Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Cinema Cycle - Chinese Roulette


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

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DATE REVIEWED: 01/20/2016


FORMAT: LaserDisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 22 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 17 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 3930 miles

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SYNOPSIS: An adulterous couple end up at a country estate with their lovers and their screaming, crippled daughter where deep felt family secrets are eventually discussed.  

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CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Lies and the messed up lives we live.  It is all about the guilt and the distraction from it.    

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PROS AND CONS: This is the first Fassbinder film that I have seen and it probably won’t be the last.  Take Bergman, Fellini and Truffaut and roll them all into one and this is what you get.

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The film is at times uncomfortable to watch and totally engrossing.  The characters do not act in the typical Hollywood sense.  The trappings and mannerisms of 1960s Germany is portrayed as very stoic, but there is emotional tension boiling under the surface of all the characters.

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Much of the camera work is in a voyeuristic style, often peering at the action from behind a fern or a chair, or at a low angle to make it appear that the viewer is sitting while the other people in the room are standing.    



To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.