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Cinema æsthetics, technics and history. Other stuff may apply.

Blog Assignment #7 – Anatomy of a Murder, a countryside film noir?

Between the modern and the traditional, the sophisticated and the conventional, Anatomy of a Murder is definitively a curious object. Spanning from the film noir to the well-established courtroom genre, taking place in an isolated and rural setting, the movie is quite a singular one, particularly on its novel depiction of tabooed crime.

Anatomy of a Murder, 1959, poster

Anatomy of a Murder, 1959, promotional poster

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Video Assignment #1 – Chaplin Busts Missoula

Here is our first video proposal, Chaplin Busts Missoula. I felt it was for us all a great experience. Personally, I am very glad I finally had the chance to go to the end of a cinematic project. It was a very enriching experience.

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Blog Assignment #6 – Aesthetics of Film Noir in Kiss Me Deadly

Kiss Me Deadly definitively incorporates a large range of effects proper to films noirs. From the particular use of light to low shot angles, this monument of the genre is the living memory of an era’s fascinating aesthetic style.

Kiss Me Deadly, 1955

Kiss Me Deadly, 1955

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Blog assignment #5 – Bazin and Bicycle Thieves, a discussion on the evolution of cinematic language

Post-war Italy, the poor, their struggle to survive; that is what it is all about in Bicycle Thieves, the 1948 Italian neorealist monument. Difficult to have a more close view on the life conditions of the majority of the Italian population at the time than the one offered by Vittorio De Sica; he wanted us to see it real, and he succeeded.

Bicycle Thieves, 1948

Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves), 1948

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Blog assignment #4 – About Rules of the Game and its journey across time

Rules of the Game, 1939. On the eve of the Second World War, Renoir delivers a film depicting the life of the rich. Surprising, probably, when we know the difficulties France was going through in politics and economics. Surprising, not so much after all; when we learn a little bit more about the man behind one of the most admired film in cinema’s history, things clear up.

La Règle du jeu, 1939

La Règle du jeu, 1939

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