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Five art house films you need to watch

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the exterminating angelEl Ángel Exterminador (The Exterminating Angel)
Spanish surrealist satire (1962)

The father of surrealistic cinema Luis Buñuel co-wrote and directed this witty, dark satire. A group of people are having a formal dinner party. The guests retire to the drawing room after dinner and discover that the servants have left. Now, this is where it gets weird. There is no explanation why but the guests are convinced that they can’t leave even though there’s nothing stopping them from doing so. Left to their own devices, they slowly turn into complete savages. This is such a bizarre and fun film. Buñuel’s quixotic wit is great.blow-upBlow-Up
British thriller (1966)

David Hemmings (a hero of mine) plays a nihilistic fashion photographer in swinging London who finds something very suspicious in the shots he has taken of a couple embracing in a desolate park. Has he captured a murder on film? Michelangelo Antonioni directed this existential masterpiece which is widely considered one of the most influential films of the 1960s. It’s definitely one of my all-time favourite films.alphavilleAlphaville: Une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (Alphaville: A Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution)
French dystopian science fiction film noir (1965)

Written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard and starring the fantastic Anna Karina. An American secret agent arrives in Alphaville, a futuristic city on another planet where the evil scientist who rules the city has outlawed self-expression and love. The agent must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler. This is a brilliant, visually stunning film. Anna Karina is always such a joy to watch. She’s one of my favourite actresses.a woman under the influenceA Woman Under the Influence
American drama (1974)

This sharp commentary on American blue-collar life was written and directed by John Cassavetes (who is excellent as Guy in Rosemary’s Baby). Gena Rowlands’ portrayal of an eccentric housewife who descends into madness is extraordinary. When her behaviour starts affecting their children, her husband has her committed to a psychiatric hospital for six months. You can probably guess that her homecoming does not go well. It’s a harrowing film with one of the most memorable performances ever committed to celluloid.discreet charm of the bourgeoisieLe Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie)
French Italian Spanish surrealist satire (1972)

Alright, so I like Luis Buñuel. He co-wrote and directed this strange satire in which a group of upper-middle class people are trying to have dinner together but never quite manage to. There are five different gatherings of the group of friends throughout the film and four different characters’ dreams that link the scenes together. It’s virtually plotless but it’s so much fun. If you like surrealism you should definitely watch this film.

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3 thoughts on “Five art house films you need to watch

  1. Pingback: Five brilliant voyeuristic films | Chiaki Creates

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