Jean-Luc Godard – Soigne ta droite AKA Keep Your Right Up (1987)

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Jean-Luc Godard wrote, directed, and edited this mind-boggling comedy. “The Idiot” (also known as “the Prince” and played by Godard himself) has been guaranteed financing for a film, if he can deliver it within 24 hours. But he encounters all sorts of hilarious problems as he attempts to do so. Meanwhile a pop group (Les Rita Mitsouko) works on a new album. (-DVD cover)

With a tip of the hat to Jerry Lewis, Buster Keaton, Jacques Tati, and (for good measure) Dostoyevsky, Jean-Luc Godard wrote, directed, edited and stars in this mind-boggling comedy. The rambling plot involves a hapless filmmaker (Godard) and his attempt to meet a deadline for delivering a film. From there the movie branches out into an abstract, episodic structure. “…engages even as it baffles…The confusion that results, punctuated by glimmerings of understanding, is the point” (A.O. Scott, The New York Times). Continue reading Jean-Luc Godard – Soigne ta droite AKA Keep Your Right Up (1987)

Alfred Hitchcock – The Ring (1927)

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A 1927 British silent sports film directed and written by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Carl Brisson, Lillian Hall-Davis and Ian Hunter. It is one of Hitchcock’s nine surviving silent films. The Ring is Hitchcock’s only original screenplay although he worked extensively alongside other writers throughout his career. Continue reading Alfred Hitchcock – The Ring (1927)

Marianna Palka – Bitch (2017)

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The provocative tale of a woman (Marianna Palka) who snaps under crushing life pressures and assumes the psyche of a vicious dog. Her philandering, absentee husband (Jason Ritter) is forced to become reacquainted with his four children and sister-in-law (Jaime King) as they attempt to keep the family together during this bizarre crisis. Continue reading Marianna Palka – Bitch (2017)

Robin Campillo – 120 battements par minute AKA 120 Beats Per Minute (2017)

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Early 1990s. With AIDS having already claimed countless lives for nearly ten years, Act up-Paris activists multiply actions to fight general indifference. Nathan, a newcomer to the group, has his world shaken up by Sean, a radical militant, who throws his last bits of strength into the struggle. Continue reading Robin Campillo – 120 battements par minute AKA 120 Beats Per Minute (2017)

Jean-Pierre Melville – Quand tu liras cette lettre AKA When You Read This Letter (1953)

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After their parents die in a road accident, a strongly moral young woman named Thérèse Voise leaves a convent shortly before taking her vows in order to care for her younger sister Denise and run the family stationery shop with her. Thérèse is very protective of Denise and becomes concerned when her sister strikes up an acquaintance with Max a young amateur boxer and garage mechanic. Max is a self-centered drifter who is conducting numerous different relationships with girls at nightclubs. He is also pursuing a wealthy married woman, managing to get employment as her chauffeur and become her lover. Continue reading Jean-Pierre Melville – Quand tu liras cette lettre AKA When You Read This Letter (1953)

Andrey Konchalovskiy – Dyadya Vanya AKA Uncle Vanya (1971)

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A retired professor has returned to his estate to live with his beautiful young wife, Yelena. The estate originally belonged to his first wife, now deceased; her mother and brother still live there and manage the farm. For many years the brother (Uncle Vanya) has sent the farm’s proceeds to the professor, while receiving only a small salary himself. Sonya, the professor’s daughter, who is about the same age as his new wife, also lives on the estate. The professor is pompous, vain, and irritable. He calls the doctor (Astrov) to treat his gout, only to send him away without seeing him. Astrov is an experienced physician who performs his job conscientiously, but has lost all idealism and spends much of his time drinking. The presence of Yelena introduces a bit of sexual tension into the household. Astrov and Uncle Vanya both fall in love with Yelena; she spurns them both. Meanwhile, Sonya is in love with Astrov, who fails even to notice her. Finally, when the professor announces he wants to sell the estate, Vanya, whose admiration for the man died with his sister, tries to kill him. Continue reading Andrey Konchalovskiy – Dyadya Vanya AKA Uncle Vanya (1971)