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Cinema 16: European Short Films [DVD]


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  • Directors: Various
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Warp Film
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Jun. 2006
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000295SAG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,602 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A marvellous selection of 16 films including many unseen early works from some of Europe's greatest directors. Features Talk - Lukas Moodysson; Charlotte et Veronique - Jean-Luc Godard; Copy Shop - Virgil Widrich; El Secdleto de la Tlompeta - Javier Fesser; Epilog - Tom Tykwer; Fridge - Peter Mullan; The Opening Day of Close-Up - Nanni Moretti; Gisele Kerozene - Jan Kounen; World of Glory - Roy Andersson; Concert of Wishes - Krzystof Kieslowski; Le Batteur du Bolero - Patrice Leconte; Jabberwocky - Jan Svankmajer; The Man Without a Head - Juan Solanas; My Wrongs # 8245-8249 & 117 - Chris Morris; Nocturne - Lars von Trier and Election Night - Anders Thomas Jensen.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Plantlife on 10 Jan. 2005
This is an essential purchase for anyone interested in the short film form. I give this five stars for the films I like: although there were a few films that did nothing for me, the high points easily out-weigh these. Also worth noting for Chris Morris fans is the inclusion of his daft but amusing 'My Wrongs...' film.
The highlights for me are Roy Andersson's 'World of Glory', a massively powerful, bleak, and disturbing meditation on that old favourite, the Human Condition. Filled with washed-out colours, and pale people, this has definite Beckettian overtones, not least in the various character's frequent turning-to-camera, lending the camera/viewer/Other a relationship with the film that remains ambiguous but highly stimulating, especially considering the overriding theme of guilt.
More fun, possibly, are Godard's hugely charming 'Charlotte Et veronique' - flighty girls, Parisian cool, nifty black & white photography. Also the highly inventive 'Copy Shop', by Virgil Widrich, about a man who repeatedly photocopies himself. The film was made by animating thousands of photocopied images. Other personal favourites making this worth my money are a nice moody abstract by Lars Von Trier, and a highly entertaining madcap romp from Jan Kounen, director of Doberman. There are a number of other films worth more than one viewing, and only four or five that I probably wouldn't bother with. I don't think this is rated, but there are some scene that could disturb those who aren't unshockable, and there is some strong language in Peter Mullan's excellent 'Fridge'. Definitely worth a purchase if you want something different in your dvd collection, and worth supporting this series.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Oct. 2008
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This is a wonderful DVD of 16 short European movies. Its an eclectic mix of movies in a multiplicity of styles from the avant-garde to straightforward story-telling.

What the buyer needs to be aware of is that this has nothing to do with contemporary Hollywood movies. So if you are expecting short films with explosions, huge budgets, masses of fantasy CGI you should be looking elsewhere. I'm not rubbishing Hollywood movies, everything has its place, but these films are far removed from mainstream cinema.

So far my favourite is 'Election Night'. A marvellous story about a man trying to cast his vote on election night and being foiled by various Taxi drivers. Its really well filmed, and a sad reflection on the human race.

The films vary in length. A few are under 5 mins and many are between 10 and 15 mins long. These are certainly not all to be taken seriously and there some very funny moments in a few of the films. So If you want something different this is a good DVD to buy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Welsh on 16 April 2006
This is a collection of 16 short films from across Europe which features both classic shorts and shorts by some of the great European directors (such as Lukas Moodysson, Krzysztof Kieœlowski, Jean-Luc Godard, Tom Tykwer and Lars von Trier) that would otherwise be near-impossible to see. There is about three and a half hours of cinema on this DVD, and all the films have audio commentaries - the vast majority by the directors themselves. For me, Roy Andersson's Härlig är jorden stands out as being the gem of the collection.
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Some very good work here, particularly 'My Wrongs...' by Chris Morris. Well worth owning and stands up to repeat viewing.
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