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Strongly preferes old films, with a particular love of film noir.
Dislike of 'Blockbusters', fast cutting and action films. Growing to appreciate world cinema, especialy from japan and eastern europe.
Trying to make my way through 1001 FYMSBYD.
The Battle of the Sexes (1960)
Don't be put off by the title and the sexism of some of the plot
I resisted watching this for sometime.. it sounds like a silly sex- com .. and the premise that the female lead is 'wrong' because she is a woman. Yes, some of the set up - that women have no role as leaders is well dodgy by today's standards - (and to be honest even for it's own time)
But ignore that.. pretend that the out of touch moderniser is not wrong by virtue of being female.. See her as 'just happens to be' female, and her opponent as 'just happens to be' male.. and there is great fun to be had in this clash of ideals.
Compare it to (but admittedly not quite as good as) I'm all right Jack.. where you have differing views of how a work place should be run.
Call it ageist .. She is young, he is old.. call it maybe anti American (she is a brash American, he a quiet modest Scott) .. or just see it as differing mind sets battling it out.
If you want to try and be clever (and read too much into it) see it as a precursor to Crichton's much later 'Fish called Wanda'.. With Sellers as the John Cleese type v the Constance Cummings character as Wanda...
Les perles de la couronne (1937)
Stick with it.. it gets better
I was really looking forward to this, my third Guitry.. I'd liked the other two, and I'm a bit of a history buff.. so it should be a winner...
I almost gave up in the first hour.. I found it very dry and dull... but all of a sudden, once the three were dispatched on their quest, it improved dramatically. There was sparkle, wit and interest that seemed to be missing from the first half (Which felt like a slow plod through history)
Perhaps I just happened to tune in..
So my apologies for the poor '5' score.