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Alice in Wonderland (1903)

 

Yesterday I came across this 1903 version of Alice in Wonderland and I find it truly fascinating. I have to admit that I don’t watch many silent films because I mostly find them boring and have to watch them in several sittings (if any of my professors are reading this, I’m sorry, but it’s true), but when I do I am always blown away by how quickly the conventions of narrative film evolved and how so many techniques used to tell a story through moving images have remained in use for an entire century regardless of all the technological advances. I mean, my great-grandmother was a KID when this was made. Amazing.
You should give the video a go, it’ll only steal 8 minutes of your precious time.

 

 

 

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Suddenly, Last Summer (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1959)

I took Elizabeth Taylor’s death as an excuse to revisit some of her films last weekend. Some of them were mediocre at best, but this one is high up there with the great ones. Just look at this pair of ladies.

Are you more of a Katharine Hepburn person or a Liz Taylor one? 
I love Elizabeth, but my heart’s definitely with Katharine.
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Liverpool In the 50s & 60s – Of Time And the City (Terence Davies)

Let’s be honest. I thought this film was über-pretentious. Sure, it is beautifully made and there were truly funny moments, but half of the time I found myself thinking he was trying too hard to make it as arty as possible. I don’t know, maybe I’m just not as cultivated as I thought. Terence Davies uses newsreel footage and his own voice to show his experience of growing up in Liverpool during the 1950s and 60s and the decadence and end end of the city he used to know. I didn’t think much of his account, but the old images of Liverpool are wonderful. As a long time Beatles fan, I’ve always imagined what Liverpool was like back then, what people wore, what they did, etc. My needs are now more than satisfied.

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Somewhere (Sofia Coppola, 2010)

What I liked about Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere
▪ Stephen Dorff is pretty cute and I had forgotten he existed.
▪ The symmetry between the beginning and ending (the film begins and ends with the protagonist on the road).
▪ The resemblance between the choreography and outfits of the strippers and those of the protagonist’s daughter when she goes ice skating.
▪ Stephen Dorff spotting a Black Flag t-shirt.
▪ The development of the relationship between father and daughter.
▪ Elle Fanning (and her outfits).
As you can see some of the things I liked about this film were important and others were very superficial. I was looking forward to seeing it, but I can’t help feeling slightly disappointed. I like the main elements of the film, but I got bored watching it at times. I wish there had been more of an emphasis on the character of the daughter. Maybe it’s a grower, but for now 5.5/10 is all it gets.

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