|Alberto Grifi & Massimo Sarchielli
|By the Bluest of Seas
|NUIT ET JOUR
By the Bluest of Seas
Boris Barnet is, on the global scale, the least-celebrated of the great directors. But his films are prodigious experiences of what deserves (for a change) to be called 'pure cinema': an astonishingly inventive integration of movement, style, subject and mood. His Soviet 'love triangle' By the Blues of Seas touches, at moments, on the musical, on romantic comedy, on collectivist politics… and is among the most sheerly exhilarating films in all cinema.
NUIT ET JOUR
A personal list: 10 special films that affect me, on every repeat viewing, as the fullest, the richest, the deepest, the most sensual, the most moving, the most complex, the most vibrant, the most provocative films I have ever encountered. Personal lists are the only kind of list worth composing, or consulting. Any spurious attempt at 'objective' or 'consensus' or 'classic' or 'canonical' list-making ends up looking just dull – and resembles an ad for Criterion.