Scorsese talks about Antonioni, placing him within the context of the era’s European “arthouse” cinema. He also calls L’Eclisse the “boldest” of the three films, “less like a story and more like a poem.” Naturally, Scorsese makes me ashamed for not liking the movie more. The opening credits of the […]
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YOUTH OF THE BEAST (1963; Dir.: Seijun Suzuki) GRADE: A- By Daniel Barnes Youth of the Beast is the first movie I have seen from Seijun Suzuki, the Japanese director best known for flashy crime films like Branded to Kill and Tokyo Drifter. I am eager to discover […]
L’ECLISSE (1962; Dir.: Michelangelo Antonioni) GRADE: B- By Daniel Barnes As much as Antonioni stripped the narratives of L’Avventura and La Notte down to their bare essentials, those films had natural forward momentums and classic narrative shapes. L’Avventura takes on the basic structure of an unsolvable, Laura-like mystery, […]
Here is the trailer for the 3rd and final film in our Antonioni festival, his 1962 movie “L’Eclisse”, starring Alain Delon and Monica Vitti. Read Daniel Barnes’ review of L’Eclisse.
The Pretty One (2014; Dir.: Jenee LeMarque) GRADE: C- By Daniel Barnes The seemingly limitless appeal of Zoe Kazan gets seriously tested in writer-director Jenee LeMarque’s The Pretty One, opening today at the AMC Metreon in San Francisco. Kazan plays twenty-something twins Laurel and Audrey, and the dual […]
*Originally published on the E Street Film Society blog on February 8, 2010. A Man and a Woman (1966; Dir.: Claude LeLouch) GRADE: B- By Daniel Barnes The 1961 Oscar win for Bergman’s compact chamber drama Through a Glass Darkly makes a lot of sense given the time […]