Confrontation in Ingmar Bergman’s Summer with Monika

Summer with Monkia is an Ingmar Bergman film made relatively early in his career. The film is famous as one of the director’s most influential works, and also for its controversial for the time casual nudity. Bergman tells the story of two teenagers who together temporarily escape the constraints of their mundane working lives.


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At the Movies and more with Anna Karina and Renée Jeanne Falconetti in Vivre sa vie


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.

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Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Eclisse and lack of external awareness

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.

I’ve covered both L’Avventura and La Notte in other blog posts.


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Brutalism and various scenes from Michelangelo Antonioni’s 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.

I’ve covered both L’Avventura and L’Ecclisse in other blog posts.


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Mikio Naruse’s Floating Clouds – post-war wanderings

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.

before and after - yukiko

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Moving on in Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura

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.

I’ve covered both La Notte and L’Eclisse in more depth other blog posts.


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