La Grande Bellezza (2013)

Day 45: 13/05/2020

La Grande Bellazza, Paolo Sorrentino 

A film on the “feeling of Rome”. I can totally understand that because we feel about on Istanbul as the people who live here too. A film of life, very smooth, moving… Rome is a character just like any other character.

Non linear storytelling – many characters are introduced, they talk about their stuff and then we see it happen. There may be jumps between moments, to emphasize points. Doesn’t care about “hooking the audience in” in the first ten minutes, it has its own storyline and you can follow if you like.

The funeral scene, how he tries not to cry because he is not family, as he explained in the previous scene, he feels he is not the most relevant but she is someone he loved so deeply. The way he caresses the coffin – very heartbreaking.

The details: 

  • the caress on the coffin
  • people checking their lipstick in a funeral

 

Him asking her husband after she dies, can you tell me why she broke up with me ? Him not understanding who his neighbor was ? life … just passing right before your eyes.

Music – the opera that adds to the grandiose of the La Grande Bellezza.

+ Can you really make a giraffe disappear? 

– Yes. 

+ Then can you please make me disappear? 

Une Femme Est Une Femme (1961)

Day 44: 25/04/2020 *social distancing movie club

Une Femme Est Une Femme, Jean Luc Godard 

Loved the world of the movie. Has its own rhythm, logic and dynamic – a movie doesn’t have to be fantastic to have a world or a universe, it simply is a creative reflection of one’s mind. Loved the references to his own movies and Truffaut’s movies. The universe of French New Wave. Loved the part where they listen to music and don’t say anything. Not like a music video, you feel the weight of the song and what it means to sit and listen to a song with someone. Also the part where she asks him if he loves and he asks her back, but she says that it’s unimportant as long as he loves her (he cares to be securely loved) reminds me of so many people I know. Funny that not much has changed ever since. Loved the light transitions and the wink at the beginning of the film directly towards us. I can see the camera movement being iconic in many other directors’ films. It has impact because it serves the story, we are spectators more than viewers, so they are aware of our existence behind the screen too. Love the color design, always very clean and lucid, gives a message, palettes used together very well. Anna Karenina and her clothes, what a lovely woman.

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Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)

Day 43: 04/04/2020 *social distancing film club

Cave of Forgetten Dreams, Werner Herzog

Love those images, just a single image you see can plant so many questions in your mind in this documentary. Also love he looks at those walls and asks whether it is as we are looking into mirror, a mirror of our past? This as well is a very strong question. Learning about ancient cultures always feel like learning about magic. Also love that curves of the cave walls add to the art, a different way of looking at art and I just love that.

High-rise (2015)

Day 42: 29/03/2020 *social isolation movie club

High-rise, Ben Wheatley

Love stories that have architecture as its basis. The story could even be more thrilling and it could be written in a more dynamic way, there were many repetitions in the directing style. Many cool shots, many cool mise-en-scene, many cool light and a very edgy story told through symbols and images. Very profound version of S.O.S. played as soundtrack, loved it. It’s by portishead. Modern dystopia, usual system criticism.

A cinematographic delight.

uf here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdo82_5C1fA