Danger: Diabolik (review)

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Directed by Mario Bava, Danger: Diabolik is a film that looks like it’s been pulled off from a comic-book. From the production design, the kaleidoscope color palette and the insane gadgets, this movie was a wild ride. The character Diabolik gave off that James Bond vibe with a hint of Batman, which it was fun to see. Even though the pacing seemed a bit off, the style the movie had gave a richness to the cinematography and it made up for it. What I liked about this specific class was the introduction that Paul and Jim gave us the audience, without them I wouldn’t have the same appreciation as I do now.  Certainly, I’ll be checking out the filmography of Mario Bava.

-Ana Sofia Cintron Mediavilla

Here in this tweet I share one of my favorite transition from the movie:

L’Avventura (Review)

L'Avventura – Cinematography Focus

Directed by Michael Antonioni, L’Avventura is a drama that tells the story of the disappearance of Anna during a boat trip and how her lover, Sandro, pursues her best friend Claudia. What I found interesting about L’Avventura is the peculiar narrative that it has. The movie slowly shifts the story from the disappearance of Annal, to a tragic love story. Just like the characters, the viewers also forget about the missing girl. One of the highlights of the film was the cinematography and how it was able to portray alienation and loneliness with their shots. Plus, great performance by the wonderful Monica Vitti!

Ana Sofia Cintrón Mediavilla

Il Conformista (review)

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Il Conformista tells the story of a man who goes abroad to arrange the assasination of his old teacher, now dissent. Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, this film is a heavy case study of conformism, fascism in which it relies deeply on its subject matter. The movie had a complex narrative that was honestly a bit hard to follow. However, what really stands out was the cinematography. How it expresses the feeling of dread and isolation through the shots. My favorite scene was how the cinematography reflected and symbolized Plato’s allegory of the cave. 

Ana Sofia Cintrón Mediavilla

Il Postino (review)

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Directed by Michael Radford, Il Postino is a charming film full of innocent and heartwarming moments. We see a relationship slowly grow between a postman and the famous poet, Pablo Neruda. Both of them are bonding over their love for poetry. This movie is reminiscent of Cinema Paradiso in which you see the dynamic of student and mentor. However, it has moments where it sticks out and becomes an original story. The most touching moments were how the student actually becomes the mentor and shows Neruda how there’s beauty in simplicity. Definitely, this movie was my favorite of this course. 

Ana sofia Cintrón Mediavilla

Il Sorpasso ( review)

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Il sorpasso tells the story of a shy law student that meets a capricious man who takes him for a drive through the Roman and Tuscany countries in the summer. Directed by Dino Risi, this dramedy focuses on the relationship of two characters who are completely different from each other. However, the chemistry between them really worked  because they balanced each other out. Through the whole film you see the idea of summer being played out; road trips, great food and lots of adventures. But, life’s not all fun and games. Il Sorpasso ends with a cruel reality check that definitely is gonna shake the audience. 

Ana Sofia Cintrón Mediavilla

Deep Red (review)

Dario Argento - Deep Red | Deep red, Dario argento, Film stills

Directed by the Dario argento, Deep Red ( Profondo Rosso) tells the story of a musician who witness and investigates the murder of a famous psychic. For being my first giallo film, I’m very pleased with this watch. It’s a movie that has a good mix of mystery and slasher. When it comes to cinematography, Argento has a great eye for it. Using camera blocking and movements to hide the killer till the very end. Thus, somewhat incorporating the camera to the story. The visuals were stunning, especially the use of the color red. However, I think that the highlight of this film was the score by the band Goblin. It’s memorable, sticking and enhances the viewing experience. 

Ana Sofía Cintrón Mediavilla

Here’s a video I found of Guillermo Del Toro talking about the movie Deep Red:

Pane e cioccolata (review)

Directed by Brusati, Pane e cioccolata tells the story of Nino, an Italian immigrant who tries to make a life in Switzerland. Although this film tackles serious themes, it’s Surprisingly very humorous. We follow Nino as he jumps from job to job as he’s trying to make money, finding himself in quirky situations. However, this movie shifts to dark tones when it needs to. Highlighting how Nino struggles with his identity and experience has an italian immigrant. I don’t see another person other than Giovanni Garofoli playing as Nino. He was charismatic, charming and looked like he genuinely enjoyed his role. Pane e cioccolata is a film that  achieved a great balance between tones and most of all, entertaining. 

Ana Sofía Cintrón Mediavilla

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The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (review)

Directed by Vittorio De Sica, The Garden of the Finzi-Continis is a italian drama that tells the story about a noble family of Ferrara, during the Jewish persecution in Italy’s 1930s. The film starts in a dreamlike state where the Finzi Constinis family are stuck in their own bubble. But not even the wealthy and the privileged weren’t saved from the gradual sink of fascims. Subtly showing us how they descend and lose everything. It’s a story filled with melancholy and sadness. It has great cinematography and an almost downhearted score that enhances the emotion that the film conveys. The movie has one of those endings that is gonna be stuck in your mind for a long time.

Ana Sofía Cintrón Mediavilla