1.12.06

something for your deep moments...

Three films that I have to view ... now and again ... if only to learn more about myself:





















Journal d'un curé de campagne (Diary of a Country Priest), 1950

Dir. Robert Bresson












Spider, 2002

David Cronenberg















Angst essen Seele auf (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul), 1974

Dir. R. W. Fassbinder

6 comments:

LKD said...

I haven't seen any of these movies. Would you recommend one above the others, Sam, or are all three absolute must-sees in your book?

I'm curious to know what you've learned about yourself from wathing them. There are a few movies I've seen in recent years that I know I want to see again--but I'm hesitant because I loved them so much, so completely upon my initial viewing, that I fear any reviewing will result in a distilled, a less moving experience. Someday, though, I will watch The Hours again. And Birth. And Amelie. And Road to Perdition.

Have you ever seen Wings of Desire?

Sam of the ten thousand things said...

Each one is a must-see for me, Laurel, though on quite different levels. If I had to pick only one of the three, I would go with Diary of a Country Priest.

I have to say, though, that the performances in Spider are extraordinary, haunting, and near-perfect.

All three films deal with different aspects of the dark side.

Wings of Desire is a must-see film. I've probably viewed twenty plus times, maybe thirty plus. That's such a wonderful concept, and the work is filmed so well. The American remake City of Angels was a disappointment for me.

Collin said...

I've only seen Spider out of this group, but it's disturbing and stays with you long after its over. Fiennes and Richardson are superb...as always.

Wings of Desire is probably my favorite film. I've seen it so many times I've lost count. I even bought the two-disk special edition from Germany (no English subtitles)earlier this year. I've seen the film so many times, I know every word by heart...in both languages.

Sam of the ten thousand things said...

You're right about Spider Collin. I've not viewed the German edition of Wings of Desire.

As for Wenders, I could add Paris, Texas to the list. Harry Dean Stanton does a marvelous job in that film.

Collin said...

Paris, Texas...absolutely. I cry everytime I watch it. The scenes between Stanton and Kinski through the one way mirror are heartbreaking.

One day, I'm going there just to say I have.

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