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Greetings,

This thread is a continuation of my The Obscure and the Underseen series.

There will be 50 films from 50 different directors, each with under 500 votes.

Whisper of Sin (Algimantas Puipa, 2007)
I Was Nineteen (Konrad Wolf, 1968)
The Lady with the Dog (Iosif Kheifits, 1960)
Give the Devil His Due (Hynek Bocan, 1985)
Hour of the Star (Suzana Amaral, 1986)
Gun-shy (Dito Tsintsadze, 2003)
King for a Day (Nikolai Volev, 1983)
Like Grains of Sand (Ryosuke Hashiguchi, 1995)
The Personals (Kuo-fu Chen, 1998)
Time for Revenge (Adolfo Aristarain, 1981)
It Happened in Europe (Géza von Radványi, 1948)
The Adopted Son (Aktan Arym Kubat, 1998)
Occupation in 26 Pictures (Lordan Zafranovic, 1978)
Knife in the Head (Reinhard Hauff, 1978)
Tango Argentino (Goran Paskaljevic, 1992)
Muddy River (Kôhei Oguri, 1981)
Pirosmani (Giorgi Shengelaya, 1969)
Last Images of the Shipwreck (Eliseo Subiela, 1989)
To Get to Heaven First You Have to Die (Jamshed Usmonov, 2006)
Woyzeck (János Szász, 1994)
Portrait of Hell (Shirô Toyoda, 1969)

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Sat Aug 25, 2012 1:36 pm
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:heart:

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Sat Aug 25, 2012 1:37 pm
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omg

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Sat Aug 25, 2012 1:37 pm
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Ooh, oooh.

Exciting!


Sat Aug 25, 2012 1:37 pm
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Also known as: Brightside's Top 50.

If anyone can come up with a banner, I'd love to see it. :)


Sat Aug 25, 2012 1:38 pm
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I'll be on the lookout for recs.

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Like Someone in Love (Kiarostami, 2012) 4/10
Killing Them Softly (Dominik, 2012) 2/10
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (Pal/Levin, 1962) 6/10
The Dark Past (Mate', 1948) 7/10
New Rose Hotel (Ferrara, 1998) 3/10


Sat Aug 25, 2012 1:39 pm
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Also known as: Brightside's Top 50.


yaaaaay

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Epistemophobia wrote:
Also known as: Brightside's Top 50.

pft, lovesexy has already seen all the films brights is currently watching

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Sat Aug 25, 2012 1:41 pm
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yaaaaay

:D

There will be something for you, I hope.


Sat Aug 25, 2012 1:41 pm
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:D

There will be something for you, I hope.


There better be!

BTW, did you ever watch any of the films I recommended you 63490676892254752673 months ago?

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Sat Aug 25, 2012 1:43 pm
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There better be!

BTW, did you ever watch any of the films I recommended you 63490676892254752673 months ago?

I did.

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I did.

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Tell me things!

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Sat Aug 25, 2012 1:46 pm
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Bear, will this do?
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(btw, screencap is from a film with under 200 votes on imdb, if that means anything to you.)


Sat Aug 25, 2012 1:55 pm
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I'm not loving the text, sorry. What's the film?


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Algimantas Puipa's
Whisper of Sin

It may just be the films I watch, but I am starting to feel that women peeing outdoors is a staple of art cinema. The private in public and all that. This film is icy, it keeps us feeling distant while tugging inwards with compelling, understated performances and intimate, confessional exchanges. The camera strides confidently through large, echoing, textured spaces, while the narrative explores abnormal relationships through unabashed sexual realism. And this all happens before the violent, surreal dreams begin and the unsettling really sets in.

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More Puipa: A Wolf Teeth Necklace (1997), Forest of the Gods (2005)


Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:06 pm
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I'm not loving the text, sorry. What's the film?

Sun in a Net. I don't like the text either, looking at it.


Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:07 pm
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I am anticipating this thread enough not to simply use an emoticon to describe my feelings for it.

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Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:07 pm
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That torrent should allow you to download the film directly from me. Feel free to try, at least.


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I liked A Wolf Teeth Necklace a lot. Are Puipa's other films as nice to look at?

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Torrent isn't working for me.

I'm gonna attempt a banner from a KG random screenshot.

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I liked A Wolf Teeth Necklace a lot. Are Puipa's other films as nice to look at?

I wouldn't guarantee as nice, but they certainly won't burn your eyes.


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Torrent isn't working for me.

It can take time to connect, since I'm over in Korea.

I'm uploading it to someone at the moment.


Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:14 pm
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Great.

I'm downloading the torrent. Worked for a while, but now it isn't dowloading, I'll wait.

