Mark Kermode's film blog :: C i n é f a g o s :: Chris Marker Chris Marker (born Christian Hippolyte François Georges Bouche-Villeneuve) was a French writer, photographer, documentary film director, multimedia artist and film essayist. His best known films are La jetée (1962), A Grin Without a Cat (1977), Sans Soleil (1983) and AK (1985), an essay film on the Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. Marker is often associated with the Left Bank Cinema movement that occurred in the late 1950s and included such other filmmakers as Alain Resnais, Agnès Varda, Henri Colpi and Armand Gatti. His friend and sometime collaborator Alain Resnais has called him "the prototype of the twenty-first-century man." Film theorist Roy Armes has said of him: "Marker is unclassifiable because he is unique...The French Cinema has its dramatists and its poets, its technicians, and its autobiographers, but only has one true essayist: Chris Marker."  Works  The Forthright Spirit (Le cœur net) Chris Marker's debut novel. Download the English edition in PDF. 26 min. With
Overdrive: The Films of Léos Carax - Harvard Film Archive February 15 - February 24, 2013 “It’s incredible how much cinema can do. We forget.” – Leos Carax When he released his first film in 1984 at the age of 23, Leos Carax was heralded as some sort of cross between Rimbaud and Antoine Doinel (of The 400 Blows) – part prodigy and part enfant terrible, a creature of the cinema. The film’s lead actor, Denis Lavant, reappeared in Carax’s next two films, always playing a romantic young man named Alex. As if the bigger-than-life ambition of The Lovers on the Bridge had brought this cycle to fruition, and the difficulties of the film’s production taken their toll, Carax waited several years before making another movie, Pola X, his only work without Lavant. Initially Carax was often compared to two other French filmmakers from the 1980s: Jean-Jacques Beineix (Diva) and Luc Besson (Subway). A critics’ favorite here and in France, Carax also arouses cult-level enthusiasm in his fans on both sides of the Atlantic, and it’s not hard to see why. Pola X
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Panic Movement The movement's violent theatrical events were designed to be shocking, and to release destructive energies in search of peace and beauty. One four-hour performance known as Sacramental Melodrama was staged in May 1965 at the Paris Festival of Free Expression. The "happening" starred Jodorowsky dressed in motorcyclist leather and featured him slitting the throats of two geese, taping two snakes to his chest and having himself stripped and whipped. Other scenes included "naked women covered in honey, a crucified chicken, the staged murder of a rabbi, a giant vagina, the throwing of live turtles into the audience, and canned apricots References Bibliography Arrabal, Fernando (1973).
Images: A Journal of Film and Popular Culture Blog de Partigi - La Coctelera Moon In The Gutter: A Moon in the Gutter Q&A with Writer and Director Daniel Bird Happy New Year! I hope everyone reading here had a great 2010 and I hope 2011 turns out even better. Thanks so much for all the support here and I am going to try my best to keep rocking throughout this new year. ***Just one of the amazing Mondo Vision Zulawski DVDs that Daniel has been actively involved with*** I first discovered Daniel's great writing in the pages of Eyeball and Necronomicon back in the mid-nineties and I have followed his work since. Moon in the Gutter: First up, can you tell us a bit about your background and where you are from? Daniel Bird: I come from Stoke-on-Trent - an industrial town in the Midlands. What were some of the initial films and filmmakers from your youth that originally sparked your passion for the cinema? Monster Movies. Since a lot of us are thinking of the already much missed Jean Rollin right now, and since it was your piece on Rollin that first introduced me to your work about fifteen years ago I wanted to ask you about Jean.
The Masters of Cinema Series | Eureka! The Masters of Cinema Series February 2014 Bujalski, Wellman, Lumet, Fellini New releases : Le mani sulla città March 2014 White Dog March 2014 Roma February 2014 Serpico February 2014 Wings January 2014 DIAMOND VARIATIONS