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« : 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.


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« #1 : August 22, 2006, 08:41:30 AM »

I love this film too. I saw it just because I'm an Altman fan but I had no idea what "A Prairie Home Companion" is  or who Garrison Keillor is. It's a deeply rooted Americana foreigners wouldn't know. "Nashville" is about Americana also, but "Nashville" was more familiar to me, themewise. Nevertheless, I was fascinated. After seeing the film, my friends lent me audio tapes of old radio shows of "A Prairie Home Companion" and a book of Garrison Keillor. Now I know a little about Lake Wobegon and I listen to the show on weekends. I'm totally hooked. 

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« #2 : 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.


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« #3 : August 29, 2006, 09:02:29 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.

I didn't know you are a Scandinavian. Does this type of local American theme appeal to the audience in your neck of the woods? Probably this film doesn't go to Japan. 


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« #4 : 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:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120263/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0342636/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0323872/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112934/
Hamer just directed the Bukowski flick "Factotum", btw.,  starring Matt Dillon and Lili Taylor.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0276189/
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.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0197061/
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...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117771/

Festen - true "Nordic" drama - traumas, dogma etc:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0154420/

Kaurismäki:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0311519/

Check out new Bond- bad guy in this one for instance:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0418455/

Pusher trilogy is another ball-game but especially the 2 first  ones are fantastic:

http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/pushertrilogy
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...


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« #5 : August 31, 2006, 08:41:29 PM »

Thanks for the great list, Bllueberrry.

I checked out each link and reviews. I noticed many are highly acclaimed. On the other hand, I'm not familiar with many of them probably because they are not imported here. Unfortunately, we are missing a lot of good European films. But "The Celebration (Festen)" looks famiar. I've seen this at video stores here. I'll check it out when I go back to a video store in my neck of the woods (English idiom, which means in my neighborhood ). "Songs from the Second Floor" sounds like an uplifting movie. it's my kind of cup of tea.

"Cool and Crazy" has got a great review also. Seems like this has a positive message too. I'll find out if it's available here.

It's a woderful selection with a good taste. Again, thanks for the llist!


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« #6 : August 31, 2006, 08:53:48 PM »

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This is what I heard said about every new Altman movie starting from the '90's (or was it before?).


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This is what I heard said about every new Altman movie starting from the '90's (or was it before?).

Did you also hear that about his ballet film with Neve Campbell or whoever it is or Pret-a-porter? Coz they suck.

Gosford park is great but not as good as Prairie Home which isn't as good as Short Cuts.


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It's a woderful selection with a good taste. Again, thanks for the llist!

You're welcome - and I think you'll have a very hard time tracking down DVD's with English subtitles, unfortunately. "Festen" is released internationally so that won't be a prob.

Pusher Trilogy is outthere as well. Gritty Mean Streets the Danish way if you can imagine that. The not so wonderful Copenhagen, directed by a guy whose favourite movie is Cannibal Holocaust.  8)


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I was talking in a general way (I'm not following his late career that much). But I could bet my balls that I remember about Pret-à-porter words to that effect were pronounced by the usual two-bits critics.What I mean is that the one I underlined is a formula used by mass media to justify the fact that he didn't do anything comparable to his best in the '70's up to "Nashville".


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