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Even with all the necessary hallucinogenics to watch this with, nothing sticks.
Kieslowski is hit or miss for me. He almost has an entirely new language in how he makes his films which can be refreshing but also frustrating at times. I'd like to think this film can be experienced in a similar manner to David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive" where the first viewing should be intended as purely a dreamlike experience where the details don't have to make sense at the end, but with multiple viewings, will begin to. Although I have a feeling it's not going to compare to "Mulholland Drive" in giving the viewer that reward multiple times down the road. Regardless, Irene Jacob is beautiful.
So many pretty boys and tough boys come together in this, how can you not like it? I can see why it's a classic in the genre, even though I don't think it has the appeal Leone films have to me. Dean Martin is hot.
Being half Greek, I'm not sure if I was supposed to relate to this or be ashamed of it. Needs a rewatch to fully grasp what the hell happened.
This could potentially be the most coma-inducing bio drama ever but thankfully, Forman never uses historical notes to plot this out. Simply making it feel from the emotional perception of Antonio gives the long runtime a hilarious, fascinating and unique ride. Tom Hulce is brilliant.
Thank God John Ford eventually took these kind of movies to a more interesting place. Don't get me wrong, like a lot of Curtiz's films, this is gorgeously shot with a great admiration for the genre, but never wants to address any of the inevitable themes that come with that territory, like John Ford and Clint Eastwood would do. Humphrey Bogart is a Mexican in this. So yeah.
Teshigahara shoots every sequence to reflect the entomologist's state of mind which makes everything ultimately feel like a nightmare you never wake up from. This sets a standard for the dreamlike avantgarde directors like Lynch and Tarkovsky would go on to do. Hauntingly beautiful.
I don't know what schools are doing these days to educate on racial inequality and how our government is set up to contribute to that but they better at least be showing this film in every classroom.
The controversy is probably why many people would want to watch a documentary on this story but to me, it's not nearly as interesting as the actual exploration of the modern art world we get a glimpse of here, and what makes art valid or not.
Martial arts zombies is all I wanted and I think I got it? No idea what the hell happened here but I liked it.
I wish more was explored regarding the war and how the kids and adults both talked about it with each other. It's obviously a giant metaphor and theme here. This just comes off as ho-hum daytime TV than anything resonant from the times like it wants to.
I can't get into the really bad "cut sceney in a video game" acting and dramatic scenes in these movies. The Kung fu is good but I'd rather just go back and watch old Bruce Lee films or Jackie Chan.