Tag Archives: Foreign

Three Colors: White (1994)

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When jammed between the wondrously cinematic juggernauts Red and Blue, Three Colors: White gets lost in the shuffle. Even among ‘90s Kieslowski films—of which there are only four—Three Colors: White gets glossed over. In some ways it simply can’t be helped. It doesn’t have the visual gravitas or heavy dramatics to duke it out with the films it bridges but that isn’t to say it’s somehow bad or lackluster, far from it. In fact, attentive viewers will find it has just as much nuance and complexity as the rest of the trilogy. Continue reading Three Colors: White (1994)

Three Colors: Blue (1993)

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A color can strike a mood, create a sense of visual unity and give a film identity. The first film in Kryzstoz Kieslowski’s Three Color’s Trilogy achieves all three. But it goes further than simple aesthetic effect; the color bleeds out of the screen and reaches further into things beyond. At first the idea to make a film based around a primary color seems a simple hook into the film to separate it from similar foreign dramas. But the influence of the color reaches further, goes deeper and touches upon almost every aspect of the film. The color simple isn’t an afterthought; it’s what separates this film from so many others similar to it. Continue reading Three Colors: Blue (1993)

Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

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When it comes to editing we can pretty much trace back a majority of modern techniques to Soviet Union filmmakers. Crazy Russian minds like Sergi Eisenstein and Vsevolod Pudovkin crafted all kinds of montage theories both in films and in academic papers. But if you want the actual practical techniques for editing, look to Dziga Vertov–the third key Soviet silent filmmaker–and his documentary Man with a Movie Camera. Continue reading Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Somers Town (2009)

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British Director Shane Meadows is perhaps most well known for his critically acclaimed 2007 film This is England which I thought was mean spirited, crass and illogical. In fact, I didn’t even bother to finish it despite making it a good way into the film. So when I started up Shane Meadows follow-up to This is England I did so with little enthusiasm. I expected something with the same tone as his previous film so I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered Somers Town to be a nice little buddy film. Continue reading Somers Town (2009)