Re: Criterion Collection OCD
Posted by Sam on February 15, 2018, 10:49 am, in reply to "Re: Criterion Collection OCD"
You're probably right that Monterey has a better rep in terms of actual performances rather than when it is assessed as a "historical event." I guess it being more or less at the dawn of the late 60s rock scene makes it feel a lot more fresh. And there's a couple big duds in the Woodstock doc but not really any in Monterey (except Country Joe, who is lame at both festivals IMO). I had never really investigated it before so I think it's more enjoyable for me than others who already had seen a lot of the performances.
I think Rules of the Game is such a big piece of film history that it's worth giving another shot, especially if it has been several years since you saw it. As I said, it really shows its worth when the party at the country estate gets going... lots of coordinated movement, jumping between groups of people, and with different, less noticeable things happening in the background the whole time. It's not the most appealing story since Renoir is basically using it to mock the lifeless, morose upper class, but I find it really interesting during the final half hour.