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Small Triumphs

A. Kingsbury "allshermond2"
 
Criterion Collection: Il Posto [DVD] [1961] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Criterion Collection: Il Posto [DVD] [1961] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Olmi is the great unsung director of Italian cinema. Along with 'Il Fidanzati', these wonderful early 60's films have a great melancholic humour that makes you feel strongly for the  protagonists."
The Passenger [DVD] [2006]
The Passenger [DVD] [2006]
"Well it's not small but it is a triumph that this Antonioni masterpeice gets to be seen. Unforgetable atmosphere with pre parody Jack in cool form, Gaudi buildings, identity crisis and a great ending"
Uzak (Distant) [DVD] [2002]
Uzak (Distant) [DVD] [2002]
"Highly rewarding film  for the patient observer,  reminds me of Antonioni in pacing and atmosphere. Set in beautifull wintery Istanbull featuring fine performances and great direction from Ceylan."
Dear Diary [DVD]
Dear Diary [DVD]
"The kind of film i would like to make. Personal,critical,bursting with ideas and very funny. So many great moments from Jennifer beals,Vespas to torturing film critics.."
A Man Escaped [DVD]
A Man Escaped [DVD]
"This is a perfect example of how sometimes less is more. As good if not greater than Pickpocket for me the build up and craftsmanship of the protagonists escape is rivetting. See also 'le Trou"."
Criterion Collection: Cria Cuervos [DVD] [1976] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Criterion Collection: Cria Cuervos [DVD] [1976] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Best enjoyed alone. A feast for the senses,  a film built upon sad evocative memories of childhood, the memory of a girls mother and father set amidst the backdrop of Franco's Spain."
Onibaba [Masters of Cinema] [DVD] [1964]
Onibaba [Masters of Cinema] [DVD] [1964]
"Thank goodness for  Eureka releasing  these wonderfull Japanese cult classics. Amazing haunting images,great editing, violence, sexual fustration and political undertones. Superb.."
Trees Lounge [DVD] [1997]
Trees Lounge [DVD] [1997]
"This gets the nod over the equally great Buscemi film 'In the Soup'. Both poignant and very funny this is one of the best American indie films of the fertile 90's."
Late Spring / The Only Son (DVD + Blu-ray)
Late Spring / The Only Son (DVD + Blu-ray)
"Tokyo Story maybe his masterpeice but Ozu made so many beautifull humanitarian films capturing family life so well and importantly still relevant to this today. My ultimate Sunday afternoon film!"
Wonderland [DVD]
Wonderland [DVD]
"My favourite British film of the 90's, the critics liked it but so few have seen it. Very  moving family portrait set in London swept along by streaming digital photography and great Nyman score."
Fallen Angels DVD (All Regions PAL) aka Duo luo tian shi, Duoluo tianshi [1996]
Fallen Angels DVD (All Regions PAL) aka Duo luo tian shi, Duoluo tianshi [1996]
"Fantastic looking film from  HK auteur Won Kar Wai and his maverick DP Chris Doyle. Two very cool stories and a very funny touching father son relationship. Most people prefer ChungKing ..but c'mon !"
The Cranes Are Flying [1957] (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import]
The Cranes Are Flying [1957] (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import]
"Not quite 'small' as it won Cannes back in 1957 but not enough people have seen this film. Amazing cinematography from the great Urusevsky (also Soy Cuba) and a fantastic heartbreaking finale.."
Summer With Monika [1952] [DVD]
Summer With Monika [1952] [DVD]
"Not as talked about as Personna, Wild Strawberries, etc but this remains one of Bergman's most memorable and idyllic summer set films and a great intro to this great sympathiser of the human soul."
Criterion Coll: Forbidden Games [DVD] [1952] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Criterion Coll: Forbidden Games [DVD] [1952] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"A real tearjerker and one of the best films about childhood.. The film does'nt flinch from showing the horrors of WW2  but within this backdrop the children create these wonderfull 'strange games'."
American Movie [DVD] [2000] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
American Movie [DVD] [2000] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"This gets pidgeonholed into some Waynes World fallout genre but to the more astute obsever it far transcends its jokey premise. You cant help root for the determined Mark and his American dream."
Open Hearts [DVD] [2003]
Open Hearts [DVD] [2003]
"Despite some awkward cinematic experimentation this is a superbly acted and heart breaking story of impossible love. Just read the amazon personal reveiws."
Festen [DVD] [1999]
Festen [DVD] [1999]
"What a film and now a successfull play too. This heralded in the Dogma movement with a mighty crash that shook up the film industry with its revolutionary edge. I can still remember the excitement !"
World of Apu [DVD] [1959] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
World of Apu [DVD] [1959] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Just buy the Apu trilogy ! I like this more than Pantha Panchali. Ray truly was one of the greats. The love affair between Apu and Aparna is so beautifull. Ahh just sufocate me now !"
Un Coeur En Hiver [DVD] [1993]
Un Coeur En Hiver [DVD] [1993]
"A film I still feel love sick for. I want to revisit the characters within and see how they are getting on  ...  Sautet worked very hard perfecting the dialogue for it and it shows. A masterpeice."
The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner [DVD] [1962] [1960]
The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner [DVD] [1962] [1960]
"A great intro to the films of the British New Wave led by directors Anderson, Reisz and this from Tony Richardson from an Alan Sillitoe story. Watch them all but this is the one that haunts me .."
Eat Drink Man Woman [DVD] [1994] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Eat Drink Man Woman [DVD] [1994] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"It's all about the cooking for me, a real cinematic feast underpining a great family story and launched Mr Lee on too much bigger things. Still the best of his pictures I think.. Ozu would approve."
Close Up [DVD] [2007]
Close Up [DVD] [2007]
"Sometimes Iranian cinema leaves me with culture guilt but after watching this I was simply stunned. You really feel for the man accused who identifies so strongly with art . What an ending too.."
Tropical Malady (Sud Pralad) [2004] [DVD]
Tropical Malady (Sud Pralad) [2004] [DVD]
"One of the most unique film experiences i have ever had. Shot in two wildly different halves that somehow shed light on eachother.  For the devoted "Joe' is the most exiting filmaker out there."
A Blonde in Love [DVD]
A Blonde in Love [DVD]
"Beautifull, cool and  funny Czech new wave film.. What talent Milos Forman showed with this marvelous second film. Great music, cinematography by Ondicek  and an amazing silent comedy dance sequencee"
Ivan's Childhood [1962] [DVD]
Ivan's Childhood [1962] [DVD]
"Tarkovsky's first full feature. It's not 'the Mirror' but both me and Sartre agree it is quite an unforgettable film, well, he would have said more than that. Horses eating apples on the beach..ahhh"