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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
« on: August 30, 2006, 02:43:13 AM »
Well I am truly sorry - but "objective" displays of heroic patriotism in times of war just make me suspicious. From all nations, USA not least.

Not meaning to offend anyone. Propaganda efforts in such times, we all know, is of utmost importance. This photo certainly looks like such an effort. And as such it has been used.

To say that a good phographic moment is "staged" is maybe to loaded - but we all know that photographers "stage" - meaning they ask for people to do this or that or to turn their head - just choosing a certain angle is to some extent "staging". They interact with the scene. They are not "not there".

Objectivity is dead. All is representation. There can be no "fly on the wall". And most modern photographers and documentary film makers realize this.

I admire the photo in question here. It served it's purpose and is beautifully composed and shot. This is a statement of admiration and respect for Rosenthal - a photogapher who knew what he was doing at the right time at the right place.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: A Prairie Home Companion
« on: August 30, 2006, 02:04:10 AM »
Don't know - but the "underplaying" of the whole thing is pretty typical - you know, like the people and the police in Fargo by Coen brths.

Anyway - not that much "woods" in Denmark - that's mostly in Norway and Sweden. If you wanna check something out that's typical from these countries (and not Dreyer or Bergman or Von Trier) it would be something like:
Hamer just directed the Bukowski flick "Factotum", btw.,  starring Matt Dillon and Lili Taylor.
A documentary lovingly portraying a bunch of old men in the north of Norway, singing in a somewhat ... in a pretty amateurish choir. Marvellous, spectacular, melancholy, and funny.
Documentary about magic piano player Jan Johansson - in his way of playing jazz, one could hear the woods and the melancholy. Not a film that you are likely to see though...

Festen - true "Nordic" drama - traumas, dogma etc:


Check out new Bond- bad guy in this one for instance:

Pusher trilogy is another ball-game but especially the 2 first  ones are fantastic:
In the second Pusher film, Bond bad guy Mikkelsen has his best part ever.

A lot to dig into... most of it probably hard to come by internationally...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: brutality in the 70's...
« on: August 30, 2006, 12:49:33 AM »
Perhaps you wanna look to Asian films these days for the more extreme without the films belonging to the traditional category of "horror" (that too by the way).

For a Few Dollars More / Re: wild's indignation
« on: August 28, 2006, 07:01:05 AM »
"A bit"- yes, a bit.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
« on: August 28, 2006, 06:56:35 AM »
Weel this is the most staged photo to live in public memory - This Joe Rosenthal would have been a great director, coz this is certainly directed...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: A Prairie Home Companion
« on: August 28, 2006, 06:53:18 AM »
Had never heard of the radio show either but it just doesn't matter. This is Fargo-land... maybe the tone just rings a certain bell with Scandinavians - he just killed me, that Garrison-guy.

For a Few Dollars More / Re: wild's indignation
« on: August 22, 2006, 03:50:50 AM »
Yes but he sounds kinda like the Governator...

Off-Topic Discussion / A Prairie Home Companion
« on: August 22, 2006, 02:31:51 AM »
Altman's latest effort... maybe not to every Spag lovers' liking but I enjoyed it very much. His best movie in a long time and a feel-good look at Americana. The Camera work in the first scenes in the dressing rooms is amazing, the best I've seen in a long time. Mirrors everywhere and many characters talking and moving about... typical Altman - hard to explain but marvellous to behold. No action, almost no plot - but a beautiful and funny film.

Well actually there's a moment in OUATIA: the "Yesterday"- sequence...

General Discussion / Re: Leone Films that might have been.
« on: August 22, 2006, 01:08:53 AM »
From the pace, the introvert angles, the nostalgia, the longing, the personal tragedies in OUATIW, DYS, and OUATIA, I'd say he'd have longed to do a movie like Visconti's "the Leopard". Or Bertolucci's "1900" (it would have been good then). Movies to put up there among the real "artsy" directors. In the Panteon, is where he would like others to see him. He would have made "Heaven's Gate" a much better film, not necessarily shorter, but better. His films would always have had that European feeling, and he would have made movies from scripts that transmit such possibilities - time, characters, essence... He would make movies with a Terrence Malick-feeling. But again, they would be better.

Or he would have made movies of his Rome, like Fellini.

He would perhaps have made movies somewhat like Wim Wenders - "Paris, Texas", "Don't Come Knocking", "Wings of Desire" (NOT THE US VERSION!!) - but with a bit more plot in them, and perhaps scenes with bigger cinematographic scenery from time to time. But it's never "just" that with Leone. Not at all.

And it would not have been beyond him to take on a project like Kieslowski's "Dekalog"

Or a TV-epic like "Heimat"

Or perhaps even a film like "Europa" (Zentropa):

I mean, I get scared when suggested that Leone might have done "Independence Day" or "Lord of the Rings". Scared.

Other Films / Re: A Town Called Hell (1971)
« on: August 10, 2006, 02:44:42 AM »
If the link does'nt work, copy/paste it.

Hell's got a Blues festival and a Miss Universe... not a bad place, Hell.

Other Films / Re: A Town Called Hell (1971)
« on: August 10, 2006, 02:33:48 AM »

Other Films / Re: Heaven's Gate (1980)
« on: August 03, 2006, 02:23:15 AM »
Restored full version in cinemas, at last, in Denmark.... Yes! I read somwhere that if Visconti or Bertolucci had made it, it would have been hailed as a masterpice... Now, I'm a big "Leopard"-fan, but "1900" sucks, especially the second part - so it'll be fun to see whether or not "Heaven's Gate" will repel me or draw me in. But it stars Kristofferson, who's biggest achievement is in that Sayles-movie (Lone Star?) - so it probably won't. We'll see.

Ennio Morricone / Re: Ennio Morricone 19/7/06 London Concert
« on: August 03, 2006, 12:47:26 AM »
The London Hammersmith gig has been rescheduled to Dec. 1st - I just got another pair of plain tickets from across the North Sea for that date - for just that one night in London. I pray he makes it this time, I'm getting tired of flying to London... Please Ennio - get your act together...

As I mentioned before - set list will be similar to Arena Concerto DVD from a couple of years back:

I seem to remember other members of this board writing about their attendance to some of the concerts on this tour.

Ennio Morricone / Re: Ennio Morricone 19/7/06 London Concert
« on: July 23, 2006, 10:52:34 AM »
We came to London from Denmark on Monday 17th - went to Hammersmith with the greatest of expectations in a cab from Soho - to find a dead venue and a sorry looking weasly little note slappin me in the face... first I almost shed a tear then I knocked back 2 pints in 5 minutes. It was to be the event of a lifetime - and it went away...

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