Dancing the fire of the evolution of horror cinema, which is in great change today, from the silent years of cinema, Danish director Benjamin Christensen is one of the artists of his age. Häxan, an image-bombarded film that tells the history of witchcraft and witchcraft in Europe through myths, fairy tales, religious stories, religious artwork and folklore, is one of his masterpieces. This cursed film, where Swedish local authorities try to ban, and Christensen’s support historians are fleeing, is a kind of unique experience that may be of interest to those who are interested in the subject and those who want to meet interesting examples of silent cinema.
Brief Encounter (1945)
Lawrence of Arabia – Lawrence of Arabia, Bridge of Kwai – The Bridge on the River Kwai and Dr. Brief Encounter, one of the minimal works in the career of David Lean, the master director of films such as Jivago, is about the impossible love story of a man married to a married woman who met in the cafeteria of the train station. Lean, who has received subtle performances from Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard, crownes her film with a romance beyond the era that is relatively against the conservative codes of classic Hollywood. She won an Oscar nomination in the Brief Encounter, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay categories.
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
This Elia Kazan film focuses on the relationship between high school teacher Blanche DuBois, her sister Stella and her husband Stanley, with Marlon Brando’s overflowing and almost over-time staff. Adapted to cinema from Tennessee Williams’ movie, Kazan builds tremendous sexual tension between Blanche and Stanley, as well as between Stanley and Stella. The movie, starring Vivien Leigh and Kim Hunter, has won an Oscar nomination in 12 categories, earning Leigh the Best Actress and Hunter the Best Supporting Actress category.
Branded to Kill (1967)
Carrying the signature of Seijun Suzuki, one of the unique creators of the Japanese cinema, Branded to Kill is one of the best films of the director, which we know with a different approach to the genre films, and who are more adept at reflecting the character’s emotional state and the calm that he finds in excesses. Telling the story of a shooter who disagrees with the people he works with, the film turns into an awesome cat-and-mouse game when another hitman or even the best hired killer of the country gets involved. With the camera angles and different narrative reminiscent of comic books, Branded to Kill is once a hidden treasure that the viewer cannot forget.
The Dead Zone (1983)
This relatively little-known film by master director David Cronenberg, who has made remarkable studies on human nature, biopolitics and sci-fi cinema, tells the story of Johnny Smith, who miraculously became himself after five years in a coma. Smith recovered, but the coma process gave him psychic powers. Smith can now see sections from the future. Although this power may seem like a gift at the beginning, it will ruin your life. In this film, Cronenberg adapted from the novel of Stephen King to the cinema, he did not forget to list the harsh criticisms of the political climate of the 80s USA. Christopher Walken’s performance in the movie is high.
This non-retractable masterpiece of feminist cinema, signed by Agnés Varda, begins with the discovery of the body of a young woman who died by freezing and conveys to her audience how the young woman came to this point in the company of comebacks. A traveler, the incompatible young woman’s dialogue with the ordinary men and women she met during her journey, while revealing the views and concerns of the society about this woman they could not put into any form, drags her towards the end of the pain. The winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, bringing the Cesar award to the lead actor Sandrine Bonnaire, is undoubtedly one of the best films of the director we have recently lost, and will be a quick introduction to the cinema of those who have not yet met Varda!
The Celebration (1998)
The Celebration, which was the first film of Dogma 95 movement, which emerged with a 10-item manifesto that defines the need to be cleansed from elements such as light, decor, theatrical acting, which are contrary to the original form of the cinema, by the director of Thomas Vintenberg. It focuses on a family that comes together to celebrate its sixth birthday. Vintenberg reflects this celebration, in its cruest form, with the unrest, fights, ambitions and all kinds of purulent in the family. The film won the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and became a Golden Globe nominee in the Best Foreign Film category.