screenwriter director actress
|La Règle du jeu
|West Side Story
|Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins
|Cléo from 5 to 7
|North by Northwest
|Minnie and Moskowitz
La Règle du jeu
I saw this film a bit later in life (in my 20's not as a kid like many films I love) which was good as I was able to really grasp the political social criticism aspect of it. It's a beautiful film, multi-layered. The way he uses the camera is extremely modern for the times.
Saw it when it came out and loved it. The way it is told through Mozart's foe going through the end of life mea culpa. The ultimate film about brilliance, jealousy, and so much more. Love the take on Mozart himself. He's the opposite of pompous just pure genius, yet he sometimes behaves like a child. The director's cut is even more beautiful as it emphasizes Salieri's malevolence and Mozart's suffering and rejection because he was too honest and unique and his music too groundbreaking. The directing is just mind-blowing at all levels.
West Side Story
I fell in love with this film when I was a child and never stopped loving it. To this day, I think it stays a visual masterpiece. Choreographies, sets, costumes, the use of colours. The performances of Rita Moreno, Russ Tambling, and Nathalie Wood are beautiful. My son fell in love with it around the same age I did. Something about this film is timeless, not just because it is "Romeo and Juliette" but because it is visual and musical perfection. The film made me want to move to New York when I was a teen.
I love this film because the directing feels so free, the way characters break into songs is just perfect. I love every single performance in it. I cry every single time I watch it. My favourite anti-war film.
Cléo from 5 to 7
What a beautiful, moving film. In real-time, we wait with Cleo for the results of a cancer test. She goes around Paris and explores life before finding out. It is again like the trademark of the new wave and Agnes Varda, a masterpiece in a unique, groundbreaking way. It's feminist and modern and explores politics and the Algerian war, a terrible colonial war spoken about very little in French cinema.
I saw it again recently and realized how brilliant it is. A dead man tells us his short journey in hHollywood and that is truly genius because it is in part what Hollywood does, destroying people's life, isn't it? The dialogue is 100% modern. In a way it is more modern than anything directed now. You just have to see it over and over.
North by Northwest
After watching Hitchcock's films over and over, I know this is the one I love the most, and I love all his films. But I adore the acting in it, the twisted tale of spies, the complex female character, the endless love scene on the train, and the visual composition, the humour.
A masterpiece by Jean-Luc Godard. Ultimate modern storytelling. Breaks rules left and right and invents a new way to tell stories, the use of Delerue's music, editing is beautiful. Visually so unique.
I think I love this film because it tells the story of how someone becomes a storyteller, a filmmaker. It is simply told yet it is beautiful and emotional. Every subtlety of Kieslowski's cinema is in the film.
Minnie and Moskowitz
A beautiful comedy. It's probably the lightest film by Cassavetes yet my favourite. It talks about the human condition, loneliness and depression with humour. And above all it's a beautiful portrait of a woman.
There are so many more, "Battle of Algier", "Black Orpheus","Bande A Part", "Short Story about Love", "Easy Rider", "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest", "Vertigo", "Some Like It Hot", "Breathless"...