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#101 Post by Michael Kerpan » Sun Mar 20, 2005 5:04 pm

Of the Kinoshita films I've seen, I like "Army" and "Carmen Comes Home " best. I loathed "Ballad of Narayama" and found "24 Eyes" overly manipulative (albeit with some wonderful sections -- and very worth seeing).

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#102 Post by Steven H » Sun Mar 20, 2005 5:44 pm

Michael Kerpan wrote:I loathed "Ballad of Narayama" ...
All the better for it to be paired with the *brilliant* Imamura version, I say!

Have you posted anything about Carmen Comes Home anywhere? I'd love to read a review (my trust in Richie comes and goes, unforunately).

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#103 Post by BrightEyes23 » Sun Mar 20, 2005 11:51 pm

I'm so excited about all of these...but...I really wish there was a way for someone in the MoC to get these to us americans at reasonable prices, getting around the region resctrictions etc...because...georgie boy aint going away anytime soon which means our economy isn't going to pickup anytime soon...which means the dollar is going to continue to take a whooping...i ordered my first 3 MoC's along with a few other titles from bensons...imagine my horror when i got my statement to see just how bad the exchange rate is...oh well...hopefully they'll be worth it...i've got them in my stack of "too watch"

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#104 Post by Michael Kerpan » Mon Mar 21, 2005 8:44 am

"Carmen comes Home" is delightfully silly. There doesn't seem to be a serious bone in its cinematic body. And the comic performances of Takamine and Ryu (just to mention the leads) are priceless.

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#105 Post by ola t » Mon Mar 21, 2005 5:58 pm

There's a full-page ad for the Masters of Cinema series in the new issue of Sight & Sound. The Teshigahara releases are featured most prominently, but there's also a list of directors that includes Kinoshita (Keisuke), (Josef) von Sternberg and (Peter) Watkins.

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#106 Post by ben d banana » Mon Mar 21, 2005 11:26 pm

Von Sternberg: I'm ready to declare my undying love and gratitude.

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#107 Post by Gordon » Thu Mar 24, 2005 9:09 pm

solaris72 wrote:
1. Sanatorium pod klepsydra/The Hour-Glass Sanatorium (Wojciech Has, 1973).
and, most unlikely, but I can dream:
6. Ikarie XB-1 (Jindrich Polák, 1963)
WOW - I'm not alone! =D>

The Hour-Glass Sanatorium, what can I say? There is no other film like it. It's creepy, weird and, well... AMAZING! But it hasn't even be released in Poland yet - believe me, I have tried looking! Has' The Saragossa Manuscript is one of my favourite films. He was a great filmmaker.

Ikarie XB-1 was recently restored and a English-subtitled print was on tour in America last year. I have seen the cut and dubbed AIP version, Voyage to the End of the Universe in pan and scan (the film was shot in 2.35:1) which gives a glimpse of the film's austere power. The film should now be regarded as a landmark in sci-fi and fully deserves even a Criterion release.

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#108 Post by Steven H » Tue Mar 29, 2005 1:33 am

shirobamba wrote:Hatsukoi Jigoku-hen/The Inferno of First Love by Hani Susumu (in an uncut version)

Erosu purasu gyakusatsu/Eros Plus Massacre by Yoshida Yoshishige

Kaigenrei/ Coup D´Etat by Yodshida (both of which have been just released as part of two wonderful Yoshida boxsets in Japan, but...grrrrrrrr...without subs)
I'd like to second these. I love Hani, but Yoshishige seems more plausible because of the new transfers in the aformentioned box set (I'm curious enough about this director that I'd probably buy the first two sets if I had scripts or detailed synopsis of the films). Any MoC people interested in these obscure directors?

As for Oshima, I've only seen Cruel Story of Youth and found it more pulpy and less personal than many of my favorite Japanese directors of the same era (though I certainly need a second viewing and doubt my opinion).

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#109 Post by Lino » Tue Mar 29, 2005 4:26 am

Well, judging by this news provided on the link below, I could say that the next Imamura on the line will be Eijanaika (1981). Let's hope this materializes.

http://www.dvdclassik.com/Critiques/newsv2_z2.htm
MK2 annonce 2 double DVD consacrés à Imamura et Kurosawa !

La Vengeance est à moi (Fukushu Suruwa Ware ni Ari - 1979) : Un homme suspecté de meurtre semble s’être suicidé. Mais la police le soupçonne d’avoir simulé sa propre mort. Soudain, il réapparaît sous les traits d’un professeur, comme s’il se moquait ouvertement de ses poursuivants. Chronique de la vie d'un escroc sans scrupule qui finira par assassiner sa maitresse. A travers un fait divers, Imamura entreprend ici une etude scientifique sans faille de la societe japonaise.
Eijanaika (1981) : Durant la période Edo, un homme revient d’exil d’Amérique pour rechercher sa femme. Il se retrouve alors pris au cœur d’une révolution en train de changer le visage du Japon.




