Agnès Varda – Cléo de 5 à 7 [Extras] (2005)

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-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)

François Truffaut – Les Quatre Cents Coups AKA The 400 Blows [+Extras] (1959)

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For his feature-film debut, critic-turned-director François Truffaut drew inspiration from his own troubled childhood. The 400 Blows stars Jean-Pierre Léaud as Antoine Doinel, Truffaut’s preteen alter ego. Misunderstood at home by his parents and tormented in school by his insensitive teacher (Guy Decomble), Antoine frequently runs away from both places.

The boy finally quits school after being accused of plagiarism by his teacher. He steals a typewriter from his father (Albert Remy) to finance his plans to leave home. The father angrily turns Antoine over to the police, who lock the boy up with hardened criminals. A psychiatrist at a delinquency center probes Antoine’s unhappiness, which he reveals in a fragmented series of monologues. Continue reading François Truffaut – Les Quatre Cents Coups AKA The 400 Blows [+Extras] (1959)

Chris Marker – Vive la baleine AKA Three Cheers for the Whale (1972)

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Synopsis:
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)

Chris Marker – Sans soleil AKA Sunless [+Extras] (1983)

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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)

François Truffaut – La Nuit Américaine AKA Day for Night (1973)

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Amazon.com review:
François Truffaut’s lavish and fun 1973 comedy-drama about a film production is a clever hall of mirrors, with Truffaut himself playing a director, and his most important actor in real life, Jean-Pierre Léaud (The 400 Blows), portraying Jacqueline Bisset’s immature costar. Day for Night is full of tales undoubtedly told out of school and repeated here in camouflage, and one can’t help but be impressed with the stylistic and technical means by which Truffaut captures the adventurousness of a full-budget shoot. The cast is very good all around, with actors in some cases playing fictional thespians and in other cases playing members of the crew. A sequence set to thrilling music by Georges Delerue celebrates the whole art of filmmaking as seen from an editor’s perspective–it makes one want to drop everything and shoot a film of one’s own. –Tom Keogh Continue reading François Truffaut – La Nuit Américaine AKA Day for Night (1973)

Walerian Borowczyk – Contes immoraux AKA Immoral Tales (1974)

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Plot Summary:..
Four erotic tales from in various historical eras. The first, ‘The Tide’, is set in the
present day, and concerns a student and his young female cousin stranded on the beach by the tide, secluded from prying eyes. ‘Therese Philosophe’ is set in the nineteenth century, and concerns a girl being locked in her bedroom, where she contemplates the erotic potential of the objects contained within it. ‘Erzsebet Bathory’ is a portrait of the sixteenth-century countess who allegedly bathed in the blood of virgins, while ‘Lucrezia Borgia’ concerns an incestuous fifteenth-century orgy involving Lucrezia, her brother, and her father the Pope. Continue reading Walerian Borowczyk – Contes immoraux AKA Immoral Tales (1974)

Just Jaeckin, Shuji Terayama, Walerian Borowczyk – Private Collections AKA Collections privees [+Extras] (1979)

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Quote:
“For legendary producer Pierre Braunberger (Shoot The Piano Player), it was the most enticing of challenges: Invite the three most controversial directors in modern erotic cinema to indulge their fantasies in one daring film. The result remains one of the most uniquely sensual motion pictures of our time.

In the first story from director Just Jaeckin (Emmanuelle, Gwendoline), a castaway sailor is rescued by a tribe of succulent native women – led by the stunning Laura Gemser of Black Emmanuelle fame – who soon reveal their most unusual appetites. Then director Shuji Terayama (Fruits Of Passion) explores the haunting tale of a Japanese boy seduced by the riddle song of a village madwoman. And in the bold adaptation of a short story by De Maupassant, director Walerian Borowczyk (Immoral Women, The Beast) reveals the torrid liaison between a Parisian gentleman, a Follie Bergere prostitute and an unexpected surprise that hides in the night.” Continue reading Just Jaeckin, Shuji Terayama, Walerian Borowczyk – Private Collections AKA Collections privees [+Extras] (1979)