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Best films w/aged central characters? "Ikiru," of course. "Wild Strawberries:" definitely.

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Posted on January 2, 2021 at 09:45:01
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And then "Umberto D." To these films directed by the justly renowned Kurosawa, Bergman, and De Sica, I'd add the small gem (1 hour, 16 minutes) by the underappreciated Argentinian Carlos Sorin, "The Window."

A bed-ridden, 80-year old man in poor health awaits the last visit of his star pianist son. That's it. Antonio Larreta, renowned writer, was in his mid-80s when he gave this arresting, quietly powerful performance.

Though Sorin is far less known, this work deserves ranking right next to the 3 other masterworks. Highest recommendation.

 

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Gran Torino, posted on January 3, 2021 at 03:50:12
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I love it when a racist rides to the rescue of "good" immigrants! nt, posted on January 3, 2021 at 09:39:02
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RE: Best films w/aged central characters? "Ikiru," of course. "Wild Strawberries:" definitely. , posted on January 4, 2021 at 13:53:12
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Coincidentally, I watched Bertrand Tavernier's "A Sunday in the Country" last night, and thought it was wonderful on many levels. Really motivated me to see his other films I haven't seen that are currently streaming on Criterion.

 

Thanks for the heads-up: his Jim Thompson-based noir, "Coup de Torchon" is as dark , posted on January 5, 2021 at 08:29:43
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as it gets. Not even a slight glimmer of starlight in that noir sky. Noiret, of course, is magnificent--- and who wouldn't relish seeing Huppert and Audrun in the same film?

 

RE: Thanks for the heads-up: his Jim Thompson-based noir, "Coup de Torchon" is as dark , posted on January 6, 2021 at 12:10:20
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Saw "Coup de Torchon" about 10 years ago and didn't get into it, but plan on revisiting it in a week or so. Saw "The Judge and the Assassin" last night and thought it was fantastic. It also starred Noiret and Huppert. Only thing disappointing was Huppert not being in many scenes.

I'm becoming a big Tavernier fan, but that usually happens with any French director once I begin to understand their work...

 

RE: Best films w/aged central characters? "Ikiru," of course. "Wild Strawberries:" definitely. , posted on January 6, 2021 at 15:26:35
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Maybe not up to class of some of the choices Tin--

but I recall seeing in 58 the great Spencer Tracy's portrayal in

Old Man and the Sea

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A good bottle of French wine helps us to enjoy their films... nt, posted on January 7, 2021 at 14:35:46
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Or Yamhill County Pinot Noir in my case :) nt, posted on January 7, 2021 at 17:47:43
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Chunibala Devi in Ray's "Pather Panchali" (nt), posted on January 13, 2021 at 17:00:33
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