Peter B. Hutton – Skagafjördur (2004)

 Peter B. Hutton   Skagafjördur (2004)

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“Peter Hutton is a still photographer that puts pictures into motion or it might be more apt to say that Peter Hutton is a motion picture maker that makes them still. His films are images, presented like slides, no inherent story, no specific connection other than local proximity. His camera remains locked down, his gaze intensely fixated on a particular setting as he allows time to unwind before the lens. The moments he captures are ones of small change, but profound beauty. Continue reading

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Jean-Luc Godard – For Ever Mozart [+commentary] (1996) (HD)

 Jean Luc Godard   For Ever Mozart [+commentary] (1996) (HD)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Jean Luc Godard   For Ever Mozart [+commentary] (1996) (HD)

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Jean-Luc Godard’s densely packed rumination on the need to create order and beauty in a world ruled by chaos is divided into four distinct but tangentially related stories, including the attempts by a young group of idealists to stage a play in war-torn Sarajevo and an elderly director’s efforts to complete his film. Continue reading

Jean-Luc Godard – Adieu au langage (2014) (DVD)

 Jean Luc Godard   Adieu au langage (2014) (DVD)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Jean Luc Godard   Adieu au langage (2014) (DVD)

The idea is simple: A married woman and a single man meet. They love, they argue, fists fly. A dog strays between town and country. The seasons pass. The man and woman meet again. The dog finds itself between them. The other is in one, the one is in the other and they are three. The former husband shatters everything. A second film begins: the same as the first, and yet not. From the human race we pass to metaphor. This ends in barking and a baby’s cries. Continue reading

Ken Jacobs – Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son (1969)

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29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Ken Jacobs   Tom, Tom, the Pipers Son (1969)

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Ken Jacobs’s avant-garde landmark (1969) is both a study in the possibilities of rephotography and a film about watching movies. It begins with a 1905 short of the same title, in which a large crowd of people tumble through a doorway, leap from a loft, and climb out of a chimney in pursuit of the eponymous pig thief. Jacobs then rephotographs the film–slowing it down, freezing frames, introducing flicker effects, and isolating portions of the frame, some so tiny that we see mostly the grain. As he varies the rhythm the film becomes a series of carefully constructed riffs on particular characters or actions, or on pure shape; new meanings emerge from the little dramas between alternating shadows, or from background elements of the original. In a gesture at once didactic and poetic, Jacobs repeats the short near the end, and now it’s glorious to behold: we see its imagery more actively and intensely, far more aware of its complex and diverse rhythms. Thus Jacobs teaches us how to resee almost any film, by mentally reframing its images or changing the speed of its action. 86 min. Continue reading

Bill Morrison & David Harrington – Beyond Zero: 1914-1918 (2014)

 Bill Morrison & David Harrington   Beyond Zero: 1914 1918 (2014)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Bill Morrison & David Harrington   Beyond Zero: 1914 1918 (2014)

Intro from CPH : DOX homepage
The 100 year old film images sparkle and crackle with an expressive fury, which almost looks like a reaction to what they depict. This year, it is 100 year since the First World War – the first ‘modern’ war, and the first to be documented in moving images – forever destroyed any notion of the (Western) world’s continued progress under the banner of reason and industrialisation. 1914 was the modern era’s absolute year zero. A landmark year, which is here marked in a cinematic collaboration between the renowned American filmmaker Bill Morrison and the string quartet Kronos Quartet, who have recorded the original score by the Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov. Continue reading

Corneliu Porumboiu – Al doilea joc AKA The Second Game (2014)

 Corneliu Porumboiu   Al doilea joc AKA The Second Game (2014)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Corneliu Porumboiu   Al doilea joc AKA The Second Game (2014)

The Second Game (Romanian: Al doilea joc) is a 2014 Romanian documentary film directed by Corneliu Porumboiu. The film integrally depicts the Dinamo — Steaua footbal derby played on December 3, 1988; the game is commented on by Porumboiu and his father, Adrian, the referee of that match.

It was selected for the Forum section at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. Continue reading

Shirley Clarke & Wendy Clarke – Butterfly (1967)

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Synopsis:
Shirley made Butterfly with her daughter Wendy for an anti-Vietnam War protest event held in New York City in 1967; it is one of the last films she made before she began working with video in 1968. The film was screened as part of the Week of the Angry Arts Against the War in Vietnam which Shirley helped organize at the NYU Loeb Student Center; Wendy remembers it being screened at the Elgin Theatre sometime in 1967 so it was shown once for sure—possibly twice but not more than that—it is a film that is virtually unknown and is not included on any filmography for Shirley. The theme of the movie was that war kills and threatens to wipe out families, creativity, and life. In the film, Shirley and Wendy are seen separately and together with Shirley holding and rocking Wendy; their images often overlap. Wendy drew, scratched and hand-painted butterflies and used Clorox directly on the film to create a cascade of colors. The soundtrack is comprised of the alternating sounds of a baby crying, machine gun fire, and Brahm’s Lullaby sung by Shirley’s niece Liza Lorwin. Continue reading

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