1961-1970

Takashi Tsuboshima – Ai no kizuna AKA Bonds of Love (1969)

Adapted from the Seicho Matsumoto story “Tazutazushi”. Ryohei Suzuki, a manager at a travel company, is married to his superior’s daughter, but tires of their authority over his life. A chance encounter with Yukiko Hirai one rainy night brings a new romance into Ryohei’s life, and he and Yukiko fall deeply in love. Yukiko, however, reveals that she has a violent husband in prison – with only a week left until his release. Ryohei, desperate to maintain his social standing, brings Yukiko to the mountains in Nagano and sets in motion an unthinkable, tragic chain of events. Read More »

    Satyajit Ray – Chiriyakhana AKA The Zoo (1967)

    Chiriakhana or Chiriyakhana (Bengali: চিড়িয়াখানা; English: The Zoo) is a 1967 Indian Bengali-language crime thriller film, based on the story of the same name by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, directed by Satyajit Ray starring Uttam Kumar as Byomkesh Bakshi. The screenplay is written by Satyajit Ray. Read More »

      Chris Marker – Si j’avais quatre dromadaires AKA If I Had Four Dromedaries (1966) (HD)

      Quote:
      Composed entirely of still photographs shot by Marker himself over the course of his restless travel through twenty-six countries, If I Had Four Dromedaries stages a probing, at times agitated, search for the meanings of the photographic image. Read More »

        Raoul Servais – De valse noot AKA La fausse note AKA The False Note (1963)

        Synopsis:
        ‘A little beggar tries in vain to get an alms in a big city where everything is organised, efficient and lucrative. His barrel organ’s tune always ends with an impressive false note, upsetting the townspeople. Eventually the little beggar will receive a dream fulfilling gift.’
        – Raoul Servais Foundation Read More »

          Raoul Servais – Goldframe (1970)

          Synopsis:
          ‘Jason Goldframe, a film producer, is always the best and the first! It’s his ambition to be the very first to achieve the inconceivable: making a 270mm film. Obsessed as he is, he even wants to be faster than his shadow. One evening he succeeds.’
          – Raoul Servais Foundation Read More »

            Jean Harlez – Le chantier des gosses AKA The Children’s Building Site (1956)

            Quote:
            LE CHANTIER DES GOSSES

            THE CHILDREN’S BUILDING SITE

            JEAN HARLEZ, 1956-1970, BE, 35MM, OV FR ST ANG & NL, 83′

            The narrow streets of the Marolles are full with kids. Their paradise is a wasteland. One day, the wasteland is barricaded, disembowelling by machines, while the surrounding houses are pulled down. The amazement of the kids soon turns into revolt: they choose a leader, manufacture catapults with the shoulder straps of their parents and decide to start a war to the entrepreneurs and architects…
            “Le chantier des gosses” takes us on a journey into their little world. The kids (the youngest is 2 years and a half, the oldest 14) are the main actors, playing their role with a lot of spontaneity and a great deal of improvisation! Read More »

              Yuriy Ozerov – Osvobozhdenie AKA Liberation (1969)

              The five films are a dramatized account of the liberation of the Soviet Union’s territory and the subsequent defeat of Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War, focusing on five major Eastern Front campaigns: the Battle of Kursk, the Lower Dnieper Offensive, Operation Bagration, the Vistula–Oder Offensive, and the Battle of Berlin. Read More »