Arthouse

Federico Fellini – I Clowns (1971)

A ragout of real memories and mockumentary, as Fellini explores a childhood obsession: circus clowns.

Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid wrote:
The arc of Federico Fellini’s career is endlessly fascinating. He started as something of a neo-realist, and then his films grew in style and scope until they became bizarre, swirl-colored, phantasmagoric spectacles. Then at one point, he stepped back again and began making more intimate, personal projects in the last section of his career. Made for television, The Clowns seems to have been a crucial turning point; it came immediately after the overblown Satyricon, and it shows an interesting mix of that film, and the film that would come just a few years later, the wonderful Amarcord. It fits perfectly. Read More »

Satsuo Yamamoto – Shiroi Kyotô AKA The Great White Tower (1966) (HD)

Director Satsuo Yamamoto wields his sarcastic scalpel in this message movie that takes jabs at the practices of the medical profession. Zaizen Goro may only be an assistant professor but he has already made a name for himself. His superior, however, does not approve of his attitude towards their profession, and is at odds over who to nominate as his successor. The selection of the new professor reveals a rich and complex political world inside Naniwa University. Read More »

Léo Richard – Les idées s’améliorent AKA The Plagiarist (2018)

On Entrevues Belfort website :
“Ideas improve. The meaning of words plays a role in that improvement. Plagiarism is necessary. Progress depends on it. It sticks close to an author’s phrasing, exploits his expressions, deletes a false idea, replaces it with the right one.” Read More »

Charles Burnett – My Brother’s Wedding (1983)

Quote:
My Brother’s Wedding is a tragic comedy that takes place in South Central Los Angeles. The story focuses on a young man who hasn’t made much of his life as of yet, and at a crucial point in his life, he is unable to make the proper decision, a sober decision, a moral decision. This is a consequence of his not having developed beyond the embryonic stage, socially. He has a distinct romantic notion about life in the ghetto and yet, in spite of his naive sensitivity, he is given the task of being his brother’s keeper; he feels rather than sees, and as a consequence his capacity for judging things off in the distance is limited. This brings about circumstances that weave themselves into a set of complexities which Pierce Mundy (Everett Silas), the main character, desperately tries to avoid. Read More »

Ektoras Lygizos – To agori troei to fagito tou pouliou AKA Boy Eating the Bird’s Food (2012)

Synopsis
The Greek drama from first-time director Ektoras Lyzigos follows the life of a young man on the brink of starvation in modern-day Athens.
Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter Read More »

Vladimir Kobrin – 1991 TYT AKA 1991 Here (1991)

dEvolution of Homo Sovieticus.

At the center of the film is a man-monkey inhabiting various anthropogenic spaces, such as a zoo, city streets and a farmyard. But the attributes inherent in human life (work, marriage, military service, leisure) do not release him from an animal form.
During filming in the Crimea (not far from Gorbachev’s villa), the notorious August coup occurred in Moscow and President Gorbachev was arrested and isolated on his villa. The immediate proximity to the scene could not be without impact on the film – Kobrin processed it in his own grotesque form. Read More »

Vladimir Kobrin – Posledniy son Anatoliya Vasilievicha AKA The Last Dream of Anatoly Vasilievich (1990)

The film in a metaphorical form demonstrates a model of self-devouring in a closed spiritual system, it explores intermediate state between a human and a non-human: a subhuman deprived of a divine spark.
Quote:
The hero of the film is a collective image of a criminal consciousness in which we all exist. Since childhood, we live one way or another in a criminal environment.
But this criminal consciousness, criminal law, or rather, criminal lawlessness, criminal thinking, criminal morality, criminal language, hierarchy of values, in fact, also criminal – all that is our film. The film is so sad because it is a film about Russia… Read More »