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The Last Ten Movies I Saw

1. Man with the Movie Camera (Vertov)
2. Philomena (Frears)
3. Woody Allen: A Documentary (Weide)
4. The Lower Depths (Renoir)
5. The Wild Bunch (Peckinpah)
6. Nosferatu (Murnau)
7. Last Year at Marienbad (Resnais)
8. The Great Beauty (Sorrentino)
9. The Girl from Nowhere (Brisseau)
10. Bringing Up Baby (Hawks)

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10 responses to “The Last Ten Movies I Saw

  • Mitchell

    I’ve always wanted to see the Renoir LOWER DEPTHS to compare it to the Kurosawa. They must be as different as the Bunuel and Renoir DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID.

    • michaelgloversmith

      The Lower Depths is based on Gorky’s play. I’ve never seen any other version (including Kurosawa’s) but I LOVED Renoir’s version. It’s kind of a dry run for GRAND ILLUSION in that it also deals with class divisions and has Jean Gabin in world-weary working-class romantic mode. Renoir had a way of being old-fashioned and modern at the same time that was utterly singular. He was a genius.

      • Mitchell

        The Kurosawa is also based on Gorki.It is a pretty fascinating film. Very theatrical in that it is mostly limited to one set. I find this as well as Kurosawa’s THE IDIOT so interesting in how they show the Russian Masters through a particular Japanese lens. In his autobiography Kurosawa talks about how much he reveres the Russians, especially Dostoevsky. Have you read it? I loved it.

      • michaelgloversmith

        I was completely unfamiliar with the play before seeing Renoir’s film. Looking forward to seeing Kurosawa’s film.

  • keith7198

    Some great films on that list!

  • jilliemae

    Or, “Phyll-o-mania,” as the great Leo DiCaprio so eloquently stated.

  • michaelgloversmith

    I screened 1, 5, 7 and 10 in classes that I’m teaching. I saw 2 & 8 in the theater. The rest were leisure-time DVD watches.

  • John Charet

    With the exception of number 9, I have actually seen all of the films on this list. I gave * * * * (Out of * * * *) stars to numbers 1, 5, 6, 7 and 10. I gave * * * 1/2 to number 3 and I gave * * * stars to number 2. I gave * * * or * * 1/2 stars to number 4.

  • waterfrontcinema

    I’m curious to hear your opinion about “Philomena.” I was surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did.

    • michaelgloversmith

      I tend to like Stephen Frears movies but I was disappointed in this one. I found it earnest, stodgy, dull and Oscar-baity. Out of the 7 films I’ve seen that are up for best picture, it’s my least favorite. The acting is good though.

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