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  • Colette

    Colette

    Some crucial context for the scene where Colette chides herself for failing to bring flowers for her brother:

    "Just because it's detailed, and, you know, we wanted to make a short film, I'll just tell you how Jean-Pierre was arrested,” said Giacchino. “They were indeed, he and a group, were collecting weapons. But that was not what got him arrested. He was arrested because he placed flowers on the grave of a résistant, which was, you know, a crime in…

  • The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

    The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

    ★★★★

    Just noting (since IMDB has no mention of it at this time) that this likely features the earliest use in film of Pachelbel's Canon.

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  • The Disenchanted

    The Disenchanted

    ★★★★

    Overlooked gem in the saturated coming-of-age genre. Spare (almost slight) yet immaculate. Performances carefully ride the line between stagey and spontaneous - I love the comparative stillness, the literary one-liners, the cold intimacy.

    [Also - really curious to know how "Wicked Game" ended up in this film, as it was not yet popular (maybe the editor saw Wild at Heart at Cannes?)]

  • Claire's Camera

    Claire's Camera

    ★★★½

    I'm guessing there were overt homages to Rohmer (beyond the title) that escaped me, but one tiny self-reference I did note:

    Claire describes her deceased boyfriend as a bookstore owner who taught her piano - which immediately brought to mind the Hamburg bookstore owner who plays piano for his customers in On the Beach at Night Alone, a character based on/played by Karl Feder, who I've read was battling cancer at the time of filming.

    These coincidences begin to feel…