Powerdoc, when you say Alien3 and huis clos
in the same sentence I can't help but think of saying "hell is other ...[alien movies]" um... anyway...
talking about Amelie as "masterpiece" I think may be overstating it a little. Sure it a good film and definitley better than 99% of the stuff coming out on any given year . . . but a 'masterpiece' ... i don't think so. Its just too much of the gimmicky fast cuts camera action, stylistic color sense reminiscent of advertising design, and fast cute little cutaway scenes . . . the characters were also over the top "characatures", cliched types, not people (which of course is part of his filmaking style but in this case with some it was too much) such as the old man painting the Renoir over and over.... that's a little thick, I mean isn't the cake sweet enough already, isn't just a little 'too special the old Paris eccentric with a heart and a wisdom of untapped love and insight..." sheesh!
and why Renoir?!?!? is it because he is generally thought of as the fluff and barbie doll kitsch expressionist, I mean, was the film maker being self consciouse about the treacley sweetness of the film or is it all just too much, or is it just part and parcel of teh over-all tendency of the film to dip into the realms of Hallmark card sentimentality .... . . .
anyway, I actually liked the film a lot... though.
I liked Delicatessen almost more, for one, because its genuinly very strange without a simplistic emotional take.