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This refers back to something I posted about twice last year: the scene near the end in Blue where a song links all the characters and subplots together at a critical moment. I wrote at the time that I'd seen this device used in Donnie Darko, Magnolia, and Blue; I later added Alan Rudolph's Welcome to L.A. I found an earlier use tonight: Demy's The Young Girls of Rochefort. It's like Magnolia in that the characters are actually singing; in the other three films the music is background. My friend, who immediately shoots down every theory I have linking certain disparate films together, assures me that this is probably a very common device used in lots of musicals from the '30s and '40s. But she couldn't name any offhand.

clemenza, Monday, 1 July 2013 01:36 (seven years ago) link

five months pass...

Oh god I just saw a 35mm screening of Blue (whilst high and devouring Dr. Pepper and popcorn that I snuck in) and I think I had a religious experience. What a fucking masterful film!

queen bey backers (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 22 December 2013 03:53 (six years ago) link

six months pass...

what an artistically intimidating assignment

schlump, Friday, 27 June 2014 23:08 (six years ago) link

I guess I should point out that I was supposed to watch Blue at AMC Cocowalk at 10:05 in February '94 but arrived late; instead, my friend and I went to the 10:35 showing of Reality Bites.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 27 June 2014 23:27 (six years ago) link

Sorry, didn't get a lot out of A Short Film About Killing. Garishly-toned art-splatter film for a while, then it's Dead Man Walking. I suppose it's meant as a carefully constructed test for how one feels about capital punishment. Make the killer as loathsome as can be (he's even ready to hijack his mom's grave), leave you to gauge your reaction when he's executed.

clemenza, Wednesday, 2 July 2014 02:25 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

"buy a car! a new tv!" "what for? i never watch it. always the same crap. or... i could bury the money. put it in a little jar." "sure!" "that would be nice."

― difficult listening hour, Saturday, December 8, 2012

laughed at this now

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 19 July 2014 12:34 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

The Criterion box set defines "gorgeous."

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 11 October 2014 16:41 (six years ago) link

That's an unfortunate encoded URL with the Blowski.

cichleee suite (Leee), Monday, 13 October 2014 01:20 (six years ago) link

forgot about that sequence in which Julie and the boy who took her husband's Christ pendant fruitlessly tries to return it

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 October 2014 01:28 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

Newest addition to something I've posted about a few times in this thread, sequences where a song plays as the images link together a number of different characters: the folk song that plays at the end of Mad Men's sixth episode, season one. (New for me--just started watching.)

http://vimeo.com/29164651

clemenza, Wednesday, 24 December 2014 19:19 (five years ago) link

Feels like that happened at the end of every third episode ofHouse, Sex and the City, even Entourage...?

I know for sure it happens at least once in Exotica c v possibly it happens every time you hear the song "Everybody Knows". But Egoyan actually does a really good job of using his montages to play up very pointed contrasts not between scenes that seem superficially different but are similar at the core but instead between ine scene which seems superficially innocuous but divulges a very different meaning when viewed closer, a deeper meaning that is parallel to what seems to be the obvious meaning of the second scene that it us intercut with (though that scene also has a secret meaning that is not yet divulged as well) Such as Eric's first trip to the ballet/the introduction of regular Exotica customer Francis

wince (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 25 December 2014 23:26 (five years ago) link

Lol Merry Christmas ILX

wince (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 25 December 2014 23:27 (five years ago) link

Ending of most (every?) season of The Wire does this.

bit of a singles monster (Eazy), Friday, 26 December 2014 18:21 (five years ago) link

Maybe it's becoming a TV cliche--so many acclaimed series I still have to catch up on (my seven-year delay in starting Mad Men being a case in point).

clemenza, Friday, 26 December 2014 21:55 (five years ago) link

ten months pass...

Added to the Criterion channel on Hulu:
The Scar (1976)
Camera Buff (1979)
No End (1985)
Blind Chance (1987)
A Short Film About Killing (1988)
A Short Film About Love (1989)

phở intellectual (WilliamC), Tuesday, 24 November 2015 02:57 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

I rewatched all three colors this week and for me it's Blue >>>>>>>> White > Red.

I hear you've been having trouble with pigs and ponies. (WmC), Saturday, 17 November 2018 21:40 (two years ago) link

otm

flappy bird, Sunday, 18 November 2018 06:59 (two years ago) link

though I prefer Red they're pretty even, Blue towers over both

I finished the Dekalog yesterday

flappy bird, Sunday, 18 November 2018 06:59 (two years ago) link

The cinematography in Blue by Slawomir Idziak is just so great. Though perhaps it's even better in The Double Life of Veronique. The two other cinematographers aren't as good.

