Simon of the Desert

Description: Simon of the Desert was the last film that Luis Buñuel made in Mexico before settling comfortably into the “late period” that birthed Belle de Jour, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The Phantom of Liberty, etc. Inspired by the life of the ascetic saint Simeon Stylites, the film’s title character has a fixation […]

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Un Chien Andalou

Description: Based on an exchange of dreams between the Spanish duo of Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali, this jolting tale of desire contains one of the most notorious and potently metaphoric sequences in film history: a razor severing a woman’s eyeball in extreme close-up. Drawing from the vivid lives of their subconsciouses, Bunuel and Dali’s […]

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Meshes of the Afternoon

Description: A hugely influential and pioneering experimental film, Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid’s Meshes of the Afternoon is not a narrative film, but, compared to other surrealist underground works of its time, the action onscreen compels viewers to make something more out of the pieces. Deren plays a protagonist trapped in a domestic space, albeit […]

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Waste Land

Description: Art transforms life in this Academy Award-nominated documentary set among a diverse group of garbage pickers, or catadores, in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. On a journey back to his native Brazil, visual artist Vik Muniz wants to photograph the catadores, who make their living by digging recyclables out of the world’s largest […]

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