SENSO (1954)

5/3/2011

 
Italian director & writer Luchino Visconti is a master of realistic romantic period pieces. His films are like paintings, with long takes, slow pans and generous depth of field. Visconti's films focus on the cycles of romantic love, society, and personal integrity. It's so strange to see Farley Granger dubbed in Italian, but I rather fancy him that way. The bonus features help put Senso in perspective. I loved it, and not just because it's set in Italy 1866, has no close-ups, no hand-held camera, sparse editing, and long luxurious takes.

Official Site: http://www.criterion.com/films/27543-senso
Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/Senso/70159612?trkid=496624#height1656
 

THE WAY BACK

4/26/2011

 
Peter Weir: finally. Colin Farrell: fabulous. One of my favorite mumbler's is audible, thanks in part to Richard King: the best sound man in the world. Use your headphones and/or play it loudly. National Geographic Entertainment; well done, more please!

Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/The_Way_Back/70121494?trkid=496624#height1392
Official Site: http://thewaybackthemovie.com/