Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A new wave

Long time no post.. So here comes one.. With my system dusting on one side because my graphics card has gone for an overhaul and as my motherboard does not have a onboard VGA port, it has been more than 45 days that I used my system.. So the last trip to Chennai was a long hiatus came to a short break.. I watched two oldies on my system in Chennai during my four day trip there.. It was in the queue for long.. Henry George Clouzot’s Les Diaboliques and Jean Luc godard’s Breathless.. It was my first try with both the directors..

Before trying my hands on the next movie reviewing I was pondering over the question ‘What would make a review interesting for the viewer to read?’ and thereby understand what made mine a drab.. [Sheepish smile].. When compared to other reviews my movie reviews gave the readers very meager idea about what the movie is all about.. The other reviews that I read online contained more information about the plot of the movie and occasional spoilers which is a grave sin according to my book of justice.. A person giving out spoilers of a great work of art should be shot, then hanged and then shot a few more times.. and just to be on the safer side...tied to a boulder and dropped in mid sea.. So to make my posts on movies a bit more interesting for the user to read.. i need to include some trivia about the movie...


The first movie, Les Diaboliques (the Devils) is the story about a ailing wife and a hard hearted mistress who conspire to murder their didactic husband.. the wife is a god fearing, good hearted person succumbs to the persuasion of the mistress as she is unable to cope up with the domestic violence that she endures... the husband and his ladies together manage a private school of some sort... the mistress is the planner.. who plans the entire murder .. they lure him to the mistress's place outside city and kill the husband.. a simple method to kill.. but portrayed very coldly.. it should be considered cold .. the year was 1955.. after the execution they dump the body in the school's swimming pool waiting for someone to discover it... one day passes and then another.. the body doesnt come up.. and when the swimming pool's water is removed they realise that the body is missing...

the remaining half shows how the different characters involved respond to the unwinding horror... H.G.Clouzot casted his wife vera clouzot as the wife (u need to watch the movie to appreciate the reason that i mentioned the above statement)... it is said that Alfred Hitchcock also tried to get the rights for the original material at the same time.. but missed it .. the last fifteen minutes are genuinely creepy even by todays standards.. no orchestral score . nothing and even then he manages to terrify the audience..Hitchcock was so impressed by the way HG.Clouzot made this movie.. that he made 'Psycho' as an attempt to outwit 'Les diaboliques'...


The next one is Godard's Breathless.. my first dip in French New Wave.. very refreshing.. became a fan of godard in just an hour and half... the story is about a young charming french rapscallion and his american girlfriend.. nothing of a plot as such.. which is a necessary part of the wave.. he steals at will when needed.. crime is not crime for him, but just a way of life.. the protagonists sense of morality might not be very appealing to lots...

the new wave movies had very radical expression methods... long trackking shots , jump cuts...lots of new cult directors owe a lots to godard... and one of my favorites Quentin tarantino named his production company on the movie 'a band apart' by godard... it is a visual feast.. not much on the story front.. it is a must see for those who love to watch a movie even if it doesnt has the so called twists ...




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