Archive for tag: Emmanuelle Riva

Videophiled: ‘Adua and Her Friends’

25 January, 2015 (06:39) | Uncategorized | By: Editor

Adua and Her Friends (Raro / Kino Lorber, Blu-ray) are prostitutes from a Rome brothel attempting to take charge of their own lives after their place is shut down in the aftermath of Italy’s Merlin Law, which ended legalized prostitution in 1958 (the film was released in 1960). Adua (played by Simone Signoret), a veteran […]

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‘Amour': True love

18 December, 2012 (16:25) | by Kathleen Murphy, Film Reviews | By: Kathleen Murphy

Austrian director Michael Haneke has often been accused of casting a cold, even sadistic, eye on the characters who suffer through cruelly uncompromising films like Funny Games, The Piano Teacher, Caché, and The White Ribbon. That detached, clinical style, demanding, above all, that we watch and be implicated in what happens on-screen, informs Amour as […]

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DVD/Blu-ray: Léon Morin, Priest

27 July, 2011 (15:15) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Léon Morin, Priest (Criterion) Jean-Pierre Melville’s reputation rests predominantly on his amazing string of crime dramas but the director (who during World War II was active in the Resistance) also made three films about the life during the Nazi occupation. Léon Morin, Priest (1961), starring Jean-Paul Belmondo (fresh from Breathless) as an unconventional, at times […]

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