Must see Cinema.
Films that have or will change the way you view films. Successfully creating new styles, new stories and new techniques which are crtitical landmarks in the history of cinema. Homeless Cinemas recommends you watch all six on this program and get a broad appreciation of western cinemas excellence and diversity.
THE SHOOTING (1967) Captioned 1:21:52
Dir Monte Helman. Monte Hellman w Warren Oates, Jack Nicholson, Will Hitchins and Millie Perkins. Monte Hellman came out of the Corman B grade quickie factory but with a high brow knowledge and a feel for the angst of the time. A woman, bent on revenge, convinces a former bounty hunter and his partner to ride with her across the desert. Even with hints of impending doom throughout the film, the ending is still a surprise. Originally released as a theatrical production. Public domain film. Productions Credits
Looks and Smiles 1981 1:43:46
Dir: Ken Loach. Thatcherism and the Irish troubles provide the backdrop for this study of Mick, a well-meaning youth in Sheffield, who has, unlike Dickens' Pip, no expectations. Mick lives with his parents, works on his motorbike, looks for work, and every two weeks gets his check from the dole. There are no jobs. His best mate Alan joins the army to fix tanks and is sent to Belfast to quell Catholics. At a disco, Mick meets Karen, who works at a shoe shop and lives with her recently-separated mom. Karen misses her dad. She offers Mick emotional stability and a route to adulthood; Alan pitches the army. Does Mick have a future? Production Credits
The Battle Of Algiers 1966
2:01:39 Based on occurrences during the Algerian War (1954–62) against the French government in North Africa, the most prominent being the titular Battle of Algiers. An Italo-Algerian production, it was directed by Gillo Pontecorvo and shot on location. The film, which was shot in a Rossellini-inspired newsreel style - in black and white with documentary-type editing - is often associated with Italian neorealism cinema.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Battle_of_Algiers#The_Battle_of_Algiers_and_guerrilla_movements Production Credits
This version is French only but a very good copy and seriously the language thing is not too hard to manage - so please watch.
Culloden (1964) 1:12:15
A film by Peter Watkins (I couldn't find the War Games) The style is as if it was a documnetary or news report of the time. Fascinating sub genrea precursor to mockumentaries using the language of cinema verite to create a story. Brechtiann use of realism and film language in the presentation of a revision of history. A moving and funny and informative view of this historical battle. Production Credits
The Man With The Movie Camera (1929)
1:08:08 A stunningly beautiful film poem that can be watched with or without music. From dawn to dusk Soviet citizens are shown at work and at play, and interacting with the machinery of modern life. To the extent that it can be said to have "characters," they are the cameramen of the title, the film editor, and the modern Soviet Union they discover and present in the film. Intersting to note that later in soviet politics this film was suppressed as being too "Lenist".
Coming towards the end of the silent cinema period this film was an experiment in non narrative pure cinema. Famous for the range of cinematic techniques Vertov invents, deploys or develops, such as double exposure, fast motion, slow motion, freeze frames, jump cuts, split screens, Dutch angles, extreme close-ups, tracking shots, footage played backwards, stop motion animations and a self-reflexive style (at one point it features a split screen tracking shot; the sides have opposite Dutch angles).
L'Arrivée d'un Train Ã la Ciotat
Directors: Auguste and Louis Lumière Year: 1895 0.49.
The first public exhibition of motion pictures occurred on 28th December 1895 when August Lumière and Louis Lumière (the Lumière Brothers) exhibited a selection of ten of their single-reel films to a paying audience at a Parisian cafe. 'Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat' is considered to be the first motion picture in modern history (altough more an experiment from the Lumière-brothers to use their 'invention' of film, it shows a train arriving at a passenger station). Popular legend has it that, when this film was shown, the first-night audience fled the cafe in terror, fearing being run over by the "approaching" train.
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