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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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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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