Rififi

My first time back in a movie theater, as a fully-vaccinated cinephile, was to watch Rififi (1955) at the Music Box Theater. I loved the movie and get why the central safe-cracking / robbery scene has been referenced / ripped off since its inception. The look, the feel, the characters, the plot are absolutely gangbusters…

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Bondarchuk’s Tolstoy’s War and Peace (Parts I and II)

Notes on Parts 1 and 2 of Bondarchuk’s Tolstoy’s War and Peace Sergei Bondarchuk’s War and Peace rests in the TCM portion of HBO Max, like a sleeping leviathan. It’s a dream you haven’t had yet. The perspective is omniscient: you are the horse driving the buggy, the woman at the fancy ball, the soldier…

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