The Sorrow and the Pity
2-6-07 - 2-7-07
this one took me two days to watch. netflix lied and said it was 2 hours 10 minutes, which made me think it strange that it needed two discs. but it turned out to be 4 hours 10 minutes.
so. the sorrow and the pity. a 250 minute movie that i'm glad to have under my belt. now i can say i've seen it. i sat through it. but how was it?
pretty standard documentary, just super long. something i'd imagine watching in a class, if i were to take a world history class, or a european history class, or a french history class, or a class on WWII.
but still, it was special. the pointed questions they asked, the footage they used (the propaganda film was ridiculous), the way maurice chevallier ended the film. this is how a documentary should be done. well, most of them don't need to be this long. but otherwise, the way it caught everything and the way it showed all sides of the story, it was quite good. and then hearing the interviewer ask the questions i was hoping he'd ask.
so yeah. it's good. it's hard to recommend it because it's long and old and foreign so therefore "BORING" but it's really good, i promise. if nothing else, as an exercise in studying how filmmaking is done.
For Ever Mozart
1-20-07 (or so)
the trouble with godard, for me, is that he packs so much into his movies. i'm speaking specifically about his later period films. i watch them like i'd read james joyce, if i were to read james joyce. as an educated movie watcher, with a BFA in film production, i know to watch his movies.
but there's so much to it! i usually get caught up in the philosophical dialog, or the amazing camera shots, that i miss the story. i watch more for his technique. i watch because i love his movies from the 60s. he just packs so much into it, and i spend the whole time reading the subtitles and glancing at the camera shots, and not enough time processing, until the movie is over.
i know i'm missing a lot. i know i need to watch these movies multiple times before fully grasping them. it's just difficult.