The Blockbastard here in our one-horse town finally has competition. It’s the other big video rental joint, Hollywood Video. The two places are pretty similar, but there’s one important difference: HV has plenty of foreign films. We rented Truffaut’s The 400 Blows, Kurosawa’s High and Low, and Claire’s Knee.
So far we’ve watched the first two and we’re batting 1,000, as those were two very fine films. The 400 Blows was a poignant story of an adolescent boy drifting into juvenile delinquency in the darker sections of Paris. The young actor who played Antoine was marvelous. I wonder if he did anything else noteworthy?
High and Low was a great kidnapping/detective story and was different from any other Kurosawa movie I had seen before. Well-done storytelling and plenty of good police and detective work was detailed. In addition to Toshiro Mifune, I recognized a lot of actors from previous Kurosawa films.
Tonight: Claire’s Knee, which we will watch until it’s time to tune in to the replay of the Tour de France.