Various – Stimulantia (1967)


8 episodes, ranging from experimental to documentary to conventional narrative cinema, made by the most prominent Swedish film directors of the time to answer the question of what stimulates them most.

It’s basically a project by Svensk filmindustri where different directors answer the question: “What are your stimuli?” (or something along those lines). E.g. Bergman says that nothing is more stimulating to him than his son’s face, while Jörn Donner more jokingly replies that it’s mainly money, “of course,” but also the idea of making a porno that’s different from the norms of the genre. Hans Alfredsson and Tage Danielsson (a.k.a. Hasse och Tage) seem to state that what really stimulates them is the opportunity to show off that they’ve read Balzac, while making fun of the entire idea; Molander is way more serious about the whole idea (“man tackar ju inte gärna nej till ett gott erbjudande”) while also promising that this will be his last film – a promise he seems to have kept, except for a few writing credits for tv. Read More »

Various – Lithuanian Cinema (2015)

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Various – Swissmade (1968)


In 1968, the Popular Swiss Bank asked to three directors to give their vision about the future of Switzerland. This is their answer. Read More »

Various – Mundo Invisível (2012)


An anthology film following different stories around the theme of invisibility in the modern world. Read More »

Various – Deutschland im Herbst AKA Germany in Autumn (1978)


Germany in Autumn does not have a plot per se; it mixes documentary footage, along with standard movie scenes, to give the audience the mood of Germany during the late 1970s. The movie covers the two month time period during 1977 when a businessman was kidnapped, and later murdered, by the left-wing terrorists known as the RAF-Rote Armee Fraktion (Red Army Faction). The businessman had been kidnapped in an effort to secure the release of the orginal leaders of the RAF, also known as the Baader-Meinhof gang. When the kidnapping effort and a plane hijacking effort failed, the three most prominent leaders of the RAF, Andreas Baader, Gudrun Enslin, and Jean-Carl Raspe, all committed suicide in prison. It has become an article of faith within the left-wing community that these three were actually murdered by the state. The movie has several vignettes, including an extended set of scenes with the famous director Rainer Werner Fassbinder discussing his feelings about Germany’s political situation at the time. Fassbinder’s scenes almost seem to be candid documentary footage, but aren’t. Other scenes include documentary footage of the joint funeral of Baader, Enslin, and Raspe. Read More »

Various – The Dream Machine (1980 – 1983)


reviev of Dream Machine from link
Burroughs’ Dream Machine On Film… Nearly., 26 March 2004
Author: scottanthony from Dorset, England

In theory: a short non-narrative film made to commemorate the visit of Burroughs and Gysin to the UK. In practice: four shorts (directed by Jarman, Kostiff, Maybury and Wyn Evans) broken up by footage of Gysin gazing at said machine. Read More »

Various director / artists – Kunst im Exil AKA Arts in Exile (1962-1989)

Nine short stories that together amount to a play time of 3h20m.

Presented here are nine short films that feature: film director Slatan Dudow; actor Martin Brandt; authors Erich Fried, Erich Weinert, and Arnold Zweig; photographer Walter Ballhause; cartoonist Leo Haas; and journalist Egon Erwin Kisch. Original interviews with the artists, close family members, and friends are combined with little-known historic film material. All produced in the GDR. Read More »