1941

The Maltese Falcon

8.5
Un vēl viena klasiska filma - šoreiz savu kārtu piedzīvojis "Maltas vanags". Kārtējo reizi jau skatītā filma atbilst definīcijai "viena no visu laiku izcilākajām sava žanra filmām". Šoreiz žanrs - film noir detektīvstāsts.
2013-10-25 09:08:12
film, 1941

The Aerodrome

7.0
Reiz bija kāds mazs, jauks lauku ciemats kaut kur Anglijā. Visa zeme tajā piederēja kādam aristokrātam. Cilvēki smagi strādāja, pelnīja savu sūro maizi, kad viņiem bija tam laiks - mīlēja, kad gribēja atpūsties - gāja uz krogu iedzert. Viss bija jauki un mīļi, bet te kur gadies, kur ne, ciemata tuvumā tika izveidots militārais lidlauks. Karavīru attieksme pret cieminiekiem bija visai augstprātīga un nievājoša, bet cieminieki ar apbrīnu vēroja lidotājus, un katrs ciema puišelis sapņoja, ka kādu dienu viņš būs tas, kas pilotēs vareno iznīcinātāju cīņā pret Anglijas nedraugiem. Arī šīs grāmatas galvenais varonis - puisis, kura 21.dzimšanas dienā viņa tētis atklāja visiem, ka patiesībā viņa vecāki nemaz nav viņa vecāki. Vēlāk visai drīz kāds lidotājs nejauši šo tēvu/netēvu nošauj. Puisis tikām paslepus apprecas ar meiteni, kuru vienmēr ir mīlējis un kura apbrīno lidotājus. Meitene viņu pamudina arī pašu izvēlēties lidotāja karjeru, ko viņš arī izdara. Tikai ar laiku viņš sāk saprast, ka lidosta ar tās jauno kārtību patiesībā ir viens vienīgs ļaunums un ka to vadošie militāristi ir psihi. Kaut vai tāpēc, ka doma ir tāda, ka nevienam jaunās kārtības lidotājam nedrīkst būt (jebkad) bērni, kam vajadzētu principā nozīmēt to, ka šie fašistiski (ok, tas nav korektais termins, bet labāku nevaru mirklī iedomāties) tendētie tipāži ilgāk kā vienas paaudzes garumā nespētu pastāvēt.
2011-12-21 16:53:36
book, 1941

The Colossus of Maroussi

7.0
Mr. Miller, according to "Space" (not the French but the American band) is "our local vicar and a serial killer". According to Latvia Mr. Miller is either an editor of a magazine of private dirty clothes and a person representing a sexual minority. According to the local tradition Mr. Miller is some guy who happens to like driving fast cars without a licence and who is a young architect. According to American literature Henry Miller is one of the writers that first introduced explicit sexuality in American literature. He and his woman that is, forgot her name. In this book though you don`t encounter a single appearance of words like `penis`, `vagina`, `pussy`, `cunt`, `boner`, `cock` or even `Peter Tool` (I only used these words so you can find this record of the factoid by using the search option on the site), oh no, this book tells the story of Henry Miller going to Greece from his native States. In there he undergoes a treatment of life that`s just like he always wanted it to be - poor and unambitios (not that he was a rich man before going to Greece). That`s one weird thing - I always thought of this fellow being a brat that doesn`t give a damn about anything. But it proved that in fact he was just a nice and mellow fellow that despised the American dream more than anything. Oh, and he didn`t like the French because of them being too pretentious about themselves. Not that this autobiographic tale is particulary entertaining, but at least it gets more and more interesting towards the ending thus leaving a positive impression upon your humble servant.
book, 1941

Citizen Kane

7.0
This is the best american film of all times. I should immediately add it to my A list. But I won`t. What is really all the fuss about? I seriously don`t know. The film is all right, I must admit to that but certainly not more than that. Ok, the ending was good, but let`s face it - every good film has a strong ending because otherwise it wouldn`t be that good. No, I don`t say that it is worthless or something of that kind but I`m not really interested in the meaning of `Rosebud` THAT much.
film, 1941