Kagemusha Akira Kurosawa (1980)
Swift as the wind… Quiet as a forest… Fierce as fire… Immovable as a mountain.
The Hidden Fortress 1958 Akira Kurosawa
“Hide a stone among stones and a man among men.”
A princess must sneak across enemy lines with her gold to find a safe place to rebuild her clan.
She is helped along by her bodyguard and two peasants.
Great movie, beautiful cinematography, and a great story. The two peasants provide a lot of humor.
Alexander Nevsky - 1938 - Sergei Eisenstein
“I won’t let those dogs set one foot on Russian soil!”
A Russian Prince defends his nation from Teutonic invaders. Released ahead of World War II. You can almost feel the propaganda of defending the homeland.
Citizen Kane - 1941 - Orson Welles
“I run a couple of newspapers. What do you do?”
What did his final word mean? A reporter sets out to discover what or who “Rosebud” was, but ends up short of putting the puzzle together.
I saw a story about a man who wrote down every book he ever read. If I did that it would be a very long list. So I think I will do that now. Books and movies.
Because I like stories and the escape they bring.
M. Hulot’s Holiday 1953 Jacques Tati
Monsieur Hulot takes a vacation.
Why don’t they make movies like this anymore? The sparse dialogue and clean humor make it a very relatable film. Also good to keep in mind when you are taking a vacation too seriously.
Alphaville, the strange adventure of Lemmy Caution - 1965 - Jean-Luc Godard
“I refuse to become what you call normal.”
Secret agent Lemmy Caution goes to Alphaville and begins to understand what is happening under the scientist and ruler Von Braun.
Unconventional probably describes it best, probably even more so in 1965.
I Know Where I’m Going - Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger - 1945
A woman is going to marry for money, but weather keeps here from the island where the wedding takes place long enough to meet another man.
One of the few times you will probably be able to use your knowledge of the Gaelic language in a mainstream movie.
The Seventh Seal - 1957 - Ingmar Bergman
A story of man and his search for meaning.
A game of chess with death.