Just Watching A Film: 2018

I thought I would try and have a more organised ‘header’ and learn how to make drop down boxes. This has obviously taken me hours and hours of frustration and then resulted in my losing the opening page of my film challenge altogether. Somehow by accident I found a version hidden away but it wants me to post it all over again before I’m allowed to include it in the revamped header. So please accept my apologies this is old news. . .

After taking up Roof Beam Readers challenge to read 12 books in 12 months from my TBR pile, I thought why stop at books?  I’ve got all sorts of things I’m always wanting to do and never get around too.  A whole new notebook full of lists has been made and one of them is 12 films I really should watch. I asked a couple of movie buffs to help me put together a list and this is it, my To Be Watched challenge.  

To be watched in chronological order:

 The General (1926 USA)
Written and directed by Buster Keaton this action fuelled romantic comedy is based on The Great Locomotive Chase of 1862.

 M (1931 Germany)
Director Fritz Lang’s first talkie; Berlin is a city living with the constant danger of a serial child killer played by Peter Lorre.

Citizen Kane (1941 USA)
Produced, written and directed by Orson Welles, is this the most critically acclaimed film ever?

Double Indemnity (1944 USA)
Directed by Billy Wilder and co-written with Raymond Chandler; Barbara Stanwyck plays the quintessential femme fatale in this classic film noir.

Late Spring (1949 Japan)
A beautiful film from Yasujiro Ozu; about a father and daughter who contemplate change in their quiet life

Umbrella’s of Cherbourg (1964 France)
Jacques Demy directs Catherine Deneuve in this operetta that combines gritty reality with kaleidoscopic colours.

Withnail and I (1987 UK)
Written and directed by Bruce Robinson in 1987; Richard E Grant and Paul McGann star as two unemployed actors sharing a squalid London flat in 1969.

Cinema Paradiso (1988 Italy)
Set and filmed in his home town in Sicily, this is director Giuseppe Tornatore’s nostalgic look back at the cinema of the 30’s and 40’s and the days of traditional film making, editing and screening.

Before Sunrise and Sunset (1995, 2004 USA)
In Richard Linklater’s easy going film, American Jesse and French Celine meet on a train to Vienna; chatting constantly they explore Vienna, closely followed by a companionable camera.

In The Mood For Love (2000 Hong Kong)
Written and directed by Wong Kar-wai, this gorgeously seductive film is set in 1962. Sharing an umbrella has never been so glamorous

Mulholland Drive (2001 USA)
Directed by David Lynch. Depression, jealousy and addiction. Innocence and corruption. Love and loneliness. Beauty and depravity. What is going on?

Bad Education (2004 Spain)
Set in the late 1970’s, Gael Garcia Bernal plays a writer who visits an old school friend with a story about their past. Written and directed by Pedro Almodovar layers of storytelling ask us how much we edit our own stories in order to control them.

Withnail and I and Cinema Paradiso were my contributions.  I don’t know anything about cinema, but I’m going to write a line or two after each viewing just for the fun of it!

10 thoughts on “Just Watching A Film: 2018

  1. I must watch ‘Cinema Paradiso’ again. ‘Citizen Kane’ I found powerful but a trifle overlong. And I actually saw ‘Les Parapluies de Cherbourg’ in the cinema in the 60s when at uni, and it was like nothing I’d seen before – would love to revisit it. An excellent range of classics, Jane, quite a few of which I regret to say I’ve yet to see.

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    1. one good thing to come from all the mess was that I got to look at this list again and there are some great films on it – ‘M’ was probably my favourite of the year partly because it just wasn’t the sort of film I would choose. Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (how lovely in French!) is unlike anything I’ve seen as well, and completely different to M. I’m glad I watched Citizen Kane, but not again. . .

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