TheGodfather -> RE: Noirs in houses, with Heat and Desire. (15/4/2012 8:51:11 PM)
Le Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip To The Moon)
With the blu-ray release and watching this 110 year old film, this is the oldes film I`ve ever seen. It`s nothing short of a miracle that with the modern technologies we can still enjoy this only 15 minute long work from trailblazer Georges Méliès.
Surprisingly, the picture quality of this blu-ray exceeded my expectations. Sure, it has a lot of damage in it and you can never compare it to a present day film but paying attention to the fact that we almost couldn`t see this film at all and that it`s over a century old, the picture quality is great.
The film itself is not really exciting but it`s absolutely interesting to watch and to see what Méliès did with an art that was still in its infancy.
If it`s up to me, this Flicker Alley release belongs in everyone`s collection
The Birth Of A Nation
A while ago I wrote on another site that I currently own 2 different versions of D.W. Griffith`s controversial film (the UK dvd and the Kino blu-ray) but hadn`t yet seen either of them because you don`t just put on an over 3 hour long film, you have to make some time for that. Yesterday I had the time and so it was time for the blu-ray version.
The film is over 3 hours long but never was it dragging or boring. On the contrary: the film was pretty much over before I knew it.
The controversial status that the film has is correct. It is, especially in the second part, really hard and racist. Griffith almost says, through the title cards, that Afro-Americans talk some kind of unintelligible language. And the Ku Klux Klan is, apparently, the only one who can save the South of America (and therefor the whole country) from the domination of the "Blacks" and the people who wanted to end slavery are guilty to "the demise of America".
It really gives enough material to think about and discuss...
About Griffith`s qualities as a direction on the other can`t possibly be as much discussion. His trailblazing work on the front of telling stories and editing techniques are very clear and are, especially for that time, impressive.
Then the blu-ray itself. Of course here there are damages in the transfer. Therefor I`m really interested to see what the upcoming Masters Of Cinema will bring us and if they can top the image quality on that edition to this Kino release.
Nonetheless a film that we can say much about but one that you really need to give a chance, one that inspite of its reputation truly deserves its status as an important classic.
Design For Living
Very entertaining pre-code film by Ernst Lubitsch about a lady who can`t choose between two friends (one a playwright, the other a painter) who both are in love with her.
The usual ingredients for a pre-code Hollywood film are present here as well: witty dialogues that, especially for the female character, of course just go that little but further than in the Hays code period and have a lot of sexually themed jokes. Lubitsch very well knows how to make it into a quick and fun film.