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  • Conversation Piece

    Conversation Piece

    ★★★★

    35mm

    Visconti takes a sitcom premise set in one location and gives us a thoughtful story that resonates a number of ways - autobiographical/political satire/inter generational warfare, grounded in a very considered late career Lancaster performance who disappears into the role completely and has two incredible monologues, one of which literally made an audience member in my cinema have some sort of emotional breakdown and leave the cinema. It’s not as good as The Leopard (imo literally no film is) but beautiful film all up - Berger is great here as well.

  • The Golem: How He Came into the World

    The Golem: How He Came into the World

    ★★★½

    Weimar goodness

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  • Teorema

    Teorema

    ★★★★★

    The first film I've logged twice on Letterboxd, and one of my very favourite movies of all time. One of the highlights of that rich, rich period of cinema, of the heyday of European arthouse, which unlike so many of those comes not out of navel-gazing but of intense engagement with the political and cultural spirit of the times, in dialogue with Marxism, existentialism and some profane manifestation of the divine. It's a mysterious and beautiful film, and so thematically…

  • Mommie Dearest

    Mommie Dearest

    ★★★★½

    Dunaway showcases a new kinda of acting altogether, a hybrid mixture of camp impersonation and full on demonic possession. Without it, the film ceases to exist. Slimy nostalgia tabloid told with outrageous bombast in an epic tale of what is essentially vignettes, a series of scenes so confusingly put together that any given cut could be anywhere between a split-second reaction shot to a "several years later" interval. Few films depend so much on their central performance, and it's one of the greatest I've ever seen.