Top Fifty Films of the 60s — Number Thirteen

#13 — 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini, 1963) I have an aversion to dreamlike story structures, or even dream sequences in films, largely because they are often done so poorly. Never mind the frequency with which they’re little more than a fake-out, structured to set a character bolting upright in bed over whatever wicked turn just glimpsed in dreamland, an supposedly unnerving headspace depicted with essentially the same tone and approach as every other part of the film, all the better to deke the viewer. The real problem is that the depiction usually doesn’t resemble a dream all that much, instead … Continue reading Top Fifty Films of the 60s — Number Thirteen

Top Fifty Films of the 60s — Number Nineteen

#19 — Repulsion (Roman Polanski, 1965) Repulsion is the first film in what is loosely termed as director Roman Polanski’s “apartment trilogy,” a series that continued with 1968’s Rosemary’s Baby and culminated with The Tenant, release in 1976. Connecting the film to the sort of dwelling in question couldn’t be more fitting in the case of Repulsion, as the bulk of the film takes place within the enveloping horror of the small apartment manicurist Carol Ledoux (Catherine Deneuve) shares with her sister (Yvonne Furneaux). When her sister leaves for a vacation, Carol is left alone, and her already troubled behavior … Continue reading Top Fifty Films of the 60s — Number Nineteen