Goodbye sweet dad

My  sweet dad, you passed away 3 weeks ago. My heart is broken. I’m proud I was your daughter, you were my precious, fragile dad. Two decades of Parkinson disease had made a strong dad a fragile man in the end. As I held your hand one last time that night before you left us;…

Lord of the Flies (1963)

Lord of the Flies is a film adaptation of the book by the same name by William Golding. I saw the version filmed in 1963,  directed by Peter Brook. There is a remake: Lord of the Flies (1990), directed by Harry Hook – but I cannot comment on it because I just haven’t seen it. PLOT The movie…

Double Indemnity (1944)

Another ‘film noir’ to add to the list: Double Indemnity (1944). This one was directed by Billy Wilder, on which he wrote the screenplay together with Raymond Chandler. This was an adaptation of the novel by James M. Cain (so no, not a Chandler novel). It stars Fred MacMurray as Walter Neff, Barbara Stanwyck as…

The Big Sleep (1946)

Sometimes, you need to get back to the classics. And what is more classic than Humphrey Bogart along Lauren Bacall in a ‘film noir’? The answer is: nothing. (Possibly another film noir.) I’m very into film noir. It is a genre that intrigues me, and has for purpose to intrigue, so I’m right on track…

Latests movies seen

THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (1950) Film noir by John Huston. The perfect movie in its genre: crime, deceit, loss… It features Marilyn Monroe who at that time was little known. She isn’t even mentioned on the opening titles, only on the credit. It was a minor role to tell you the truth. It were Sterling Hayden, Jean…

zzz zzz zzerkalo (1975)

Yesterday I did something that’s so terrible. I dozed off during a movie by apparently a very great movie maker, Tarkovsky: Zerkalo or The Mirror But in my defence: I was tired after a hard day’s work. And secondly, that was the most confusing, surrealistic, instant set changing, why the hell does the actress who…

One flew over the cuckoo’s nest (1975)

I greatly enjoyed this movie. It’s about a man who get’s committed to a mental institution to get evaluated whether he is really crazy, just lazy/obstinate/aggressive or faking insanity. The department he gets committed to is with different  kinds of people, whether catatonic, mentally ill, depressed or just unsafe when alone. The Nicholson’s character tries to…

“No strings”, he says, and falls madly in love

Here is a clip from a very old movie Top Hat (1935) with Fred Astaire and Ginger ‘Feathers’ Rogers. When I was little, my father showed me this movie. It’s one of his favorites and it’s again a symbol of the Golden Age of cinema of that time. The mass dancing in unison, the boy…

Persona (1966)

Last Friday, on the 29th, I saw the last showing of the Ingmar Bergman retrospective: Persona. A movie I was really curious about. Because some people said it was his best movie, others just say it’s one of his best ones and then again there are those who don’t like it one bit. Of course,…

Höstsonaten (1978) (Autumn sonata)

Who among you has seen Casablanca? “I have I have” – hm, I do not like to speak for my generation, neither like to generalize nor take a stand just lightly, but I bet not that many actually really have. Who played Rick’s (Bogart’s) love interest? Who’s “here’s looking at you, kid”? Indeed, Ingrid Bergman….

Ingmar Bergman

I have recently been introduced into the world of Ingmar Bergman. When hearing the name of that famous Swedish director, I immediately think of the Indian of the series Northern Exposure, Ed Chigliak (played by Darren E. Burrows), who in one episode dreamed as if in a Bergman movie – in black and white and…

Key Largo (1948)

Key Largo is a movie I have seen many times with my father. I think it is one of his favorite Bogart movies. Yesterday it was on our Flemish channel called Canvas at an impossible hour! Directed by John Huston (Maltese Falcon, African Queen– also with Bogart!). The cast includes: Humphry Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Edward…