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[Film] Sanjuro, Akira Kurosawa, 1962 – Standoff with Bloody Spurt Scene

Even though the special effects pale by today’s standards, be prepared for a bit of a mess if you have a weak stomach.

Still, Sanjuro, the masterpiece directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring his favorite actor, Toshirō Mifume, is as elegantly violent a film as has ever been produced.

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[Music] The Timeless Sadness of Shigeru Umebayashi

In the Mood for Love is a stunningly good movie directed by Wong Kar-Wai, but the soundtrack is rather haunting and powerful.  Iwai over at Music Tales muses on the soundtrack, scored by Shigeru Umebayashi, here.

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[Film] Idrissa Ouedraogo – Yaaba (1989)

Burkinabé director Idrissa Ouedraogo passed away today at the age of 64. He was one of Africa’s best auteurs. The film being shared here, Yaaba, portrays the rather odd coupling of a boy and an elderly woman who was spurned by her village, as posted in the obituary.

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[Music] Various Artists – The B​-​Music of Jean Rollin 1968​-​1973

I can’t imagine a cooler soundtrack compilation than this one unless Jess Franco’s sountrack works also get reissued.

Jean Rollin was the master of sleazy Euro-horror with a career span of five decades. This comp covers some of the best partners he had in conveying a blood-splattered, gruesome, erotic, cheesy mess onscreen.

Nothing but love for Finders Keepers, who released this gem as a download as well as vinyl.

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[Film] Selfportrait of Wim Wenders (1975) —

Wim Wenders: Selfportrait (1975). Check out David Bowie on set of Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence right here

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More brilliance from our friends at Kinoimages.


[Film] On set of “Au Hasard Bathazar”

Robert Bresson directing Anne Wiazemsky on the set of “Au hasard Balthazar”(1966). Check out Georges Franju on set of Les Yeux Sans Visage right here

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We admire the posts of Kino Images, and thought it would be nice to share a still from one of French auteur Robert Bresson’s masterworks.

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[Film] Carl Th. Dreyer on set of The Passion of Joan of Arc

Carl Theodor Dreyer on the set of The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928). Check out FW Murnau on set of Faust in 1926 here

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[Film] Andrei Tarkovsky – Stalker Blu-Ray Now Out

Great news! One of Andrei Tarkovsky’s greatest films, Stalker, has been reissued on Blu-Ray by The Criterion Collection.

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[Film] George A. Romero and Martin Landau, RIP

The Grim Reaper claimed a twofer today, taking the lives of cult horror director George A. Romero and sci-fi legend Martin Landau.

Romero’s obituary can be read here, while Landau’s can be accessed here.

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[Music] Johann Sebastian Bach – St. Matthew Passion (Matthäus-Passion) [from the Andrei Tarkovsky Film “The Sacrifice”)

Johann Sebastian Bach was the master of his field in music, as Andrei Tarkovsky was a master in his chosen medium of film. Sit back and enjoy “St. Matthew Passion,” which is perfect for the nearing of the end of Holy Week.