What Got This Director Here?: His chronicles of poverty.
My Favorite Past Experience Was…: N/A
What Did I Watch: Blood.
Where Does He Fit: Blood is my first Costa film, and I can already tell our relationship is going to be a bit rocky. The compositions in this are maybe some of the most stunning uses of black and white that I’ve seen since Night of the Hunter, but the plot relating to a father and his children is barely there and the shots seem to actively avoid relationships with one another beyond some uses of the same actors and locations. It’s certainly revolutionary stuff, but I think my conventionality means I might have to really make an effort for future installments in his attempts to slow everything down.
Most Valuable Asset: Slow, slow misery.
Most Excited For: In Vanda’s Room/Colossal Youth.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Undecided. This is talented and wearying.
Coming Up Next: Paranoiac fallen from grace, Alan J. Pakula.