Daisies, a.k.a. Sedmilkrasky (1966)

This is a Czech New Wave Film by Vera Chytilova. In going through the special features, it’s clear that she had many difficulties in her film career due to the State’s control over the Czech film industry. But that’s a topic for another day, perhaps.  But she made this film. And it was thought-provoking. The two characters in the film, whose names change frequently, are … Continue reading Daisies, a.k.a. Sedmilkrasky (1966)

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

I thought that since the novel had been published in 1939, and the film came out in 1940, that more than likely the director, John Ford, and screenwriter would have stuck a little more closely to the novel. Well, I was right in some respects; wrong in others.  I’m not going to bother researching John Steinbeck’s role in the making of this film but if … Continue reading The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Woyzeck (1979)

I had forgotten that this particular Herzog film starred Klaus Kinski, even though I now remember scenes from it that were on the documentary, My Best Fiend, which is about the tumultuous relationship between Herzog and Kinski. Actually, watching My Best Fiend really helps one to appreciate the evil genius of Kinski’s acting. As Woyzeck is drawing to a close, and Woyzeck is wielding the knife … Continue reading Woyzeck (1979)

The Grapes of Wrath (Novel, 1939)

As my faithful readers know (thank you!), this is a blog devoted entirely to analyzing film. And, I normally stick pretty closely to the unspoken tenets of only writing about films. But once before on this blog, I ventured into writing about Arthur C. Clarke’s Odyssey Tetralogy because of the corresponding films and my overpowering desire to write about the books in a place where … Continue reading The Grapes of Wrath (Novel, 1939)