Ashes and Diamonds (1958)
Ashes and Diamonds, the last part of the Battle Trilogy of Andrzej Wajda, one of the greatest masters of Polish cinema, started with Pokolenie and continued with the Channel, II. It takes the audience to the last day of World War II. A member of the Polish resistance organization is tasked with killing one of the Soviet delegations who came to the region after the war ended, but the assassin meets a young woman in this process and begins to think that another life is possible. Adapted from Jerzy Andrzejewski’s novel, which is also translated into Turkish as Ash and Diamond, this masterpiece stands out with its skill in telling a nation’s fate through an individual story and the mastery of Wajda in establishing the world. The film also provides an important opportunity to meet actress Zbigniew Cybulski, who is known as James Dean of Poland and died in a young tragic train accident.
El ángel exterminador (1962)
The masterpiece of surrealism and class satire in cinema, Luis Buñuel’s undisputed master, is one of the strongest single narratives of all time. One day a group of people gather in a mansion for a bourgeois invitation; but at the end of the invitation they can never leave here. In this process, with the rise of interpersonal tension, the class, which sees itself as privileged, gradually falls under the microscope, and master Buñuel. El ángel exterminador, which we can define as a ridiculous and creepy movie, is one of the peak points of cinematic art, which has won the FIPRESCI Award at the Cannes Film Festival, where many directors, especially Godard, are respected in their films and with its finale.
The Crazies (1973)
George A. Romero, the most important director of the sub-genre of zombie movies, who was previously featured in our home cinema selection with the original vampire narrative Martin, is our guest this time with a horror-sci-fi-action hybrid. The Crazies, shot from the shadow of the Vietnam roach and the Watergate scandal, is about what happened as a result of the fall of the state plane carrying a human-made virus and the mixing of the virus into the drinking water of a small town. This production, which is in direct dialogue with the days we live with elements such as masks, protective clothing, epidemic and quarantine, is one of the important movies of the 70s that are overlooked and waiting to be discovered.
István Szabó, one of the giant names of the Hungarian cinema, in his film adapted from German novel Klaus Mann’s novel in the Netherlands in exile years, tells his rise in the axis of the story of the rise of a theater actor by turning his camera to Germany in the 1930s. The film (and thus the novel) was banned for years because it was inspired by the real-life story of German actress Gustaf Gründgens, who also appeared in films such as M and Faust, and was collaborated with the Nazis, but in 2000, the censorship curtain on the film was removed. In the year it was shown, Mephisto extended the Oscar award in the Best Foreign Language Film category, and won the Best Screenplay Award and FIPRESCI Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
Considering the technical narrative possibilities and box office numbers of Hollywood, Devdas is one of the most magnificent films produced by Bollywood, the only serious rival on earth, and it is an amazing three-hour musical about the impossible love story of Devdas and Paro, which gave the film its name. Well, for Devdas, who distinguishes himself from similar films produced in India with an extraordinarily delicate production design, award-winning choreographies and astonishing directing, we can do a real modern classic fit. Bringing together two superstars like Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, the film is a miracle that those who do not watch with their exquisite music, especially Dola Re Dola.
One day, an interesting incident occurs on a suburban train, and the people of the region begin to experience problems within this event. A young police officer suspects that this incident is not as seen and pursues this tragic incident. From this moment, this police has to struggle both with the sounds he has heard in his mind and the effects of this event. In Noise, one of the most successful productions of Australian cinema lately, director Matthew Saville manages to use the sound, which is one of the important elements of his narrative, and creates a powerful viewing experience while establishing a strong balance between immersive detective and psychological tension.