Cinemarch Madness: Truffaut Division Poll
Frankie, Frankie, Frankie. Ya killin' me here.
…Okay. I haven't seen Central Station, The Heiress, Judgment at Nuremberg, or Monster's Ball, so I won't vote for them.
That doesn't help much in terms of ruling things out, but I'll start with The 400 Blows (has a sweetness to it, as even the dreariest Truffaut tends to), Atonement (that fevered scene in the camp is gorgeously awful, but I hate the end because I hate the casting), The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (hard to watch but basically uplifting and probably my favorite movie of that year), Funny Games (felt like an exercise, albeit a strenuous one), and Phenomenon (just…don't get why it's here). I get a darkness from The Rose, but it didn't bring me down, and the staginess of Virginia Woolf is a bit distracting. Also Sandy Dennis's teeth. Sorry, Sandy Dennis.
I'm left, then, with Blue Valentine, L.I.E., Remains of the Day, and United 93. The last is a shoo-in; knowing how it ends and having to see the responses of the people on the ground…I'm glad I saw it, and I'm glad I won't see it again. L.I.E. is harder to explain, and I'm still not entirely sure I "like" the ending, but it's what you imagine happening after the film ends that's the dark part…that some people just get lost and stay there. My third vote is a tough one, because I get a little impatient with Remains of the Day. Someone say something. On the other hand, I also got impatient with Blue Valentine at times. Yeeeees yes, he's lost his wedding band. GOT IT. But BV has a love-hangover quality that I both respect and would prefer to avoid, so: BV it is.
What gets through? For the first time, I can't even guess, because I think the toughest watches may have been avoided by many people for just that reason.
Truffaut Division: Vote for the THREE (3) harshest films.
- Blue Valentine (44%, 84 Votes)
- United 93 (44%, 83 Votes)
- Atonement (35%, 67 Votes)
- Monster's Ball (31%, 59 Votes)
- Remains of the Day (23%, 44 Votes)
- Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (22%, 42 Votes)
- Funny Games (16%, 31 Votes)
- Judgment at Nuremberg (14%, 27 Votes)
- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (13%, 24 Votes)
- L.I.E. (8%, 16 Votes)
- The Rose (5%, 10 Votes)
- The Heiress (5%, 9 Votes)
- Central Station (3%, 6 Votes)
- The 400 Blows (2%, 4 Votes)
- Phenomenon (2%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 189
Tags: Atonement Blue Valentine Central Station Cinemarch Madness Francois Truffaut Funny Games Judgment at Nuremberg L.I.E. Monster's Ball movies Phenomenon Remains of the Day Sandy Dennis The 400 Blows The Diving Bell and the Butterfly The Heiress The Rose United 93 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf