1961-1970

Marek Nowicki & Jerzy Stawicki – Profesor Zazul (1962)

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Profesor Zazul is a short Polish film, made for TV in 1965, and based on a Stanislaw Lem story. Ijon Tichy is driving in the country when he is forced to take refuge in a creepy house. Inside is the laboratory of Professor Zazul, where he finds something disturbing. Read More »

Hellmuth Costard – Besonders wertvoll (1968)

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The movie was banned from the Festival in 1968. The Festivalleitung refused showing the film and movie provided a scandal. Costard became one of the most prominent representatives of the German experimental film, but earned problems with financing projects in future.

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Pornography in the service of politics. An outrageous provocation, this attack on reactionary German legislation discriminating against young film directors, features head-on, close-up shots of a penis ‘mouthing’ the parliamentary defence of the law by its author. This is followed by masturbation of the organ by an anonymous female hand, ending with ejaculation into the camera and a close-up of a nude behind ‘blowing’ out a candle (with appropriate sound). A landmark in political pamphleteering, the film was selected for the 1968 Oberhausen International Short Film Festival by a committee of leading German critics, and promptly banned by the (social-democratic!) city government, causing the withdrawal of almost all German directors from the festival and a national scandal. The title satirically refers to the official certificate of ‘Particularly Valuable’ given each year to the best film shorts by an Establishment selection committee.
– Amos Vogel, Film as a Subversive Art
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Ivan Pyryev & Kirill Lavrov – The Brothers Karamazov AKA Bratya Karamazovy (1969)

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The 1968 film shows Fedor Karamazov as a stingy old man, who’s three sons are after his money. The Karamazov brothers, Dmitri, a gambler, Ivan, a thinker, and Aleksei, a monk, are living through their different problems. Ivan is trying to save the world by making a story of “The Great Inquisitor”. Dmitri, who lost money in gambling, is begging his father to help him. But the father gives a lot of money to his mistress Grushenka.
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Jorge Sanjinés – Yawar mallku AKA Blood Of The Condor (1969)

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The Bolivian fiction feature Yawar Mallku is one of the most famous examples of Latin American militant cinema. Like most Latin American militant films, this one was made on a modest budget in spite of major obstacles. Bolivia has no significant filmmaking traditions or facilities. Mules had to be used to transport the filmmakers and their equipment to a high and remote Indian community where parts of the film were shot. The Quechua-speaking Indians of this Andean community were initially hostile to the filmmakers until a coca-leaf divination ritual confirmed the filmmakers’ good intentions. Read More »

Ester Krumbachová – Vrazda ing. Certa aka Killing the Devil (1970)


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Comedy with fairy-tale touches, about Kate, who wants to marry, and Mr. Devil, who is not interested in the heart or soul of this passionate and aging lady, but is interested in her good cooking – for Mr. Devil is a glutton.
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Jean-Luc Godard – Le Gai Savoir aka Joy of Learning (1969)

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Patricia Lumumba and Emile Rousseau stumble across each other one night in an abandoned television studio. They meet for seven evenings to carry out a three-year plan to create a new cinema. In the first year, images and sounds are collected and experimented with. In the second year all that has been collected is criticized, decomposed, and recomposed to bring forth, in the third year, ideal building blocks for a new cinema. Read More »

Frank Tashlin – The Alphabet Murders (1965)

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The Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates a series of murders in London in which the victims are killed according to their initials. The first victim is A.A. the second B.B. and so on. Poirot is assisted in his investigations by Captain Hastings and Inspector Japp. Written by Mike Hatchett Read More »