Wednesday, January 20, 2010

acquiring

i've decided that this year i am going to allow myself to purchase one book and one film per month. i have many books, and love getting and reading new ones. but my film collection is quite scant and only includes films i REALLY love and someday want my children to watch (like 'room with a view', 'the danish poet', animation of yuri norstein, 'persuasion'). here's what i just bought for january:i've been meaning to read some rilke for quite some time, and that quote from my last post pushed me over the edge. i did a little research and like the looks of this book. if for nothing but the title alone!
'la strada' is one of my all-time favorite films. i love it's haunting beauty, the sad circus feel, the portrait of true unconditional love that breaks your heart, the hope and magic that can exist in all places . . . definitely one i want in my library.
others on the film list are:
'spirited away' or 'howl's moving castle' (or both), 'the sound of music', 'true stories', 'you can't take it with you', 'jean de florette' and 'manon de la source' . . . and lots of other i can't think of. classics. building a library. what suggestions do you have? essentials in your film library?

5 comments:

GrittyPretty said...

such great films!
maybe you've seen some of these?
The Color of Paradise
To Live
Once
The Polish Wedding
Practical Magic
anything directed by Sally Potter: Tango Lesson, Orlando
xo,
quel

LouBennion said...

If you fancy Rilke, get "Wings of Desire," Wim Wender's film based on some Rilke poems.

eped said...

Rural Hours - Susan Fennimore Cooper.

just a guess, maybe check it out before you buy.

david. said...
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david. said...

i know you've seen "central station" but i think fernanda montenegro is brilliant in it and it kills me every time i think of that final scene with her on the bus back to rio.

i love that movie.
and i love you!