4.8.08

tales of the strange...

film diary

1 August 08




Vampyr (1932)

Carl Theodor Dreyer, Dir.






3 August 08





The Double Life of Veronique (1991)

Krzysztof Kieslowski, Dir.








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Two extraordinary films that question the nature of reality and our perception of it, demonstrating, without explanation, alternate versions of reality.

11 comments:

Arlene said...

i'll have to check out these films, sam -- especially vampyr.

i've been meaning to reply to your film request for days. i just saw "the pillow book" (peter greenaway, dir) which i found very inspiring, image-wise, as a poet. "leolo" (jean-claude lauzon) is one of my fave movies -- if you like black humor and surrealism. "hero" (yimou zhang) has breathtaking cinematography and interesting insights.

have you seen "guerre du feu" (jean-jacques annaud, dir)? i heard really good things about it. it's on my wish list.

a.

sam of the ten thousand things said...

I like the three you list - especially The Pillow Book. I haven't seen Annaud's film, but want to. Thanks, Arlene.

Squirrel said...

I keep watching Trois Colours, but have never seen the double life of veronique-- Must check it out...Vampyr too-- i never heard of either

(jots down in notebook)

Collin said...

Great post and photos, Sam. Classic films. The Double Life of Veronique is brilliant. Should be required viewing. I go back to it again and again.

sam of the ten thousand things said...

Thanks for the visit, Squirrel. The trilogy is great, and for me, Double Life is the actual beginning of that set. Once you see it, you'll get the connection. Kieslowski made films on such a grand scale.

Multiple viewings are so vital, Collin - I agree. I take in something new each time.

Bob Dylan said...

Kieslowski was such a genius.

sam of the ten thousand things said...

Couldn't agree with you more, bd. Thanks for the visit. The more I watch his films, the more I see in them - and myself.

Pris said...

Sam, thanks for the recommendation. I'm going to rent them both.

sam of the ten thousand things said...

They're both great films - though not mainstream at all. I think you'll enjoy them, Pris.

KATE EVANS said...

I've always meant to see Veronique...just added it to my netflix list...

sam of the ten thousand things said...

It's a good choice, Kate.