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Masculin, Féminin (1966)

In Film on May 24, 2005 at 8:08 pm

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Cute new poster illustrated by Keiko Kimura.

Riotto pictures is rereleasing Jean-Luc Godard‘s 1966 French New Wave classic Masculine Feminine at theater (watch the awesome trailer on the website) and we watch it at NuArt last weekend (showing from Feb 11 – 17 only). This rerelease has new print and new subtitle but sadly the sound is still very poor. But it’s cool to experience it on big screen. This is the first Godard film I watched and I love the The film starred the eternal boyish icon of French new wave Jean-Pierre Léaud (who was barely grown up here) and yé-yé girl Chantal Goya. The film is a zeitgeist about 60s Paris youth and their musing on politics (ranging from half-ass consciousness, complete indifference or feeble protest in form of prank), love, sex and pop culture…as if they are the only things that matter in lifes, which is pretty much the universally spirit for most youth in any generation.

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Tre Passi Nel Delirio (1968)

In Film on May 5, 2005 at 5:27 am

Tre Passi Nel Delirio (1968)

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Terrance Stamp (looking circa 1985 but it’s really the 60s).

Also known as ‘Histoires Extraordinaire‘ or ‘Spirits of the Dead‘ in US. This Italian+French production consisted of 3 seperate stories by 3 different directors and casts. All stories were adapted from Edgar Allen Poe. Starring bunch of good looking and cool people from the 60s: Jane Fonda, Alain Delon, Brigitte Bardot and Terrance Stamp. The first two have the standard awkward paced B horror movie vibe. But the third one directed by Fellini is way above the league in terms of style, pacing and visions.

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The Monk

In Novel on May 4, 2005 at 2:41 am

themonk.jpegThe Monk (1796)

by Matthew Lewis

Another Gothic related entry~ ^_- I have a BLAST reading this, it’s a pity this novel is burdened with the status of “Classic Literature”, when in fact it is a galloping over-the-top, exploitative sensational shock entertainment (you know, trashy like Wuthering Height). It is a DAMN good read! I feel ashamed to say but it is quite up there at my most favorite novels list. XD Though not the first, The Monk is the best-selling and most influential Gothic Literature of its time. Author Matthew Lewis wrote it when he was a 19 year old teenager in ten weeks…and it shows. The story revolves around a well respected and proud monk named Ambrosia. He regarded himself morally superior and cruelly unforgiving to everyone else. His vanity and inhumanity eventually led him spiral to hell in an epic, bloody and spectacular fashion full of horrors, tortures, witchcrafts and demons (the good stuff).

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