Editor of magazine FILM+
|Breaking the Waves
|Lars von Trier
|In the Mood for Love
|Wong Kar Wai
|A Streetcar Named Desire
|The Seventh Seal
|The English Patient
|Francis Ford Coppola
Breaking the Waves
„Breaking the Waves“ is an unusual love film, which speaks simultaneously about hope and tragedy, about spirituality and emptiness, about nobility and cruelty, about living on the border between reality and fantasy, about building towers in the clouds. It is a film that confronts us with the question of whether it is better to swim with the waves or against them. A question of eternity, which Von Trier approaches in such an original way that it can never lose its relevance.
In the Mood for Love
This fascinating achievement, whose original title is “The Age of Blossoms”, showed a century later that the film camera and the film image carry within themselves such undiscovered landscapes and such power, not only to hold the moment, but also to turn it into something unforgettable, in an image that lasts through time and whose visual beauty remains stuck in our memory forever.
„Psycho“ is a very complex psychological thriller, with precisely defined characters, with fantastic editing, with great tension and unforgettable scenes, a film that frightens, not only with what appears, but also with the psychology of the characters and also the psychology so strongly present in the frame.
A Streetcar Named Desire
Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski, even after 70 years, are probably the two most recognizable characters in the American drama, and in the film indisputably tied to Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh. They, with all their unpredictability, remain on the border between reality and illusion, between the desired and the impossible, between what we are and what we want to be.
Eternal is man's need to seek the temptation, to surrender to the challenge, eternal is his need to look to the other in order to bear his own imperfection. Eternal is his inability to see the external beauty, in the absence of the internal one. „Ryan's Daughter“ is a film poem that sings of life, but without exalting it, showing its heights and abysses with all its sharpness.
“The Pianist” is another film about war, but it is different in its dedication to life. It is a film that doesn’t erase powerlessness or horror, but embraces them turning into ghosts of the past, a memory that fades, but not because of oblivion or the flow of time, but only because of a sublime sense of life.
„The Piano“ by director Jane Campion is a film about passion and love for life, for music, for the essence. It is a film about the clash between form and content, between love and possession, between illusion and triviality. In other words, it is a film about uncompromising will and the choice to live one's own way, at any cost.
The Seventh Seal
Bergman's film opus represents a whole philosophical treasury that deals with the eternal questions of existence and death, but in an extraordinarily intriguing and original way. “How to escape death”, is the question that the author plays with so lucidly in “The Seventh Seal”, that despite the dark tones, nothingness and emptiness, it cannot leave anyone indifferent.
The English Patient
If distance brings nostalgia, if empty space hides the mystique of the past, if sadness is part of the changing harmony, then the echo of the soul will always have its response. Great films, as a rule, carry within themselves the immediacy, freshness and uniqueness, they carry the fateful, the one that can change the course of things, that can bring in disturbance, questioning and confrontation.
There are many mob movies, but „The Godfather“ from 1972 is something different, and it has remained so over the years. Why? Because the author of the novel, Mario Puzo and Coppola wanted to make something which will penetrate to the heart of things and succeeded in that, with an excellent script and an outstanding cast. That's why „The Godfather“ was and remains a cult film, because nothing is simple, schematized or one-sided, аs in essence it talks about man, and then about everything else.
Talking about the best movies of all time is not at all simple. There are indeed a number of great films, there are films that already have the epithet cult, but there are also films that are not talked about as much, and yet, they deserve the epithet cult. What does duration through time mean? There are films that last and are interesting, but not cult. What, in my opinion, gives them timelessness is primarily the place of man in them, his psychology and the way in which he fights all possible challenges in certain circumstances. Then the point, because it gives the logic and roundness, it takes us through the story to see why, how, when, why we are willing sometimes to go against ourselves, or do such impossible things. What is the author's goal and does he manage to capture it through the story, how much does he manage to capture the context, the time, to see even the smallest weaknesses or the strongest links, to fit it with such a vision, dynamics and rhythm and make us in everything to recognize each other. The duration does not depend on where the film is put, no. The film breaks down the boundaries with the power to penetrate deep and is not afraid to show us what we ourselves are afraid of. These are the kind of films whose touch lasts, whose message changes, whose essence does not give you peace. Cult movies often play with our psyche, challenging us and making us ask questions and seek answers. Film is a visual art, but without substance the vision doesn't mean much.