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Olivier Nicklaus – Vadim Mister Cool (2016) (DVD)

VADİM MİSTER COOL
With his most recent documentary, Vadim Mister Cool (2016), Parisian writer/director Olivier Nicklaus examines the life and career of another Parisian writer/director, the notorious Roger Vadim. His films were groundbreaking for their depiction of sensuality on the screen, eventually making him a pioneer of the French New Wave. However, Vadim’s work was often held back by his personal life. In his lifetime, Vadim was involved with some of the most beautiful and glamorous women in movie history. This reputation as a ladies’ man, combined with his films, made Vadim the male embodiment of the hedonism of 1960s Europe. Read More »

Raoul Ruiz – Het dak van de Walvis AKA On Top of the Whale (1982) (HD)

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A parody of anthropology, linguistics, and cultural imperialism. The film follows an unlikely team of linguists into the wilds of an ersatz Patagonia to study the last speakers of a dying language. That language apparently consists of a single word, which therefore means everything. Read More »

Bouli Lanners – Les premiers les derniers AKA The First the Last (2016)

In a vast windswept landscape, Cochise and Gilou, two inseparable bounty hunters, are on the search for a stolen phone containing some sensitive information. On the way, they cross paths with Esther and Willy, a couple on the run. They arrive in a small isolated town inhabited by deadbeats and failures. Is it possible that, in this godforsaken place, that they will discover the best in human nature? Read More »

Jean Renoir – La vie est à nous AKA The People of France (1936)

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A propaganda film produced by the French Communist Party (PCF) for the campaign for the May 1936 elections – which brought the Popular Front to power – “La vie est à nous”, by Jean Renoir, was shot by a team of militant filmmakers and technicians. Read More »

Tatia Shé – Aftermath (2020)

Dedicated to Bruce Baillie and Hollis Frampton. Read More »

Jacques Rouffio – La passante du Sans-Souci AKA The Passerby (1982)

Max Baumstein is a reputable businessman, a rich self-made man with a conscience – he founded a highly visible and active international organization fighting against violations of human rights. Why would he commit an act that apparently negates the principles he has striven for so long to uphold? Eventually, he reveals a secret about himself that he kept hidden from his younger wife Lina, and that in a roundabout way concerns her as well. It is the conclusion of a struggle that started many decades earlier, when Elsa Wiener, a German singer exiled in Paris, without money or relations, a refugee among many others, faced two daunting problems: surviving in a foreign city, and saving her husband Michel from the clutches of the Nazis. Read More »

Georges Lautner – La route de Salina AKA Road to Salina (1970)

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A drifter in his 20s, having just walked 10 miles through the desert, comes upon a diner/filling station and helps himself to the water pump; the diner’s proprietress, an older woman–possibly mad–welcomes the young man in believing him to be her long-lost son Rocky, a volatile kid who apparently left his mother and sister four years ago after a family row. Unpredictable bughouse melodrama, a French-Italian co-production shot in the Canary Islands, which lends to the story’s netherworld atmosphere. Well-directed by Georges Lautner, who also co-adapted the screenplay with Jack Miller and Pascal Jardin, from the novel “Sur la Route de Salina” by Maurice Cury. Read More »