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The Third Man

Posted on Oct 11, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 2 comments

“Graham Greene was an alcoholic who abandoned his wife and two children for affairs with a series of married mistresses… a serial adulterer with at least 47 prostitutes…” – Michael Thornton

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Summertime

Posted on Oct 4, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 2 comments

“I wouldn’t take the advice of a lot of so-called critics on how to shoot a close-up of a teapot.” – David Lean

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La Strada

Posted on Sep 27, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 4 comments

“It’s easier to be faithful to a restaurant than it is to a woman.” – Federico Fellini

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The Spirit of the Beehive

Posted on Sep 20, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 1 comment

“Erice reminds us of how much we have lost in a time when the rapture of cinema has fallen out of fashion.” – Paul Julian Smith

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The Seventh Seal

Posted on Sep 13, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 1 comment

“He (Bergman) was our tunnel man building the aqueducts of our cinematic collective unconscious.” – Todd Field

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Seven Samurai

Posted on Sep 6, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 1 comment

“Japanese films all tend to be rather bland in flavor, like green tea over rice. I think we ought to have richer foods, and richer films. So I thought I would make this kind of film entertaining enough to eat.” – Akira Kurosawa

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The Rules of the Game

Posted on Aug 30, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 4 comments

“The awful thing about life is this: Everyone has his reasons.” – Octave, in Rules of the Game

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Richard III

Posted on Aug 23, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 1 comment

Laurence Olivier made a trilogy of Shakespearean adaptations in the 1940s and 50s; Richard III was the last.

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Rashomon

Posted on Aug 16, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 4 comments

Rashomon was shot in a matter of weeks, and is one of the only Kurosawa films that did not go over budget.

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Pygmalion

Posted on Aug 9, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 2 comments

“German and Spanish are accessible to foreigners: English is not accessible even to Englishmen. The reformer England needs today is an energetic phonetic enthusiast: that is why I have made such a one the hero of a popular play.” – George Bernard Shaw

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