Thursday, January 04, 2018
Thursday Movie Picks: Character Name in Title
For the first week of 2018 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer. We focus on films with characters whose name is in the film’s title. Here are my three picks:
From Robert Bresson is one of his most beloved films as it explores a young girl who endures the abuse from her alcoholic father while dealing with a dying mother and a baby brother. Yet, she also endures ridicule from classmates and her teacher for the ragged clothes she wears as it’s a film where this young girl tries to find some kind of happiness in her small town as her encounters with various individuals would lead to trouble and despair. It is a dreary film but truly an evocative film to see for anyone interested in the works of Robert Bresson.
In this adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel about the misfortunes of a young peasant girl who is supposedly connected to an aristocratic family comes one of Roman Polanski’s towering achievements. Starring Nastassja Kinski in the titular role, the film follows the life of a woman trying to get her claim of this fortune in the hope she can give those close to her a good life but there’s people that want to prevent that from happening. Even as she rejects the advances of a man claiming to be her cousin in favor of a preacher’s son as it’s really a film about a woman ruined all because of a connection towards an aristocratic family name.
From Werner Herzog is a film that will probably never be made by Hollywood as it took great balls for Herzog to pull off the impossible. With Klaus Kinski as the titular role as this man who is given the chance to exploit a piece of land that hadn’t been discovered in the Amazon to fund his opera house. It’s a film that is about the sense of imagination where man goes against nature as it has the reality of dragging a steamboat on top of a fucking mountain. All because he wants Enrico Caruso to sing for him at the Amazon!
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