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In Reply to: RE: Are subtitles a non-starter for you? Just wondering, because on a film forum, posted by tinear on January 31, 2022 at 07:07:41
I just finished watching, for the second time, the ten Hong Sang-soo films available on Kanopy. My English language films are typically Noir, classic Hollywood or British, and the occasional contemporary English language film from North America, the UK or Australia. The last four or five years I have focused greatly on French films, and just previous to that the films of Satyajit Ray. About 18 months ago I went on a binge and watched 15 films by Ozu in about that same number of days. Watched them in reverse chronological order, which was a fascinating journey!
many: "Hotel by the Sea" is perhaps my favorite. Renoir made an excellent, strange film in India that Satjavit Ray credits with obliquely influencing him to pursue film, "The River." It's a good counterpoint to the Ray oeuvre.
If you've not seen Bela Tarr films, you've missed some great ones. Lucrecia Martel (Argentina) is also 1st tier; "Zama" is a masterpiece.
Noir? Best one I've seen in years (and it's not new) is the Brazilian gem, "Man of the Year." It has a gritty realism that Hollywood long ago abandoned.
...are even better and more clear on second viewing. My wife and I saw The River over 10 years ago and as I recall we both liked it.
Kanopy has three of Bela Tarr's films currently. A while back I was meaning to look for his films because I have not seen any of them, then it slipped my mind. Thanks for the reminder!
"Werckmeister Harmonies." Phenomenal opening bar scene.
"Damnation." Torch singer in bar unforgettable.
"Satantango." Central messianic figure speeches: mesmerizing; his performance is one, really, for the ages.
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