Top Seven Films of April, 2010

The Locket (1946) Amazing film noir film that I saw as a double feature. In addition to the secrets and lies, there are flashbacks within flashbacks (...within flashbacks) and a young Robert Mitchum who gives an amazing performance. [ANOTHER REVIEW]
The Matinee Idol (1928, Frank Capra)
Alfie (1966)
Mères et filles/Hidden Diary (2009, Julie Lopes-Curval)
Les invités de mon père (2010)
L'enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot/Inferno (2009)
Amazing film about the madness of a director. Henri-Georges Clouzot was making the film and had an unlimited budget, an excellent crew, and top actors, yet the film still went completely wrong and was never released. Serge Bromberg takes the original footage, goes behind the scenes and has actors Jacques Gamblin and Bérénice Bejo act out unfilmed scenes straight from the script. Since I have a keen interest in Clouzot's work, I was thrilled to see this film. However, if you'd like to know more about this adventurous director who pushed the limits of cinema and was a true auteur, I would suggest you check it out.
The Thin Red Line (1998)
"Sir I must tell you that I refuse to obey your order." Wow, this film was very good. It was about an hour too long. However, I wasn't expecting it to be as good as everyone said. It was much better than The Hurt Locker. Also on Jonathan Rosenbaum's 1000 Essentials list.


olmer said…
very eclectic!
Greg Dickenson said…
Hey! I'm a fan of a lot of your lists on the Auteurs. I didn't realize you had a blog until I noticed it on your excellent Dorothy Arzner list. But I have to disagree with you on the Thin Red Line being too long. I think I could let it go for an extra hour and be just as happy.
Steven C said…
I just reviewed this on my site too. Definitely agree on the length issue. Not sure I'd say it was better than Hurt Locker ... two totally different war movies

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