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cinematic pillars

Thanks. This list is due a pretty major reworking but I kind of like leaving it as a relic of my movie-obsessed young adulthood. Maybe I'll start a new one of what I've been more into lately.

12/2/2009 View
cinematic pillars

I'm no scholar or major fanboy, but I recall appreciating his stuff when I saw it. Perhaps a revisit is in order.

12/2/2009 View
cinematic pillars

Glad my list can be of use. Obviously I owe much to Rosenbaum over the years. Surely the godfather of this variety of film mixture.

Re: Man Who Invented Gold, saw it at a program dedicated to films about/inspired by Jess Lerner and then again at a night of Maclaine's work at Anthology. Most likely the most representative film from that period with the most simple uses of repetition, aural juxtaposition etc. A marvelous work.

And yes, Costa, a true master, and I am pleased to see him getting more recognition. I saw Hidden Smile and Ossos several years ago but only saw Vanda and Colossal Youth earlier this year in Seattle. I must say, watching the former in a near-empty theater twice back-to-back was quite the life-altering experience, while I believe the latter may be the superior film.

The obscurity question: depends on the film I suppose. Especially with the more prolific directors it's tough to pick a representative one. Hawks and Ford for example, I picked an early and late one for the two respectively, which depicts my slight preference for their career arcs; emphasis on slight though, could easily have picked Sun Shines Bright and Red Line instead.

But, of course, there's the proselytizing impulse when you feel the same batch keep getting all the praise. But I try to use George Romero's criteria when it comes to lists, that of having died and standing at the gates of hell and finding Satan in a generous mood film-wise, has an increased level of urgency when compared to the oft-used "desert island" scenario where one's SOS calls still have the remote chance of being answered, where one could then trade in Christmas in July for Palm Beach Story if one wished. No, with the flames beckoning you'd have to be SURE...

And yes, I saw Silent Light after I made that list. Greatly enjoyed it, especially since I graduated from a Mennonite High School. There's still a haphazard quality to his work that sometimes rubs me the wrong way. He seems decidedly more shot-oriented than montage-oriented which I think he mistakenly believes to have been his masters' credos as well. From interviews, I've deduced that he likes to cut where it "feels right," as if that were in contrast with what his head knows is right. Not my bag really, that such a choice even exists.

8/28/2008 View
cinematic pillars

I'll keep an eye open for it, there are two ongoing avant-garde series here in Portland that usually just show a film or two per month, I'll ask if her work might be a possibility.

And I can definitely relate to getting annoyed at dead people stealing your ideas. In his last novel Gaddis rants about Thomas Bernhard stealing his ideas before he had them, which is pretty much the way I feel about Gaddis.

4/19/2007 View
20 favourite works

"Made it through" is a good way of putting it; it's not a book that you read in the traditional sense, but very rewarding in the end.

I started with the "Illuminations" collection, Hannah Arendt's intro to that text is excellent and it contains the "Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" which is probably his single most famous/influential essay.

Andrew Benjamin's (not related) writings are quite useful as well, and "Disenchantment of Art" is another great book, although that one presupposes a healthy amount of familiarity.

"Berlin Childhood" is exquisite, and very accessible, it'd be interesting to start with that one

4/12/2007 View
cinematic pillars

Thanks for the link. It's just been so long that it's hard to get too excited about it, but I guess if Godard's Histoires finally get released on dvd than almost anything is possible!

4/6/2007 View
20 favourite works

It's quite the little novel isn't it? I've been really digging Hawkes lately, Second Skin and Blood Oranges 'specially. Just picked up Lunar Landscapes and mean to spend some time with it soon. Adding you on lj (I'm lj-returning), cool?

3/17/2007 View
20 favourite works

Thanks! Mandelstam really was a special writer, I enjoy his poetry as well but feel I'm missing alot more in the translation than with his prose. As for Belyj, I've only read Petersburg (which is on the list under the anglicized "Bely"), been meaning to read more.

3/5/2007 View
Books Read 11.15.06 - 11.15.07

Against the Day is sitting on my desk, mocking me, tempting me. I may wait until Spring Break to at least have the time to hit the ground running.

1/6/2007 View
cinematic pillars

I should have kept a copy of the old one. The only ones I can remember adding recently were High Tide and Fugitive From the Past. Will most likely add something by Mitchell Leisen soon as well.

12/26/2006 View
cinematic pillars

Whoa, high praise, thanks. Just browsing your most wanted list, might be able to help you out with a few of those. Send me an email at westernhistory@gmail.com if interested

12/26/2006 View
PLEASE contribute: Listology's Top 100 Films: 36/100

The Seasons (Peleshyan, 1975)

4/27/2006 View
my "light my fire" canon

More freakiness! Film lists in general need more freakiness.
But this is pretty fantastic, alot of titles from the 70s especially I need to check out.
Keep it real.

4/12/2006 View