Movie Diary 3/31/2015

Long Live the Republic (Karel Kachnya, 1965). A kid sees the last days of WWII in a rural area of Moravia, along with flashes of his fantasies and his past. Is this harrowing Czech film considered a classic? It needs to be. Big ambitious imagery, energetic New Wave cinematography (B&W widescreen), brilliant music, and a great child performance. Exciting to know that movies like this are still around to discover.

3 Hearts (Benoit Jacquot, 2014). Benoit Poelvoord plays a tax accountant who falls – separately – for sisters played by Charlotte Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni. A very passionate movie in Jacquot’s quiet way, and the ghost of Truffaut seems to hover over the whole thing. (full review 4/3)


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