All fine films though I don't really quite get why Opening Night is so many peoples Cassavetes film of choice - to me his best work is earlier although I do like something in all his directed movies and it has some special scenes and Rowlands in a (yet another) tour de force.
His list is an interesting mix of high style and realism. Love his number 1 and Leave Her To Heaven is a knockout by Gene Tierney and walks a really fine line between frightening and hilariously outdated too but is a kind of 50s classic in a way - I would love to have seen Douglas Sirk do this so poor put-upon Jeanne Crain would have someone who really understood what she went through!
Leave Her to Heaven is such a great film, and you can see its influence on Almodovar. I love Sirk, but for me it tops anything that he directed.
I think part of its beauty is that whilst it borders on trashy melodrama, the story is handled with respect and is technically very well executed. The direction, acting, art direction and cinematography is all of such a high quality, and it all works in harmony to give the story a lush romanticism and haunting beauty. I think it's that unusual mixture of trashy melodrama and elegant, sumptuous beauty that make it such an unusual and fascinating film... And Gene Tierney is just so good.
Post by therealcomicman117 on Apr 20, 2019 23:37:10 GMT
An eccentric varied list from an eccentric filmmaker.
Leave to Her Heaven, Opening Night, and Journey to Italy are all excellent films, but I'm quite pleasantly surprised by the seemingly recent love for Wanda. That's a film that I discovered only a year ago, and it seemed for the longest time it was hard to find. It's a surprisingly really progressive and powerful "women's film" for the time, and the camera work, storytelling, and characterization is impeccable. It makes me wish Barbara Loden had both acted and directed in more features.