Festival – The Newport Folk Festival

Festival – USA – 2005 – Documentary.  Excerpts from Newport Folk Festivals, 1963-1966. ” …In 1963, The Newport Folk Festival presented what most folkies consider to be the most remarkable festival ever. Included on the bill that year were such groundbreaking performers as Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, The Staple Singers, Peter,… Continue reading Festival – The Newport Folk Festival

Summer With Monika

Summer With Monika – Sweden – 1953 – Drama   Directed by Ingmar Bergman.  “Thanks to international distributors sensationalizing its sexual frankness, this bittersweet drama of ill-fated first love helped establish Ingmar Bergman as a filmmaker.” TV Guide.  The sensual Harriet Andersson (in her first of 9 films with Bergman) was  a sensation, and the film’s fame… Continue reading Summer With Monika

Wild Strawberries

Wild Strawberries – Sweden – 1957 – Drama.  “One of Bergman’s warmest, and therefore finest films.”-Time Out.   In the late 1950’s the films of Ingmar Bergman dominated world cinema.  Consider Summer with Monika-1953, Smiles of a Summer Night-1955, Seventh Seal-1957, and Wild Strawberries-1957, plus four more in those five years, all of which he both wrote and… Continue reading Wild Strawberries

Rashomon

Rashomon – Japan – 1950 – Drama.  “Innovative, experimental and brilliantly constructed, Rashomon is one of world cinema’s truly great works, questioning the notions of truth and morality with its multiple perspective, a film that put Kurosawa and Japanese cinema on the international map.”-Emanuel Levy.    The murder of a man and the rape of… Continue reading Rashomon

Ugetsu

Ugetsu – Japan – 1953 – Drama.  Both Roger Ebert and Martin Scorsese have written that Ugetsu is one of the “greatest of all films.”  Presented in a manner as eerie as it is heartbreaking, this film is a gorgeous supernatural fable about the folly of men with dreams larger than their abilities and their… Continue reading Ugetsu