The Leopard, a film by Luchino Visconti (1963)

{Ed. Note: A couple weeks back, Books and Vines took a look at the great Italian novel The Leopard, by Giuseppe di Lampedusa. The Leopard is one of the few great works of literature that made the transition to the big screen in a manner which, at least artistically, is not terribly disappointing and, in fact, can stand on its own as a great work. The … Continue reading The Leopard, a film by Luchino Visconti (1963)

Diabolique, a film by by Henri-Georges Clouzot, Criterion Collection (1955)

A number of weeks back I highlighted a fantastic film from 1953, The Wages of Fear, by the great French director Henri-Georges Clouzot. Great as that film is, and it is absolutely great, I was unprepared for the heights that Clouzot was able to attain with his classic 1955 film, Les Diaboliques (released as Diabolique in the United States). Starring Simone Signoret as Nicole Horner, … Continue reading Diabolique, a film by by Henri-Georges Clouzot, Criterion Collection (1955)

Seven Samurai, a film by Akira Kurosawa, Criterion Collection (1957)

Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai), co-written, edited, and directed by Akira Kurosawa, is considered one of the greatest films ever made, has had a tremendous influence on world cinema, and is arguably the most well-known and popular Japanese film to have made it into the Western world. Taking place in 1587, the film’s story is pretty simple, belying its deep complexity and masterly execution. A village of farmers, extremely … Continue reading Seven Samurai, a film by Akira Kurosawa, Criterion Collection (1957)

Wild Strawberries

{ed note: review copied from an earlier blog of mine} After having subjected myself to a litany of horrible Hollywood movies the past couple weeks, I thought I would try an old school classic of world cinema, Wild Strawberries by Ingmar Bergman.  This 1957 film seemed to have a storyline of something that would interest me.  From the Criterion Collection cover, an old man “is forced to … Continue reading Wild Strawberries