Thursday, December 12, 2019
Thursday Movie Picks: Super Long Titles
For the 50th week of 2019 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. We venture into the subject of films with super long titles. There aren’t a lot of films that feature long titles yet they do feature stories that are very interesting or something comical. Here are my three picks:
1. Swept Away... by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August
Lina Wertmuller’s film about two people stranded on an island as they have to endure their social and political differences that also include the role of man and woman is definitely a film that was quite controversial in its gender and social politics. Yet, it play into these people who immediately don’t like each other as the man is from the working class while the woman is rich yet they are forced to deal with each other and eventually see the highs and lows of their respective beliefs. The film is a landmark in terms of the way it explore sexual and gender politics that was unfortunately remade in 2002 by Guy Ritchie starring ugh… Madonna.
2. Jeanne Dielman 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
Chantal Akerman’s 1975 feature film is a fascinating yet low-key study of the life of a woman who spends her time tending to her teenage son while making dinner in great detail as well as do time sleeping with men for money. It’s a film with a minimalist plot as there’s not much action with Akerman often having the camera linger into the day-to-day activities of the titular character played with such power by the late, great Delphine Seyrig. It’s not an easy film to watch partially due to its near three-and-a-half hour running time yet it is still a film that is worth seeking out about how the smallest details can impact a woman’s life.
3. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Andrew Dominik’s story about the final days of Jesse James is definitely one of the great westerns of the 21st Century so far. It’s an unusual western that play into the events of James’ final days as he takes in a young man in Robert Ford only to insult Ford who would later kill James. Brad Pitt provides a restraint and eeriness to the role of James while Casey Affleck provides a naivety that descends into disillusionment in the role of Ford as he would cope with its aftermath as someone who was more of a coward than a hero. Featuring the gorgeous cinematography from Roger Deakins and a majestic score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, it is a film that needs to be seen.
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