Archiv für November 2008

Frieda Grafe, Cinema as an Art Form.

Yesterday i got the first half of Frieda Grafes complete edition (on the picture together with the book „Im Off“ i already got on my birthday). First heard her name when looking for Bunuels authobiography. I bought a whole bunch of FILMKRITIK magazines on ebay quite a while ago and together with her husband Enno Patalas she was one of the main contributors to this great publication. Been thinking of buying the 12 books for quite a while and now i finally got the means to do so. Next to Georg Seeßlen she’s to me most important german film critic to me. Grafe might not be that well know outside germany but i‘ve heard her essay on „The Ghost and Mrs. Muir“ by Joseph L. Mankiewicz is available in english and if you‘ve a chance to check it i highly recommend doing so.
Did a bit of research on Frieda Grafe and came across a wikipedia site that includes a list of her 30 favorite films and despite the fact i do already have about 25-30 movies on my MUST-SEE-ASAP-List this list i‘m eager to work off.

* The Strong Man (Frank Capra, 1926)
* Ihre Majestät, die Liebe (Joe May, 1930)
* Boudu sauvé des eaux (Jean Renoir, 1932)
* Angel (Marcel Pagnol, 1934)
* It’s a Gift (Norman Z. McLeod, 1934)
* The Merry Widow (Ernst Lubitsch, 1934)
* U Samogo Singro Morja (Boris Barnet, 1936)
* Desiré (Sacha Guitry, 1937)
* The Lady in the Dark (Mitchell Leisen, 1946)
* Canyon Passage (Jacques Tourneur, 1946)
* D.O.A. (Rudolph Maté, 1949)
* Riso amaro (Giuseppe De Santis, 1949)
* Waga Koi Wa Moenu (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1949)
* The House by the River (Fritz Lang, 1950)
* Rio Grande (John Ford, 1950)
* Summer Stock (Charles Walters, 1950)
* Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks, 1953)
* The Saga of Anathahan (Joseph von Sternberg, 1953)
* Viaggio in Italia (Roberto Rossellini, 1953)
* Ordet (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1957)
* Akibyori (Yasujiro Ozu, 1960)
* The Bellboy (Jerry Lewis, 1960)
* The Little Shop of Horrors (Roger Corman, 1960)
* Une femme est une femme (Jean-Luc Godard, 1961)
* The Honeypot (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1967)
* La Région Centrale (Michael Snow, 1971)
* Avanti! (Billy Wilder, 1971)
* Anatomie d‘un rapport (Luc Moullet, 1976)
* News from Home (Chantal Akerman, 1976)
* Maine-Océan (Jacques Rozier, 1986)


I might not have seen half the flicks and will definitely catch up on it… after the Mankiewicz-fest, the few daring Film Noir i haven‘t seen yet, the new one by Bela Tarr, Abel Ferrara etc….

PS: This ain‘t soda, but the introduction to a new category on „REFUS“: „VODKA“ – WATCH OUT!

Mr. Bond

Commercials just told me Smirnoff is James Bond „Original Vodka“ – POOR JAMES!
PS: Pierce Brosnan is the worst Bond ever!


If you‘re bored with audiobooks and need something else aural to put you to sleep try: Pinewood Dialogues – selected conversations with innovative with creative figures in film, tv, and digital media.
Found via Film Studies For Free.

Another blog dealing with film as well as music i just discovered and highly recommend is Coffee and Typescript.