Vivre sa vie is a French New Wave film by Jean-Luc Godard featuring his long time partners, actor Anna Karina and cinematographer Raoul Coutard. The film’s story told in twelve vignettes, describes idiosyncratic and wistful Nana (Anna Karina)’s downward spiral trying to make ends meet in 1960s Paris.
L’Eclisse (Eclipse) made in 1963 is the third film in Michelangelo Antonioni’s decadence trilogy. The film discusses similar themes of: alienation, love and tragedy to the trilogy’s earlier films: L’Avventura and La Notte.
La Notte (The Night) made in 1961 is the second, and regarded by many as the best, film in Michelangelo Antonioni’s decadence trilogy. The film discusses similar themes of: alienation, love and tragedy to the other films in the trilogy: L’Avventura and L’Ecclisse, and is notable for Gianni Di Venanzo’s stunning monochromatic cinematography.
Floating Clouds is a film by Mikio Naruse describing Japan’s uncertain post-war situation via two lovers, played by Hideko Takamine and Masayuki Mori. The story is told by comparing these two lovers’ situations with each other before and after the War.
The film shares thematic similarities with Naruse’s later film When a Woman Ascends the Stairs, partly because of its shared lead actor Takamine. I briefly discussed both here.
This blog post contains a small collection of frame grabs from Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura describing how soon people can move on, moving on being a function of the film’s existential question about love.
L’Avventura (The Adventure) made in 1960 is the first film in Michelangelo Antonioni’s decadence trilogy and is followed by La Notte, and L’Eclisse.
One of Akira Kurosawa’s most poignant films, Ikiru (‘to live’) tells the story of overly bureaucratic government worker Kanji Watanabe reflecting on, and redeeming, his life after being diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Rebecca Johnson’s drama Honeytrap deals with difficult Ken Loach-ian issues: life’s wrong turns, victims of circumstance, absolving of responsibility and unconscious behaviour, set within a social realistic context. The film is loosely based on real-life events in the London district of Brixton from 2008 as Johnson describes here for the BBC.