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Floating Weeds

Posted on Mar 15, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 2 comments

His films often re-worked themes and characters from his previous films; today’s film from 1959 is a remake of his own Story of Floating Weeds from 1934.

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Fists in the Pocket

Posted on Mar 8, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 7 comments

Marco Bellocchio was born in 1939, studied philosophy in Milan, and studied film at the Centro sperimentale di cinematografia (I’m betting that translates roughly as “Center for Experimental Filmmaking”).

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Fires on the Plain

Posted on Mar 1, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 2 comments

“I don’t have any unifying theme. I just make pictures I like.” – Kon Ichikawa

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The Fallen Idol

Posted on Feb 22, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 5 comments

Carol Reed was the offspring of an illicit affair between the impresario Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree (Oh my sweet lord how I love that name) and his mistress, May Pinney Reed.

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Brief Encounter

Posted on Feb 15, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 6 comments

“My notion is that cinema was invented for Brief Encounter.” – Dan Talbot, founder of New Yorker Films

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Black Orpheus

Posted on Feb 8, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 5 comments

First, let’s get this out of the way: No, Marcel Camus did not write The Stranger. That was Albert (no relation, apparently).

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Beauty and the Beast

Posted on Feb 1, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 5 comments

The answer to your question is, “Yes, Jean Cocteau was also a manager of professional boxers.” I shit you not. As near as I can tell, Jean Cocteau was the bisexual Chuck Norris of the Surrealist movement.

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Ballad of a Soldier

Posted on Jan 25, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 5 comments

“Oh, for God’s sake,” I can hear you complaining. “Another war film? Another RUSSIAN war film?”

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L’Avventura

Posted on Jan 18, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 5 comments

“In the empty, silent spaces of the world, he has found metaphors that illuminate the silent places of our hearts, and found in them, too, a strange and terrible beauty: austere, elegant, enigmatic, haunting.” – Jack Nicholson

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Ashes and Diamonds

Posted on Jan 11, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 3 comments

In addition to the Polish James Dean, A Generation also starred the man often called “the Polish Roman Polanski”: Roman Polanski.

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