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#1 of 32 Brook K

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Posted July 30 2005 - 07:38 AM

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Volume #230 - Alain Resnais

Pas sur la bouche (2003)
... aka Not On the Lips (International: English title) (USA)
On connaît la chanson (1997)
... aka Same Old Song
Smoking/No Smoking (1993)
Gershwin (1992) (V)
Lest We Forget (1991) (segment "Pour Esteban Gonzalez Gonzalez, Cuba")
I Want to Go Home (1989)
Mélo (1986)
Amour à mort, L' (1984)
... aka Love Unto Death (International: English title)
Vie est un roman, La (1983)
... aka Life Is a Bed of Roses (USA)
Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980)
... aka My American Uncle
Providence (1977)
Stavisky... (1974)
... aka Empire d'Alexandre, L'
An 01, L' (1973)
... aka The Year 01 (International: English title)
Je t'aime, je t'aime (1968)
Cinétracts (1968)
Loin du Vietnam (1967)
... aka Far from Vietnam (USA)
Guerre est finie, La (1966)
... aka The War Is Over (USA)
Muriel, or the Time of Return (1963)
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Hiroshima mon amour (1959)
Chant du Styrène, Le (1958)
Mystère de l'atelier quinze, Le (1957)
Toute la mémoire du monde (1956)
Night and Fog (1955)
Statues Also Die (1953)
Pictura: Adventure in Art (1951)
Gauguin (1950)
Guernica (1950)
Châteaux de France (1948)
Jardins de Paris, Les (1948)
Malfray (1948)
Van Gogh (1948)
Alcool tue, L' (1947) (as Alzin Rezarail)
Bague, La (1947)
Journée naturelle (1947)
... aka Visite à Max Ernst
Lait Nestlé, Le (1947)
Portrait d'Henri Goetz (1947)
Van Gogh (1947)
Visite à César Doméla (1947)
Visite à Félix Labisse (1947)
Visite à Hans Hartung (1947)
Visite à Lucien Coutaud (1947)
Visite à Oscar Dominguez (1947)
Open for Inventory Causes (1946)
Schéma d'une identification (1946)
Aventure de Guy, L' (1936)

2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#2 of 32 Brook K

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Posted July 30 2005 - 07:50 AM

One of the most important French filmmakers of the New Wave period, Resnais has continued making films up until the present. His deeply intellectual work is often concerned with how time and memory interact.

*1. Hiroshima Mon Amour - A (Knowledge is not the same as experience)
*2. Last Year at Marienbad - A (A complex, puzzle of a film in which time and memory reflect back upon one another until reality warps into the past and memory is indistinguishable from dream)
3. Night and Fog - A- (Resnais groundbreaking documentary about the Holocaust)
4. La Guerre est Finie - B+

5. Mélo - B
6. Public Fears in Private Places - B

7. Muriel, or The Time of Return - B-

8. Love Unto Death - B-
9. Not on the Lips - C


10. Life is a Bed of Roses - D

Own: 2

Would like to see a lot more of his work, particularly Je t'aime, Je t'aime.


2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#3 of 32 Jim_K

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Posted July 30 2005 - 07:56 AM

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ALAIN RESNAIS (1922 -     )


Wild Grass (2009)

Private Fears in Public Places (2006)

Not On the Lips (2003)
Same Old Song (1997)
Smoking/No Smoking (1993)
Gershwin (1992)
Lest We Forget (1991) (segment "Pour Esteban Gonzalez Gonzalez, Cuba")
I Want to Go Home (1989)
Mélo (1986)
Love Unto Death (1984)
Life Is a Bed of Roses (1983)
Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Providence (1977) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Stavisky... (1974) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Year 01 (1973)
Je t'aime, je t'aime (1968) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Cinétracts (1968)
Far from Vietnam (1967)
The War Is Over (1966)
Muriel, or the Time of Return (1963)
Last Year at Marienbad (1961) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Hiroshima mon amour (1959) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Chant du Styrène, Le (1958)
Mystère de l'atelier quinze, Le (1957)
Toute la mémoire du monde (1956)
Night and Fog (1955) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Statues Also Die (1953)
Pictura: Adventure in Art (1951)
Gauguin (1950)
Guernica (1950)
Châteaux de France (1948)
Jardins de Paris, Les (1948)
Malfray (1948)
Van Gogh (1948)
Alcool tue, L' (1947)
Bague, La (1947)
Journée naturelle (1947)
Lait Nestlé, Le (1947)
Portrait d'Henri Goetz (1947)
Van Gogh (1947)
Visite à César Doméla (1947)
Visite à Félix Labisse (1947)
Visite à Hans Hartung (1947)
Visite à Lucien Coutaud (1947)
Visite à Oscar Dominguez (1947)
Open for Inventory Causes (1946)
Schéma d'une identification (1946)
Aventure de Guy, L' (1936)