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Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:16 pm
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Eh, fuck it, Trip'll do it better than what I can do, I need to get back my font library.

Oh, and downloading just fine on my end, not the greatest speed, but fluctuating at 330-500 kps.

Edit- I'll be removing my upload caps from these torrents so I can upload to people as well.


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not the greatest speed, but fluctuating at 330-500 kps.

lol, never live in Australia

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Trip wrote:
lol, never live in Australia

I don't plan on it! Or anywhere with bandwidth capping, if I can.


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Thanks Das!


Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:22 pm
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Bear writing about film again. :heart:

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Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:22 pm
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btw, bear, can I tack on KG's trackers to these and get some potential free ratio off of them?


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btw, bear, can I tack on KG's trackers to these and get some potential free ratio off of them?

Nope.


Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:28 pm
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Nope.

Lame, I always liked that trick with other trackers.


Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:30 pm
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I just watched something with only 196 votes. Of course you've seen it I'm sure. No women peeing outdoors, either, but it did have this:

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It's symbolism.


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Of course. :)

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I forgot about the latte icon, hah.

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Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:46 pm
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Grabbing the Puipa right now.

Still waiting to hear what you thought of those recs of mine from forever ago. >:[

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Grabbing the Puipa right now.

Still waiting to hear what you thought of those recs of mine from forever ago. >:[

But they might turn up in this thread, I don't remember. Patience. :P


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Taking a short break in the middle of the film.

Whispers of Sin has really interesting sound design, the plotting is eccentric, but in a way that makes sense. Pretty good so far.


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Konrad Wolf's
I Was Nineteen

A war film with an enchanting uniqueness; it follows a young, German born Russian soldier who goes about his business in the closing days of WWII. This protagonist has a beautifully emotive face. No doubt semi-autobiographical on the part of the director, the look and feel of this work comes across as highly authentic. Not that I would know, but there seems to be something special here, a form of catharsis hidden behind bursts of traumatic editing and gripping suspense. The lighting switches rhythmically between light and dark, and Wolf pulls off elegant, deep, lively fullscreen frames in every scene. Any static stagnancy is broken up perfectly by adventurous flurries of movement and zooming. It exceeds its genre admirably.

"We will now blindfold you."

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More Wolf: The Divided Heaven (1964), Goya (1971)


Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:21 pm
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The torrents are all free, exclusive to this forum, and not tied to any private tracker. They might drop off from time to time though, so wait it out.


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It's here! And private torrents, too!

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Taking a short break in the middle of the film.

Whispers of Sin has really interesting sound design, the plotting is eccentric, but in a way that makes sense. Pretty good so far.

Finished, I found the lack of context a bit jarring at times, but this was enjoyable, although I didn't always follow its tone from scene to scene later on, it becomes more difficult to discern as it progresses, which I feel is intentional, and mostly works, but kind of lost me at places.

Think I'm going to try and run through these as you post them - I Was Nineteen is downloading.


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Finished, I found the lack of context a bit jarring at times, but this was enjoyable, although I didn't always follow its tone from scene to scene later on, it becomes more difficult to discern as it progresses, which I feel is intentional, and mostly works, but kind of lost me at places.

I can see what you're getting at, although I felt the atmosphere stepped up in the second half to compensate, especially with the visit to the blue house.


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Unfortunately the tracker I picked wasn't working out, so I've had to make a change. You'll need to re-download the torrents to get them going again.

Hopefully it works now. Sorry!

Let me know if it works, I have no idea.


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Woo! Always loved this thread. The torrents don't seem to be working for me though.

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I can see what you're getting at, although I felt the atmosphere stepped up in the second half to compensate, especially with the visit to the blue house.

The blue house was a lovely bit of filmmaking.

I also enjoy how textural a lot of the framing was throughout the film, like that big aerial shot in the graveyard early on - the people were so small you picked them out of the scenery by how they stuck out from the gravestones and dead leaves.


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The torrents don't seem to be working for me though.

International peering is a sad state of affairs. I may have to give up. :(


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Please don't.

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It's good now though! And the speeds are decent too. Pls don't give up.

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Iosif Kheifits's
The Lady with the Dog

I have to admit, I was surprised by how well made this brisk little film is, and that is rare for me. It is an adaptation of Chekhov's short story which focuses more on silence than chatter. It even received a prize from Cannes for "lofty humanism and artistic excellence", which is hard to argue with. The imagery is quiet and thoughtful, and sometimes stirringly metaphoric. Balancing the subtle with the evocative, the score pulls you in immediately, and the leisurely cuts make it feel as if you are right there, strolling through this black and white world of melancholy romance. This is a faded journey where eyes sparkle and beautiful faces speak softly with infinite charm. There is so much pleasant, undramatic wandering to get lost in.

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