[Bergman triple play]

More from the Janus festival:

* The Seventh Seal. At first I thought I had made a terrible mistake scheduling a film about death at the end of a really long day, but I was totally taken by surprise by how accessible it was, as well as by the amount of humor. That’s not to say it isn’t a grim film, but it is beautiful & full of humanity.

* Wild Strawberries was simple & beautiful, sad but also hopeful. It’s the one in this set that I am most likely to revisit in future.

* Fanny & Alexander. Sprawling, moving, lusty, colorful. We got the short (3 hour) version in Seattle, but I’d LOVE to see the full 5+ hour version. Luckily it’s available in the Criterion edition, so someday, maybe.

It’s been such an amazing experience getting to see all of these films on the big screen! Television just doesn’t cut it, folks.

[Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown]

In theaters this fall they’re doing a really cool series of Pedro Almodóvar films. Last week they ran Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown & I caught it on Thurday night. He’s a remarkable director (well, of course, or they wouldn’t do this sort of a series for him). I haven’t seen all of his films, but I’ve loved the several I’ve seen because they are all about women, they’re all clever, and they’re all messy and real in spite of featuring characters that could easily be cartoonish. Women is funny and colorful and touching. And has the original Mambo Cab. Take that, 200 Cigarettes.

This week they’re running three more. I’m planning to make it to two. Talk to Her is only playing when I’m still at work. Woe! Though I’ve seen it on the big screen already, when it first came out.