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Jafar Panahi’s “The Mirror” (1997)

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Director: Jafar Panahi

As I conclude my Italian Cinema series, I want to celebrate 2 films that are a direct result of Italian Neo Realism. Both of which come from the Iranian New Wave (a form of neo realism).

“The Mirror” is a story of a little girl trying to get home. If you haven’t seen it, it is one of the most charming films I’ve seen. It’s important to watch the entire movie.

The director, Jafar Panahi, said that the film was meant to show how “reality and the imagination are intertwined, they are very similar”. -Wiki page

1) Where is it on following the Bechdel Test: 5

2) Strength of the writing: 5

3) Strength of the directing: 5

4) Strength of the acting: 5

5) Strength of the cinematography: 5

6) Strength of the editing: 5

7) Strength of the sound design: 5

8) Strength of the production design: 5

9) Did I enjoy it? 5

10) Would I recommend it? 5

Score: 50/50

Fellini’s “Nights of Cabiria” (1957)

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Writers: Federico Fellini (story), Ennio Flaiano (story)

Married to Federico Fellini (perhaps why we have a feminist piece)? Who directed this.

Beautiful story about a woman seeking to just be loved for who she is.

 

1) Where is it on following the Bechdel Test: 5

2) Strength of the writing: 5

3) Strength of the directing: 5

4) Strength of the acting: 5

5) Strength of the cinematography: 5

6) Strength of the editing: 5

7) Strength of the sound design: 5

8) Strength of the production design: 5

9) Did I enjoy it? 5

10) Would I recommend it? 5

Score: 50/50

Rossellini’s “Rome, Open City” (1945)

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Writers: Sergio Amidei (screenplay) (as A. Amidei), Federico Fellini (collaboration on screenplay) (as F. Fellini)

 

Anna Magnani portrays Pina with one of the most powerful scenes in cinematic history.

1) Where is it on following the Bechdel Test: 5

2) Strength of the writing: 5

3) Strength of the directing: 5

4) Strength of the acting: 5

5) Strength of the cinematography: 5

6) Strength of the editing: 5

7) Strength of the sound design: 5

8) Strength of the production design: 5

9) Did I enjoy it? 5

10) Would I recommend it? 5

Score: 50/50

De Sica’s “The Bicycle Thief” (“Ladri di Biciclette”) – 1948

ladri di biciclette

Writers: Cesare Zavattini (story), Luigi Bartolini (novel)

I’m purposefully taking off the Bechdel Test question here because it fails but this film is too important to have less than a perfect score. The fact that it fails the Bechdel Test is actually adds to the story.
1) Strength of the writing: 5
2) Strength of the directing: 5
3) Strength of the acting: 5
4) Strength of the cinematography: 5
5) Strength of the editing: 5
6) Strength of the sound design: 5
7) Strength of the production design: 5
8) Did I enjoy it? 5
9) Would I recommend it? 5
Total scores out of 45/45

Segio Leone’s “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966)

the good the bad the ugly

Director: Sergio Leone

Writers: Luciano Vincenzoni (story), Sergio Leone (story)

Score by Ennio Morricone

Cinematography by: Tonino Delli Colli

Gorgeous cinematography with it’s sweeping widescreen, long shots and close ups.

1) Strength of the writing: 5

2) Strength of the directing: 5

3) Strength of the acting: 5

4) Strength of the cinematography: 5

5) Strength of the editing: 5

6) Strength of the sound design: 5

7) Strength of the production design: 5

8) Did I enjoy it? 5

9) Would I recommend it? 5

Score: 45/45