Big Week

As mentioned last week, I travaled to Oslo to attend a 70mm festival this week, and got to see a lot of movies in the fine format. Most of the oscar nominated ones I had seen before, like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010: The Year We Make Contact, The Abyss, Phantom Thread and Spartacus, but there was a few I had never seen before.

South Pacific (1958)
Tonally all over the place, often it felt like a parody than anything else. As the saying goes, this one didn’t reach The Sound of Music to its knees.
Winner of Best Sound in 1959.
Nominated for Best Cinematography, Color and Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture.

Dersu Uzala (1975)
Such a beautiful, beautiful film. When I got to the halfway point, I thought to myself that I wouldn’t mind this film going on forever. Loved it!
Winner of Best Foreign Language Film in 1976.

Hamlet (1996)
This was trouble. First of all, it is four hours long. Second, it is in Ye Olde English. Third, no subtitles for a poor foreign dude like me. I got the broad picture, but missed the nuances, and that made the experience for me rather tedious at times.
Nominated for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design and Best Music, Original Dramatic Score in 1997.

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