Robert Altman had a weird career, ok? While this is the first of his films we've seen for Lost in Criterion, Pat and I have seen a number of his films throughout our lives and there's no real pattern: M.A.S.H., Popeye, Gosford Park -- there's no real through-line even stylistically. Even so, 3 Women (1977) seems like an outlier: a small town identity theft drama/dream.
I do two 24-hour marathon movie events per year. The first is the Gateway Film Center's Groundhog Day Marathon where I watch the same film 12 times in a row in order to feel crazy but also get 24 movie tickets to use the rest of the year. The other I just do for the fun of it, and have taken to recording video responses to each film after I watch them. Check out my responses to the films of the 20th Anniversary Ohio 24 Sci-Fi Marathon!
Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage was originally a six part miniseries on Swedish television and then a slightly shorter film version for international release. Both versions are on the Criterion release so we talk about each. Unlike some other truncated forms we've spoken of, Bergman himself was at the helm of the recut. That doesn't necessarily mean it is good, at least when compared to the full body, but it's the best it could be without being the original, I suppose.
Salvatore Giuliano was dead, to begin with.
Francesco Rosi's biopic feels, as Pat insists, like a really well done History Channel special. But Pat is only right if we add a few more really's into the sentence. First because Rosi is an expert filmmakers, but also because his premise for this docu-drama was not to present any facts that he could not independently verify, which means the film also serves as a testament against the official story of the Sicilian outlaw's death.
Le Corbeau is a movie about selling out your friends for personal gain. Maybe. Well, that's how the original audience read it, which is why it was deemed "anti-French" and banned, along with its director Henri-Georges Clouzot, for life. Despite getting him labeled as a collaborator while simultaneously angering the Nazis, the resistance, and the church, that lifetime ban was actually only a few years with the release of Quai des Orfrevres.