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Bergman is my favorite director, and he is at his most transcendent here. Uncle Isak's story to Alexander after his rescue is one of the most spellbinding moments on film. Perfection.
Scenes from a Marriage comes in a very close second to Fanny and Alexander for me. I remember the first time I watched it-- I slipped in the DVD intending to watch the first episode before bed, and stayed up through the night finishing the entire thing. I don't know that another film has ever rung so true for me. One of the best films ever about the nature of love and the ties that bind us.
Maurice Ronet's tour-de-force performance in this film broke my heart. As someone who often feels tired and disconnected from the world, this one really struck a chord. ...And I just realized that today is July 23. Huh.
One of the unsung gems in the Collection, for sure. After I saw this film for the first time, I showed it to everybody I know. For my friends who maintain that they hate old and/or foreign and/or black and white movies, I always put on Le trou to prove them wrong. It hasn't failed me once.
I adore Melville, and couldn't pick just one film to represent him on my Top Ten list. Thank goodness for the nifty "tie" function. Anyway, Le Samourai is probably my favorite of Melville's crime dramas in the Collection. Alain Delon is captivating in this.
If I *actually* had to pick my favorite film by Melville, though, I think it would be this one. One of the greatest war movies of all time.
If you couldn't tell by now, I'm a sucker for bleak films. The ending of this movie haunted me for days. I took a trip to Italy this summer, and there were moments where I felt scenes from this movie echoing around me.
My favorite film by Fellini (but honorary mentions to La strada, 8 1/2 and Amarcord!). Giulietta Masina was never better.
Each of the films in the Andrzej Wajda box set is a masterpiece, in my opinion, but Ashes and Diamonds is my favorite of the three.
Tension you could cut with a knife. This was one of my very first Criterions!
And last but not least, let there be light! This film makes me smile. Such an odd, wistful little movie.
I don't think it's possible to watch this film without ending up with a smile on your face.