Plot Synopsis: In the bourgeois circles of Europe after the Great War, can anything save the modern man? Harry Haller, a solitary intellectual, has all his life feared his dual nature of being human and being a beast. He’s decided to die on his 50th birthday, which is soon. He’s rescued from his solipsism by the mysterious Hermine, who takes him dancing, introduces him to jazz and to the beautiful and whimsical Maria, and guides him into the hallucinations of the Magic Theater, which seem to take him into Hell. Can humor, sin, and derision lead to salvation? Continue reading
Billy Wilder’s “Fedora” grows on you. It is, to begin with, a seemingly unnecessary movie based on a surprise ending that you can figure out within the first 15 minutes. It is, to end with, a movie that spends its last hour revealing the surprise. Anybody watching this movie for the pleasure of discovering the surprise is, therefore, doomed to boredom at the worst and mild astonishment at the best.
And yet … let’s level with one another. Why do we go to movies in the first place? We have a lot of reasons. Maybe we go to be thrilled, or scared, or to cry, or laugh or grin: Those are good, basic reasons, and nothing wrong with them. But sometimes, maybe we go even though we know the movie’s no masterpiece, because we look forward to the stars, or to the texture of the dialog, or simply because we know that at some dumb basic level the movie is going to be the work of a craftsman.
“Fedora” is a movie worth seeing for those last reasons. It has a surprise ending that’s no surprise (even though I won’t give it away – you’ll be able to give it away yourselves single-handedly). It has characters who turn out to be exactly as we think they’ll be, and it has instant insights into human nature that turn out to be worth about the instants they’re allotted. Continue reading
The last theatrical film by Marcel Camus based on the identically named novel by Jorge Amado. Set in Bahia, the film presents three interconnected stories set amongst prostitutes, cardsharpers, pimps, drunks and homeless Don Juans and Messalinas in the teeming life of a tropical port. Continue reading
Mail author for translation. Parcen Nagy Lörinc, a nagypolgári család fia szívesen van a munkások között gyakran felkeresi az egyik külvárosi kocsmát. Lörinc apja öngyilkos lett, de annyi biztos, hogy halálát felesége és annak szeretöje, Wavra tanár is elöidézte. Egy dubrovniki út végleg kiábrándítja Lörincet családi illú- zióiból. Csepelen munkássztrájk van, Lörinc együttérzéssel figyeli a munkásokat, de azok bizalmatlansága nem oldódik. Bár egy szerelem Évivel, az illegális pártmunkással végleg elfordítja Lörincet osztályától, nem tud közelebb kerülni a munkásokhoz. Written by Steve Varadi Continue reading
For their 35mm Materialfilme (1976), the Heins randomly spliced together a mix of color and black and white material taken from the header and footer of commercial films. The scratches, scribbles, hand-written and commercially printed numbers and dots that adorn such footage rush past the eye until they are replaced by images consisting only of washed-out colors or scratched black and white frames. The Heins acquired this material during their years as programmers and projectionists for various avant-garde and commercial film screenings. [...] Over the years, this watercolor paint had faded and cracked, and various blotches, scratches and other irregularities have scarred the surface of the filmstrip. In projection, these marks of the material enter into arbitrary rhythmic relationships with the movement of color and the interrupting flashes of white light. Continue reading
After being plagued by recurring dreams where three strange creatures play havoc with his mind, a novelist pulls an overnighter during which his mind-spun creatures become a reality and horror happens. Continue reading
Stirlitz is a soviet spy who infiltrated in the Hitler’s headquarters from many years ago. Now, with the enemy at gates, in the days previous to the Berlin’s fall, in one country not prepared for the defeat, Stirlitz is confronted with his final task, discover a secret encounter in Switherland between the americans and a Himmler’s man to plan the destiny from a postwar new German, with Hitler dead, the soviet out, and the SS like principal actor after the shadows. In seventeen days that shock the world, Stirlitz, cornered, moves cautelously in a world of suspicion and fear, with the sounds of bombs day after day more and more closer, involved in a dangerous investigation about his person from one of his superior more closer everyday from discover his real identity.