What is the meaning of cult film? The cult movies to watch

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Cult movie is a very flexible, abstract concept which is applied to many types of cinematographic works but which can be easily manipulated for commercial purposes. Looking at the ads for the new movies, it seems like all of them are cult movies. Triumphal writings appear on trailers: the one or that critic called it […]

A page of madness: the madness that turns into the language of cinema

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The school of new perceptions  A Page of Madness is a Japanese silent film of 1926 directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa. For over 45 years the film was lost, then found by the director himself in his warehouse randomly in 1971. It is a film designed by the Japanese Artists Movement called Shinkankakuha, which means school […]

The Cow: one of the pioneering cult films of the Iranian new wave

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Iranian New Wave was born inspired by Italian Neorealism. Dariush Mehrjui‘s cow adds a mystical vision and surreal sequences. A revolutionary language that had never been seen in Iran until that moment, destined to change the cinema of the country and to give way to the Iranian new wave.  The plot of the film Hassan […]

Haxan, avant-garde masterpiece between horror and false documentary

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Introduction Haxan is a 1922 Swedish avant-garde film by Benjamin Christiansen, considered one of the most important and innovative masterpieces in the history of films. The film invents and mixes different genres in a truly surprising way. 50 years before Godard and the Nouvelle Vague Benjamin Christiansen invents the fake documentary and the gothic and […]

Gate of hell: the crazy love of a samurai in medieval Japan

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The gate of hell the Jidaigeki genre Gate of hell (original title Jigokumon) is a 1953 Japanese film of the jidaigeki genre. Jidaigeki is a genre of Japanese film that refers to period drama films, especially the Edo era in Japanese culture. That is from 1600 to 1870. The Gate of Hell is set even […]

David Lynch, the films of a director who reinvented the history of cinema

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David’s childhood David Lynch was born in Missoula, Montana, on January 20, 1946. His father, Donald Walton Lynch was a research researcher working for the United States Department of Agriculture, and his mother, Edwina “Sunny” Lynch, is was an English teacher. Lynch lived his early childhood with peace of mind, he didn’t worry about making […]

Tokyo Story by Yasujiro Ozu: one of the best family dramas ever

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An elderly couple comes to town to visit their grandchildren and children. Their children are hectic and the elderly are a problem for their daily life. Even the children will have to travel. From these two aspects, Yasujiro Ozu made one of the greatest films of all time. Tokyo Story (1953) has not nostalgia and […]

Early summer: The Passing Time, Beginnings and Dissolution

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Early summer: The Story Noriko, a Tokyo secretary who resides in Kamakura, lives with her large extended family, which includes her mothers and his dads Shūkichi and Shige, his older brother Kōichi, a doctor, his wife Fumiko and their 2 children Minoru and Isamu. Noriko’s friends are divided into 2 groups, the married and single, […]

The Trial, Orson Welles’ masterpiece film based on Kafka’s novel

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Also to save costs for the acquisition of the rights to a novel, Orson Welles chooses the masterpiece of literature Franz Kafka’s The trial, out of copyright, to realize in 1962 the his new film. The director has chosen many times throughout his career to adapt major novels, particularly Shakespeare’s classic texts. Orson Welles’ trial […]

The holy mountain by Alejandro Jodorowsky, a film not to be missed

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The holy mountain is a place according to the alchemical tradition that is located on the island of the Lotus, an Island that does not exist. Those who can reach it can know the secret of truth and the world from the 9 immortal keepers who live there: those who can teach how to abandon […]

Halloween, the story of a hugely successful cult horror

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Halloween, the film that brought director John Carpenter to a resounding success, is now over 40 years old. But it continues to be celebrated with sequels and remakes every new year. The film, which cost just $ 300,000 at the time, grossed over 80 million, and has become one of the most profitable films in […]

Eisenstein: Battleship Potemkin is not a “crazy shit”

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Who was Sergej Eisenstein? In Italy, tens of thousands of people know him above all for his most important film, the second of his filmmaking career after the Strike, The battleship Potemkin, but not for the extraordinary quality of the film. Those who are not Italian will probably find it hard to believe it. Eisenstein […]

Dziga Vertov: The metaphysical genius of a Pole who emigrated to Russia

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Born in Poland in 1896, Dziga Vertov, born David Abelevič Kaufman, moved to Russia where he first studied medicine and then poetry and fiction. In Moscow he begins to take an interest in cinema thanks to surrealism from which he takes inspiration also for his nickname with which he becomes known, Dziga Vertov. After the […]

David Griffith, the inventor of analytic editing and modern cinema

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David Wark Griffith had been a bad actor who occasionally worked in theaters in provincial towns and urban ghettos. During those years he was well acquainted with the psychology and way of thinking of the sub-urban proletarian and the people of the small towns, better than any film producer in business at the time. They […]

The exterminating angel: the inner prison of the rich bourgeois

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The exterminating angel was made by Luis Bunuel in Mexico in 1962 and is considered one of the Spanish director’s greatest surrealist masterpieces. A group of rich bourgeois, with no explainable and rational regions, are trapped in the villa where they attended a social dinner. No obstacle really prevents them from leaving the house, but […]

Horror cult: Carnival of Souls

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Carnival of souls, horror cult to rediscover Cult horror to be rediscovered with great surprise, “Carnival of souls“, is a strange low-budget American independent horror film made in 1962. which became almost invisible for decades due to distribution bankruptcy. The progenitor of the “Twilight Zone” style horror-purgatory, he puts the supernatural at the center of […]