MOVIES GALORE: QUARANTINE TIMES FUN

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:

Like most of us, I love movies.

My taste is a mixture of high-brow and low-brow that tends toward classic dramas, film noir, and documentary. 

I revere Robert Bresson: Diary of a Country Priest (1951), A Man Escaped (1956), Pickpocket(1959). I’ve written here of Pasolini’s The Gospel According to Matthew(1964), named by the Vatican as “the best film about Jesus ever made in the history of cinema.”

That doesn’t mean I always worship at the feet of the greats. Last year, for example, I finally forced myself to sit through Bergman’s The Seventh Seal (1957), routinely hailed in critics’ circles as one of the greatest ten films of all time. It was torture. The whole thing, an allegory about death set in medieval times, was such a giant bore I was actually indignant by the end. I loved A Winter Light and The Silence. But The Seventh Seal?—come on.

Also worth pondering is the mystery of how the same director could make a masterpiece like The Gospel According to Matthew, and then devolve into the moral obscenity of, say Salò.

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6 Replies to “MOVIES GALORE: QUARANTINE TIMES FUN”

  1. Lawrence McDonald says: Reply

    Anyone who experienced The Seventh Seal as cruel and unusual is ok in my book.

    Another five star piece, Heather. Thank you !

    Lawrence

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Lawrence! I mean I understand it’s on some level a great work of art, but I just kept thinking, My God, when is anything going to HAPPEN? I’m going back to T-Men. God bless you!

  2. Patricia Langer says: Reply

    Here’s my favourite movie…. Margaret’s Museum. It’s Canadian and filmed in the mining town on Cape Breton Island where I was born and raised by my grandparents, my grandfather a coal miner. He worked the mines showed in the film and lost a brother to a slide of coal.
    The cast: Helena Bonham Carter, Clive Russel and Kenneth Welsh. It’s based on the short story, The Glace Bay Coal Miner’s Museum.
    The ending …. well, you’ll see.
    It’s available on youtube … the whole movie! I may have to watch it tonight.
    Patricia

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Thanks, Patricia, sounds promising!

  3. Our philosophy prof during our first year in seminary had us watch that. Even dimmed the room for better viewing. I could not get into it.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      ha well if the room was dimmed, at least you could take a nap!

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