarefied or clarified as it does here. That's Antonin Artaud as the mad monk.
Godard's ne plus ultra. Plus Jack Palance and Fritz Lang as competing Greek gods!
Kalazatov's cinematography and Siberia's dramatic clime combine here for a spellbinding film.
Tarkovsky's most affecting, direct film.
Tarkovsky's move into the cosmic.
Ana Torrent's first one-two knockout punch, in Saura's dreamy, evocative film about the end of Franco.
Ana Torrent's other knockout punch, in Erice's similarly allusive movie about the end of Franco -- the first representation, I think, of the Spanish Republicans in a Spanish film. Frankenstein! Mushrooms!
Watch the five hour television version!