Aki Kaurismäki – Hopeful Cynicism | CRISWELL | Cinema Cartography

Aki Kaurismäki – Hopeful Cynicism | CRISWELL | Cinema Cartography


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90 thoughts on “Aki Kaurismäki – Hopeful Cynicism | CRISWELL | Cinema Cartography

  1. Your observations are inspiring and your eloquence in conveying them are nothing less than inspirational. Any director/writer with writers/directors-block needs to subscribe to your channel like a prescription. Kaurismaki's latest film The Other Side of Hope starts in our cinema here today. You've just helped me admire his stuff on a completely new level. Keep up the brilliant work mate!

  2. As a Finn, it feels weird that you consider Aki Kaurismäki's films as comedies.. I mean yeah, they're full of funny bits, but apart from the few of his early black and white films, few here would think of them as comedies.

  3. Very interesting although I've never heard of the guy before. Could you recommend me a film or two of his as a start?

  4. Thanks!
    The rare times I stumble over a Karusmaki film it´s always a strangely satisfying experience. Now it is more clear why.
    Totally recommend to see his films in small cinemas. They are much more cinematic than it seems.

  5. than kyou for your videos and analysis. Its nice that you want to go so deep. I think maibe if its going to be so long you could let moments without word longer.

  6. Once I worked together with a guy who used to drive a taxi in Cologne. He told me the story of when he picked up a foreigner at the airport. Like taxi drivers generally do he started a conversation.
    "So, where do you come from?"
    "Finland."
    "Oh, I only know one thing about Finland: The director Aki Kaurismäki."
    And the guy answered in (broken) German:
    "Ich bin Aki Kaurismäki."

    And he actually was.

  7. its honestly kinda bizarre to me to see a Finnish director brought up in a analysis like this but great video as always. Hearing you pronounce it "Äki Kärismäki" is pretty funny though.

  8. I love your work but you sound overly dramatic all the time in every one of your videos. I think it would help your channel to be just a little bit more lively.

  9. When I watch analyses like this, or the Cowboy Bebop one, I can't help but think how nice it'd have been if you'd do a breakdown like this of Nana (TV) …

  10. thank you so much for this video. kaurismäki is my favourite director, and i find it very intriguing how non-finnish viewers approach his style and narrative. keep up the great work!

  11. I'd always suspected you were the one video essayist on youtube who wasn't, well, an absolute fucking pleb. This is great, Lewis. Keep upping the ante. There's already way too many channels blabbering on about superhero movies and Tarantino.

  12. Strongly disagree that his cinematography is uninteresting and flat. It may not be exciting as in boogie nights or fury road but it is not uninteresting nor poorly done.
    12:23

  13. I really like the clips. Which one of his films would you recommend as a starting point?

  14. 1.485.987.562.145.759.452.458,99 – The number of times he says Kaurismäki instead of any other suitable pronoun, other than that, great video mate.

  15. Amazing video. You're just getting better. Congratulations.
    What you guys think is the best Kaurismaki film? I've only watched Leningrad Cowboys and The Man Without a Past and I loved them.

  16. This was really helpful. I'm writing and directing a short film about being a starving artist in todays world. This gave me a new perspective on what it means to direct a film with a "loser" character

  17. Oh my god thank you so much for makind this video.
    I looooove Kaurismäki and many of my friends do as well here in mexico. It's so nice to se an idol be appreciated by someone that can make it be know by a wider audience ♥

  18. Chris: could you do an expose on Mexican films/directors please?
    Many great directors like Cuaron, Del Toro and others have incredible lesser know filmes and also Mexico has a thriving scene for film as well.
    Thanks!

  19. I'd enjoy hearing your thoughts on Orson Welles/his work. I think you'd be able to analyze it as good as you did Taxi Driver. Cheers

  20. I think Wes Anderson also uses this method of downplaying drama to enhance comedy very masterfully. Great analysis as always!

  21. Please do Na hong jin's wailing. I think most people here would be more than interested to hear your thoughts about it.

  22. So, basically, you are saying Kurismaki would be the best choice for directing Dark Souls movie.

  23. Great video on a filmmaker I don't yet know. Thanks! Can anyone tell me which movie the scene with the two men sitting on narrow beds and reading a newspaper is from?

  24. Your writing is so good. Thank you for all the hard work in bringing this amazing work to us. Respect.

  25. Finnish tango music is really important in Aki Kaurismäki's movies; I was hoping that you would have analysed it's importance.

  26. Hey Chris – Have you ever considered doing a video on the symbolism in House of Cards? I think it would be pretty interesting. Love your work!!

  27. The minecraft super duper graphics upgrade ad is the manifestation of what pain is.
    I like Criswell's video though.

  28. Aki sounds like my kind of director. Does anyone have any suggesstions what Kaursmäki movies you should look at ?

  29. As usual, a great video. I really liked your analysis of Kaurismaki's quite, subtle humour.
    On the other side, I wonder what you make of Kusturica's Underground with its surreal humour.

  30. Great analysis, but you forgot to mention Kaurismäki's use of music, the way he expresses the otherwise emotionless character's inner emotions with pop, folk and rock songs, often performed within the movie.

  31. I hate to say these things but this is one of the most pretentious reviews I have ever seen, I cringed at the rhetoric, did you have a dictionary in hand as words have meanings. I must also say he is just being Finnish, and that is something that cannot be read or understood without any experience, I am shocked also to see comments on a lesser known director. really!!! anyhow please at least learn to pronounce his name properly…you didn't….

  32. Jack Lemmon said in a documentary about Billy Wilder that most people don't get what having a sense of humor is all about or why Billy had it to such a rare degree. Lemmon said that having a sense of humor is NOT having an appreciation of humor, but that it's an ability to look at situations that others also saw and see the secret comedy in it that not everyone can see.

    It doesn't surprise me to see some finnish people bragging about how they can't see any comedy in Kaurismäki, but when contrasted to the above mentioned anecdote that would just mean that they are the other guy in that set up, not that Kaurismäki is the person who has to go on without Billy's gift.

    I've said it before that I think Kaurismäki, whilst being a finnish man, is a french filmmaker (with all his influences, seemingly none of them finnish) so finnish people aren't necessarily those in the most optimal position to either appreciate or understand him. Can the average finnish person tell you alot about Bresson, Prevert, Melville, Godard, Becker, Langlois or all the rest?

  33. "people talk too much anyway so I never write more than one page's scenes anymore. and anyway talking is nonsense. there's no sense for that. no reason." hahah

  34. So mies vailla menneisyyttä was supposed to be a comedy? That explains a lot. I saw it on tv and it was the most boring film I've ever seen.

  35. I'm amazed at your razor-sharp analysis of Kaurismäki's humour and vision. As a screenwriter myself I find your video essays greatly useful. Thanks for all the work you put in it and for sharing it!

  36. nice video except for the times you said kaurismäki wrong. like seriously, finnish is the world's most phonetic language, and how difficult is it to pronounce this stuff?

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