A professional hitman, turned against the world that made him and sensationalizes what he does, kills in the hope to one day take back pieces of his past. It’s a world void of connections, trust or meaning, embroiled by fleeting encounters with fugitive women, who along with the other usual croutons sprinkling similar films of the time – diversions and subversion, greed and hijinks, the nameless political element, egalitarian dreams coming up against walls of economy – make a Wakamatsu salad where every ingredient has its untold price that everyone will be made to pay. Continue reading
Fourth lecture from the ‘Notes Towards a Definition of Communist Culture’ Masterclass Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, 17. June 2009, 3:00pm
A two hour, wide ranging, and topical talk. Continue reading
“the group” revisited by Agnès Varda., 30 May 2002
Sidney Lumet’s “the group”(from Mary McCarthy) was,in its own special way,some kind of woman’s lib manifesto.Here the group is a two-person team but we see them live during a pretty long time,from 1962 to the mid-seventies.It’s interesting to notice that abortion was legal in France only in 1975,thanks to minister Simone Veil.
Agnès Varda’s last feature film was “les creatures” a work for highbrows.”L’une chante,l’autre pas” is a return to an accessible ,more palatable style.All things woman’s lib indeed.Of the two characters ,Suzanne,played by beautiful Thérèse Liotard,is by far the most endearing:her path ran into difficulties,even tragedies:her lover’s suicide,her parents’ despise who treated her like a dog,her affair with a married man…Pomme is a singer who wants to be free,but she acts like a bubblehead girl:marrying an Iranian,were he the most liberal of them all, is not perhaps the right move.. Continue reading
Plot:It is a political film-review about the Soviet Army and its struggle against the enemies of the Soviet Union.
Four Horsemen is the debut feature from director Ross Ashcroft which reveals the fundamental flaws in the economic system which have brought our civilization to the brink of disaster.
23 leading thinkers –frustrated at the failure of their respective disciplines – break their silence to explain how the world really works.
The film pulls no punches in describing the consequences of continued inaction – but its message is one of hope. If more people can equip themselves with a better understanding of how the world really works, then the systems and structures that condemn billions to poverty or chronic insecurity can at last be overturned. Solutions to the multiple crises facing humanity have never been more urgent, but equally, the conditions for change have never been more favourable. Continue reading
Directors (credited as Grupp 13)
* Roy Andersson
* Kalle Boman
* Lena Ewert
* Staffan Hedqvist
* Lennart Malmer
* Jörgen Persson
* Ingela Romare
* Inge Roos
* Axel Rudorf-Lohmann
* Rudi Spee
* Bo Widerberg
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An in-the-face documentary in the height of the 1968 student rebellions, 8 August 2004
Some people might claim that Den vita sporten (The White Match/Sport) is dated. Others might claim that the film too closely bound with the whole 1968 student movement, the new left, the student uproar. And some might consider it as mere propaganda. This phenomenal film is all of the above – and that’s why it’s such a shocker.
The question the filmmakers wishes to explore is if sports and politics don’t mix, with the Davis Cup tennis matches between Sweden and Rhodesia as a backdrop. Of course the answer is already given – sports are politics as much as anything that goes down in society as a whole. Naturally, politicians and sports organizers disagree, but a regular but diverse army consisting of angry students, self-righteous liberals and crazed fanatical Maoists set their course toward the small beach resort Båstad. Here, things go really ugly as the demonstrators are determined to stop the match at any cost. Continue reading
The president of an unnamed western republic is shot dead at a public event and his supposed assassin is found dead a short while later. An investigation concludes that the president was killed by a lunatic who subsequently shot himself. Only one man disputes this conclusion, a public prosecutor named Henry Volney. Suspecting a cover-up, he takes charge of a new investigation to discover the truth… Continue reading