“Jean-Pierre Melville, perhaps the least known French film director of his generation is steadily moving into the ranks of the greatest directors… He was not much honored in his lifetime. We now know from his gangster film “Bob le Flambeur” (1955) that he was an early father of the New Wave — before Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut and Louis Malle… He used actual locations, dolly shots with a camera mounted on a bicycle, unknown actors and unrehearsed street scenes… In “Le Samourai” (1967), at a time when movie hit men were larger than life, he reduced the existence of a professional assassin (Alain Delon) to ritual, solitude, simplicity and understatement. And in “Le Cercle Rouge” (1970), he showed police and gangsters who know how a man must win the respect of those few others who understand the code. His films, with their precision of image and movement, are startlingly beautiful… With “Army of shadows”we have the Cinematiki premiere of perhaps his greatest film…”
“Melville, who was himself a member of the Resistance, is not interested in making an action film. Action releases tension and makes it external. His film is about the war within the minds of Resistance members, who must live with constant fear, persist in the face of futility, accept the deaths of their comrades and expect no reward, except the knowledge that they are doing the right thing. Because many die under false names, their sacrifices are never known.” – Roger Ebert
Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1969 French Resistance Masterpiece is “The Best Film og 2006!” – New York Times
With an obscure and intriguing tittle like “ThreeBillboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri “, directed by Martin McDonagh and with such stellar and quirky cast this is the type of film that truly inspires our curiosity… poised from the start to be an awards-season steamroller… It boasts a bevy of strong performances led by Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, and Woody Harrelson, and a sensational screenplay by McDonagh, who can turn profanity-laced insults into high art...Three Billboards is a film about a woman fed up with the world’s injustice in general and her own town’s specifically…something to see, think and discuss …
This is one of Luis Bunuel seminal films from his Mexican period …
“The Exterminating Angel” (1962) is a macabre comedy, a mordant view of human nature that suggests we harbor savage instincts and unspeakable secrets. Take a group of prosperous dinner guests and pen them up long enough, he suggests, and they’ll turn on one another like rats in an overpopulation study.
Queridos CINEMATIKEROS… this film is a swooning love letter to Roman decadence…La Grande Bellezza is Paolo Sorrentino’s greatest film yet AND we want to share it with you…Cinematiki Maui has shown many of the The Oscar Winners for best foreign film. however we have missed quite a few…Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty is one of them… We have already enjoyed several of his other films like : IL DIVO, YOUTH, etcetera
Like some of us have done before elsewhere, journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty…nothing to do with Federico Fellini’s ” La dolce vita” and yet…fast forward to this modern Rome influenced by…
Few films, even the greatest ones, are life-changing. It’s just something critics say. But Roberto Rossellini’s Paisan, showing Italy in tatters in the second world war, really did alter the paths taken by two Italian brothers: 17-year-old Paolo Taviani and his 15-year-old brother Vittorio, who saw it in 1946. They made a pledge after leaving the cinema: if they were not shooting films within a decade, they would buy a gun and shoot themselves. Thirty years later, and fully established as directors, they made their masterpiece, Padre Padrone. It won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1977, as well as the international critics’ prize – the first picture to scoop both awards at the festival. The jury president that year was the man who had inspired them: Roberto Rossellini.
Padre Padrone, which was made for Italian television, is based on the autobiography by the linguist Gavino Ledda. It details his upbringing in Sardinia at the hands of his father, a brutal peasant farmer, and opens with the real Gavino whittling away at a branch with his knife. The camera pans right to a man approaching a door. It is Omero Antonutti, the actor who will play Gavino’s father. He is about to enter a classroom, from which he will drag his illiterate six-year-old son (Fabrizio Forte) before forcing him to work in the wind-beaten mountains. Gavino hands his screen parent the stick he has been fashioning: “My father was carrying this,” he says. It’s a masterful, Brechtian moment; the baton is passed from reality to cinema.
Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son’s (Jovan Adepo) chance to meet a college football recruiter.
Rolling Stone ~ “ONE OF THE BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR”
Continuing in our theme of sons making films about their father, in an effort to know them better, we present My Architect: A Son’s Journey. This film is about architect Louis Kahn, and it was produced by his son, the one that he never knew… from a family that Kahn had kept a secret…Sounds complicated ??…well, i guess it is…and that’s also one of the things that the Cinematiki seems to be all about; to see, to feel,to experience and aftewards to share openly and express whatever lurks in us and somehow it’s stirred by those images…
The sweeping expanses of the Sahara are the setting for a passionate love affair in this adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s novel. Michael Ondaatje will be speaking on Saturday, June 25th at the MACC presented by The Merwin Conservancy as part of The Green Room Series.
A badly burned man, Laszlo de Almasy (Ralph Fiennes), is tended to by a nurse, Hana (Juliette Binoche), in an Italian monastery near the end of World War II. His past is revealed through flashbacks involving a married Englishwoman (Kristin Scott Thomas) and his work mapping the African landscape. Hana learns to heal her own scars as she helps the dying man.
A touring Shakespearean theater group, a backstage assistant – The Dresser – is devoted to the brilliant but tyrannical head of the company. He struggles to support the deteriorating star as the company struggles on during the London blitz.