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    We Were Soldiers.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    Ponce.
    Well despite your dislike of my snobbery I watched Godard's Les Carabiniers (1963) and it's my least favorite film of his thus far.

    I did watch Bergman's The Virgin Spring (1960) today and it was immaculate.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Line View Post
    and it was immaculate.
    Just like the shaft of my penis.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RealDeal2099 View Post
    We Were Soldiers.
    That's a great one!


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    I know most of you don't like foreign films but I watched Bergman's The Virgin Spring the other day and found it very gripping and thematically relevant. If you're in for something new (well...it was made in 1960) and you can get your hands on it I'd check it out. Perhaps Daniel Andersson can check out it, it being Swedish and all.


    Dissection of the Religious Thematics In The Virgin Spring

    The Virgin Spring was my fifth experience with this masterful auteur and, in my mind, is the most profound one in terms of religious impact. I find it tragic that a film with roots ever-growing below its surface is passed off or classified as a crime or horror film. I'll concede the point that both characteristics fit, in two ways actually, but the subtextual one that examines the tribulations of religious and moral dichotomy is far more frightening than the superficial examples. Under normal circumstances I try to steer clear of overly emphasizing characterizations and traits in such a film but I feel it is essential in understanding the film's underlying themes.

    The family in which we are presented with at the film's opening is quite diverse in terms of how high they uphold their own morality and, to the same extent, how high they regard that of their loved ones. To an outsider there would appear to exist a strong union of faith amongst the family but their individual practices are quite different and often times conflicting. A pregnant young woman, Ingeri, prays to Odin at the films beginning, begging a harsh, ungodly conquest of the presumably innocent Karin. Karin's most dwelled on characteristic is her virginity and thus is seen as a pure interpretation of God's example for all women, at least by her family. Without dwelling too much on detail, her father Tore favors her more than her mother, who is capable of seeing her shortcomings and excesses in terms of social practices, material concerns, and naivety. Still, the mother prays unabatedly that she retains her virtue and can begin seeing the presence of The Lord in terms greater than dogmatic practices but as an ever-existing entity which demands the grandest of standards be met in terms of moral fidelity.

    Throughout the course of the film itself, Bergman challenges us greatly to reflect upon not what is happening but why, especially in terms of religious connotation. In short, the prayers of Ingeri are met as Karin is not only raped but also murdered by a trio of goat herders. What makes this movement so perplexing is that we, as the audience, must consider whether or not this was sheer chance or is it indeed the effect of a greater cause. Bergman insists that we consider why the prayers of misdeed went answered as those of such a pious woman did not. At first I took this almost as a criticism of blind faith as well as the unwillingness of God to lead those from temptation and act upon the Earthly realm. However, we can also, at this time, ignore any religious undertones to said event and think of this tragedy if a more fatalistic sense, despite an earlier encounter that Ingeri had with a darkened figure who can be presumed as Odin in a humanistic disguise. The downfall of Karin's human form was indeed partially exemplified by her aforementioned character flaws. She portrayed herself as a young virgin, yes, but the superficialities and her exaggerated class depiction also led the herders to target her specifically. Their ideology of her was perpetuated by Karin herself, who in only a small effort of jest, declared herself a princess; an idealistic opportunity for the unknown band to steal her garments and sell them to locals. Her wrongful portrayal made her a desirable victim and we are again challenged to think that the hand of God remains absent in terms of what is considered the greater good based on her short comings.

    As fate would have it, the bandits are led to the house of Karin's family and it becomes clear that these men are looked down upon by the family in terms of class, evident by the vacant stares the youngest, and most visually concernable, of the three as they supper with the family. We now realize that some higher being is indeed present as chance itself could not have made such an evil presence be known by the family. Upon discovery of the herders misdoings, Karin's father acts out in rage for he was blinded by his daughter's beauty, charm, and innocence; feeling these men deserve death for taking such a pure being from the Earth and, more importantly, from his life. All three evil figureheads are killed and lie soulless in the way of the cross.

    I feel that it is important to examine the sins that Bergman has laid forth in examination of our characters as almost all of those labeled deadly are inscribed within the tale. Ingeri the envious, Tore the wrathful, Karin the proud, and the herdsmen the lustful and greedy all embellish said traits and it is unclear as to whether there will be any atonement for their sins. The family is led to the body of Karin and they find her pure white figure tarnished and bloodstained. Upon removing her body, a spring begins to accumulate where she once vacantly lay and each of the family members dip their hands in it, clearly representing an act of forgiveness on the part of The Lord, in the form of a metaphorical baptism. Their sins are washed by the sacrifice of a virgin who, may not be entirely pure but was of innocence and youth. It is clear that, despite the immediate and Earthly actions of the devil unto the family that the death of young Karin served the purpose of God's plan of breathing new life into those who have followed a sinful path. While the initial confusion regarding the film's message towards spirituality is vague, Bergman gives us a universal image in which we can now see as the actions of a higher being showing care for his Earthly creations. It is unclear whether or not such an experience is a personal one for our auteur but in the terms of coping with death and looking for an explanation of one's pain and grievance, the imagery at the film's conclusion is certainly a cathartic one.

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    I don't think it's possible to get 2 more disparate posts on the subject of films than the 2 above.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    I don't think it's possible to get 2 more disparate posts on the subject of films than the 2 above.
    Yeah, pretty much. I doubt it will get read but I wrote it for my RT journal as is so all I had to do was copy and paste it. I do wonder if Daniel Andersson has seen it though.




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    I just finished downloading Shooter, bout to watch it. Have you seen it Line? What do you think about it if you have?


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    Shooter is f'n awesome!




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    Quote Originally Posted by Braaq View Post
    Shooter is f'n awesome!
    Shooter is the shit. Swaggert fucking owned.


    “All men dream, but not equally, those that dream by night in the rusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act upon their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.”

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    I was a big fan of Shooter also.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Braaq View Post
    I just finished downloading Shooter, bout to watch it. Have you seen it Line? What do you think about it if you have?
    Haven't seen it. Not much interest there for me.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Line View Post
    Haven't seen it. Not much interest there for me.
    Wow... really? Why is that? You dont like action/war movies much?




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    Quote Originally Posted by Braaq View Post
    Wow... really? Why is that? You dont like action/war movies much?
    I like good ones.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Line View Post
    I like good ones.
    Shooter is good, you should check it out. If someone else told you it was not great, dont believe them. Check it out sometime and tell me what you think. I thought it looked dumb too, until I saw it.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Braaq View Post
    Shooter is good, you should check it out.
    It looked like the same, tired, overly-wannabe-masculine film with poor cinematography, acting, and narrative. It seemed like an average genre flick at best.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Line View Post
    It looked like the same, tired, overly-wannabe-masculine film with poor cinematography, acting, and narrative. It seemed like an average genre flick at best.
    .. looks could be deceaving.. only thing bad is Mark's usual subpar acting. But everything else was terrific.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Braaq View Post
    .. looks could be deceaving.. only thing bad is Mark's usual subpar acting. But everything else was terrific.
    I'm just saying, I've seen 75+ 2007 releases and while some sucked a lot and I only watched them out of sheer boredom, I doubt Shooter would make the top 30.






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