Part of our ongoing From the Videotheque Vault series and in honor of PRIDE month, contributor Ashlee Jordan takes us back to the 1970s to recount the works of John Waters.
Part of our ongoing From the Videotheque Vault series, contributor Sean Duffy takes a look at Todd Haynes’ long out-of-print debut short film, Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story.
Part of our ongoing From the Videotheque Vault series, Ruby Katz brings us Tomas Alfredson’s Swedish horror film, Let The Right One In (2008).
Part of our ongoing Videotheque Vault series, Isabella Miller brings us two of Turkish filmmaker Yeşim Ustaoğlu’s critiques of nationalism, Journey to the Sun (1999) & Waiting for the Clouds (2003).
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 […]
Part of our ongoing From the Vidéothèque Vault series, Mike LeSuer brings us Joachim Trier’s 2011 drama Oslo, August 31st. Documenting a single day of a recovering drug addict, the film addresses the struggles of addiction while confronting broader concerns of self-absorption through drawing parallels between physical and mental landscapes.
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 […]
Part of our ongoing From the Vidéothèque Vault series, Anna Siemienkiewicz brings us a Czech cinema gem, Karel Steklý’s The Good Soldier Schweik (1957). This brilliant satire on the Austro-Hungarian society of the late 1910s is surprisingly still relevant with its portrayal of authoritarian power and patriotic obedience.
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 […]
Part of our ongoing From the Vidéothèque Vault series, Chris Houkal brings us the documentary Maxwell Street Blues from filmmakers Linda Williams and Raul Zaritsky. Shot in 1979, as the area was transitioning from a century old massive outdoor marketplace to an upscale shopping district and university campus, the filmmakers were able to document the last […]