2 films for november.

November 22, 2007

started midway through november so only 2 films this month.

week of november 19:

breathless by jean-luc godard

breathless

(from criterion)

There was before Breathless, and there was after Breathless. With its lack of polish, surplus of attitude, crackling personalities of rising stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, and anything-goes crime narrative, Jean-Luc Godard’s debut fashioned a simultaneous homage to and critique of the American film genres that influenced and rocked him as a film writer for Cahiers du cinema. Jazzy, free-form, and sexy, Breathless (A bout de souffle) helped launch the French new wave and ensured cinema would never be the same.

i’m pretty excited to get into godard. we’ve been studying bazin in my theory class and i’m interested in seeing a student of his at work.

week of november 26:

citizen kane by orson welles

citizen kane

what better way to start off than with a film commonly regarded as the greatest ever made? that’s probably why i’ve avoided it all these years. will it live up to the hype?

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