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In Reply to: RE: Best foreign films of all time list: lots and lots of posted by Rod H. on February 05, 2022 at 10:39:59
"Fanny and Alexander:" I've found it so boring I haven't made it past the 45-minute mark, and I've tried and tried over the years.
Mizoguchi's lack of relative popularity, vis-a-vis Ozu or Kurosawa, can most probably be explained by his darker outlook? I'd put Takashi Miike in any group of the best Japanese directors: he's a ground-breaking talent that is extremely rare. I'd put Kiyoshi Kurosawa next to him, as well.
I saw To the Ends of the Earth last evening and enjoyed it immensely!
...about Fanny and Alexander. The first time I saw it the beginning of the film did seem to drag a bit. Had the same feeling at the beginning of The Deer Hunter. But in subsequent viewings I didn't feel that way at all about either.
Speaking of slow, I watched Damnation and made it through. It was a struggle, but soon I will watch Satantango and see if it pulls me in a bit more now that I understand what I'm in for. :)
one understands the main characters clandestine actions in the beginning, the relationship with the bar owner, the deceptions and betrayals. It's a labyrinth I found immense fun in navigating. The torch song scene in the bar, the ending scene in the pit with the dog...
To each his own, but I just love those long scenes with nothing happening.
Have you ever made it through the Stalker? To me that one is opposite... slow, but empty.
Something often *is* happening but you either see it or you don't. Or something previously happened and the stillness is giving you time to contemplate what just happened. Of all Tarkovsky's films, Stalker was the one where I felt like I wasn't seeing it, or there was a joke I wasn't getting. But it's also the one I have only seen once.
My wife liked Stalker for some reason yet fell asleep twice trying to watch Solaris. Both times it was during the freeway scene near the beginning.
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