Good Morning Lovelies,

Over the past few days I have been catching up on all of the films that I received while away. During my time in Dublin, I was very lucky enough lovelies to receive some great new films from Arrow Films, as they make their classic collection even bigger. Sitting down I popped them on one by one, starting with Fox and His Friends and Chinese Roulette…

Two different films by one very talented filmmaker, the first film Fox and His Friends shows Rainer Weiner Fassbinder showing the first real exploration of homosexuality on the big screen. It explores the delicate issues with a hard hitting story that will leave audience members shocked and not sure what to do for the rest of the day.

With the director playing the lead character Fox, the film feels very personal making it hard for there not to be a connection between the two. Or the need to know at least that there is a connection between the two.

This exploration is a key cinematic event that will definitely stand the test of time, which is why I am giving it…

4 Stars

From there I watched Chinese Roulette, the next film in Fassbinder’s collection. Much like the classic or old school TV shows that have looked and explored mysteries that have made great screen time. However in this one instead of the murder mysteries there is just a high level of thrill seeking in the making of the film.

With a cast that is very much the same as the previous film, there is an interesting look at the way in which books and films mix together in this early adaptation, as the characters are based and seem to be very much like the ones from world famous books.

This air of mystery and the need to know why the filmmaker has added in these famous characters makes for interesting viewing while also adding twists and turns throughout.

There so I am giving the film…

4 Stars

From there I went on to watch Effi Briest…

Again a film based on the works of a novelist, Fassbinder changed the world famous novel and character into the subject of his film. Something he wanted to do since he first picked up a camera apparently.

After taking a long time to be created, the film takes audiences on a journey from page to screen, as the character comes to life in a beautiful noir way. Following the character from her teenage years to marriage, it is easy to see that the novel paved the way for films and books of a similar nature.

Fassbinder has made a classic film that has influenced others like he was influenced by this book when he first started. That is why I am giving it…

5 Stars

Finally I moved away from Fassbinder’s films to explore some artistic feature films from Paolo and Vittorio Taviani…

Known for making beautiful feature films that capture the way their town and the places they visit in a beautiful landscape (seriously lovelies I wanted to go on a holiday after watching them), the feature length films Padre Padrone, The Night of the Shooting Stars and Kaos, all have a different story to share.

The short feature length pieces make for great viewing that instantly makes you feel like you are on a plane going on a hot journey. In fact they all make you feel like this and more, as it seems as though you are looking into the country for the first time with their clever camera angles and beautifully laid out shoots.

While there is a sense of sadness in some of the scenes, there is an overriding sense of power and beauty throughout. There so I am giving the films…

5 Stars

Blog Soon,
Joey X

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