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Elitist and pretentious, or an endangered species? Whatever your feelings, there's no doubt that arthouse movies are among the finest ever made. Here the Guardian and Observer critics pick the 10 best
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Peter Bradshaw on art movies
This is a red rag to a number of different bulls. Lovers of what are called arthouse movies resent the label for being derisive and philistine. And those who detest it bristle at the implication that there is no artistry or intelligence in mainstream entertainment.
For many, the stereotypical arthouse film is Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal. Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin was a classic art film from the 1920s and Luis Buñuel investigated cinema's potential for surreality like no one before or since. The Italian neorealists applied the severity of art to a representation »
Russian cinematographer whose work with the director Andrei Tarkovsky produced poetic and powerful films
It is sometimes difficult to assess how and how much directors of photography contribute to films. However, nobody watching Andrei Tarkovsky's visual masterpieces Andrei Rublev (1966) and Solaris (1972) could fail to be struck by the remarkable cinematography of Vadim Yusov, who has died aged 84.
Yusov was Tarkovsky's favourite cinematographer, having shot four of the director's eight films, from the medium-length The Steamroller and the Violin (1961) to Solaris. Yusov also shot four features for Sergei Bondarchuk, another great of Russian cinema.
Tarkovsky's films are some of the most personal, poetic and powerful statements to have come out of eastern Europe. In contrast, Bondarchuk's films, while also imbued with a rich pictorial sense, have an objective, epic grandeur. "Tarkovsky and Bondarchuk were worlds apart," declared Yusov. "It was my job to enter both their worlds."
Yusov's relationship with the two directors also differed. »
- Ronald Bergan
Looking for any excuse, Landon Palmer and Scott Beggs are using the 2012 Sight & Sound poll results as a reason to take different angles on the best movies of all time. Every week, they’ll discuss another entry in the list, dissecting old favorites from odd angles, discovering movies they haven’t seen before and asking you to join in on the conversation. Of course it helps if you’ve seen the movie because there will be plenty of spoilers. This week, they marvel at the mastery on display in Andrei Tarkovsky‘s anti-biopic about Russia’s tumultuous 15th century as seen through the mental state of the time’s most famous artist. Sprawling and deeply engaging, it’s perfect summer superhero programming. In the #24 (tied) movie on the list, a monk witnesses and affects some incredibly important events over a time spanning a quarter of a century. But why is it one of the best movies of »
- FSR Staff
No other recent Indian film has received so much acclaim for its cinematography as “Ship of Theseus”. The film won technical excellence awards at Mumbai and Tokyo film festivals and the award for best cinematography at Transilvania Film Festival. The awards have taken cinematographer Pankaj Kumar by surprise whose idea was “to keep the cinematography completely invisible”!
Pankaj Kumar, who graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India (Ftii) in 2004, comes across as a passionate, unassuming and highly articulate person. During his school days, he chanced upon Tarkovsky’s “Mirror” and “Andrei Rublev” on Doordarshan. The poetic imagery of the master left him eternally inspired to seek a career in cinema.
On winning accolades for Ship of Theseus’s cinematography (Best Cinematography award at Transilvania, Best Artistic Contribution award in Tokyo and Jury award for Technical Excellence »
- Nandita Dutta
Welcome to Full Disclosure, in which Team Twitch confesses to the classics that they have never seen, then remedies the situation by casting fresh eyes on those films for the very first time. For June we are mixing up the format a little bit, presenting our selections in a more easily digestible gallery format, if for no other reason than to include everyone's submissions in a single post.But make no mistake, this month is as chock full of cinematic gems as ever: Roman Polanski's Chinatown is tackled by three of our collective, Andrei Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev gets a serious grilling, we also have films from the likes of Wong Kar Wai, Charlie Chaplin and even Bruce Lee being savoured as never before. So simply click...
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The "What Are You Watching" post on Friday seemed to be successful and may be a great way to remind people what's in theaters and get people chatting and prepped for the "What I Watched" articles. So I think I'll consider a few things to add to it to beef it up and hopefully make that a regular thing going forward as long as everyone is up for participating. As for how things turned out with my attempts to watch my new Blu-ray of Django Unchained, the new Blu-ray restoration of Cleopatra, Alex Cox's Repo Man and Andrei Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev, it wasn't too bad. I was able to watch Repo Man -- I'll have more on that at the beginning of the week -- and Django Unchained, which only gets better the more you watch it and I will reiterate what I wrote in my review last »
- Brad Brevet
I'm not sure if I'll make this a regular column or not, it will depend on the interaction this one gets, but I felt it might be a fun new companion piece to Sunday's "What I Watched" columns, so we'll see. My copy of Django Unchained on Blu-ray finally arrived and I've been meaning to get to the new Blu-ray restoration of Cleopatra, but this weekend the first order of business will be the two Netflix titles above, Alex Cox's Repo Man and Andrei Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev, neither of which have I seen. I also have the season finale of "Hannibal" to watch and the fact Rublev is three hours and 25 minutes long, Cleopatra is over four hours and Django runs two hours and 46 minutes I'd say my odds on finishing all of them are slim... but a man can dream. What are you watchingc You heading to »
- Brad Brevet
"I think the point about Marketa Lazarova is that when you first see it you're confused, and by that I mean you know that the whole story of what you're looking at is obscured, but it's still there, but you have to look hard." Peter Hames (film historian) Quick, name a Czechoslovakian film or film director... I would expect most of you are either drawing a blank or shouting out Milos Forman. The reason I ask is because on the back of Criterion's new Blu-ray release of Marketa Lazarova it reads, "In its native land, Frantisek Vlacil's Marketa Lazarova has been hailed as the greatest Czech film ever made; for many U.S. viewers, it will be a revelation." I can't speak to the first part of that statement as I believe this was the first, bonafide Czech film I've ever seen, but the second rings true. When it comes to Czech cinema, »
- Brad Brevet
Since I’ve now been running the Movie Poster of the Day Tumblr for a year and a half I thought it was high time I did another six month round-up of the most popular posters on the blog.
For some reason this Japanese poster for Zero Dark Thirty—an even more striking version of the American teaser—which I posted three months ago recently went semi-viral, racking up over 1,400 “notes” to date, making it by far the most popular (in as far as likes and reblogs really gauge popularity) in the history of the blog which now has, according to Tumblr, over 198,000 followers.
I’m especially pleased with the popularity of the second and third ranked posters: a couple of quite eccentric pieces of Eastern European illustration for lesser known films. It’s probably no surprise that »
- Adrian Curry
Andrei Tarkovsky doesn't exactly have the largest filmography, but it's a well respected one that I am only beginning to explore. I've seen Solaris and his final film The Sacrifice, but haven't yet taken the time to explore such highly regarded films as Andrei Rublev and Stalker. With so few feature films to his credit, you'd think it would be easy to see them all, but considering the two I just mentioned clock in at over 160 minutes each (205 for Rublev) I want to be sure I watch them uninterrupted once I give them the chance. This brings me to Criterion's latest Blu-ray presentation of Tarkovsky's feature film debut, Ivan's Childhood, and while watching, three things came immediately to mind, 1.) Ingmar Bergman, 2.) Robert Rossellini's Germany Year Zero and 3.) the mixture of religious imagery and destruction as seen in Ashes and Diamonds. When it comes to Bergman, the visual comparisons are obvious, »
- Brad Brevet
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