Saw Kanal at the cinema, as part of the Kinoteka Polish Film Festival. 1957 movie about the last days of the Warsaw Uprising in WW2. A small band of resistance fighters try to escape the German counterattack through the Warsaw sewers.
Powerful movie. Pretty grim as you'd expect, but there are some flashes of black humour to relieve things a little. Some very impressive movie-making, especially the very long tracking shot at the start following the fighters as they run from cover to cover under fire.
One oddity: the subtitling was a bit amateurish with misspellings, omissions and odd timing: might have been a new print for the festival.
Well worth seeing.
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Saw The Red Shoes on DVD. Classic 1948 British ballet movie, that people kept going on about when "Black Swan" was on release.
Seems a bit dated. The plot is that ballet director Lermontov objects to an affair between his star ballerina and composer. Apparently it's loosely based on an incident when Sergei Diaghilev of the Ballet Russes objected to a marriage between Vaslav Nijinsky and Romola de Pulszky, but I still found it hard the melodrama pretty hard to take seriously.
Some very impressive visuals though: the actual ballet is a kind of 15 minute surreal dream sequence. Also Lermontov has the most impressive dressing gown ever.
I'm not able to judge how good the dancing is, but it's apparently good.
Overall, somewhat entertaining, but pretty dated.
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Also saw His Girl Friday on DVD. Classic screwball comedy about a ruthless newspaper editor trying to win back a lady journalist as his wife and employee from her new boyfriend. Very funny dialogue with a blistering pace, well worth seeing.
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