A thought and a movie for Christmas Day – It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

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I think I already said this in an older post: every year, on Christmas Eve, I read ‘A Christmas Carol’. It’s kind of a personal tradition, I guess.

Lst year on Christmas I started a new tradition: watching “It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)” on Cristmas Eve or Christmas Day.  No other better time to watch this bautiful masterpiece.

James Stewart and Donna Reed are incredibly beautiful in this immortal Frank Capra classic about family and friendship.

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News to share on a Saturday – Horror stories and Netflix illustrations

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  • I am a huge American Horror Story fan (as I love everything that’s either American, or horror). So last week, when the first episode of the new season premiered on September 14, we got to meet the cast of season 6 (that’s also said to be linking together all the seasons so far). The biggest surprise may be none other than Cuba Gooding Jr.! Can’t wait to watch his story on this one. He’s joined by the now  regulars Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates and Denis O’Hare.
  • And I can’t leave you without this awesome kind of a “Where’s Waldo” Netflix map. The Netflix characters are out in the park and, oh, how I wish I could have a chat with Winona Ryder or Kevin Spacey. Look for characters from Stranger Things, Bojack Horseman, House of Cards, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Orange is the New Black.
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Nouvelle Vague – À bout de souffle (1960)

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A couple of years ago I wrote an essay on avangarde cinema, and one of the main characters was, of course, Jean-Luc Godard. His first feature film, À bout de souffle (Breathless), released in 1960, is one of the most influential examples of the Nouvelle Vague cinema (French new wave). It also marked the debut of Jean-Paul Belmondo, one of Godard’s main leading men from now on.

The film gained attention with its bold visual style, witty script and the interesting new way of using jump cuts at that time.

Take a trip back to the French 1960s and watch À bout de souffle. If only for some of these words:

  •  – What is your greatest ambition in life?

            – To become immortal. And then die.

  • I don’t know if I’m unhappy because I’m not free, or if I’m not free because I’m unhappy.
  • When we talked, I talked about me, you talked about you, when we should have talked about each other.
  • When the French say a second, they mean five minutes.
  • Women will never do in eight seconds what they would gladly agree to do in eight days.
  • You Americans are dumb. You admire Lafayette and Maurice Chevalier. They’re the dumbest of all Frenchmen.
  • We’re hiding like elephants when they’re happy.
  • I told you being afraid is the worst sin there is.

Photo via fiaf.org

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3 news to read in bed

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1. Showtime presents a brand new trailer for one of those perfect TV series that have ever been on air: Dexter. The show turns 10 years old this year, so the network is giving fans  „a chance to vote on their favorite episodes on the premium cabler’s website over a four-week period, culminating in a #Dexter10 Fan Marathon with the top ten picks on Saturday, October 1.”

2. BBC will bring seven more Agatha Christie adaptations to the screen in the next four years!

3. 177 film critics from 36 countries named the 100 best movies from the 21st century, with one of the greatest stories ever (and, in my opinion, David Lynch’s best picture) as the best film of the 21st century to date and a Romanian production in top 20! Very proud, indeed :-)

Cover photo source: The Red List

 

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