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Kind Hearts and Coronets

Posted on May 24, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 2 comments

His first credited effort as a director was a section of the anthology horror film, Dead of Night (1945), in which “…a pleasant, bland young man is drawn into a dangerous past of violence and sexuality.” I don’t make this stuff up; I just copy it from the Internet.

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Jules and Jim

Posted on May 17, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 3 comments

In 1961, after the astonishing one-two punch of The 400 Blows and Shoot the Piano Player, Truffaut felt ready to turn Roché’s elegiac novel into a film.

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Le jour se lève

Posted on May 10, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 4 comments

“If Carné never fulfilled his early promise… his most memorable work, made between the fall of the Popular Front and the Liberation, stands as a lasting testimony to the mood of France at that time.” – Geoff Andrew, The Film Handbook

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Ivan the Terrible, Part II

Posted on May 3, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 4 comments

After 1938’s Alexander Nevsky, Eisenstein turned his attention to another mythic figure from Russian history: the Muscovite warrior-king Ivan IV, aka “Ivan the Terrible.”

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Posted on Apr 26, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 4 comments

While at Oxford, he began “wearing his hair long… openly scorning so-called ‘manly’ sports, and… decorating his rooms with peacock feathers.”

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Posted on Apr 19, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 5 comments

“Occasionally, I think of my death… There is, I feel, so much more for me to do. Then I become thoughtful, not sad.” – Akira Kurosawa

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Posted on Apr 12, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 5 comments

Benjamin Christensen was born in Denmark (That is what “Danish” means, right? A citizen of Denmark? Couldn’t they come up with a less confusing derivation than that? Denmarkians, perhaps? Denmarkites?) in 1879.

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Grand Illusion

Posted on Apr 5, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 6 comments

“To the question, ‘Is the cinema an art?’ my answer is, ‘what does it matter?’ You can make films or you can cultivate a garden. Both have as much claim to being called an art as a poem by Verlaine or a painting by Delacroix… Art is ‘making’.” – Jean Renoir

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The 400 Blows

Posted on Mar 29, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 3 comments

Truffaut was known for his contentious and scathing film criticism, earning him the nickname “The Gravedigger of French Cinema.”

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Forbidden Games

Posted on Mar 22, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 4 comments

SPOILER ALERT: Forbidden Games has kind of a bummer ending.

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