Here is a brief introduction about Eclipse Series on Criterion.com:
Eclipse is a selection of lost,forgotten,or overshadowed classics in simple,affordable editions.Each Series is a brief cinematheque retrospective for the adventurous home viewer.
The last few words “adventurous home viewer” interest me,I think there are 2 reasons Criterion call these people “adventurous“.
First,the “overshadowed ” Eclipse Series are less known works of big names like Akira Kurosawa,Yasujiro Ozu,Louis Malle etc,you know their names,but have never heard of those films.
Second,the “lost&forgotten” Eclipse Series,you haven’t even heard of the director’s name,and you know what? there is no supplement to help you,it kills you!! Why? Because they are “affordable editions“!!
I consider myself very adventurous as a film buff,but I have only tried few of them.The ones I have tried are Late Ozu,Larisa Shepitko,Kenji Mizoguchi’s Fallen Woman,Lubitsch Musicals,I like them all but Lubitsch Musicals is the only series I have seen all of its 4 films.They easily became my favorite musicals and I think it is a must for Lubitsch fans to watch them to fully understand the essence of Lubitsch Touch.
If you are still too “afraid” to try any of the Eclipse Series,David Blakeslee’s A Journey Through the Eclipse Series column on CriterionCast might help you a little.
So,have you been “adventurous” enough to try some of the Eclipse Series?And what are your great recommendations for me and other Criterion fans ??(Facebook Comments are enabled on this blog)