Harriet Andersson in Summer with Monika (1953, dir. Ingmar Bergman).
“And that last shot of Nights of Cabiria, when Giulietta Masina stares fixedly into the camera: have we forgotten that this, too, appeared in the last reel but one of Summer With Monika? Have we forgotten that we had already experienced–but with a thousand times more force and poetry–that sudden conspiracy between actor and spectator which so aroused André Bazin’s enthusiasm, when Harriet Andersson, laughing eyes clouded with confusion and riveted on the camera, calls on us to witness her disgust in choosing hell instead of heaven?” Jean-Luc Godard, Cahiers du Cinéma, 1958.
“Summer With Monika, in fact, already is Et Dieu…créa la femme, but brought off brilliantly, without a single flaw, without a single hesitation, with total lucidity in both dramatic and moral construction and in its development, in other words its mise en scène….One must see Summer With Monika, if only for the extraordinary moment when Harriet Andersson, before making love with the man she has already thrown out once before, stares fixedly into the camera, her laughing eyes clouded with confusion, and calls on us to witness her disgust at involuntarily choosing hell instead of heaven. It is the saddest shot in the history of the cinema.” Jean-Luc Godard, Arts (1958).
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Alec Baldwin on 1st season of 30 Rock.
Great colection, man. Congratulations.
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