Loosely adapted from the Greek myth Oedipus Rex, Toshio Matsumoto’s 1969 arthouse classic Funeral Parade of Roses still refuses easy categorisation. The film centres around gender non-conforming sex workers or “gay boys” presenting as women during the US occupation of Japan in the early 1950s. The film’s narrative mostly follows Eddie (Pita) and her love affair with straight, sex club owner, Gonda (Toshio Tsuchiya); the affair becomes complicated when Eddie enters a sex-induced, raging jealousy over Gonda’s other transgender lover…
I cannot describe how fantastic this experience was for me. Every movement is so purposeful, the gathering of information and motions Fontaine goes through in the pursuit of one goal is mesmerising. My first Bresson has been a long time coming and I’m overwhelmed, from a pure entertainment standpoint this is unbeatable for it’s time and technically unparalleled.
A truly harrowing depiction of morality during wartime. The clash in judgment between Rybak and Sotnikov is fascinating as you experience the internal decline of both characters simultaneously. What's worse, to live as a coward or die as a hero? Solonitsyn's performance here is perfect, while left unsaid, you can feel Portnov's inner dialog through every scene, particularly right at the very end of the film, it is astounding what this man can do with as little as a distant stare. The Ascent is shot so beautifully and combined with a score that will hold its images in my mind for some time.
In Tarkovsky's most personal piece of cinema, the audience is taken on a journey through the mind of one of cinema's true masters. Mirror is a deeply subjective experience, an entirely personal experience for every different person. This is true art; a film that can be analysed to a certain point, until the experience is completely up to the viewers' interpretation.
Movies like Mirror are what make me love cinema. Being a predominantly visual art form, filmmakers have the opportunity…
So I seem to have the same reaction to Tarkovsky movies each time I watch one for the first time, where I will be intrigued by the film although won't be able to gather much of an understanding on it until a second viewing... while this is to a certain point the case with Andrei Rublev (and I can't wait for a re-watch), I found this edition in…