Frederik B, Sunday, 18 November 2018 13:28 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

red is finally my favorite

can't believe i've never posted in this thread before

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Sunday, 3 February 2019 00:41 (one year ago) link

"buy a car! a new tv!" "what for? i never watch it. always the same crap. or... i could bury the money. put it in a little jar." "sure!" "that would be nice."

― difficult listening hour, Saturday, December 8, 2012

this scene is so fucking funny

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Sunday, 3 February 2019 00:42 (one year ago) link

this is not directly trilogy related but man Blind Chance absolutely rules. I really need to find a copy of No End as well

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Sunday, 3 February 2019 01:05 (one year ago) link

i saw no end at the momi a few years ago. not a great movie for a first date but still: wonderful, kind of like if blue were a ghost story

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Sunday, 3 February 2019 01:15 (one year ago) link

can anybody vouch for the movie he wrote but didn't direct? title escapes me rn

flappy bird, Sunday, 3 February 2019 01:26 (one year ago) link

heaven. never seen it

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Sunday, 3 February 2019 01:27 (one year ago) link

nah it was this one, 'Big Animal' https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0246593/?ref_=nm_flmg_wr_7

thought about renting it but wasn't sure

flappy bird, Sunday, 3 February 2019 01:29 (one year ago) link

oh huh there was one that wasn't heaven???

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Sunday, 3 February 2019 01:31 (one year ago) link

The only parts of Red for which I'll make allowances are the phone conversations with the boyfriend.

Otherwise my god Jean-Louis Trintignant.

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 3 February 2019 03:57 (one year ago) link

Three Colours trilogy is on Amazon Prime at the moment, btw, in the UK at least.

Alba, Sunday, 3 February 2019 07:07 (one year ago) link

I chose Red. I love how whenever the film threatens to get pompous life interrupts: light bulbs go out, local boys ("Turks," grumbles the building superintendent) put chewing gum in locks. And there's always Irene Jacob, drinking pear brandy and listening with the most beautiful concentration ever.

― The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, June 20, 2011 3:02 PM (seven years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this is otm

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Sunday, 3 February 2019 15:57 (one year ago) link

I know!

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 3 February 2019 16:17 (one year ago) link

i think the film's construction is remarkable. all those echoes in the images and dialogue, from scene to scene practically; with a heavier touch they'd be unbearable, with a lighter touch they'd be invisible

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Sunday, 3 February 2019 16:21 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

a little nervous about this one still but https://www.brightwalldarkroom.com/2019/03/28/sonata-on-human-connection-red-1994/

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 29 March 2019 20:50 (one year ago) link

lol i forgot i cannibalized my last post in this thread for a sentence in this piece

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 29 March 2019 20:51 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

only got to this now but really wonderful piece, risk pays off imo

lowercase (eric), Thursday, 18 April 2019 19:27 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

yeah White is the best one

flappy bird, Saturday, 17 October 2020 04:01 (one month ago) link

hm!

Patriotic Goiter (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 17 October 2020 15:42 (one month ago) link

White was certainly may fav back in the day, for the humor. Funny, I almost revisited Red last night, for the first time in 15yrs or so.

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Saturday, 17 October 2020 16:13 (one month ago) link

Blue was one of the first movies I went for when the pandemic hit, I think it has an amazing opening sequence and stays good but nothing lives up to that tunnel or the extreme close up of the eye... Ditto for opening of Red, which is also funnier than I remember. White is just the most consistent one imo, and it's hilarious, with the other two I find myself looking at the cinematography, sort of disengaged from the story.

flappy bird, Saturday, 17 October 2020 17:18 (one month ago) link

like when he gets dumped out of the suitcase and looks up and says "I'M HOME!" and it's the most drab ugly looking patch of mud and snow with a bulldozer, and then cue the orchestra. lmao

flappy bird, Saturday, 17 October 2020 17:18 (one month ago) link

xxp I watched Red last night and White the night before--I watched Blue all the way back in March and for whatever reason didn't feel compelled to rewatch, glad I did

flappy bird, Saturday, 17 October 2020 17:20 (one month ago) link

xp i don't particularly like these films but this is for sure the best moment

devvvine, Saturday, 17 October 2020 19:50 (one month ago) link

red is stacked with amazing moments but i always enjoy hearing from white truthers

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 17 October 2020 19:53 (one month ago) link


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