• jeffonboard wrote a new post, Breathless, on the site Modesty 9 years, 6 months ago

    There have been only a few selected foreign films that have captured my attention. Perhaps it’s not my preference to have to read words while watching a film. Breathless is one that’s extraordinary. I had no issue immersing myself into the film’s universe. I think what makes this film special is its unique trait that […]

  • jeffonboard commented on the blog post Breathless 9 years, 6 months ago

    Also agree with mjanczewski here. I think the director intended to make the ending ambiguous so that everyone will be pleased with the ending as opposed to having a definite ending which will only appeal to part of the entire audience. Although it’s a vague ending, it is still a very nice closure to the […]

  • jeffonboard commented on the blog post Psycho (1960) 9 years, 6 months ago

    I agree with you for the most part but I think the dead animals were there to only add eeriness and suspense to the film. As far as foreshadowing goes in regards to Norman saying that she eats like a bird, I had a feeling that the director intended to imply that Norman is weird […]

  • I’ve got to say I like the ambiguous ending too. The director wanted us to conclude the film the way we individually see fit. That also helps pleasing everyone as opposed to having a definite ending which may appeal to some but not others. By the way, great post.

  • Wild stuff indeed, I’m really digging this psychedelic mood. Great analysis, you dissected the scene shot by shot with in-depth evaluations. Also, the video is accompanied by great music.

  • Alfred Hitchcock really went out of his way to prevent people from spoiling the movie. It’s understandable because the thrilling twist and suspense are the key elements of this film. Great analysis, your evaluation is very clear and meticulous.

  • Thumbnail In Bonnie and Clyde (Penn, Warner Bros, 1967), the highly controversial and iconic ending sequence utilizes strategic camera position and mise en scene to portray violence and taboos that were becoming a popular phenomenon in the United States during the 1960s. Bonnie and Clyde tells the story of two notorious bank robbers during the 1930s. The film […]

  • Thumbnail In Umberto D (Sica, Dear Film, 1952), the scene where Maria wakes up in the early morning to do chores utilizes strategic lighting, camera position, non-diegetic sound, and mise-en-scene to illustrate the grim and bleak life of many in post-WWII Italy. The film’s goal to capture a rather harsh and unromantic look at life is considered the […]

  • jeffonboard commented on the blog post Umberto D. 9 years, 8 months ago

    I wholeheartedly agree with you that this film is heart-sinking. Carlo Battisti gave an exceptional performance to portray a lonely retired man who desires nothing more than a settlement and companionship. The ambiguous ending was left for interpretations for viewers to consciously develop their own conclusions. Perhaps that is where we can find…[Read more]

  • Your essay is a very informative analysis. I did not think much about Tom’s desire when I was watching the film and this truly helps me take a more in depth look at the character. I completely agree that Tom had a struggle with his identity due to his overwhelming sense of jealousy. In regards […]

  • I couldn’t have agreed more with you. Very nice observation on how the lighting was done to create the contrast between the authoritative and the humble. Your essay is a very in depth look at the film’s theme and you provided good quotes to support your point. Great work!

  • “Early Summer” is definitely one of my favorite foreign films. It vividly portrays the everyday nuances of a Japanese family in the 1950s, which is far different than what I’ve witnessed and experienced. I find myself fascinated by the Japanese etiquette and their cultural traditions. What strikes me the most is the notion of how straightforward […]