We continue our Antonioni’s Alienation Trilogy festival on Monday with Mike Dub’s review of the 1962 film “La Notte”, starring Jeanne Moreau and Marcello Mastroianni. Read Mike Dub’s festival review of La Notte.
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Schizopolis (1996; Dir.: Steven Soderbergh) Grade: A By Daniel Barnes Although nearly forgotten in the Soderbergh oeuvre, the playfully piercing absurdist comedy Schizopolis is his most personal and original work. Intensely aware of and yet utterly freed from cinematic conventions of storytelling and style, Schizopolis is like the […]
*Originally published on the ESFS blog on November 12, 2008. THE SAVAGES (2007; Dir.: Tamara Jenkins) GRADE: A- By Daniel Barnes I have long been a sucker for dysfunctional family dramedies, and this story of immature middle-aged siblings re-connecting over their abusive father’s dementia is no different. It […]
L’Avventura (1960; Dir.: Michelangelo Antonioni) Grade: B+ By Daniel Barnes You don’t need any cheeky and reductive “trilogy” categorizations to understand that L’Avventura is a film about the many forms of “modern” alienation. Every frame and narrative fragment reeks with moral disintegration and self-denial, and there many striking […]
One of the driving forces behind ESFS has always been to search for the new, even in the things that we think we know. Therefore, I happily admit that going into this festival, Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni is almost a complete blind spot for me. I watched and […]
The Criterion trailer for the first film from our first festival, Antonioni’s “L’Avventura”. Read Daniel Barnes’ review of L’Avventura.