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Corrie Class Trip 2.0: #8 Sérail

Post by takeshi » Fri Jun 06, 2014 12:34 am

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Sérail (1976, Eduardo de Gregorio)
A search for this shows only Trip mentioning it so I guess it's not really on anyone's radar. Seems like an enjoyable mystery film with a delightful noir reminiscence. Class Trip seems to be at the point where it's dying but maybe some people will try this one out.

Plot: Eric Sange, a young successful English crime novelist is seeking to buy a house in a French village. During a visit, he met the provocative Arianne, the businesswoman-like Agathe and Céleste, the mysterious housekeeper. Why are those three women claiming to live alone in the house? Once this first mystery uncovered, is it really the selling of a seraglio that's offered to the writer?
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Previous Class Trips this edition so far:
#1 - The Worthless (1982, Mika Kaurismäki, Finland) | snapper
#2 - Shopping for Fangs (1997, Quentin Lee and Justin Lin, USA) | takeshi
#3 - The Heart of the Wise Lives in the House of Sorrow (2009, Marin Malešević, Serbia) | Shieldmaiden
#4 - The Forbidden Quest (1993, Peter Delpeut, Netherlands) | kopello
#5 - São Bernardo (1972, Leon Hirszman, Brazil) | Bandy Greensacks
#6 - Evdokia (1971, Alexis Damianos, Greece) | Epistemophobia
#7 - The Ball at the Anjo House (1947, Kozaburō Yoshimura, Japan) | snapper
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Re: Corrie Class Trip 2.0: #8 Sérail

Post by snapper » Fri Jun 06, 2014 12:55 am

i'm there duh
Latest notable first-time viewings:

* The Sun in a Net / Uher
** The Seashell and the Clergyman / Dulac
The Tales of Beatrix Potter / Mills
* A Flood in Ba'ath Country / Amiralay
Times and Winds / Erdem
Most Beautiful Island / Asensio
* Japanese Girls Never Die / Matsui
* Birth Certificate / Różewicz
Bush Mama / Gerima
** Paris Is Burning / Livingston


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Post by JediMoonShyne » Fri Jun 06, 2014 7:58 am

Me, every time wrote:Will definitely watch this one.
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Re: Corrie Class Trip 2.0: #8 Sérail

Post by takeshi » Fri Jun 06, 2014 1:35 pm

why-a you-a lie
"your review shows me only that you dont understand anything about movies and that you are a untalented wanna bee filmmaker with no balls and no understanding what POSTAL is. you dont see courage because you are nothing. and no go to your mum and fuck her …because she cooks for you now since 30 years ..so she deserves it." — Uwe Boll
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Re: Corrie Class Trip 2.0: #8 Sérail

Post by Pinhead » Fri Jun 06, 2014 4:15 pm

I'm gonna watch this flick, maybe tuesday, maybe some other day
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Re: Corrie Class Trip 2.0: #8 Sérail

Post by takeshi » Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:02 pm

Dope. Hoping for a quirky and weird Pinhead™ opinion.
"your review shows me only that you dont understand anything about movies and that you are a untalented wanna bee filmmaker with no balls and no understanding what POSTAL is. you dont see courage because you are nothing. and no go to your mum and fuck her …because she cooks for you now since 30 years ..so she deserves it." — Uwe Boll
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Re: Corrie Class Trip 2.0: #8 Sérail

Post by traz » Fri Jun 06, 2014 11:05 pm

I always download these films, keep them forever, and never watch them.

I have a problem
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Re: Corrie Class Trip 2.0: #8 Sérail

Post by snapper » Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:16 am

is this for this weekend or next? snatching it now
Latest notable first-time viewings:

* The Sun in a Net / Uher
** The Seashell and the Clergyman / Dulac
The Tales of Beatrix Potter / Mills
* A Flood in Ba'ath Country / Amiralay
Times and Winds / Erdem
Most Beautiful Island / Asensio
* Japanese Girls Never Die / Matsui
* Birth Certificate / Różewicz
Bush Mama / Gerima
** Paris Is Burning / Livingston


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Post by Trip » Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:30 am

it's pretty good
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Post by takeshi » Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:13 pm

Let's make it next weekend.
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Post by snapper » Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:20 am

watched this, more later
Latest notable first-time viewings:

* The Sun in a Net / Uher
** The Seashell and the Clergyman / Dulac
The Tales of Beatrix Potter / Mills
* A Flood in Ba'ath Country / Amiralay
Times and Winds / Erdem
Most Beautiful Island / Asensio
* Japanese Girls Never Die / Matsui
* Birth Certificate / Różewicz
Bush Mama / Gerima
** Paris Is Burning / Livingston


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Post by JediMoonShyne » Sun Jun 22, 2014 11:17 am

Will watch this today!
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Post by JediMoonShyne » Sun Jun 22, 2014 2:04 pm

This more than held my attention, but it's an odd one.

