Bob den Hartog’s Collection (29)

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  • The Night of the Hunter (Criterion Blu-Ray)
  • Stagecoach (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Stagecoach

    John Ford

    Bob den Hartog: “The blueprint for the western in which its characters turn out to be less stereotypic than you may think they are. ”

    Blu-Ray Spine #516 Learn more »
  • Ivan’s Childhood (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Ivan’s Childhood

    Andrei Tarkovsky

    Bob den Hartog: “Haunting and with strong imagery that lingers in the mind after it's over, Tarkovsky's debut is best in creating moments.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #397 Learn more »
  • In the Mood for Love (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    In the Mood for Love

    Wong Kar-wai

    Bob den Hartog: “Wong Kar-wai excels in the dreamlike segments in which the main characters waltz around each other in slow-motion, but doesn't engage in the long run.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #147 Learn more »
  • Black Narcissus (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Black Narcissus

    Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

    Bob den Hartog: “Essentially a haunted house film in which (sexual) desire is the ghost that haunts the nuns, told with visual mastery and a strong sense of symbolism.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #93 Learn more »
  • Repulsion (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Repulsion

    Roman Polanski

    Bob den Hartog: “Polanski's haunting film about psychosis isn't as scary to watch, as it is to remembering the horrific details long after it is finished.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #483 Learn more »
  • Rashomon (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Rashomon

    Akira Kurosawa

    Bob den Hartog: “Brilliantly structured narrative with much to say about the reliability of witnesses and, on a grander scale, the nature of humanity.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #138 Learn more »
  • The Rules of the Game (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Rules of the Game

    Jean Renoir

    Bob den Hartog: “Deceitfully bitter 'comedy' of errors that is less funny than it is immediate in its message. More interesting than it is compelling.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #216 Learn more »
  • The Phantom Carriage (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Phantom Carriage

    Victor Sjöström

    Bob den Hartog: “Sjöström creates a mood that is as haunting as it is gripping. The impact of the images is surprisingly strong, aided greatly by Matti Bye's score.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #579 Learn more »
  • Army of Shadows (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Army of Shadows

    Jean-Pierre Melville

    Bob den Hartog: “Gripping yet bleak depiction of WWII French resistance. Stunning cinematography and confident direction further enhance oppressive feel of despair.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #385 Learn more »
  • The Last Temptation of Christ (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Last Temptation of Christ

    Martin Scorsese

    Bob den Hartog: “A thought-provoking and daring study of not just Christianity, but the nature of religion and the insecurities of faith.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #70 Learn more »
  • 12 Angry Men (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    12 Angry Men

    Sidney Lumet

    Bob den Hartog: “Strong depiction of the power of prejudice and the tricks it can play on the mind. Makes a good case in favor of critical thinking against all odds.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #591 Learn more »
  • The Third Man (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Third Man

    Carol Reed

    Bob den Hartog: “Among the noirest of FIlm Noirs, Reed builds the suspense cleverly until we are presented with thát reveal of Orson Welles. Great photography as well.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #64 Learn more »
  • The Wages of Fear (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Wages of Fear

    Henri-Georges Clouzot

    Bob den Hartog: “Gripping, suspenseful and -between the lines- an effective stab towards American capitalism.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #36 Learn more »
  • Diabolique (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Diabolique

    Henri-Georges Clouzot

    Bob den Hartog: “The greatest Hitchcock film Hitchcock never made, with an ending that kickstarted the surprise twist.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #35 Learn more »
  • The Killing (Criterion Blu-Ray)
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    The Killing

    Stanley Kubrick

    Blu-Ray Spine #575 Learn more »
  • Paths of Glory (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Paths of Glory

    Stanley Kubrick

    Bob den Hartog: “First critical film on war that sadly lacks many of the later Kubrick trademarks yet is gripping nonetheless.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #538 Learn more »
  • Beauty and the Beast (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Beauty and the Beast

    Jean Cocteau

    Bob den Hartog: “Revolutionary in visual, in-camera trickery and a deceitful 'happy' ending.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #6 Learn more »
  • Paris, Texas (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Paris, Texas

    Wim Wenders

    Bob den Hartog: “Dreamlike journey through the Texan landscape. Wenders infuses 80's neonlight mood with a tad too much cheesiness.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #501 Learn more »
  • The 400 Blows (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The 400 Blows

    François Truffaut

    Bob den Hartog: “Authentic and free of false sentiment, Truffaut effectively recollects the upbringing of a life went wrong and where it went wrong.”

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  • PlayTime (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    PlayTime

    Jacques Tati

    Bob den Hartog: “Hugely ambitious "search for the jokes" puzzle that's impossible to grasp in single viewing. Equal turns cynical and funny, yet distancing.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #112 Learn more »
  • The Seventh Seal (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Seventh Seal

    Ingmar Bergman

    Bob den Hartog: “Surprisingly upbeat for a film about death, set during the black plague with characters burning for witchcraft. Iconic, fascinating and unforgettable.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #11 Learn more »
  • Solaris (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Solaris

    Andrei Tarkovsky

    Bob den Hartog: “Hypnotic existential science-fiction that's remarkably gripping and emotional for a Tarkovsky film.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #164 Learn more »
  • Modern Times (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Modern Times

    Charlie Chaplin

    Bob den Hartog: “Clever satire on the industrial revolution that's in equal turns funny and cynically essential.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #543 Learn more »
  • The Great Dictator (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Great Dictator

    Charles Chaplin

    Bob den Hartog: “Brave satire against the upcoming Nazi party with the ultimate ambition: ending the war. Pretty funny too.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #565 Learn more »
  • Days of Heaven (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Days of Heaven

    Terrence Malick

    Bob den Hartog: “Lush photography of nature in its most purest form, Malick was clearly searching and finding a voice he'd perfect for The Thin Red Line.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #409 Learn more »
  • 8½ (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    Federico Fellini

    Bob den Hartog: “The definitive film on filmmaking. Also an ambitious psychological rumination on inspiration, told within a complex meta-framework.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #140 Learn more »
  • The Thin Red Line (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    The Thin Red Line

    Terrence Malick

    Bob den Hartog: “Poetic meditation on the inner-workings of a soldier, in which Malick pitches the cruelty of men and war against the purity of nature.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #536 Learn more »
  • M (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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    M

    Fritz Lang

    Bob den Hartog: “Brilliant portrait of paranoia, revenge and the illusion of justice set against the backdrop of pre-WWII Nazi Germany.”

    Blu-Ray Spine #30 Learn more »