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TOKYO STORY (dir: Yasujiro Ozu, Not Rated) - Michelle says, "If you’re looking for an opportunity to visit the guilt you’re carrying for not wanting to hang out more with your folks, watch this sweet and ultimately sad story that considers the effects of modernity on the traditional Japanese family unit. A pair of aging parents from the country descend upon their independent children living in Tokyo, and rather than spend quality time, the put-upon kids pack their parents off to a suburban spa. Ozu’s signature directorial style allows the audience to sit with the characters, passively listening to their mild conversation yet still feeling the intense intimacy that’s at stake between them. It’s small story-telling, but that’s probably what makes it so compelling and truthful."
THE BIG HEAT (dir: Fritz Lang, Not Rated) - Bart says, "I'm an avid watcher of films noir, but the main trouble with them is that you usually feel like the hero has whatever tragic end he meets coming to him, because he's chosen to let his greed or lust drive him to do unwholesome things. A noir like THE BIG HEAT packs much more of an emotional wallop because the police detective hero (Glenn Ford) is on a righteous path to rid the city of a vicious gang of criminals, but the more obsessed he gets with taking them down, the more innocent people around him (particularly women) get hurt or killed. You root for him to get the bad guys, but the knot in your stomach keeps tightening because you know nothing good will come of it. Not only is this one of the all-time great noirs and one of Fritz Lang's best films (my personal favorite of his), but it's also got the quintessential performances of the careers of both Lee Marvin, as a brutal thug, and Gloria Grahame, as the sympathetic gangster's moll who, regretfully, tries to assist the detective in his crusade."
I VITELLONI (dir: Federico Fellini, Not Rated) - Bart says, "With the growing popularity of films by such auteurs as Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller, the "manchild" figure who refuses to behave as an adult has become increasingly glorified in the media. However, more than half a century ago, in one of his earliest, least self-indulgent films, Fellini explored this same phenomenon in this searing portrayal of carefree small town Italian dudes having a good time."
BEAT THE DEVIL (dir: John Huston, Not Rated)
EL (dir: Luis Buñuel, Not Rated)
GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (dir: Howard Hawks, Not Rated)
M. HULOT'S HOLIDAY (dir: Jacques Tati, Not Rated)
ROMAN HOLIDAY (dir: William Wyler, Not Rated)
SHANE (dir: George Stevens, Not Rated)
STALAG 17 (dir: Billy Wilder, Not Rated)
UGETSU (dir: Kenji Mizoguchi, Not Rated)
THE WAGES OF FEAR (dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot, Not Rated)
THE WILD ONE (dir: Laslo Benedek, Not Rated)
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