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Alan Zweig – I, Curmudgeon (2004)

In this often very funny enquiry into crankiness, Toronto filmmaker Alan Zweig interviews notable curmudgeons like Fran Lebowitz, Harvey Pekar and Bruce LaBruce. Zweig wants to know what their frickin’ problem is and, more importantly, whether it’s the same as his. As in Vinyl, his equally irascible doc on record collectors, the endearingly dour filmmaker spends much of I, Curmudgeon spilling his guts directly to his camera and torturing himself with big questions that he can never answer satisfactorily. Zweig then confronts his subjects with the same questions, thereby making them even grouchier. (How grouchy? Andy Rooney is moved to kick Zweig out of his office.) Though I, Curmudgeon’s meandering structure and incessant jump-cuts are irritants, they’re also appropriate to the movie’s abrasive, anti-social personality. Consider this a testament to the power of negative thinking. – Eye Weekly Read More »

Janusz Majewski – Czarna suknia aka Black Dress (1967)

Two handed chamber piece about a middle aged woman who returns from the camps after WWII and meets the mother of her deceased husband. Unable to explain the truth about her husband’s death, Joanna weaves a web of lies to comfort the old woman. In time she is forced to involve more and more people who know of his fate. Read More »

Richard Irving – Istanbul Express (1968)

Art expert Gene Barry finds himself involved in international intrigue aboard the Istanbul Express as several agencies vie for a scientist’s papers. Who can he trust? Read More »

Helma Sanders-Brahms – Erdbeben in Chili AKA Earthquake in Chile (1975)

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When the church discovers that Josefa is pregnant, she is sentenced to death by decapitation. Her lover Jeronimo is jailed before he can rescue her. When fate intervenes in the form of a massive earthquake, the two lovers have no idea what is in store for them. Read More »

Jurislav Korenic & Aleksandar Jevdjevic – Karadjoz (1969)

Very old and very rare comedy, 5 parts TV series produced by TV Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, ex-Yugoslavia. Read More »

Jacques Tati – Parade (1974)

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A distillation not of Jacques Tati per se, but of communal spectacle and creation — cinema. The circus is the setting, abstracted into blank spotlights but with the audience always present, always as much a part of the show as the jugglers, acrobats, contortionists, drummers, and assorted pratfall artisans. At the center is Tati, silver-haired in a turtleneck, miming taking punches in the ring, riding a horse, directing traffic, swinging a tennis racket in slow-mo. Playtime and Traffic exhausted the French producers, so the auteur staged his swansong as a Swedish TV-special, a casual affair, a slender recording of dance-hall whimsy and a profound summarization of a man’s life and art. Read More »

Fletcher Markle – A Talk With Hitchcock (1964)

Time to stretch… Swap from fiction to documentary. Enjoy the master of suspense!

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A rare glimpse into the mind of the notorious cagey master filmmaker, this documentary was shot on the set of Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie. With remarkable candor Hitchcock discusses his career and his passion for movies. — Jonathan Crow Read More »