Category Archives: Film Ruminations

A Film Rumination: The Desert of the Tartars, Valerio Zurlini (1976)

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7.5/10 (Good)

Valerio Zurlini’s The Desert of the Tartars (1976) is a relatively unknown Italian classic. Zurlini’s other works, most notably Estate Violenta (1959) and Indian Summer (1972), haven’t fared Continue reading A Film Rumination: The Desert of the Tartars, Valerio Zurlini (1976)

A Film Rumination: When Worlds Collide, Rudolph Maté (1951)

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6/10 (Average)

The famous science fiction producer, George Pal (Destination Moon, The War of the Worlds, Conquest of Space, Time Machine, 7 Faces of Dr. Loa), vividly brings to the silver screen an adaptation of the famous 1930s novel, ‘When Worlds Collide’ by Philip Gordon Wylie and Edwin Balmer.  The visual spectacle is quite Continue reading A Film Rumination: When Worlds Collide, Rudolph Maté (1951)

A Film Rumination: Underground, Emir Kusturica (1995)

9.5/10 (Masterpiece)

Winner Palm d’Or Cannes 1995

Seldom, if ever, have I been so enamored with a movie. Emir Kusturica weaves a poignant, comic, vicious, madcap, sprawling, and physics defying cinematic experience deftly intertwined Continue reading A Film Rumination: Underground, Emir Kusturica (1995)

A Film Rumination: Vertical Features Remake, Peter Greenaway (1978)

9/10 (Masterpiece)

Peter Greenaway’s early short concerns (in faux-documentary style with narration) a gaggle of intellectuals reconstructing a film  based on fragmentary footage and virtually incomprehensible notes Continue reading A Film Rumination: Vertical Features Remake, Peter Greenaway (1978)

A Film Rumination: Europa (released as Zentropa in the US), Lars von Trier, (1991)

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9/10 (Masterpiece)

Notable Awards received: Nominated for the Palm d’Or Cannes, Won Best Artistic Contribution Cannes, Won Jury Prize Cannes, Won Technical Grand Prize

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For some reason despite my obsession with European cinema Continue reading A Film Rumination: Europa (released as Zentropa in the US), Lars von Trier, (1991)