"Spetters" (Paul Verhoeven)
Zabriskie Point has two redeeming values:I had some pandemic time on my hands, and decided to watch two trippy late 1960s films, Jim Morrison's "HWY: An American Pastoral" and Michelangelo Antonioni's "Zabriskie Point." Unfortunately, you probably need a healthy dose of LSD or some psychedelic mushrooms to fully appreciate either film, and the wild mushroom pasta I had for lunch didn't do the trick.
Both are mainly interesting as documents of the time and psychedelic counter-culture mentality. I like Jim Morrison, but was tempted to fast forward early. I have heard that he would have screenings after concerts, as he had trouble getting people to watch it. Many critics consider "Zabrinskie Point" to be Antonioni's biggest failure.
"HWY: An American Pastoral" (Full film)
"Zabriskie Point" (Trailer)
An interesting coincidence that didn't occur to me when I chose yesterday's double feature is that Antonioni rejected a Morrison song for the soundtrack.Zabriskie Point has two redeeming values:
1. The soundtrack. Pink Floyd contributed a lot of it but John Fahey, David Lindley and Jesse Colin Young add some layers of their own.
2. The house explosion scene in slow motion.
"The Passenger" is Antonioni's film with Jack Nicholson. I have it on DVD, but last watched it years ago. It's a great film about alienation and identity. The pace is very slow, and it requires patience and contemplation to appreciate. The film is about a decade before MTV-style rapid cuts, and music video montages proliferated in films, and conditioned audiences to became impatient with long takes.I gave away the original soundtrack on lp. To this day, I am still chewing my fingers Wonderful film. Has anyone watched the one with J.Nicholson ? Opinions ?
Thanks. Nice. I'll check it out. Fav's are L'avventura and Deserto Rosso..A Zed and Two Noughts anyone ?"The Passenger" is Antonioni's film with Jack Nicholson. I have it on DVD, but last watched it years ago. It's a great film about alienation and identity. The pace is very slow, and it requires patience and contemplation to appreciate. The film is about a decade before MTV-style rapid cuts, and music video montages proliferated in films, and conditioned audiences to became impatient with long takes.
Here's the trailer, which makes it seem like there is a lot more action in the film than viewers actually experience:
Here's a classic scene that is representative of the film's pace:
"L'Avventura" is probably Antonioni's most praised film.
i really like "Blow-Up."
Re-watched this one very recently. It was okay, but since it's Fiennes.....The End of the Affair (1999)
Based on the novel by Graham Greene. Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore.
A complicated love affair (too many scenes!), a triangle, jealousy, hatred, hired detectives snooping on the lovers.....
Mum did not care for it. But she did like The Longest Ride which I found quite trite. She wanted to watch Forever My Girl which she partly watched the other day on telly, so I got that and we watched that today.Re-watched this one very recently. It was okay, but since it's Fiennes.....
Have you seen @stringertom s signature. Inspired by Sunset Blvd. Unless he has changed it.I watched good old Sunset Boulevard, which I note has been mentioned numerous times in this thread. Very entertaining, though weird! William Holden so excellent, as always.