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#4 of 32 Bill McA

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Posted July 30 2005 - 08:39 AM

Wild Grass (2009) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image 
Private Fears in Public Places (2006) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Not On the Lips (2003)
On connaît la chanson (1997)
Smoking/No Smoking (1993)
Gershwin (1992) (V)
Lest We Forget (1991) (segment "Pour Esteban Gonzalez Gonzalez, Cuba")
I Want to Go Home (1989) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Mélo (1986) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Love Unto Death (1984) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Life Is a Bed of Roses (1983) Posted Image
Mon Oncle d'Amérique (1980) Posted Image
Providence (1977)
Stavisky... (1974)
L'An 01 (1973)
Je t'aime, je t'aime (1968)
Cinétracts (1968)
Far from Vietnam (1967)
The War Is Over (1966)
Muriel, or the Time of Return (1963)  Posted ImagePosted Image 
Last Year at Marienbad (1961) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the Blu)
Hiroshima mon amour (1959) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
Styrène (1958) /img/vbsmilies/htf/star.gif/img/vbsmilies/htf/star.gif/img/vbsmilies/htf/star.gif/img/vbsmilies/htf/star.gif (Own the Blu) Le Mystère de l'atelier quinze (1957)
Toute la mémoire du monde (1956) /img/vbsmilies/htf/star.gif/img/vbsmilies/htf/star.gif (Own the Blu) Night and Fog (1955) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own both DVDs)
Statues Also Die (1953)
Pictura: Adventure in Art (1951)
Gauguin (1950)
Guernica (1950)
Châteaux de France (1948)
Les Jardins de Paris (1948)
Malfray (1948)
Van Gogh (1948)
L'Alcool tue (1947)
La Bague (1947)
Journée naturelle (1947)
Le Lait Nestlé (1947)
Portrait d'Henri Goetz (1947)
Van Gogh (1947)
Visite à César Doméla (1947)
Visite à Félix Labisse (1947)
Visite à Hans Hartung (1947)
Visite à Lucien Coutaud (1947)
Visite à Oscar Dominguez (1947)
Open for Inventory Causes (1946)
Schéma d'une identification (1946)
L'Aventure de Guy (1936)

Seen 13
Own 5


       

#5 of 32 Kirk Tsai

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Posted July 30 2005 - 08:54 AM

1. Night and Fog
2. Hiroshima mon amor

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Posted July 30 2005 - 08:54 AM

I've never heard of this guy, and never seen any of his films, though I recognize several of the titles on my to rent list.
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#7 of 32 Mario Gauci

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Posted July 30 2005 - 05:42 PM

In order of merit:


1.Last Year At Marienbad (1961) ***1/2
2.Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) ***
3.Muriel (1963) ***
4.Night And Fog (1955) ***
5.La Vie Est Un Roman (1983) ***
6.Stavisky... (1974) ***
7.Mon Oncle D'Amérique (1980) ***
8.Smoking/No Smoking (1993) ***
9.On Connaît La Chanson (1997) **1/2


Resnais is quite simply one of the most important of all film-makers; his influence is evident in practically any non-linear film you can think of. Unfortunately, for his detractors, he is forever synonymous with impenetrable arthouse tripe.

I'm not saying that I understood MARIENBAD for one minute but, just because it's "difficult" doesn't make it worthless in my eyes! However, such people may very well by surprised by the last 2 films in my list which display a hitherto unforeseen lightness of touch on Resnais' part which is positively infectious at times.

I have to say, though, that with the exception of NIGHT AND FOG, I've only watched all of these once and, in some cases, only in French without subtitles(!); besides, I've also got L' AMOUR A` MORT (1984) on VHS and would love to watch LA GUERRE EST FINIE (1966), JE T'AIME, JE T'AIME (1968; one of my personal cinematic 'holy grails'), PROVIDENCE (1977) and MELO (1986).

#8 of 32 Armin Jager

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Posted July 30 2005 - 11:34 PM

I've seen almost all feautures for a nouvelle vague seminar. I think Resnais is simply somebody who wants to tell his stories in a different way than the usual ones, therefore he experiments with the structures of his stories.

NIGHT AND FOG no rating
Very moving ducumentary with memorable music and text though it's not without danger to make an "aesthetic" holocaust docu.

HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
It's a very accessible movie about two lonely people in Japan who try to cope with the fact that it's their last day together because the actress will go back to Europe (Emmanuelle Riva is marvelous). Additionally they remember the horrors of war which affected them in different ways. The occasionally ponderous dialogue by Duras is the drawback of the film. The nearest to a five star movie.

LAST YEAR IN MARIENBAD Posted Image
The pretentious art house movie without story and characters, but with much heavy organ music, camera travellings and endless repetitions. Unwatchable and no it has intentionally no meaning

MURIEL, OR THE TIME OF RETURN Posted Image
Arguably even worse than MARIENBAD, this incredibly slow movie offers four miserable dissatisfied characters who live in an ugly modern city. It doesn't amount to anything and is filled with pointless cuts and music. MARIENBAD at least looked good.

THE WAR IS OVER Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Following the flop of MURIEL Resnais took Montand an returned to a more accessible style of filmmaking though the start is still tough, it's a quite interesting story of a aging revolutionary if a bit overlong.

STAVISKY Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Not very typical for Resnais this is a rather glamorous movie about the swindler Stavisky who brought great havoc to the French society of the 30s. The movie has beautiful music and a nicely elegiac tone though it doesn't develop much of a narrative drive, you don't learn enough about the character and the history, the Trotzki subplot is extremely pointless.

PROVIDENCE Posted Image Posted Image
The film is for a big part of the running time a surrealistic dream composed by an aging writer. I found these scenes very mean, misanthropic and finally repetitive. The happy end in the reality is slow and not overly interesting. Overrated bore.

LOVE UNTO DEATH Posted Image
Terribly pretentious picture about a death obsessed couple. Heahy and gloomy atmosphere, lot of pretentious talk and the regular pointless intercutting of snow flakes to Henze's grating music. Never again.

MELO Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Very enjoyable adaptation of a boulevard melodrama in a deliberately theatrical style. The play on which it is based is quite good and it's very well played except for Azema who hams it up in the style of a silent diva. I know it's meant to be theatrical and it's the intention of the director but it's terrible nevertheless. with this film Resnais begins to be very accessible to the normal public.

I WANT TO GO HOME Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Something between a light comedy and a bitter farce, this clash of Europe and USA, high culture and comic is again quite repetitive (especially at the beginning with Green going fast on the viewers nerves) and a bit forced.

SMOKING/NO SMOKING Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Two films and dozens of variations of the same story which takes many different turns edepending which decisions the characters make at certain points of the story. All roles played in a funny and virtuouso manner by Azema and Arditi, it's funny and then moody again, but again it's not unproblematic to present so many alternative stories for a charachter, it's hard to remember what happened in all these stories.

ON CONNAIT LA CHANSON Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
A rather fluffy affair in which the characters begin to sing French chansons to express their feelings, it's again in this partly funny partly serious tone like its predecessor, maybe a bit overlong and not very memorable.

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Posted July 31 2005 - 01:02 AM

Hiroshima Mon Amour ***
My American Uncle ***Posted Image


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Posted November 18 2006 - 09:02 AM

Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980) - 8/10

Providence (1977) - 7/10
Je t'aime, je t'aime (1968) - 7/10
Guerre est finie, La (1966) - 6/10
Muriel, or the Time of Return (1963) - 8/10
Last Year at Marienbad (1961) - 10/10
Hiroshima mon amour (1959) - 8/10
Chant du Styrène, Le (1958) - 7/10
Toute la mémoire du monde (1956) - 8/10
Night and Fog (1955) - 8/10
Guernica (1950) - 3/10


I simply adore Marienbad.



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Posted September 10 2007 - 07:56 AM

My American Uncle ***1/2 out of ****

#13 of 32 Brook K

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Posted December 18 2007 - 04:04 AM

Updated:

Public Fears in Private Places (2006) - B

Seen: 4
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

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Posted January 16 2008 - 04:58 PM

Updated:

La Guerre est Finie - B+
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

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Posted January 29 2008 - 03:44 AM

Just Hiroshima Mon Amour for me.
When she embraces, your heart turns to stone
She comes at night, when you're all alone
And when she whispers, your blood shall run cold
You'd better hide before she finds you...

#16 of 32 Martin Teller

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Posted March 09 2008 - 11:54 AM

added Muriel, or the Time of Return (1963) - 8/10

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Posted May 04 2008 - 07:36 AM

added Providence (1977) - 7/10

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Posted July 04 2008 - 06:20 PM

added Je t'aime, je t'aime (1968) - 7/10

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Posted December 28 2008 - 02:25 PM

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Posted June 27 2009 - 07:47 AM

added Chant du Styrène, Le (1958) - 7/10
added Toute la mémoire du monde (1956) - 8/10




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