Каток и скрипка (1961)

Day 39: 18/03/2020 *social distancing film club

Katok i skripka, Andrei Tarkovsky

Going through this time of social distancing I decided to have a cinemateque of my own. Spent yesterday making a huge list of all the films I should see either for the first or thousandth time and started today – feeling very blissful ^_^ . Now I can have days of watching film after film where I can also read books about my favorite film people.

– listening to This Time Tomorrow by Kinks as I write this

– it just rained and this feels fuckin fresh. Like the song fills the whole room.

– dance break.

– I’m back.

Tarkovsky’s father was a poet and his mom was a proofreader. You see that all his shots are like poetry themselves. Mise-en-scene tells the story by itself, that’s why everything he makes is like a filmmaking lesson in itself.

Color communication: emphasis on red. Symbol of communism itself but makes its carrier (the characters or the objects) center of attention, signifies being extraordinary. The buildings (background) are in tones of grey and very light sepia. Costumes of people and workers are in shades of grey. However, the little boy’s notesheet bag is red, the apple he brings to the exam which his friend eats while he was not there is red, shirt of the main worker man is red – he wears it inside his worker uniform, it is like a sign of rebellion. The steamroller is red. Woman who fancies him has a red headscarf. When the boy goes to the cinema he puts on a bright red shirt. Reminds me of Le Ballon Rouge (1956) by Albert Lamorisse in that sense. AND La Double Vie de Veronique (1991).

Mirrors mirrors. Started emphasizing already.

Here are the shots I loved.

The opening.

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We see that he looks at the world differently.

The apple.

Grey. Grey. Grey. Red. Grey. Red. Grey. Grey.

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Mirrors and Time.


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180° South (2010)

Day 9: 14/01/2018

180° South, Chris Malloy

A beautiful travel movie with very chill music and narration all along – about surfing, mountain climbing and ecology. I love how this movie combines all these in one place. It is really relaxing as we see them move around the South American continent and even get to the Eastern Island due to a problem with their boat in a storm – but then this chill docu-drama shows young people caring about our environment and teaching us to reconnect with the nature – because that’s where we belong, but if we can’t understand the nature, we will fail to love it too.  I love the commentary along with the movie and the beautiful visuals. Loved the modest 2D animations. Also the analog looking footage and how they connected their story today to Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins’ trip back in the 60s. It is a unique narrative style.  180 South is a movie composed of good music mostly by the Ugly Casanova, nature sports and a care for ecological problems – all these taking place in South America. How better could it be?