L’eclisse (Last of the Alienation Trilogy)

I finally finished watching yesterday Antonioni’s trilogy on Alienation, which I had begun a few months ago with La Notte, by watching the culmination L’eclisse. I liked this last movie quite a lot, though a little less than the powerful La Notte, but more than the first part of the trilogy: L’avventura.The movie tells the…

I Vitelloni – Federico Fellini

I Vitelloni, like another Fellini movie Amarcord, depicts the life of youth in a provincial Italian town. Like Amarcord, it also takes us through the lives of a few young men in the coastal town of Pescara. These young men, with a characteristic immaturity and irresponsibility, dream of leaving the town and making a big…

The bicycle thieves & Neorealism

Continuing my experiments with Italian movies, I watched De Sica’s masterpiece Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves) sometime back. The film was highly ordinary and non-special, and it was in this non-specialty that its charm lies. It is a story of desperation and poor luck, the kind that can (and does) fall on most people in…

Amarcord (I remember)

I have very recently begun exploring Italian movies, and Fellini is a revered name of this genre. Sometime back I watched Otto e Mezzo (8 1/2) by this movie-maker, and was rather impressed by the work. The movie is a depiction of a director’s brain-work as he struggles through a director’s block, exhausted of any…

The night

I hate the kind of work life that leaves little space for much else. Unfortunately for the past month, I have pretty much been in that sort of work life and missed out on watching enough movies or reading enough books. And of course writing down about whatever I did watch or read.To be fair,…