Laurent Witz & Alexandre Espigares – Mr Hublot (2013)

 Laurent Witz & Alexandre Espigares   Mr Hublot (2013)

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Mr Hublot
Director: Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares
11 min. – Genre: Animation – Short

Mr. Hublot is a man who lives in a tiny apartment located in a crowded futuristic city. He wears several layers of eye wear and has an odometer-like counter in his forehead which runs forward and backward. Mr. Hublot also displays several OCD symptoms, such as turning the lights on and off several times before leaving the living room and meticulously straightening the pictures on his wall.
Mr. Hublot sees a tiny puppy-like robot shivering in a box. When the box is taken away for garbage disposal, Mr. Hublot takes the robot to his house… Continue reading

Cristi Puiu – Un cartus de kent si un pachet de cafea AKA Cigarettes and Coffee (2004)

 Cristi Puiu   Un cartus de kent si un pachet de cafea AKA Cigarettes and Coffee (2004)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Cristi Puiu   Un cartus de kent si un pachet de cafea AKA Cigarettes and Coffee (2004)

Quote:
In Jim Jarmush’s Coffee and Cigarettes, friends meet to romanticize about their love for two savory customs. Cristi Puiu’s Cigarettes and Coffee turns Jarmush’s film around. Neither Fiul (Mimi Branescu), a young man dressed in a suit, nor Tatal (Victor Rebengiuc), his poor looking father, smoke or drink coffee as they meet in a bar to talk business. Instead, they have water, beer, and apple pie. And unlike the character’s in Jarmush’s film, Fiul’s and Tatal’s conflict is not to come to terms about myths on tobacco and caffeine. The old man in Puiu’s film actually has a serious problem. 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

Jan Svankmajer – Konec stalinismu v Cechách AKA Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (1991)

 Jan Svankmajer   Konec stalinismu v Cechách AKA Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (1991)

29f7c043f76a2bde437fd0d52a185152 Jan Svankmajer   Konec stalinismu v Cechách AKA Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (1991)

A bust of Stalin is cut open on an operating table, leading to an elaborate animated depiction of Czech history from 1948 (the Communist takeover) to 1989 (the Velvet Revolution). Some knowledge of the subject is essential in order to understand the film, which is entirely visual. Continue reading