Last week’s loot was quite enjoyable. There wasn’t a single film that felt like work to get through. The Apartment was one of the films assigned for November for the 1001 Film Club. It was definitely a film outside of my usual genres and eras, but I’m definitely glad I saw it. You can see my review here.
The Conversation was really intriguing. You’d think that a spy movie (this term is misrepresentative of the film, but the closest I can think of) featuring what was state-of-the-art equipment would seem really dated, but Coppola did a fantastic job of making it about more than that. I don’t really know what else was in the running that year, but it seems to me it definitely deserved the Palm D’Or.
I’m very conscious about how every time I see a Bergman film, I claim it to be my new favorite. But I really mean it this time. Through a Glass Darkly was uber-compelling. The script, the cast, the cinematography, everything about it was brilliant.
Nights of Cabiria and La Strada represent the latest in my exploration of Fellini films, and I liked them both so much, I watched them right in a row. They were far more accessible than 8 1/2, and more fun than La Dolce Vita. My favorite of the two was La Strada, but only by a hair. If ever there was a performance of an actor playing a mentally-challenged person than deserved an Oscar, it’s Guilietta Masina. She made me choke up she was so good.
Here’s this week’s excessive loot. This is what I will be doing with this four day holiday weekend.