Video Picks Archive
This week my picks are Crna macka, beli macor (Black Cat, White Cat) (1998 - ) and Notorious (1946 - ).
The first film this week come from Yugoslav director Emir Kusturica,
who has almost single-handedly brought Serbo-Croatian cinema
to the world
with such films as When Father Was Away On Business
and Time of the Gypsies. The plot of this film revolves
around a Gypsy man named Matko (Bajram Severdzan), who is
raising his 17-year-old son, Zare (Florijan Ajdini), and has
dealings with Dadan (Srdjan Todorovic), a gangster that he
grew up with. Matko owes Dadan a lot of money, and in return
he promises that Zare will marry his sister. Meanwhile,
Zare has fallen in love with another girl (Branka Katic).
Black Cat, White Cat (named for the two constant feline
observers) is a warm, exuberant comedy. Most amazing is that
the cast is largely amateur, but they perform with great energy.
Finally, a new video pick can lead me to The Master: Alfred Hitchcock. The second film stars Cary Grant as an intelligence agent who has Ingrid Bergman marry a Nazi spy (Claude Rains), even though he has fallen in love with her. Notorious, written by Ben Hecht, is one of Hitchcock's absolute best films. The suspense is tight, with ironic twists throughout. However, the film is equally famous for a prolonged make-out session between Grant and Bergman that pushed the rules of the production code. Everything comes together beautifully, but that should be expected with such brilliant people working together. For some reason that I'll never understand, it was remade as a TV movie in 1992.
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Crna macka, beli macor (1998)
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