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Gaon Smoking Snake from Grim Up North Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
Jan 22nd 2020 at 2:52:45 PM

O Pagados de Promessas is definitely one of the classics of Brazilian cinema. From the same period I also recommend Black God, White Devil and its sequel Antonio das Mortes (although it escapes the confines of this thread by two years), both by the master Glauber Rocha. If you want social critique about all levels of Brazilian society your one-stop-shop is Entranced Earth also by Glauber Rocha, which is to Brazilian society in the 60's what Nineteen Eighteen Four is to European history in the 40's.

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TompaDompa from Sweden
Jan 22nd 2020 at 5:02:37 PM

Both Black God White Devil and Terra Em Transe are among the 71 movies from 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die that I have yet to see, but I'll get to them in time.

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TompaDompa from Sweden
Feb 23rd 2020 at 3:12:55 PM

Watched Zangiku Monogatari (a.k.a. The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums), a 1939 Japanese film about a young actor who falls in love with his infant brother's wet nurse, leading him to be disowned by his father, an actor of renown. The movie uses no close-ups (or at least almost none), which I didn't particularly like because I already had a bit of trouble keeping track of which character was which (not helped by the movie being in black and white and the image quality being what one would expect from a late-1930s film from Japan). The characters (and by extension the movie itself) treat the main female character pretty poorly, not really allowing her any agency. I think it may have been intended to show how women were treated by society in the time the movie is set, but to me it came across rather like she was more of a prop in the male characters' stories than a character in her own right.


Watched The Letter, a 1940 Film Noir starring Bette Davis. The film starts off with Davis shooting a man dead, and the movie than centers around the investigation and trial—why she did it and whether she'll get away with it. It's a decent film—definitely not one of Davis' best, but perfectly okay.
Watched Thieves Highway, a 1949 Film Noir about a truck driver who seeks revenge on a produce dealer (played by Lee J. Cobb) who ripped off and crippled his father. I didn't quite know what to expect from this movie, and I was pleasantly surprised. The story takes a few turns that made it difficult to predict where it was heading, there are several colourful and memorable characters, and there is quite a bit of social commentary that I liked (mainly to do with money, class, and economics). Parts of it also reminded me of The Wages of Fear, though obviously this movie predates that one.
Watched David Holzman's Diary, a 1967 No Budget Mockumentary. It's kind of boring and not really that interesting besides—maybe—how it fits into film history. Also, the main character is a complete creep (though he would say he's a voyeur) and very unsympathetic.
Watched Limite, a 1931 silent Brazilian experimental film. Three people are on a boat and we get their backstories via Flashbacks. It sounds like it could be interesting but it's really, really slow—it's almost two hours long but the story could easily be told in fifteen to thirty minutes. It's on the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die list but I can't say I understand why (and since the copy I own is the 2009 edition whereas this movie wasn't added until the 2013 edition, I don't have the option of simply reading the entry to find out).

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Gaon Smoking Snake from Grim Up North Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
Feb 23rd 2020 at 4:14:32 PM

As someone who has watched Limite I can say I safely agree with your judgement. I found it a borderline excruciating experience. It seems to have been placed more on a pedestal due being one of the most unique films of the period that still (kind of) exists. Our cinema has a lot of lost films, so that contributes to Limite getting a sort of unearned spot at a pedestal: it is one of the very few experimental ones from that time period left.

From the time period I'm more fond of São Paulo: Symphony of a Metropolis (found on youtube!) though that's a documentary.

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Feb 25th 2020 at 12:40:14 PM

A while ago, I watched the old The Miracle Worker movie and...I will admit, it was actually pretty great.

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Feb 28th 2020 at 11:18:56 AM

Hey folks. Bit of left-field question regarding a Trope Launch Pad draft, Hyperactive Editing. Would anyone be familiar with the history of the kind of rapid-fire, jump-cutting, scattershot editing commonly used in YouTube videos that probably had its start with YouTube Poop in the late aughts? The article for the latter mentions a few previous instances, but if anyone's familiar or can point to some good source matter on the subject (or even just a better forum thread), it'd be appreciated. Cheers.

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Mar 13th 2020 at 7:47:34 PM

I watched Sorry, Wrong Number which wasn't particularly good. A lot of flashbacks, a lot of voice over for an ending that seemed like a foregone conclusion.

I also watched These Three which is the first film adaptation of The Children's Hour (by William Wyler who would later do the 1960 version with Shirley Mac Claine and Audrey Hepburn). The lesbianism, of course, is gone because of the Hays Code, so it loses that from the play, but Lilliam Hellman still did the screenplay, and it's really good. I highly recommend it.

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