Category Archives: World Cinema

*** MONDAY November 12th, 2018 *** Babette’s Feast *** DIRECTED BY Gabriel Axel, STARRING Stéphane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel

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From the 420 films that we have seen over the last 10 years @ the CINEMATIKI we have chosen “Babette’s Feast” to celebrate our 10th. anniversary…

Among the many films that center on food at the end of the twentieth century, Babette’s Feast (Babettes Gaestebud) stands out for its reach and for the subtlety of its sensuality. For this film depicts far more than food and foodways; it shows more than the sensuality of food in our lives. Paradoxically, this Danish film tells an exemplary tale of French cuisine. Its portrayal of a French cook far from France evokes the French culinary landscape even more than the Danish countryside where it is set.

The fable of French cuisine turns out to be a culinary tale for all times and places, for all those cooks who transform eating into dining, and for all those diners who come away from the table transformed.

The immediacy achieved by the moving narrative raises Babette’s Feast to iconic status well above the short story by Isak Dinesen from which it is drawn.

Pope Francis’ favorite movie is “Babette’s Feast.” He’s mentioned it numerous times throughout the years of his papacy, and even referred to it in the 2016 papal document Amoris Laetitia: “We can think of the lovely scene in the film Babette’s Feast, when the generous cook receives a grateful hug and praise: ‘Ah, how you will delight the angels!’ “

Help us celebrate our 10th anniversary with a sumptuous, sensual pot luck feast!

Tom & JJ

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Monday November 27, 2017 ***** “THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL” Directed by LUIS BUNUEL ***** interpreted by Silvia Pinal, Claudio Brook…

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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.

Monday Octorber 23rd, 2017**** La Pointe Courte, Directed by Agnes Varda, interpreted by Philippe Noiret & Silvia Monfort

In this film directed by Agnes Varda  A young man  interpreted by Philippe Noiret who is a native of the seaside village of La Pointe Courte in France is having a hard time understanding why his bored, Paris-born wife (Sylvia Montfort) of four years is unhappy with their marriage… Thus…

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MONDAY OCTOBER 2ND, 2017 ***** PADRE PADRONE ***** directed by PAOLO AND VITTORIO TAVIANI TAVIANI BROTHERS *****

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.

MONDAY MARCH 14, 2016 ***** “THE NAME OF THE ROSE” directed by JEAN-JACQUES ANNAUD interpreted by SEAN CONNERY, CHRISTIAN SLATER

WHAT’S IN A NAME ?
The name of the Rose
Umberto Eco’s novel
Did you read the novel ?
Have you seen the film ?
The film was directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud , starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater…
Which one did you prefer ? The novel or the film ?
Who committed the murders ?
Where there any murders ?
Is this what the pundits were saying back then ?
“If The Name of the Rose seems an odd choice for such critical and popular acclaim, Eco’s elevation into literary superstardom seems just as surprising. A scholarly university professor, Eco’s main fields of interest included semiotics, aesthetics, and medieval philosophy. No one could have predicted the furor caused by his debut novel and the subsequent film; yet the well-drawn characters, the mysterious setting, and the detective-fiction plot continue to attract a diverse audience that gathers every Monday evening @ the Cinematiki to discuss films like this”

MONDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2016 : “BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET” (1958) directed by MARIO MONICELLI with VITTORIO GASSMAN, MARCELLO MASTROIANNI, CLAUDIA CARDINALE

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A break-through Italian film directed by Mario Monicelli featuring some of the hottest actors at the time : Marcello Mastroianni, Vittorio Gassman, Renato Salvatori, Claudia Cardinale and Toto…Celebrated as one of the great comedies of those times…

The film is also notable for its breezy jazz score by the composer Piero Umiliani, who helped develop the style of the jazz soundtracks now considered characteristic of European films in the 1960s and 1970s.

NOV. 16 2015: A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet. With Audrey Tautou (2004)

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Another  one of Tom and J.J’s favorite director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

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MONDAY JANUARY 5 2015 *** ” WERCKMEISTER HARMONIES ” *** directed by BELA TARR

MONDAY JUNE 16, 2014 *** “IL SORPASSO” *** (Easy Life) *** directed by DINO RISI with VITTORIO GASSMAN AND JEAN-LOUIS TRINTIGNANT ***

MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014****LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL****directed by and starring: ROBERTO BENIGNI with HORST BUCHHOLZ,MARISA PAREDES