Female Inhibition and Empowerment in 1960s Paris

Part of our ongoing From the Videotheque Vault series, Ruby Katz brings us one of Agnes Varda’s remarkable contributions to the French New Wave, combining feminism and inhibition in Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962). This elegant display of womanhood in 1960s France plays as a front-runner in gynocentric cinema, revealing the insecurity and confidence of […]

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Voyeurism, Vampirism, and Other Concerns of Adolescence

Part of our ongoing From the Vidéothèque Vault series, Mike LeSuer brings us Jaromil Jireš’ 1971 fever dream Valerie and Her Week of Wonders. Released at the tail end of the Czech New Wave, the film playfully explores the nuances of puberty from the perspective of a young girl in one of the movement’s more malleable allegories for […]

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Serbian Five-String Serenade

Part of our ongoing From the Vidéothèque Vault series, Chris Houkal brings us another film in our Real Chicago series: Jill Godmilow’s The Popovich Brothers of South Chicago (1976). Godmilow follows members of The Popovich Brothers, a Chicago-based Serbian-American tamburitza band, as they slowly recover from the death of fellow band mate and brother, ‘Marko’ Popovich. After 50 […]

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