• Though I felt I had to appreciate these films for their artistic quality I didn’t actually enjoy them. The Kenneth Anger one was so bizarre and definitely funny- I guess he was a big fan of euphemism? I mean it was a total phallic symbol

  • I agree with you about the spontaneity. Except that I think the narrative that you say added nothing to the narrative actually did add something just in an indirect roundabout way.

  • If you like suspense and something that conveys emotion (and keeps the voyeur theme of Psycho), Rear Window is great. Shadow of a Doubt is pretty good for suspense also, but moves a little slower

  • jengesser1 commented on the blog post La Jetee 10 years, 5 months ago

    I was proud of myself for catching her movement because it was tricky the way the images are shown, but like shaunette i did not care for this one.

  • You should give Citizen Kane another chance. It is really well done and it portrays a bastard Media Mogul so well. I have some sympathy for Charles F. Kane at the end, but it doesn’t really excuse faking a war and destroying innocent lives.

  • This scene stuck out in my mind too as being very creepy. Well, most the movie is creepy. But, the way he talks about stuffing things and don’t think him too creepy because he doesn’t do cats and dogs like other people. And when he admits to it being more than a hobby. He’s just […]

  • I agree with your interpretation accept I can’t decide if the director was for or against McCarthyism. McCarthy was such a jerk and yet Dr. Bennell is a likeable character I think we side with most of the time. SO maybe the pod people are the anti-communist supporters who have the Red Scare and are […]

  • I like how you noticed a kind of bipolar quality that Michel was more cool and collected when Patricia was around, as opposed to his normal crazy, speedy self. I took note of it in terms of editing and the film, but not in the character himself. Thanks for pointing that out.

  • Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless (France, 1960) represents the rebellion that Cahiers de Cinema in France practiced as a way of establishing a new kind of film. This movement abandoned the traditional ways to film and edit as a way of rebelling against the confines of society.  The movement also eventually escalated and redefining film was used as a […]

  • We can see how Satyajit Ray got his inspiration from Italian Neo-realism. As opposed to melodramas, this film is more closely related to  Umberto D and Early Summer. Apu’s family is struggling with poverty which seems to be a concern of Ray’s. What I really appreciated after this long film that wasn’t a favorite of mine, was how you could […]

  • Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and Femininity I think there are a lot of close-ups of Janet Leigh in the film because she is the central character until her death, and because she is the attractive lead. Hitchcock objectifies her through his focus on her, and filming her nude in the shower. She is murdered.  In the […]

  • Ousmane Sembene’s film La Noire De (1966) really captures the Marxist approach to understanding how money can have an effect on people’s actions. The scene with the maid’s suicide is powerful because she has been exploited by her employers and she is unhappy with her life dictated by her lack of money, and desire for it. […]

  • ThumbnailIn his article “The Moment of Psycho (2007),” David Thomson talks about the importance of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (Paramount, 1960) in the history of cinema. Psycho is probably one of the most widely recognized films in America and possibly the world. Its music and famous shower murder scene have been alluded to or parodied in some way or another. Thomson mentions […]

  • After watching Vittorio De Sica’s Umberto D (1952), I tried to come to an understanding of the message that the movie carried. Certainly, as in the case of The Bicycle Thief , there is a message about the system and its profound power over individuals’ lives. At the beginning of the film, we are immediately faced with the […]