Alain Cavalier – Le paradis (2014)

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The experience of living through two periods of depression and the quiet expectation of a third has endowed a filmmaker with the capacity to perceive the true beauty of life and to capture it on film. He films everything he sees, without favour and without preference, providing it awakens within him a feeling of love. His only worry is that he feels he may have lost some part of that essential quality of his art: innocence… Continue reading

Tony Conrad – The Flicker (1965)

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The film starts with a warning message, which reads:

WARNING. The producer, distributor, and exhibitors waive all liability for physical or mental injury possibly caused by the motion picture “The Flicker.” Since this film may induce epileptic seizures or produce mild symptoms of shock treatment in certain persons, you are cautioned to remain in the theatre only at your own risk. A physician should be in attendance.

The film then goes on to a frame that says “Tony Conrad Presents,” and then to a frame that says “The Flicker,” at which point it starts. The screen goes blank, then after a short while, the screen flickers with a single black frame. This is repeated again and again until it creates a strobe effect, for which the film is titled. This continues until the film stops abruptly Continue reading

Ester Martin Bergsmark – Pojktanten AKA She Male Snails (2012)

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In She Male Snails intimate bathtub conversation between Ester Martin Bergsmark and the author Eli Levén, is woven together the story of the She Male Snails – a fairy tale, which revolves around a human between two genders who, in order to survive, creates a third gender. Continue reading

Jean-Luc Godard – Vrai faux passeport (2006)

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Vrai faux passeport was produced by Godard as part of the Pompidou Center retrospective and the Voyages en Utopie exhibition held in Paris in 2006.

The film opened the film retrospective -one of the most complete dedicated to Godard until then- the same day the exhibition was opened to the public.

Those interested in the Godardian adventure at the Pompidou Center should check Morceaux de Conversation avec Jean Luc Godard by Alain Fleischer , Reportage amateur (maquette expo), short film codirected by Godard and Miéville and also Godard, le dos au musée essay by Anne Marquez which summarises the tumultous birth of this major event. Die hard fans will also need to look for Voluptes Grand Master by Korean Paris-based photograph Wori Seung Chol, the very rare unofficial official catalogue of the exhibition. Continue reading

Gregg Araki – Three Bewildered People in the Night (1987)

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AllMovie Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The titular trio in Three Bewildered People in the Night is played by Darcy Marta, Mark Howell and John Lacques. Experimental filmmaker Gregg Araki follows the threesome — aspiring artists all — as they wander through the apartments, galleries and coffee shops of Greenwich Village. Their lives are complicated by their carnal urges, both homosexual and otherwise. A multiple award winner at the 1988 Locarno Film Festival, Three Bewildered People never receives widespread distribution. Continue reading

Arthur J. Bressan Jr. – Forbidden Letters (1976)

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Synopsis: Erotic, explicit letters between a young man and his incarcerated lover recall happier (and hotter) times. The story of 2 lovers, one in jail (Richard Locke), the other, younger one (Robert Adams), still living in the San Francisco apartment they shared. A series of letters and remembrances to and of each other, but primarily from the point of view of the younger Robert who’s anxiously awaiting the release of Richard, and they’re reunion.

Parts of the movie were actually filmed in Alcatraz. The film begins in black-and-white and later changes to color. Overall, the film is very experimental and concludes in a very unconventional fashion with director Bressan narrating the credits juxtaposed with behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the film, including the cutting and editing of the film reels! Aside from the exception of Wakefield Poole’s Bijou, Forbidden Letters is probably the most artful and idiosyncratic American gay hardcore flick ever made. Continue reading

Sarah Polley – Stories we tell (2012)

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In this inspired, genre-twisting new film, Oscar®-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who’s telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions. As each relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of their mother, who departed too soon, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: always complicated, warmly messy and fiercely loving. Stories We Tell explores the elusive nature of truth and memory, but at its core is a deeply personal film about how our narratives shape and define us as individuals and families, all interconnecting to paint a profound, funny and poignant picture of the …

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