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This explosive work about the conflict between the spirit and the flesh is the epitome of the sensuous style of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’s indescribable 1977 movie House (Hausu)? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Mario Bava? House might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet.
Made with its director’s customary precision and wit, Jim Jarmusch’s Mystery Train is a triptych of stories that pay playful tribute to the home of Stax Records, Sun Studio, Graceland, Carl Perkins, and, of course, the King himself, who presides over the film like a spirit.
rbrandtvt: “I wish there were more shows like this. Humor-by-control room long before Tim and Eric.”
With Solaris, the legendary Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky created a brilliantly original science-fiction epic that challenges our conceptions about love, truth, and humanity itself.
Immediately suppressed by the Soviets in 1966, Andrei Tarkovsky’s epic masterpiece is a sweeping medieval tale of Russia’s greatest icon painter.
The debut feature by the great Andrei Tarkovsky, Ivan’s Childhood is a poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy’s war-ravaged youth.
rbrandtvt: “I don't care if it's ugly and shriveled, I want to live in this one.”
Criterion is proud to present these Dreyer masterpieces on DVD for the first time, with brand new digital transfers. Each is an intense exploration of the clash between individual desire and social expectations, with Dreyer’s famously perfectionist attention to detail shining throughout.
rbrandtvt: “Add everything Maddin's ever done to this list. My bookshelf is pretty scarce.”
rbrandtvt: “Perhaps the loveliest movie to feature a magical stalker. Love the music on this one.”
rbrandtvt: “Gilded and lusty, and so heartbreaking. They never tell you what happened after the war, and this is a fair shake.”
rbrandtvt: “Van Sant's the man. The Bill Plympton-directed documentary that comes with this is a hoot as well.”
Based on a shocking true story and shot in documentary-style black and white, The Honeymoon Killers is a stark portrayal of the desperate lengths to which a lonely heart will go to find true love.
rbrandtvt: “The only film I've seen in this collection is Vagabond, my favorite film ever.”
rbrandtvt: “Structuralist film with a soul, and for once you can take it home and put it on your bookshelf. I wish this was on my bookshelf.”
rbrandtvt: “I haven't seen this, but I love everything else I've seen by Makavejev.”