Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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New Criterion Picks: 1966 Was a Good Year
This collection of stellar films, many of which consistently appear on critics' top 100 lists, have more in common than just their release date: the revolutionary rumblings and political awakenings that characterized these times gave auteurs permission to flaunt conventions of form and narrative. 
Masculin féminin (1966)
dir. Jean-Luc Godard
The heroes of this spirited drama are "the children of Marx and Coca-Cola": French youths trying their hand at style, sophistication and modern romance. 
Persona (1966)
dir. Ingmar Bergman
Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann turn incredible performances as the mysteriously intertwined stars of Bergman's intense, intimate psychological thriller.
Au hasard Balthazar (1966)
dir. Robert Bresson
There is, simply, no heart hard enough to withstand Bresson's masterfully handled, painfully evocative, devastatingly beautiful, tragic allegorical power.
Daisies (1966)
dir. Vera Chytilová
Two girls named Marie are fed up and decide to "go bad", and the result is a smart, cheeky and chaotic tear through societal (and cinematic) conventions. 
Violence at Noon (1966)
dir. Nagisa Ôshima
Based on heinous true events concerning a serial rapist and murderer, this highly controversial and stylized tour-de-force contains over a thousand cuts.
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
dir. Gillo Pontecorvo
Raising the colonial consciousness of the Western world, Pontecorvo's historical re-enactment of Algerian insurgency remains relevant in our times.
Closely Watched Trains (1966)
dir. Jiří Menzel
With a quiet wryness that has come to characterize the Czech New Wave, this small gem of a film is a warm tale of coming of age during times of conflict.
Wings (1966)
dir. Larisa Shepitko
Shepitko's richly drawn character study of a former fighter pilot struggling with the tedium of a new life and career, her first feature as a film school grad.
Chafed Elbows (1966)
dir. Robert Downey Sr.
An ultra-low-budget manic madcap comedy, told almost entirely through still images and voiceover, that is both endlessly entertaining and gleefully foul.
Law of the Border (1966)
dir. Ömer Lütfi Akad
A man agrees to smuggle a herd of sheep across the border to help his ailing son, but why has he been pushed to a life of crime in the first place? 
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