Vozvrashcheniye (The Return)

Yesterday I watched Vozvrashcheniye (The Return) by Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev. What a brilliant and unforgettable movie! Although it was his feature-length debut, it instantly found a place in my list of top-favorites. The Return is a masterpiece and I can only hope that Zvyagintsev continues his path that started out so promising. Everything was as close to perfection as it can get. The photography was just beautiful, the camera work outstanding.
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Der Phantastische Film

The Halloween season reminded me of a film series on television I really enjoyed when I was a kid. This series was called Der Phantastische Film (The Fantastic Film) and was broadcasted on ZDF, one of the major public tv stations in Germany. Back then there were only a hand full of channels available: three public tv stations, and perhaps one or two Dutch channels as well. The private, commercial, pay-tv, music- or other specialized channels followed many years later in the mid to late 80s.

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