|Mon 27 May||See Next
What we try to do on this page is tell you just a little about each film (which you probably already know), but also to say what some critics have said. To ensure complete fairness, we very occasionally include adverse comment. Nevertheless, ALL are well worth seeing.
|Mon 24 June||WILD STRAWBERRIES, Ingmar
Bergman, 1957, Sweden, 94 mins, b/w
An old man, dessicated, journeys to receive an honorary degree, on the way dreaming, and meeting happy youth. A marvellous film, the like of which there is no other. You see again that community of superb actors that Bergman so regularly used. One of the great pleasures of his films is to see them in so many different roles, sometimes unrecognisable. Absolutely no violence!
TOFG: "One of Bergman's ... finest films. ...Sjöström ... gives an astonishingly moving performance as the aged professor." VFG: "Possibly Bergman's finest film and a landmark in film history. ... the virtuosity that Bergman's actors consistently display." 4.5*. RT: "Contrasting the innocent expectancy of youth with the bitter regret of old age ... the memories of idyllic summers ... rank[s] among the finest moments of the director's career." 5*. 1001: "... this remarkable, much imitated film ... has an emotional honesty entirely in keeping with the voyage ..." 1001: rated 27th best of all time.
|Mon 22 July||THE GARDEN OF THE FINZI-CONTINIS,
Vittoria de Sica, 1970, Italy/W Germany, 103 mins
1938. Mussollini. Fascism. A Jewish aristrocatic family waits behind its walls, hoping ...
TOFG: "De Sica's most watchable film ... Formally beautiful. sometimes moving, it's ultimately rather hollow." RT: "... exquisitely played and genuinely moving masterpiece." 5*. VFG: "Lyrical and melancholy ... directed with the familiar De Sica skill ... His handling of the unknowns in the cast is exceptional, ..." 4*. H1000: "... a dreamlike, poignant, and very beautiful film." EFG: 4*.
|Mon 19 August||DELIVERANCE,
1972, USA, 109 mins
Four business men decide to return to nature and canoe rapids in a remote, doomed valley before it becomes a gigantic, dammed reservoir. Except for the constant Chatooga River, nothing goes as expected (understatement). Unforgettable, with powerful cinematography. At the end, no one is what they were before. Be prepared!
VFG: "... a tough and powerful portrait of men outside their usual environment." 4*. RT: "Expertly capturing the majesty of the Appalachian scenery ... delivers in superlative spades." 5*. EFG: "... a magnificent, gruelling test of a movie, visceral, raw ..." 4*.
|(TOFG, VFG, 1001, EFG, H1000, RT, BN100, DP, NYFCC, DT, DT2 ...? What on earth do these acronyms mean?)|
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