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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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Ikiru

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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Häxan

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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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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