Favorite New Films on DVD: Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl

posted by The Joe

A major problem with being a film fan is that you eventually start running out of directors to be excited about discovering. There’s a certain gamut of names to check off the list, and from there, you just have to start reaching out at random titles in the hopes that the work is great, and also that the director made other equally great works that you can now spend your time hunting down.

During this year, only two directors have fit this winning formula for me. First was Yoshihiro Nakamura (Fish Story, Golden Slumber), and now Manoel de Oliveira, the oldest living director (101 years old!) who’s been pulling a Fassbinder by directing one film a year for the last two decades. How did I miss this guy?

Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl is Oliveira’s film from 2009 and just hit theaters and DVD in America. It’s a simple story that only runs 63 minutes, but cuts itself to the bone to tell an engrossing fable with shot compositions reminiscent of the early, no-budget works from the aforementioned Fassbinder. Throw in one strange, fabulous dance sequence and I’m pretty much won over, ready to search for the rest of his filmography. A Talking Picture and Oporto of My Childhood are great (though not as good as this), and there are fifty other titles to see. That should be a worthwhile time-waster.


Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 at 6:07 pm