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The Spirit of the Beehive

Posted on Sep 20, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 1 comment

“Erice reminds us of how much we have lost in a time when the rapture of cinema has fallen out of fashion.” – Paul Julian Smith

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The Seventh Seal

Posted on Sep 13, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 1 comment

“He (Bergman) was our tunnel man building the aqueducts of our cinematic collective unconscious.” – Todd Field

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Seven Samurai

Posted on Sep 6, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 1 comment

“Japanese films all tend to be rather bland in flavor, like green tea over rice. I think we ought to have richer foods, and richer films. So I thought I would make this kind of film entertaining enough to eat.” – Akira Kurosawa

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The Rules of the Game

Posted on Aug 30, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 4 comments

“The awful thing about life is this: Everyone has his reasons.” – Octave, in Rules of the Game

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Richard III

Posted on Aug 23, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 1 comment

Laurence Olivier made a trilogy of Shakespearean adaptations in the 1940s and 50s; Richard III was the last.

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Rashomon

Posted on Aug 16, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 4 comments

Rashomon was shot in a matter of weeks, and is one of the only Kurosawa films that did not go over budget.

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Pygmalion

Posted on Aug 9, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 2 comments

“German and Spanish are accessible to foreigners: English is not accessible even to Englishmen. The reformer England needs today is an energetic phonetic enthusiast: that is why I have made such a one the hero of a popular play.” – George Bernard Shaw

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Il Posto

Posted on Aug 2, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 2 comments

“The sensation is that these choices of mine are not only mine but that others have them too. I really don’t feel exclusive… My ambition instead, perhaps because of my peasant-worker background, is to look at the world with others, not as an aristocratic intellectual.” – Ermanno Olmi

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Pépé Le Moko

Posted on Jul 26, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 1 comment

One common theme in the films of Duvivier: The sly malevolence of womankind.

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Pandora’s Box

Posted on Jul 19, 2009 in The Janus Challenge | 3 comments

“I have a gift for enraging people, but if I ever bore you, it’ll be with a knife.” – Louise Brooks

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