Lumpyoatmeal saidA film by Ingmar Bergman. Shockingly boring. Obviously I'm not intellectual enough to appreciate his stuff.
Gee whiz, for shocking, I was going to say Bergman's "Cries and Whispers
," but in a favorable way. I'm actually much into Bergman, and possess all but maybe three of his films on DVD or videocassette. If I may: It's not so much intellectual
as whether a viewer connects with Bergman's world-view/feelings/ethos. I can understand if people who aren't Swedish or at least Scandinavian have a hard time with him (I'm half Swedish), but Bergman and I connect on all cylinders. For intellectual
bafflement, there's French "New Wave" films. Anyway, "Cries and Whispers" is shocking because we get to be with a dying and indeed dead person (and don't think "Sunset Blvd.
") in some pretty unpleasant moments. Whee.
If viewers can put themselves into a 1929 frame of mind, that year's "In Old Arizona
"--pretty much a Western--is kind of shocking because, as '29 audiences would not at all expect, the Latino guy is the sympathetic male lead (as opposed to the white male lead), and because of what happens to the female lead, and because there are some sexy situations and double-entendres. (But it's pretty tame by 2016 standards.)
OK, one more: Hitchcock's "The Birds
" is actually emotionally savage, and leaves tough ol' me numb at the end because of its bleakness.