Hardly surprised to read that the director wrote a bunch of stuff for Rivette, since this is full of what we have come to know as Rivettian themes. The blonde and the brunette! In many ways Sérail is an extension of Céline and Julie, with Ogier and Pisier once again cast as an eccentric pair. There's also Ruiz parallels, as well as elements that recall a 1970s TV "whodunnit" or murder mystery weekend. The whole thing unfolds like a drawn out ghost story or particularly austere episode of Scooby Doo, gradually revealing more sinister layers but without the chilling climax.

Produced by Beau's beloved Hugo Santiago (Invasión)
Cinematography by Ricardo Aronovich (Invasión, Murmur of the Heart, Providence, Missing, Time Regained)
Assistant Director-ing by Claire Denis!
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Post by Pinhead » Sun Jun 22, 2014 7:27 pm

i got drunk, i fell asleep, several times, happy birthday
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Post by takeshi » Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:23 am

thanks pinhead!

my hard drive broke so you'll need to give me a few days to get it back and watch this
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Post by JediMoonShyne » Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:15 am

Oh yes, the old broken hard drive dodge.

Pull the other one?
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Post by snapper » Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:16 am

This started out kinda dull, then got kinda interesting, then ended kinda dull. It wasn't until afterwards that I did some reading and realised that, yeah, this IS the adaptation of the Céline and Julie Go Boating "play". That didn't really make it better, because that part of C&J was so purposely bad. I dunno, I still had fun, but I think it becomes too obscure after a while. Ogier was fun, I found Redgrave sorta annoying. Pisier and Caron are Pisier and Caron.
Latest notable first-time viewings:

* The Sun in a Net / Uher
** The Seashell and the Clergyman / Dulac
The Tales of Beatrix Potter / Mills
* A Flood in Ba'ath Country / Amiralay
Times and Winds / Erdem
Most Beautiful Island / Asensio
* Japanese Girls Never Die / Matsui
* Birth Certificate / Różewicz
Bush Mama / Gerima
** Paris Is Burning / Livingston


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Post by takeshi » Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:26 am

JediMoonShyne wrote:Oh yes, the old broken hard drive dodge.

Pull the other one?
forreal. the cable at the back pulled out a piece of the internal hardware :(
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Post by JediMoonShyne » Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:28 am

The classic "cable at the back pulled out a piece of the internal hardware" line.

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Post by takeshi » Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:37 am

it used to work on my parents back in my school days
"your review shows me only that you dont understand anything about movies and that you are a untalented wanna bee filmmaker with no balls and no understanding what POSTAL is. you dont see courage because you are nothing. and no go to your mum and fuck her …because she cooks for you now since 30 years ..so she deserves it." — Uwe Boll
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Post by snapper » Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:18 pm

is this another end of an era or would Jedi like to pick one?
Latest notable first-time viewings:

* The Sun in a Net / Uher
** The Seashell and the Clergyman / Dulac
The Tales of Beatrix Potter / Mills
* A Flood in Ba'ath Country / Amiralay
Times and Winds / Erdem
Most Beautiful Island / Asensio
* Japanese Girls Never Die / Matsui
* Birth Certificate / Różewicz
Bush Mama / Gerima
** Paris Is Burning / Livingston


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Post by JediMoonShyne » Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:18 pm

Sure!
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Post by takeshi » Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:44 pm

Got my hard drive back. Sorry for the delay. Hope we can continue doing this even if it's only 2 or 3 people each time.

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The context of the film and how/why it exists is quite interesting due to the before mentioned Rivette associations. The film is glossed in a spooky, bizarre euro arthouse aesthetic, almost closer to the more tasteful side of Jesus Franco (however tasteful that man can possibly get) than Rivette. Dialogue is crude and the whole 'mystery' is thin and non-engrossing but the sedative tone and paint-like colour palette is the main draw, possibly helped by Claire Denis being the assistant director? I agree that it dips in and out of quality throughout. At times it was hard to cement my attention on it though slowly but surely it would be regained through some sort of coalescing of colours or the meditative hypnotism of the pacing.
"your review shows me only that you dont understand anything about movies and that you are a untalented wanna bee filmmaker with no balls and no understanding what POSTAL is. you dont see courage because you are nothing. and no go to your mum and fuck her …because she cooks for you now since 30 years ..so she deserves it." — Uwe Boll
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