Scandale (Shubun - 1950) : Pendant ses vacances, un jeune peintre fait accidentellement la connaissance d’une chanteuse résidant à la même auberge que lui. Un journal à scandales fait circuler une rumeur à leur propos en publiant leur photo. Les jeunes gens attaquent le magazine en justice mais leur avocat accepte un pot-au-vin en échange de l’abandon de l’affaire.
L'Idiot (Hakuchi - 195) 1: Un homme marqué par la vie rejoint la ville d’origine de son camarade de guerre. Il s’implique alors dans un triangle amoureux aux conséquences tragiques. D’après le roman de Dostoievski.

Pour les deux coffrets :
Format d'image: 1:33 4/3
Format audio : Japonais Mono
Sous-titres: Français

Les suppléments ne sont pas encore connus.

Date de sortie : 12 juillet 2005

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#110 Post by Pinback » Tue Mar 29, 2005 6:14 am

Annie Mall wrote:Well, judging by this news provided on the link below, I could say that the next Imamura on the line will be Eijanaika (1981). Let's hope this materializes.
If Eijanaika is indeed going to be #18, that would mean there'd only be one Kinoshita, right (#19)? Which makes me confused about this quote:
FilmFanSea wrote:Nick (peerpee) has also indicated that MOC #18 & 19 will be films from Japanese director Keisuke KINOSHITA

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#111 Post by peerpee » Tue Mar 29, 2005 7:31 am

We have no plans for EIJANAIKA at the moment.

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#112 Post by Sai » Tue Mar 29, 2005 8:46 am

A Russian Winter would get off with a good start with Kin-Dza-Dza [Georgi Daneliya, 1986].

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#113 Post by Pinback » Fri Apr 01, 2005 10:11 am

I didn't want to start a new thread for this, but MoC's April Fool's joke is up:

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#114 Post by solaris72 » Fri Apr 01, 2005 6:25 pm

Gordon McMurphy wrote:The Hour-Glass Sanatorium, what can I say? There is no other film like it. It's creepy, weird and, well... AMAZING! But it hasn't even be released in Poland yet - believe me, I have tried looking! Has' The Saragossa Manuscript is one of my favourite films. He was a great filmmaker.

Ikarie XB-1 was recently restored and a English-subtitled print was on tour in America last year. I have seen the cut and dubbed AIP version, Voyage to the End of the Universe in pan and scan (the film was shot in 2.35:1) which gives a glimpse of the film's austere power. The film should now be regarded as a landmark in sci-fi and fully deserves even a Criterion release.
I must cop to not having seen The Hour-Glass Sanatorium, but I'm dying to see it. Bruno Schulz is my favorite writer, and I just love the Brothers Quay interpretation of Street of Crocodiles, and the things I've heard about Has' take on Sanatorium make me really eager to see it.

I saw the gorgeous, restored cinemascope print of Ikarie XB-1 when it came to the Museum of Fine Arts. I'd heard so many good things about it, and had been trying to see it properly for years. It was everything I'd hoped...haunting, alien, mysterious. I have a bootleg original language uncut (I think it's uncut) letterbox DVD (no subtitles) that I managed to acquire from a seller in Eastern Europe through eBay, though the quality is shit. I would kill for MoC or Criterion (maybe through their rumored cult division) to do this film justice.

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#115 Post by devlinnn » Sun Apr 03, 2005 11:58 pm

Terence Davies still doesn't make the cut. What does a master have to do to be a part of 'cinema'?

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#116 Post by backstreetsbackalright » Tue Apr 05, 2005 4:34 pm

Some miscellaneous wishlist items for MoC's consideration:

Akerman -- Jeanne Dielman or Les Rendez-Vous d'Anna. Or better, News From Home or a documentary.

Bellocchio -- Fists in the Pocket. (Never had the opportunity to see this.)

Erice -- South. (Never had the opportunity to see this.)

Makavejev -- Switchboard Operator, aka Love Affair.

Naruse -- Anything really. Michael Kerpan recommends Repast, so I'll suggest that one.

Ozu -- Again, anything will be loved and adored. My preference would be a color film or a silent film. Hen in the Wind or Where Now Are The Dreams of Youth would be great, as I've not been able to see them yet.

Ray -- Nick, in this case. Johnny Guitar or Wind Across the Everglades.

Resnais -- Muriel or a disc of documentaries.

Straub/Huillet -- Again, anything.

Visconti -- Senso.

