Short stories and essays by Shaun Costello, as well as excerpts from manuscripts in progress.



(This morning, anyway)

8 and 1/2   1963   


Probably my all-time fave film, period. Responsibility visited, and avoided at all cost. Oh, that Guido.


Grand Illusion   1937

Jean Renoir

When asked to name his ten favorite movies, Orson Welles replied. “Oh, that’s easy, Grand Illusion, and nine others”.


The Bicycle Thief   1948

Vittorio DeSica

DeSica’s poignant look at a father and son in ravaged post-war Rome.


The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie   1972

Luis Bunuel

Bunuel’s love affair with, and hilarious take on the Bourgeoisie – what they do, what they say, how they think – If they do, if they say, if they think. A surreal comedy – the Bunuel way.


Breathless   1960

Jean-Luc Godard


Belmondo and Seberg, on the run. Sometimes silly, often dazzling. Godard’s best, I think. And, the best of the French New Wave.


L’Avventura   1960

Michelangelo Antonioni


Gilligan’s Island for grown-ups.


Beauty and the Beast   1946

Jean Cocteau

Well, you know the story. Cocteau’s masterpiece, and lovely to look at. Say, is that wall moving?







Mr. Hulot’s Holiday   1953

Jacques Tati

The hapless Hulot heads for the seashore. A delightful comedy in mime, with an elastic Tati surviving one catastrophic situation after another. My two fave scenes are The Train Station, and that Taffy that never quite reaches the sand.


Claire’s Knee   1970

Eric Rohmer


At an alpine lake resort, a 35 year old Jerome is struck dumb by teenage Claire. If he could just touch her knee, maybe that would be enough. Sensually photographed by Nestor Almendros, this is Rohmer’s best effort, I think. An intelligent film, meant for an intelligent audience.





Metropolis   1927

Fritz Lang

Lang’s silent sci-fi dazzler. Hard to imagine now, the audience’s reaction in 1927, to these visionary images. Many have not scene this – don’t be one of them. 



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4 responses

  1. What, no British selections? I would have thought you loved our grimy kitchen-sink dystopias and tragic humour.

    January 27, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    • portnoysboy

      Finally, a comment. It’s a valid criticism, GoregoreBritgirl. And I’m a big fan of British Cinema, particularly British Comedies. If you go back to my post, “Ten Funniest Films I can Think of at this Moment”, you’ll find Old Blighty rightfully represented. But I think of European Cinema as different than British, and I limited myself to ten selections. Thanks for commenting.

      January 28, 2011 at 7:23 am

  2. Alan Hoffman

    L’Atalante?!!! Every Bresson?!!! It’s too hard to pick just 10. And there are a lot of recent ones too, jeez!

    January 30, 2011 at 10:27 am

  3. Reblogged this on hurdygurdygurl's Blog and commented:
    Download these shows for your own viewing pleasure and watch them for yourself, recommends Shaun Costello and his blog.

    January 12, 2014 at 9:24 am

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