My first viewing of Ivan The Terrible. It'll undoubtedly take the weekend to get through Parts 1 & 2 but I'm finally in the proper spirit.
The weekend? No. Together both parts make up a little over three hours.
It starts great and some of the visual shit is really spectacular.
In the Agfacolor sequence I love the way Mikhail Kuznetsov ever-so-slightly purses his lips as he sings with the mask in his hand.
The weekend. Took me all week to get through Costner (& Co.'s) Hatfields & McCoys. The Eisenstein film looks slightly less deleterious - but not much.
Considered the finest "anti-samurai" film ever made, this film turns the standard samurai slasher films of the time (and even today) on their head, providing a personal experience of the long standard Ronin character. Much like what Clint Eastwood did to the Western with "Unforgiven"; novelist Yasuhiko Takiguchi, screenwriter Shinobu Hashimoto and director Masaki Kobayashi tell a compelling story of the lives of the once proud (and employed) Samurai now down on their luck after the unification of the warring kingdoms of early 17th century Japan.
This Blu Ray disc contains a picture perfect 2.35 ratio B&W copy of the film. In Japanese with ENG subs. All the better to display the gorgeous cinematography, amazing locations and sets. Extras are a little sparse. 10/10
Lessee . . . The Seventh Seal, Andrei Rublev, Grand Illusion, Seven Samurai, and Do the Right Thing . . .
One of those just seems to stick out like a glop of shit on an ice cream sundae. Pray tell . . . which do you think it might be?
All cherries to me.
I think you may be suffering from et-itis.
(However, I'm up to Part 8 of The Idiot and my dick is still hard.)
If we're on the same (last) page, then we agree Ando must have a serious problem.