Byron Haskin – Captain Sindbad (1963)

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Do you have a heart for adventure and an eye for beauty? Then gather round – young ones, too – for a rousing journey into eye-opening wonder with the boldest captain of them all: Sindbad! Amid fantastic realms and unending dangers, Sindbad battles to save both the princess he loves and the downtrodden people of exotic Baristan from the cruel clutch of a tyrant who possesses the power of dark sorcery. Geysers of flame, giant crocodiles, hordes of sword-wielding palace guards, a hydra-headed monster and an invisible, bloodthirsty behemoth – all are part of this thrilling tale directed with gusto by Byron Haskin (Treasure Island, Long John Silver). Sail into excitement with Captain Sindbad! Read More »

Pascal Arnold & Jean-Marc Barr – Chroniques sexuelles d’une famille d’aujourd’hui AKA Sexual Chronicles of a French Family (2012)

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After one of their sons gets caught filming himself masturbating in school, Claire, who never opened up the conversation of sex with her three children, decides to encourage them to explore their sexuality freely and openly.
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Maurice Pialat – Les Courts Métrages Turcs AKA The Turkish Chronicles (1964)

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Before he turned to feature filmmaking in 1968 with Naked Childhood, Pialat worked on a series of short films, many of them financed by French television. TURKISH CHRONICLES is a compendium of four pieces shot in Turkey. Corne D’Or juxtaposes a poem by Nerval with a powerful study of Ottoman architecture; Istanbul takes into the crowded streets and back alleys of a fascinating city divided between continents. Byzance uses a text by Stefan Zweig to describe the Ottoman conquest of the city in 1453; Maitre Galip is another on Pialat’s perceptive studies of children that includes a poem by Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet. Read More »

Ektoras Lygizos – Agna Niata AKA Pure Youth (2004)

A great Greek short with a shocking climax.
Screened in competition at the Venice film Festival. Read More »

Paul Verhoeven – Turks fruit aka Turkish Delight (1973)

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Glenn Erickson wrote:
Called in turn a Dutch Love Story, a horrible mess of tastelessness, and great art, Turkish Delight was made by a filmmaker dedicated to the concept of shock. This is as earthy as honest filmmaking gets: Billy Wilder in interviews claimed that interaction between real lovers doesn’t stop at bourgeois niceties (such as Marlene Dietrich spitting toothpaste in her lover’s face in A Foreign Affair) but here Paul Verhoeven goes full out with an intimate relationship seemingly without borders. Most bodily functions get involved; Verhoeven’s philosophy seems to be that real commitment is messy, and he wastes no opportunity to rub our noses in this fact.

This insistence on in-your-face, blunt depictions of all kinds of activity (some not so ‘shocking’, just unexpected) does make Turkish Delight fascinating. It starts with full frontal male nudity & masturbation and goes on from there – and the really ‘shocking’ thing is that with all the ‘nasty’ content, the film never seems exploitative or less credible than any other intimate romance. Just more honest … ? And certainly more messy. Read More »

Tunç Okan – Fikrimin Ince Gülü-Sari Mercedes (1992)

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The film is based on ‘Fikrimin Ince Gulu’, a novel by Adalet Agaoglu, which depicts a first generation gurbetci/guest-worker returning home. It covers his land journey in short bursts from Germany to the Turkey’s west border – and extensively from thereon to his village close to Ankara – capital of Turkey. He begins his journey purchasing a second hand yellow Mercedes – possibly his first car – using his meager savings working as a laborer. Offering deep insight into the mind of a manual laborer Bayram (Ilyas Salman) making his first trip back home, resorting to flashbacks in highlighting Bayram’s motivation and experiences from his childhood right up to the events leading to his first departure from Turkey to Germany. Read More »

William Park – What is Film Noir (2011)

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Everyone seems to know what film noir is, but scholars and critics cannot agree on any definition. Some go so far as to insist that there is no such thing. What is Film Noir? claims that this confusion arises from the fact that film noir is both a genre and a period style, and as such is unique in the history of Hollywood. The genre, now known as “neo-noir,” continues into the present, while the period, which began in the early 1940s, had expired by 1960. William Park surveys the various theories of film noir, defines the genre, and explains how film noir relates to the style and the period in which it was created. The book corrects several common misconceptions: that film noir was an afterthought, that Hollywood was not conscious of what it was creating, and that film noir is too amorphous to be a genre. Park also provides a very useful theory of genre and how it relates to film study. Read More »