Documentary

Johan van der Keuken – De Meester en de Reus aka the master and the giant (1980)

Between documentary and fiction, The master and the giant approaches the topic of the rivalry in the creation: a first God created the world, a second God destroyed it to build one new, better. Myth and reality meet in this film that puts in scene two different universes: a man and a woman in a neighborhood in demolition of Amsterdam, and images of the life in the confines of the tunecian Sahara. (Written in collaboration with Claude Ménard.) Read More »

Marcel Hanoun – Un film (autoportrait) (1985)

The shooting diary of a film shot in France and in the United States. Using photos of Paris and of New York City, excerpts of his former films, statements by friends of his and shooting sequences of the film itself, tormented filmmaker Marcel Hanoun has made a heterogeneous and unclassifiable film about the difficulty of filming. Read More »

Charlotte Zwerin – Music for the Movies: Toru Takemitsu (1994)

Documentary about Toru Takemitsu, composer of the extraordinary scores for such films as Kwaidan, Woman In the Dunes, Ran, and many others. Illustrated with scenes from these films and others, and with interviews with Takemitsu and various directors. Includes studio recording sessions. In English and Japanese, with burnt in English subtitles. Read More »

Unknown – Aseveljeyden sankarit aka Brotherhood of Arms (1943)

German-Finnish coproduction documentary which has not been published before 1999. Film is an accurate description of the Finnish Waffen-SS volunteers from 1941 to 1943. Recruited in spring 1941, trained in Germany and all the way to the Caucasus. Narrated by a young TK man, front radio commentator Veikko Itkonen (1919-1990). Read More »

Mikhail Romm & Marlen Khutsiev & Elem Klimov – I vsyo-taki ya veryu… (1974)

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Born in 1901, Mikhail Romm took part in the Bolshevik Revolution, the Civil War, and World War II. His landmark films Nine Days of One Year (1961) and Ordinary Fascism (1965) embodied the intellectual discourse and discontent of the 1960s, influencing an entire generation of Thaw filmmakers, including Andrei Tarkovsky, G. N. Chukhrai, Marlen Khutsiev, and Elem Klimov. Following Romm’s untimely death during the making of …And Still I Believe, his former students Khutsiev and Klimov completed this remarkable film montage, a personal journey across 20th-century history and the clash of civilizations told, in part, through Romm’s own diary entries and gripping historical footage. Read More »

Luis Ospina – Todo comenzó por el fin AKA It All Started at the End (2015)

It All Started At the End is the self-portrait of the “Grupo de Cali”, also known as “Caliwood”, a group of cinephiles, who in the midst of the wild partying and historical chaos of the 70s and 80s, managed to produce a body of work now considered a fundamental part of Colombia’s film heritage. It is also is the clinical history of the filmmaker, who fell gravely ill during the production of the film. It’s the story of a survivor. Read More »

Hans-Jürgen Syberberg – Sex-Business – Made in Pasing (1969)

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The topic of the film is Alois Brummer, a likeable and inoffensive man from Lower Bavaria, a sex film producer. A man, small and round in stature, unusually active, with a nose for the market, dealing in films and girls in his own special manner in Bavaria – as another man would deal in used cars. There are worse things in our market-oriented society and in film as well. The film describes a forgotten or neglected form of triviality. Read More »