“The Great Beauty” by Paolo Sorrentino (Italy, 2013)

The Great Beauty

“The haggard, inconstant flashes of beauty, and then the wretched squalor and miserable humanity”
Excellent musical choice and editing. Music by John Tavener, Zbigngiew Preisner, Henryk Górecki, Georges Bizet, and many more (this blog provides a good overview)

Cast: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso, Iaia Forte, Pamela Villoresi, Galatea Ranzi, Franco Graziosi, Giorgio Pasotti, Massimo Popolizio
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Screenplay: Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello
Music by Lele Marchitelli
Cinematography by Luca Bigazzi
Film Editing by Cristiano Travaglioli

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“The Innocents” by Anne Fontaine (France, 2016) second viewing

The Innocents2

See also the first viewing

Cast: Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza, Vincent Macaigne
Director: Anne Fontaine
Writer (based on an original concept by) Philippe Maynial
Writer (adaptation): Pascal Bonitzer, Anne Fontaine
Writer (dialogue): Pascal Bonitzer, Anne Fontaine
Writer: Alice Vial, Sabrina B. Karine
Cinematographer: Caroline Champetier
Editor: Annette Dutertre
Composer: Grégoire Hetzel

“The Art Of Loving Story Of Michalina Wislocka” (Maria Sadowska, Poland 2017)

The Art Of Loving

To be watched twice (at least)!

Actors: Karolina Gruszka, Magdalena Boczarska,Justyna Wasilewska
Director: Maria Sadowska
Writer: Krzysztof Rak
Music: Radzimir Debski
Cinematography: Michal Sobocinski
Editing: Jaroslaw Kaminski

“Love Like Poison” by Katell Guillévéré (France, 2010)

Love Like Poison

A 14-year old girl tries to deal with the conflict created by her nascent sexual desire and her faith. The significant others in her life are clearly divided into two groups. The non-believers are all male (father, grandpa, boyfriend) and all clearly express their desires. The believers on the other hand (the mother, the girl, and the priest) all have to repress their desires in order to comply with the dogma imposed by their religion.
Incongruous music

Actors: Clara Augarde, Lio, Michel Galabru
Director: Katell Quillévéré
Writers: Mariette Désert (collaboration), Katell Quillévéré
Music: Olivier Mellano
Cinematography: Tom Harari
Editing: Thomas Marchand

“The End Of The Affair” (Neil Jordan, UK 1999)

The End Of The Affair

“You can’t go on fighting (God), it’s only love after all”
This version focuses on love as a transcendenting force, expressing itself in religious fervor for her and in hate for him. The discourse around religion and belief is however much less sophisticated than in the original version of 1955.

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Stephen Rea, Julianne Moore, Heather Jay Jones, James Bolam
Written and Directed: Neil Jordan
Based On The Novel by Graham Greene
Music: Michael Nyman
Cinematography: Roger Pratt
Editing: Tony Lawson

“The End Of The Affair” (Edward Dmytryk, UK 1955)

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Score and atmosphere influenced by David Lean’s A Brief Encounter

Actors: Deborah Kerr, Van Johnson, John Mills
Director: Edward Dmytryk
Writers: Graham Greene (from the novel by), Lenore J. Coffee (screenplay) Music: Benjamin Frankel
Cinematography: Wilkie Cooper
Editing: Alan Osbiston

“Boyka Undisputed IV” (Todor Chapkanov, Bulgaria 2016)

 

Boyka Undisputed IV

Violence justified as a gift of God

Cast: Scott Adkins, Teodora Duhovnikova, Alon Aboutboul
Director: Todor Chapkanov
Writers: Boaz Davidson (story), David N. White
Music: Stephen Edwards
Cinematography: Ivan Vatsov
Editing: Irit Raz