• Portrait of François Truffaut
This excerpt from Serge Leroy’s 1961 documentary François Truffaut shows the newly celebrated filmmaker discussing his influences and beginnings along with Les Mistons and The 400 Blows.
from the Criterion DVD
Portrait of François Truffaut is a a twenty-five minute excerpt from a 1961 documentary by Serge Leroy, covering the director’s early years. Truffaut does plenty of talking about the creative choices and influences that went into his first films, while fidgeting restlessly in a chair before the camera, with overlong clips from his first few films mixed in.
from DVDBreakdown.com Continue reading Serge Leroy / Claude de Givrey / Bernard Revon / Guy Seligman – Les salades de l’amour – François Truffaut (1961 – 1986)
-Souvenirs et Anécdotes (’36)
– Madonna & Agnès talk about Cléo (2′ 23″)
– Cléo’s real walk around Paris in fast forward (9′ 15″)
– Hans Baulding Grien, XVIth century painter
– About “Les Fiancées du Pont Mac Donald” (2′ 55″)
– Cléo de 5 à 7 Original Movie Trailer (2′ 02″)
– “Les dites cariatides bis” (2005)
– Rue Daguerre in 2005 (22′ 40″)
– Pain, peinture et accordéon (8′)
– Daguerréotypes, objets photographiques (5′ 58″)
– Fête de la musique (3′ 23″) Continue reading Agnès Varda – Cléo de 5 à 7 [Extras] (2005)
The exam movie of Béla Tarr.
Documentaristic subject picture about a worker’s hostel. An old worker is suspected with stealing a motor, he’s been fired from the factory and he has to leave the hostel. First he offends and attacks all of his roommates, then he starts to cry and tells that he was a pilot in WWII and he’s left his soul there. An interesting portrait of human reactions and changing emotions. Continue reading Béla Tarr – Hotel Magnezit (1978)
This is a documentary film by Chris Marker. It employs Marker’s standard rostrum camera technique, filming historic photographs and paintings of whales and the whaling trade. It also contains real-life footage of whaling and harpooning. Marker sides with the hunted mammals in this film and comments negatively on the clinical instrumental relativism of whaling. Continue reading Chris Marker – Vive la baleine AKA Three Cheers for the Whale (1972)
Criterion Collection wrote:
Chris Marker, filmmaker, poet, novelist, photographer, editor, and now videographer and digital multimedia artist, has been challenging moviegoers, philosophers, and himself for years with his complex queries about time, memory, and the rapid advancement of life on this planet. Sans Soleil is his mind-bending free-form travelogue that journeys from Africa to Japan. Continue reading Chris Marker – Sans soleil AKA Sunless [+Extras] (1983)
Dennis Hopper, who has been seen onscreen in small roles from the mid-50s, hit paydirt in Easy Rider, released in 1969. Aimed at the audience that attended Easy Rider, American Dreamer is a documentary/biography of Dennis Hopper. While this film is intended to look like it used cameras so ubiquitous that their subject has forgotten them (enabling them to reveal the “real life” of their subject), at no point does Mr. Hopper fail to take them into account. Nonetheless, a good deal of at least historical interest is shown, including an expression of his philosophy of life at the time, and one encounter in which he brings a fuzzy-minded young woman back down to earth with a thud. — Clarke Fountain Continue reading L.M. Kit Carson – The American Dreamer (1971)
Despite today’s cynical and fast world turnaround of images and headlines where traditional photojournalism has become swamped by a torrent of lifestyle reporting and celebrity paparazzi photography, there are some who still care. Classic photojournalism is still alive, though struggling, amongst a new generation of photographers. Philip Blenkinsop is one of them. He documents conflict, war, life and death in all its forms throughout Asia. Continue reading David Bradbury – My Asian Heart (2009)