3 movies and a book. And they all arrived in the post this morning.
OK, I've had my Christmas now.
The movies are.....
Jean-Luc Godard's Weekend- I saw this first in a neighbourhood cinema in Neuchatel when it first came out and the Paris evenements were playing in the background and what it said to me was, "Anything is possible; everything is permitted." I've had a lot of big experiences with a lot of movies but this was the biggest.
Lindsay Anderson's If- I went to an English public school and- forget Mr Chips- this is the movie that tells it like it is. I too had had that fantasy of stealing guns from the armoury and climbing on the chapel roof and shooting the bastards down. It's what kept me happy during the nightly ordeal of choral evensong. If is the only British movie of the 60s that belongs in the same company as Weekend, Belle de Jour and Persona.
Frantisek Vlacil's Marketa Lazarova- This is entirely new to me. It's a medieval epic that's been compared to The Seventh Seal and Andrei Rublev and that's all I need to know. The Czechs seem to think it's the best Czech film ever.
And the book is...
Murakami's Wind-up Bird Chronicle. They don't have it at the library and I wasn't prepared to hang around while they ordered it for me. We'd built up a lot of credit at Amazon- so it actually cost all of £1.47.