J. Rolfe

Helpful votes received on reviews: 84% (56 of 67)

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Memories Of Underdevelopment by Tomas Alea [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This film with its looming dark and somber mood was for me a masterpiece of early cinema and a brilliant cultural example of early fifties Cuba with its political overthrow casting a shadow over the unfolding tale of Sergio(played by Sergio Corrieri), whose life full of hardships and loss.
As the film goes on he meets the beautiful Elena and their torturous romance for me was a contrasting parallel of the cultural struggle happening around them at that time.
Cuba, its country torn in two by the revolution is the scene in which this passionate romance is set. The heavy feeling of loss lurks over the whole story like a fog, and the collapse of the country around them seeps into the… Read more
Black God White Devil by Glauber Rocha [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Glauber Rocha
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black God White Devil, 1 Dec 2008
A Brazilian Bonnie and Clyde, this film is defiantly very high in my opinion of top black and white classics. Bleak in its portrayal of a nation caught in political frustration, raw in its savage rendering of two lives wrapped up in crime, this film is a stirring picture of a world of mysticism and loss. An epic depiction of the tragic characters of young lovers on the run, cascading through a corrupt land of social turmoil.
A striking thing about it was the incredible sense of unharmonious poetry between the lovers in a land of deep beauty and violence, chased by the law and shunned by society and desperate in their plight to freedom.
A definite mile stone in world cinema, this… Read more
Story of a Love Affair - (Mr Bongo Films) (1950) [&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Michelangelo Antonioni
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unbeleivably enticing, 1 Dec 2008
This film by Michelangelo Antonioni was entirely charming in its deliverance and atmosphere. Anotonioni's depiction of this beautifully shot film is as ever laden with his trademark signs of unconventionality and symbolism and shows an incredibly personal snap shot of a mans life as he struggles to overcome his jealous nature and suspicious prejudices towards his wife.
A fantastic performance by Lucia Bose is perfectly balanced by the character of her lover, Guido (Massimo Girotti) which ensures that the film ropes the viewer into the dark and twirling worlds of clashing emotions and stark, vivid imagery.
A deeply enjoyable film, and a stirring performance from all makes this… Read more