Koruto wa ore no pasupooto (1967)

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chosen by: Edu

place of viewing: at J&B’s

22.03.2016

Fer, Rui, Julia, Edu, Pablo

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Koruto wa ore no pasupooto (1967)

One thought on “Koruto wa ore no pasupooto (1967)

  1. ruiresende says:

    here’s a fun notion:

    There was a lot going in film world at the beginning of the 60′. The french critics (re)defined how we should see films: the idea that film is unlike literature or other art forms, and has rules of its own: visual narrative. Thus when we look today at the work of people like Hitchcock or Depalma, we can look at what they are doing, in the eye, although the stories they use to hang their visual ideas are (from a literature point of view) empty.

    Truffaut/Godard went further ahead and became filmmakers, playing and poking fun at american stereotypes, specially the gangster film (the hat, the smoke… style basically).

    At the same time something even more interesting to me was happening in Italy, where western was being reworked, with irony and love, by a few italians, lead masterfully by Leone. The dollars films killed any chance we had to ever look at a classic western without clearly understanding how crooked is the whole Ford/Wayne concept of good/evil is, and how prejudiced can pop culture actually be (Spielberg made recently a Ford inspired Bridge of Spies which, after the Iraq world, is still more offensive).

    The fun thing is that Leone, soaked in westerns and american pop culture (the guy grew literally in Cinecittà) got his lessons from Japan. The first dollars film is a remake of Kurosawa’s Yojimbo.

    So this fun film closes the circle: a japanese film which incorporates notions of american gangster films filtered through new wave french irony, and places the thing in a western context, taking the pace (and music) from Leone, who himself wen to Japan to start its life as a director. It really is fun just to get the references straight…

    …and we get a good pair of mofletes, to make things more interesting 😛

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