Tag Archives: 1960s

Satsuo Yamamoto – Botan-dôrô AKA Peony Lantern Ghost Story (1968)

Shinzaburo flees an unwanted marriage with his brother’s widow and lives quietly as a teacher distanced from his family. On the night of the summer Obon festival, he meets a beautiful courtesan named Otsuyu, whom he doesn’t recognize as a ghost. But his interactions with her are leaving him weakened. Because she has a much more obviously ghostly attendant, Shinzaburo becomes frightened & visits Kiku, the temple priest, for an exorcism. Read More »

Werner Herzog – Letzte Worte AKA Last Words (1968)

The story of a solitary man who refuses to leave a Greek island (at one time a leper colony) is told by a strange variety of characters who don’t have much to say except to repeat their tellings over and over again. But the person who has the final word on the matter, the lonely character himself, may not explain anything about his personal reasons for not abandoning the place. Read More »

Theodoros Angelopoulos – Anaparastasi AKA Reconstruction (1970)

Synopsis wrote:
The film is based on an actual event, the murder of a Greek worker living in Germany by his barmaid wife Eleni and her lover Christos, who falsify the evidence of the husband’s return to Germany but are suspected by a sister-in-law and eventually accuse each other of the crime. A woman murders her husband, upon his return home after a long absence, with the complicity of the lover who has relieved her loneliness. Costas Ghoussis, an emigrant recently returned to his native country, is coming back from the fields, a shovel on his shoulder. He pushes open the garden gate in front of his house and calls his wife: Eleni! She does not answer; the reason: she is hidden behind the door of the kitchen with another man, Christos, a gamekeeper, the lover that she took during her husband’s absence. Just as Costas crosses the threshold he is attacked and strangled. Read More »

Wim Wenders – Polizeifilm (1969)

Quote from Wenders:
” It’s a film about the Munich police and their new tactics for dealing with the student situation in 1968. It showed their efforts to work in a more sophisticated and psychological way . It is a very funny movie, I think ….a little bit my Laurel and Hardy film.” Read More »

Jonas Mekas – Walden – Diaries Notes and Sketches (1964)

Jonas Mekas, the godfather of American “underground” cinema, shot literally miles of impromptu film on a tiny, touch-and-go Bolex camera before assembling his first “diary film” and screening it before an audience of friends and fellow indie artists in 1969. At that point the home-movie ethos was somewhat less than groundbreaking, but a glance at what Mekas’s contemporaries were working on or releasing at the time—Kenneth Anger was ensconced in off-and-on production for Lucifer Rising, Stan Brakhage was toiling on the 8mm Songs cycle, and Paul Morrissey had just morphed the Warhol aesthetic into the zeitgeist-preaching Flesh—suggests just how perpendicular his project stood in relation to the remainder of the bicoastal art-house scene. Read More »

Richard Balducci – Trop jolies pour être honnêtes AKA Quatre souris pour un hold-up AKA Seduction Squad (1972)

Jane Birkin, Bernadette Lafont, Elisabeth Wiener and Emma Cohen are 4 pretty girls rooming together. After witnessing and accidentally helping several thugs get away with a heist, the women notice through their telescope that the stolen loot is in the apartment right across the street! They plan their own burglary of the already stolen loot in this lighthearted caper comedy with a bit of nudity! Serge Gainsbourg did the bouncy score. Read More »

Vera Chytilová – Pytel blech AKA A Bagful of Fleas (1962)

Restored beautifully from a new 2k print, A Bagful of Fleas [Pytel Blech] is a pseudo documentary focussing on young female workers at a textile factory. Jana rebels against the regime within the workplace and is the anathema of a model worker, but her stealing, sneaking and general avoidance of work sets the rest of the dormitory against her. The use of a new girl Eva as the camera point-of-view is a brilliant move and makes it feel fresh and captivating. Read More »