Tag Archives: 1980s

Carlos Mayolo – Carne de tu carne (1983)

All Movie Guide:
Darting first in one direction and then in another like a school of erratic fish, this film starts out (in 1956) focusing briefly on a Colombian military dictatorship and political terrorism then brings in the bourgeois class as co-conspirators in the dictatorship and next enters the bizarre lifestyle of a wealthy family fighting over the last testament of a just-deceased matriarch. From there, the family members are shown to have quite an incestuous relationship, and eventually vampires come into the picture, as well as unbridled slaughter. By that time, the neglected, wounded plot is beyond resuscitation.
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Carlos Mayolo – La Mansión de Araucaima (1986)

A young model runs away from the set of a commercial spot she’s filming, and enter the mansion of Araucaima, where its dwellers indulge in strange rites.

Filled with symbolism, this metaphorical drama by Colombian director Carlos Mayolo is centered on an old mansion, isolated and ambiguous in its actual location. Revolving around the mansion is a static society made up of a pilot, landowner, priest, soldier, and other people representative of professions or occupations. Read More »

Robert Guédiguian – Ki lo sa? (1986)

“Robert Guédiguian is well-known for his idiosyncratic slices of life set
in his beloved Marseille, in films such as Marius et Jeannette (1997)
and À la place du coeur (1998). Whilst most of Guédiguian’s films are set in this historic
French port they span a remarkable range of genres and encompass a
dizzying assortment of themes, including noir-style thriller intrigue,
classic romance and pressing social issues. Ki lo sa?, Guédiguian’s
third feature, is one of his more unusual films in this series, a
surprisingly dark and mystical work which explores various
existentialist concerns through the interlocking prisms of black comedy
and social realism. Read More »

Robert Kramer – À toute allure (1982)

A couple of young skaters dream to work in Chicago but travel is too much expensive. A shady photographer want to help them…

Un couple de jeunes patineurs rêve de se produire à Chicago mais le voyage n’est pas à la portée de leur bourse. Un photographe, personnage louche, propose son aide… Read More »

Jean-Claude Rousseau – Les antiquités de Rome (1989)

Rousseau’s first full-length feature, and one of the best documentaries/experimental films of the past few decades, sprung equally from Robert Bresson, Michael Snow, and Jean-Marie Straub (who has called Rousseau one of the three best working artists in modern Europe). Again hard places played against drifting sounds from unseen sites beyond the image; the images and sounds, repeated, become inflections of each other. But this time there are historical inflections; Rousseau’s film, like Straub’s, takes place in a sort of meta-history as characters and ancient sites each become products of outside light and shadow. Read More »

Marie-Claude Treilhou – Simone Barbès ou la vertu AKA Simone Barbes or Virtue (1980)

IMDB wrote:
Simone and Martine are usherettes in a porno cinema in Montparnasse. Installed in the hall, they greet regulars, put men in their place, chat and pass the time. At midnight Simone departs to a lesbian nightclub. Read More »

Sam Raimi – The Evil Dead (1981)

Synopsis:
Five college students take time off to spend a peaceful vacation in a remote cabin. A book and audio tape is discovered, and its evil is found to be powerful once the incantations are read out loud. The friends find themselves helpless to stop the evil as it takes them one by one, with only one survivor left with the evil dead and desperately tries to fight to live until morning. Read More »