With minimal narration by the director and very little context this is a kaleidoscope of stunning visuals from Calcutta, a city of 8,000,000 in the late 1960's: rich and poor, exotic and ... See full summary »
Original footage of the prosperous farming community of Glencoe Minnesota, 60 miles west of Minneapolis, was filmed in 1979 for a PBS documentary. But for the next six years Malle was too ... See full summary »
After acknowledging his own immigrant background, Malle, tries to present the range of immigrant experiences in the US during the 1980's. In an attempt to be comprehensive, the film ... See full summary »
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A small town in the south-west of France, summer of 1944. Having failed to join the resistance, the 18 year old Lucien Lacombe, whose father is a prisoner in Germany and whose mother dates ... See full summary »
In Paris around 1900, Georges Randal is brought up by his wealthy uncle, who steals his inheritance. Georges hopes to marry his cousin Charlotte, but his uncle arranges for her to marry a ... See full summary »
Like Vanya, in Malle's last film, Milou never left the family estate. His mother dies during the May 1968 student uprising in Paris. The brother who is the London correspondent for Le Monde... See full summary »
Garvey is a San Francisco pawnshop operator. His unemployed and criminal friends Dillard, Turtle, and Weslake, team up with Boardwalk, a local pimp, to burgle Garvey's shop while the owner ... See full summary »
It documentary is quite daring. It has no narration, no interviews or text to guide you. It is in fact directed according to the rules of the silent films. The story is visual. It is about the workers of a Citroen auto factory in Rennes, Brittany. This may sound like Modern Times - The Documentary but that is not the feeling I got when I saw it. The film is quite meditative. I even sometimes got the feeling that I was watching a religious ceremony when they where putting the cars together.
The cinematography is fantastic. Malle focuses on small things like how the feet move while people work, or how a girl moves her eye. Even though the film shows us how much work goes into making a car, I would not say that that was the point of the film. The film is much more about humanity, the human face and the human touch behind the cars people buy. We seldom think about the many hands that slaved putting our car together. The community and lives we are connected to when we step into a car.
This is one of the best edited documentary I have seen, and it is in fact the seamless and rhythmic editing which contributes greatly to the hypnotizing effect of the film, almost to the point of leaving one with a religious feeling.
This is a beautiful, meditative and poetic documentary.
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