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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Posted on Jun 14, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 9 comments

“It takes a longer view of history which was an extraordinarily brave thing for someone to do in 1943, at a time when history seemed to have disintegrated into its most helpless, impossible and unforgivable state.” – Stephen Fry

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The Lady Vanishes

Posted on Jun 7, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 7 comments

“Watching The Lady Vanishes is like going into an attic and finding a jewel from another place, another time.” – Joe Valdez,

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Knife in the Water

Posted on May 31, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 1 comment

“Polanski’s work might be seen as an attempt to map out the precise relationship between the contemporary world’s instability and tendency to violence and the individual’s increasing inability to overcome his isolation…” – J. P. Telotte,

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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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