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#21 djproject

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 08:44 PM

i saw these a couple of weeks ago (took advantage of last month's b&n 50% criterion sale and i chose this over the pedro costa set)

time was i said that "cinema could be divided into two periods with ladri di biciclette as the divider." and while i still think it's a relevant choice, this was before i had seen roma, città aperta and i think that one should be the demarcation point. for me, it affirms that you don't need to have total studio control "romantic realism" (thank you mark cousins) to make "good films." while it does share some elements in common with before it (i.e. melodrama, based on a written and constructed script), it also throws in some new ideas: contemporaneous events, available locations, non-professionals as well as professionals. the result is something just as powerful - if not, more so - than anything that was made during the "golden age of hollywood."

furthermore,
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is one of the most powerful and intense dramatic scenes committed to cinema (and another reason why i don't ever care to see platoon). i think if you are not moved in some way by that scene, i don't think you have any soul =]

paisan, in terms of film structure i think, anticipated the episodic film where you have a long film comprised of shorter film segments, like the ro.go.pa.g (another one involving rosselini =] ) or more contemporary paris, je t'aime. to bolster it a bit, i do like how you can feel there's something there for everyone.

germania anno zero / deutschland im jahre null built on roma, città aperta and made it even more real. it may come off as "melodramatic" but again, i like guy maddin's definition of it where it's less "life exaggerated" and more "truth uninhibited." plus it's a great little time capsule of what berlin went through immediately after the war.

so all in all, i'm really glad i added these to my shelf and was able to add another essential piece to my cinematic education puzzle =]

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the djproject criterion collection:
001*, 002, 006, 007, 011, 013, 017030, 034*, 035, 037, 038043, 044, 048, 051, 052, 053, 054, 055*, 058*, 059, 061, 062, 063,
064r*, 065, [066]*, 070, 075, 080, 084090, 093, 095, 098, 102*, 103, 105, 118, 119*, 123, 133138, 140, 143*, 147151, 153, 157,
162, 164, 165, [167]*, 171*, 174, 175, [179], 182, [185], 190*, 191, 196, 197, 199, 200, [203]*, [208], 213, 216, 217*, 218*, 221, 222*, 226,
227*, 229s, 234*, 234, 235, 236, 238*, 247, 248, 249, [250], 260, 261, 265*, 274, 275, 277, 278*, 281*, [282], 288, 289, 290*, 297, 300,
304*, 307, 308,309, 316*, 317*, 326, 335*, 336, 337, [342], 349, 351*, 353, 359, 360, 363, 374, 381, 382, 385*, 387, 391, [392]*,
397, 402*, 404408s409, 411, [418], 421*, 422, 426, 427, 430, 433, 436, 437*, 440, 445, 449, 450, 453*, 468, 475, 476*, 478*, 479,

483, 484, 485490, 491, 495*, [500], 501502505, 507, [508], 512, 516, [518], 519522, 536, 538, 539, 540, 541s, 542, 543[BBS],

553555, 558, 559, 565568, 572*, 575, 576578, 579585[587], 591, 594, 597, 600, 607, 608, 611, 612, 624, 627, 628, 630,

635638, [639], 646, 647, 648651, 654658660661, 662663, 665[672], 678, 681, 682, 683*, [684], 692*, 700, 701, 705, 709s,

[713], 723, 724, 725, 726, 727[729], 736737, 738, 740, 741, 748753, 759764, 765772, 776, 779, [782], [790-791]795, 800, 802,

803, 804, 807, 812, [813], 820, 821, 824, 826, 828, 837, 838, 839, 843, 845849, 852, 853[856], 865, 868, 872, [873], 888897,

899.

 
eclipse: 6*, 11, 13, 19, 32
 
other: *the red ballon*, *white mane*, *paddle to the sea*
 
note:

brackets indicate boxset and it will mean that i have all the titles in it

"r" indicates a dvd reissue edition

"s" indicates second printing/issue*

blue indicates blu-ray (and this includes the dual-format editions)

an asterisk indicates oop titles and/or editions
 
the spangle maker
ep: the romantic dysthymia * the rose of al basrah
lp: alpha
singles: the singles volume 1 (this can be also found through itunes, amazon mp3, and nearly every service distributed via tunecore)
 
the relationship triptych: on nights like this * all that we are * walk in silence
the repentance triptych: omvendelsen * pokajanen * metanoia


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ROME OPEN CITY: History as Adventure

 

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My Criterion Collection (408; I Own and Have Watched):
1-16, 18, 19, 20, 21(2nd), 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51(1st & 2nd), 52, 52, 53, 53, 55, 56, 57, 58, 61, 62, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86. 87, 88, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 105, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 121, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 143, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151(1st), 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 164, 165, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 177, 180, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 201, 202, 204, 205, 206, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 224, 226, 227, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 237, 239, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 260, 263, 266, 267, 268, 271, 273, 274, 275, 276, 277, 280, 281, 282, 283, 284, 285, 286, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 293, 294, 297, 298, 300(2D), 301, 302, 304, 305, 306, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 329, 330, 331, 332, 335, 336, 338, 339, 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 351, 352, 353, 354, 357, 358, 359, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 368, 369, 370, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 378, 379, 380, 383, 385, 386, 387, 388, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, 399, 402, 404, 405, 408, 409, 410, 412, 413, 414, 415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 420, 421, 422, 424, 425, 427, 428, 429, 430, 431, 432, 433, 434, 435, 437, 439, 441, 445, 446, 447, 448, 451, 453, 455, 456, 457, 459, 460, 461, 462, 465, 470, 475, 476, 478, 481, 482, 487, 490, 497, 498, 499, 500, 501, 503, 505, 512, 524, 525, 526, 528, 529, 530, 531, 539, 540, 543, 556, 565, 572, 578, 579, 580, 586, 596, 650, 664, 677

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