Quitnessential Cinema

  • 19 April 2011 at 22 : 14 PM

    Films of the New Millennium

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    Films of the New Millennium

    Requiem For A Dream, USA, 2000, 102 min. Starring Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, Ellen Burstyn. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. There have been plenty of films that have attempted to depict the pain and struggle of the hardcore drug addict, but this may be the first that takes the viewer directly into the addict’s […]

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  • 19 April 2011 at 22 : 54 PM

    Films of the ’90s

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    Films of the ’90s

    Toto The Hero, Belgium-France-Germany, 1991, 90 min. Starring Michel Bouquet, Mireille Perrier. Directed by Jaco van Dormael. Bouqet plays Thomas, a man who has come to believe he was switched at birth with the neighbor boy, who subsequently lived the life he was meant to live. As the film flashes back and forth between three […]

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  • 19 April 2011 at 21 : 17 PM

    Films of the ’80s

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    Films of the ’80s

    Raging Bull, USA, 1980, 128 min. Starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty. Directed by Martin Scorsese. True story of the brutal life of boxer Jake LaMotta, his manager brother and his suffering wife. Scorsese’s dynamic execution of the fight scenes brought a new dimension to the boxing picture, but of course, if the […]

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  • 19 April 2011 at 21 : 31 PM

    Films of the ’70s

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    Films of the ’70s

    The Conformist, Italy, 1970, 115 min. Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Dominique Sanda. Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. The title protagonist lives in 1930’s fascist Italy and is so determined to fit in he marries a woman he doesn’t really like and agrees to carry out a mission that is dangerous both in its execution and […]

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  • 19 April 2011 at 21 : 43 PM

    Films of the ’60s

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    Films of the ’60s

    L’Avventura, France-Italy, 1960, 145 min. Starring Monica Vitti, Gabriele Ferzetti, Lea Massari. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. When her friend goes missing during a holiday trip, a young woman and the man the friend was seeing search for her, but the girl isn’t the only one who’s lost. Antonioni burst on to the international scene with […]

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  • 19 April 2011 at 21 : 30 PM

    Films of the ’50s

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    Films of the ’50s

    In a Lonely Place, USA, 1950, 91 min. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy. Directed by Nicholas Ray. Grahame finds herself falling in love with volatile screenwriter Bogart, only his temper could be a problem. That and there’s a possibility he may be have murdered someone. Intelligent drama has a lot to say about […]

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  • 19 April 2011 at 20 : 04 PM

    Films of the ’40s

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    Films of the ’40s

    The Grapes of Wrath, USA, 1940, 129 min. Starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine. Directed by John Ford. John Steinbeck’s novel of the Depression (and the politics it helped foster) gets top flight treatment by Ford. The director continues his study of the move westward while effectively portraying Tom Joad’s struggle to understand the […]

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  • 19 April 2011 at 20 : 59 PM

    Films of the ’30s

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    Films of the ’30s

    The Blue Angel, Germany, 1930, 103 min. Starring Marlene Dietrich, Emil Jannings. Directed by Josef von Sternberg. Jannings was the star, but Dietrich ended up stealing the show with her star-making role as cabaret chanteuse Lola Lola. Includes her rendition of ‘Falling in Love Again.’ L’Age d’Or, France, 1930, 63 min. Starring Gaston Modot, Lya […]

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  • 19 April 2011 at 20 : 33 PM

    Silent Films

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    Silent Films

    The Birth Of A Nation, USA, 1915, 186 min. Starring Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall. Directed by D. W. Griffith. Two friendly families find themselves at odds with each other when forced to choose sides in the Civil War. Extremely controversial owing to its seemingly pro-segregationist politics and unquestionable lionizing of the Klan, […]

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