Description: Any crash course in early film history will no doubt include Jean Epstein’s La Glace à Trois Faces. Structured as a psychological triptych, three women reflect on their respective relations with a conceited man – known only as L’homme – who revels in blowing off prior engagements to play with his sports car. The […]
Description: The four-part Lichtspiel: Opus was an early film career high for Walter Ruttman, an artist with a background in painting, graphic design, and architecture, and a future in Nazism (he supported Hitler and assisted Leni Riefenstahl with conceiving Triumph of the Will.) Ruttman was committed to a sanitarium after suffering a nervous breakdown on […]
Description: Seven years before Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles broke the three hour mark and earned Chantal Akerman the loyalty of arthouse film fans and feminists alike, the Belgian filmmaker made her debut with this considerably shorter DIY effort. Saute ma ville stars Akerman herself as an eccentric young woman who seeks […]
Description: Filmmaker, photographer, writer, musician, “the prototype of the twenty-first-century man” (according to Alain Resnais), the 90-year-old Chris Marker is recognized as all of these things. But animal lover needs to be on that list, as well. Upon being asked for a photograph of himself, the artist has frequently offered up one of his cat, […]
Description: Les Mistons, aka The Mischief Makers, was Francois Truffaut’s second film and the one that established him as an emerging talent. It’s a warm and funny look at an unruly group of boys enjoying their summer holiday while experiencing their first strong feelings of sexual arousal. And it’s all thanks to the radiance of […]
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 […]
Description: Long before the Velvet Revolution, Godard and a loose collective of Marxist filmmakers traveled to Czechoslovakia to capture images of daily life. The raw footage was then edited–with much sarcasm–to convey that the evil grip of capitalism extends far into the ailing Communist Bloc.