Post #110 Saturday 20 April 2019 – Sometimes Always Never

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Saturday 20 April 2019

I went to the Orpheum at Cremorne last night, which was Good Friday, and saw a film about the late life journey of a difficult man, which was funny, agonising and heartfelt in equal parts:  Sometimes Always Never.

The film had been recommended to me (thank you!).  Here is a link to a  summary review:
https://www.palacecinemas.com.au/movies/sometimes,always,never/

The context of the film was all very English until, toward the end, there was an extended allusion to the classic Swedish film by Ingmar Bergman, The Seventh Seal – though instead of playing chess with the grim reaper our hero plays Scrabble.

I am not knowledgeable about cinema and really have never have had much interest in a lot of Hollywood offerings (I am not lying, I only saw Top Gun for the first time this year).  But even though I have no film background I managed to see three of the great modern film masterpieces probably four times each (I kid you not), before I turned 17.  They were:  Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali’s Un Chien Andalou, Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin and Ingmar Bergman’s Seventh Seal.  This makes me very good at spotting cinematic allusions to the masterpieces!  A couple of my highschool teachers were exceptionally taken with these classic films (and soundtracks) and thus I came to see a lot of them.  If  you can imagine a post-Whitlam  public high school education with a touch of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’s not entirely innocent idealism, then you have a picture of some of my high school experience.

Quite apart from high school, the film that struck me the most ever I think, was probably Bonnie and Clyde (the original).  Chinatown was brilliant too.  And Hitchcock’s Rear Window.  Any takers among you with favourite films?  I forgot The Rocky Horror Show… what a lot of sheer joy that was 🙂

Happy Easter friends xx

The Seventh Seal

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