Thursday, March 22, 2018
Thursday Movie Picks: Nostalgia
For the 12th week of 2018 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer. The theme for this week is on nostalgia where it’s often about characters or something where everyone wants to look back at a moment where things were simpler and less complicated in comparison to a present-day surrounding. Here are my three picks:
1. Wild Strawberries
Ingmar Bergman’s road movie in which a professor goes on a trip with his daughter-in-law to receive an award where he reflects on his life in the past. It’s one on of Bergman’s quintessential films as well as one of his most accessible, in my opinion, as it plays into a man thinking about his time when he was young and the mistakes he’s made in his life. It’s a film that is rich and compelling as it features an incredible leading performance from Victor Sjostrom as a man haunted by his own faults and the hope to find an idea of redemption.
A classic film from Federico Fellini is a semi-biographical film about Fellini’s life growing up in a small town Italy. It’s a film that bear many of the elements that Fellini is known for such as the fascination towards women, extravagant images, childlike mischief, and innocence. All set during the era of Fascist Italy as Fellini reflects on this time in his life as there’s elements of melancholia but also a sense of joy into the innocence of childhood despite its time of darkness.
3. My Winnipeg
Guy Maddin’s 2007 film is truly a film that defies description and conventional ideas as it’s a mixture of documentary and fiction as it play into Maddin’s hometown. Told in a visual style that references home movies and newsreel, it’s a film that doesn’t try to be anything as it also pokes at legends of the town as well as lament of what used to be in Winnipeg when he was young and what it had become now. It’s a rich film that needs to be seen as it confirms Maddin as one of the true original voices in cinema.
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