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  1. My first thought when I saw the subject of this thread was body/spirit, which is in the same ballpark as immanence/transcendence.
  2. I forgot about this thread! Since the quarantine began, my kids have gradually shifted to a later bed time, which means I have less than an hour to myself every night before I start falling asleep. I've gotten in the habit of fixing a cocktail and watching something from the Tell Me series on Criterion Channel. I'm a little more than halfway through the collection so far, and it's been a real treat. Few of the films are excellent on their own, but the program has such a clear voice. Most of the films were made in the early-'70s, when I was a child, so it's giving me a new perspective on my mother and other women of her generation. Also, it's just fun to see inside homes, businesses, schools, and grocery stores of the era.
  3. Sorry, you're only allowed to watch Satantango projected in 35mm in a single day with one 30-minute intermission. Like I did.
  4. Joel, I read one of Paul's early drafts of the script and was able to so clearly imagine that scene. It gets me every time I watch it too. Paul guided me through the process of writing a script treatment and first draft of a feature screenplay, and I think about one of his observations all the time now when I'm watching movies. "Beginnings and endings are usually pretty easy. It's figuring out all of the stuff in the middle that takes so much work." They trimmed the heck out of Light from Light in post-production. One big scene was cut completely, another brief scene was added, and I get the sense it was all about finding the pace that would maximize the effect of those final moments. He's really good at it.
  5. I'd love to. Working from home while three kids run around me is starting to take its toll, so I'm struggling to find the energy and concentration I need for writing. But I'll give it my best shot.
  6. Only thing that strikes me as odd is Scorsese is sneaking in above the Dardennes.
  7. Here's the top 25. The number after each title represents the slots it moved because of the final round of voting. The big winner is The Seventh Seal, which jumped eight slots. No other film moved more than four slots. I was happy to see there were no ties. The most interesting facet of this round is that many of us appear to have voted strategically in hopes of causing more significant moves, but for every person giving Three Colors: Blue a 1, there were two people giving it 23, so it ended up in the same slot. 2001 is the most divisive film, with a standard deviation of 8.1 (average is 6.1). Five people gave it 24 or 25 but nine people put it in the top seven, so it ended up climbing four slots. The only other two films that fell out of the standard range of consensus are Of Gods and Men and First Reformed. The four films that we are in most agreement about are Andrei Rublev (deviation of only 3.8), Into Great Silence, The Flowers of St. Francis, and Make Way for Tomorrow. All in all, I'd say this looks like an Arts & Faith Top 25. 1. Ordet (1955) 0 2. Andrei Rublev (1966) 0 3. The Tree of Life (2011) +2 4. Babette's Feast (1987) +2 5. Of Gods and Men (2010) -2 6. Silence (2016) -2 7. The Kid With a Bike (2011) 0 8. Do the Right Thing (1989) 0 9. Ikiru (1952) +1 10. Diary of a Country Priest (1951) +1 11. First Reformed (2017) -2 12. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) +4 13. The Miracle Maker (2000) +1 14. The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964) -1 15. Into Great Silence (2005) -3 16. The Flowers of St. Francis (1950) -1 17. The Seventh Seal (1957) +8 18. Three Colors: Blue (1993) 0 19. The Night of the Hunter (1955) -2 20. Night and Fog (1956) -1 21. It's a Wonderful Life (1946) +2 22. Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) 0 23. Sunrise (1927) +1 24. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005) -4 25. Monsieur Vincent (1947) -4
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    Sophie Scholl

    I mentioned this briefly in another thread, but a great companion with Sophie Scholl is Su Friedrich's The Ties That Bind, which is on Criterion Channel right now. It's an experimental essay film that compares 20-something Friedrich's life in 1980s Chicago to her mother's in 1940s Germany. Her mother was the same age and from the same town as the Scholls.
  9. If they made it today Elisabeth Perceval would probably be credited as co-director of Heartbeat Detector. She and Klotz have been making films together for almost 30 years but it's only been in the last few that she's taken a director credit in addition to screenwriter.
  10. From Philip Roth's The Ghost Writer: "I turn sentences around. That’s my life. I write a sentence and then I turn it around. Then I look at it and I turn it around again. Then I have lunch. Then I come back in and write another sentence. Then I read the two sentences over and turn them both around." I've taught the shitty-first-draft approach to writing because in theory it makes sense, but I also tell my students I've never been able to use that technique myself. I write a sentencen and then read it out loud nand then rewrite itn and then reread it out loud along with the preceding paragraph, and then eventually, when I don't absolutely hate it, I move on to the next sentence.
  11. So jealous of everyone who can write quickly. After doing this for 25 years, I now average about 100 words/hour.
  12. Do we have a target word count for blurbs?
  13. I thought about nominating Su Friedrich's The Ties That Bind (1984) as my +1, but it had been 15 years since I saw it and I couldn't remember it well enough to judge how it fit the tenor of our list. I revisited it this morning as part of the Tell Me series and now think it certainly needs to be on our growing alt-list. I'd encourage whoever writes the blurb on Sophie Scholl to try to see this film, which is a portrait of Friedrich's mother, who was a peer of the Scholls.
  14. Ken, I did this for two seasons of The Public Cinema.
  15. Ken, since 7th Heaven and The Immigrant made the cut, I might be interested in writing something about expressionist American melodrama, also pulling in Sunrise, Frisco Jenny, and possibly other films like The Best Years of Our Lives, The Grapes of Wrath, The Song of Bernadette, and others. I'm seriously considering jumping into a grad program this summer, so I should know soon if I'll have time for serious writing.
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