That's more than enough for now.
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#117 Post by shirobamba » Thu Apr 07, 2005 12:06 pm

I have a bootleg original language uncut (I think it's uncut) letterbox DVD (no subtitles) that I managed to acquire from a seller in Eastern Europe through eBay, though the quality is shit. I would kill for MoC or Criterion (maybe through their rumored cult division) to do this film justice
There´s a DVD with english DUB out, but I dunno about the qualiy:

http://www.bijouflix.com/goods/bijou_store1vcd_V.htm

(scroll down the page, it´s the 3rd item)

Maybe this is an acceptable placeholder until CC or MoC will do it?

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#118 Post by shirobamba » Thu Apr 07, 2005 12:42 pm

I saw 3 of Yanagimachi Mitsuo´s earlier films this week, and they left a deep impression on me, though this was the 3rd time I saw them. They would all make great follow ups to the "Imamura-Vengeance-is-Mine"-line of the MoC Japanese Summer series. The 3 in question are:

"Jukyusai no chizu" aka "19-sai no chizu" / The 19 year old´s Map (1979)
"Saraba itoshiki daichi" / Farewell to the Land (1982)
"Himatsuri" / The Firefestival (1985)

Though Yanagimachi was one of the most celebrated and critically acclaimed japanese independent filmmakers of the 80´s he virtually disappeared completely in the 90´s. I haven´t seen any of his later works, that were all international productions (perhaps someone can report on them?), but his early work is impressive and lasting IMHO, and deserves to be available on DVD.

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#119 Post by BrightEyes23 » Thu Apr 07, 2005 1:28 pm

I would LOVE to see the MoC tackle the entrie Dziga Vertoz Godard series. I know Criterion's done one, but I think if a boxed set were ever to be considered, this should be one of them.

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#120 Post by Grimfarrow » Thu Apr 07, 2005 1:46 pm

Michael Kerpan wrote:From what I've read, Aoyama's early films generally ranged from bad to mediocre.
The general concensus in the industry, even in Japan, is that EUREKA was a fluke, since his other films are just as you said - mediocre to bad. So bad, in fact, that his latest was rejected from every festival until Pusan dumped it in an Asian panorama section.

Which is why I'm surprised that, in HUMANITY AND PAPER BALLOONS, Nick managed to get Tony Rayns and Aoyama Shinji on the same sentence without one party vehemently objecting!

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#121 Post by BrightEyes23 » Fri Apr 08, 2005 6:39 am

I'm in the middle of reading Ingmar Bergman's "The Magic Lantern" and I got to the chapter about the making of Wild Strawberries today, and it hit me like a box of bricks...

MoC needs to release some of Victor Sjöström's silent works. From everything I've read, these are complete masterpieces. There was paragraph about how Bergman was enamored with working with the man who created some amazing pieces of film, and yet Victor seemed to think they were utter crap.

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#122 Post by Pinback » Tue Apr 12, 2005 1:44 pm

I'd really like to see MoC release some Korean films. I'm just starting to get seriously interested South Korean cinema, but the only stuff available anywhere is really recent.

Based almost entirely on my close viewing of the excellent, excellent documentary The Cinema on the Road: A Personal Essay on Cinema in Korea (Jang Sun-Woo, 1995), I'd suggest the following:

The Aimless Bullet (Yu Hyun-Mok, 1961)
Barefoot Youth (Kim Ki-Duk, 1964)
Declaration of Fools (Lee Jang-Ho, 1983)
Life and Death of the Hollywood Kid (Chung Ji-Young, 1994)

Also, some films by Im Kwon-Taek. Director of almost one hundred films, and Korea's most significant director by reputation, almost all of his films remain totally unseen outside Korea. Ticket (1986), Mandala (1981) and Fly High, Run Far (1991) would be especially welcome.

I'm sure there's a market for English-subtitled releases of less-recent Korean cinema; I hope someone taps it soon.

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#123 Post by reaky » Wed Apr 13, 2005 5:09 pm

The earlier reference to Josef Von Sternberg set me thinking - of course, MoC will be rereleasing THE BLUE ANGEL, but is there any chance of a decent version of THE SHANGHAI GESTURE? I've only seen this on the diabolical Image DVD, which was enough to completely jaundice my view of the film. Does a decent print exist anywhere at all, and could MoC/Eureka get hold of it?

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#124 Post by david hare » Tue Apr 19, 2005 6:58 pm

Last I knew Raymond Rohauer held the rights (enough said), hence this dreadful old 16mm print - which is still better than nothing.
I don't think I have ever seen a great print of this or even a 35mm.

Suspect our only hope is if someone in France or Germany like Wildside or Carlotta comes up with a workable 35mm.
While were at it how about ANATAHAN for MoC? There ARE good prints of this here and there.

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#125 Post by leo goldsmith » Wed Apr 20, 2005 12:05 am

Anatahan would get my vote over any film mentioned in this thread.

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