Les Enfants Terrible. Strange teenage dramedy but worth a watch. Great acting and Art direction 8,5/10
Bob Le Flambeur. Great Script but it's quite slow and the performances are mediocre, nobody stands out. I didn't know this was a heist movie! a good companion to The Killing and Asphalt Jungle! that heist planning is one of the best, most reasonable heist schemes I've seen from this kind of genre, Melville is genius! 8/10
Rewatched A Face in the Crowd. I used to think it was a cynical film, but it doesn't end with Lonesome Rhodes being elected president and the public turns on him when he's exposed, so if anything it's optimistic.
A Safe Place (1971). Weird film! with weird and manipulating editing like F for Fake! The young and Pretty Tuesday Weld and Sexy Jack Nicholson make this film worth a watch! Orson and Gwen Welles are wonderful too. 8/10
Leon Morin, Priest. A very good, daring and unusual christian film based on a female's perspective. Some of the dialogues are quite bold and shocking of its time! (lesbianism, female masturbation) etc. And Despite Belmondo plays the title role but the Great Emmanuelle Riva owns the film! One of her greatest performances and totally deserves a nod! It's also probably the best non-crime film directed by Mellvile. 8,5/10
When You Read This Letter (1953). Not bad, I find it better than La Silence de la mer, an early Melville's film.
Magnet of Doom. What a mess! very lazy and meaningless, thanks for Belmondo's performance who saves everything. After finish all Melville's films this month, I dare to say this is his worst film! 5/10.
Long Day's Journey Into Night. What a bore, only talks and talks. Acting and Smart Dialogues are the only ones this film sold, you can't always adapt a play into a movie! this is one of the bad examples . Talk about acting, Damn Katherine! it must be very exhausting to act like that, a roller-coaster of mood changing. Though she steals every scene but Robards is the MVP, He portrayed the miserable loser perfectly! And I didn't know Dean Stockwell was so handsome in his youth! 7/10
Bus Stop. I finally saw it Taran ..Yeah ye right! Murray is mediocre as hell and Monroe is damn great! she deserves an oscar nom. But I think Murray's horrid acts and all of his bad behaviors/nature are what the filmmaker wanted to show, in the tradition of strange love story like King Kong or Beauty and the beast, where the beauty is fallen to an ugly creature coz she knows that he is good inside and he's different than any lovers/men that the beauty ever met. But in the end, Murray got it too much, he unconsciously has made his character more uninteresting with his overrated cowboy style, beyond what the filmmaker intended to
And what a great ensemble! The director knew when to cut the scene of the main characters to go over to the minor characters and get back to the main at the right time. It's kinda difficult today to resemble what Joshua Logan has ever done to his talented actors, arranging them and directing them in a such style that each of the actors has meaningful and good show like in Picnic. 7,5/10
The Crowd (1928). Very Good and very well-made but little low and dragging, I guess that's the problem of Most Silent films, Especially in this kind of drama when no actions, no big problems or Funny acts like in Chaplin's films or Keaton's that add the excitement of watching! if the actors can speak then the scenes can be shortened, doesn't have to explain everything with dragging scenes etc. But anyway, Murnau can solve this problem and perfected most of Silent films' flaws with his Masterpiece, Sunrise. 7,5/10