1961-1970

Leobardo López Aretche – El Grito (1968)

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A documentary on the student movement in Mexico, 1968, made by film students

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A documentary of the conflicts that arose in Mexico in 1968, just before the Olympic Games, between students protesting against the corrupt government, and the police and armed forces. This documentary was made by film students, and remains one of the few graphic testimonies of all the events that led to the massacre of students in Tlatelolco. Read More »

Paolo Heusch – El ‘Che’ Guevara (1968)

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A good old fashioned story about the Third-World’s attempt to rip off their colonial shackles. Read More »

Grigori Kozintsev & Iosif Shapiro – Korol Lir AKA King Lear (1971)

King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly flatter the old man in return for favor, he banishes her and turns for support to his remaining daughters. But Goneril and Regan have no love for him and instead plot to take all his power from him. In a parallel, Lear’s loyal courtier Gloucester favors his illegitimate son Edmund after being told lies about his faithful son Edgar. Madness and tragedy befall both ill-starred fathers. Read More »

Peter Perry Jr. – Kiss Me Quick! AKA Dr. Breedlove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love (1964)

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In this fleshy comedy-horror romp, a mad scientist aids an alien who has been teleported to Earth on a quest to find the perfect female specimen.
Cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs. Read More »

Shôhei Imamura – Kamigami no fukaki yokubô AKA Profound Desire of the Gods (1968)

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The culmination of Shôhei Imamura’s extraordinary examinations of the fringes of Japanese society throughout the 1960s, Profound Desires of the Gods [Kamigami no fukaki yokubô] was an 18-month super-production which failed to make an impression at the time of its release, but has since risen in stature to become one of the most legendary — albeit least seen — Japanese films of recent decades. Read More »

Otto Preminger – Advise & Consent (1962)

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The setting is familiar. A Senate subcommittee meets to confirm the President’s controversial nominee for Secretary of State. A TV camera rolls. And the wolf is at the door… Read More »

Jean-Daniel Pollet – Gala (1961)

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A night in a club. The magic of little things happening and ‘dishappening’ with some kind of ironic tenderness Read More »