Tag Archives: 1980s

Leos Carax – Strangulation Blues (1980)

Leos Carax’s debut short that won the Grand Prix du court-métrage at the Festival international du jeune cinéma de Hyères.

Quote:
A very Parisian night. Paul plays at strangling Colette because she doesn’t inspire him a single, damn camera shot. Early in the morning, he takes flight because the future is for those who get up early. Was it too late? It’s too early to say. Read More »

Yasuzô Masumura – Eden no sono AKA The Garden of Eden (1980)

Synopsis:
A young pick-pocket meets a sheltered teenage girl at an art museum while trying to lift her wallet. He falls in love with her and lures her to deserted strip of beach where he pretends his stolen motorbike has broken down and they are stranded. An unlikely romance follows. Read More »

Ingmar Bergman – Efter repetitionen AKA After the Rehearsal (1984)

Quote:
With this spare chamber piece, set in an empty theater, Ingmar Bergman returned to his perennial theme of the permeability of life and art. Lingering after a rehearsal for August Strindberg’s A Dream Play (a touchstone for the filmmaker throughout his career), eminent director Henrik (Erland Josephson) enters into a frank and flirtatious conversation with his up-and-coming star, Anna (Lena Olin), leading him to recall his affair with Anna’s late mother, the self-destructive actress Rakel (Ingrid Thulin). The sharply written and impeccably performed After the Rehearsal, originally made for television, pares away all artifice to examine both the allure and the cost of a life in the theater. Read More »

Ross McElwee – Sherman’s March [+Extras] (1986)

Filmmaker Ross McElwee grew up in the South and always marveled at how the folks there were affected by Union general William Tecumseh Sherman’s legacy. Aiming to delve deeper into the region’s interest, McElwee revisits the path of the general’s march that took down the Confederacy. But the tone of his documentary changes when he learns his girlfriend has left him, causing him to second-guess himself with each woman he meets during the shoot. Read More »

Les Blank – Gap-Toothed Women (1987)

Quote:
A charming valentine to women born with a space between their teeth, ranging from lighthearted whimsy to a deeper look at issues like self-esteem and societal attitudes toward standards of beauty. Interviews were conducted with over one hundred women, including model Lauren Hutton and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Read More »

Toshiya Fujita – Revolver (1988)

SYNOPSIS:
When a gun belonging to a police officer is stolen, it ends up in the hands of a student, who decides to use it on a yakuza who beat him recently. Now the police officer is hot on the student’s trail, and he’s determined to prevent the gun from going off. Read More »

Franklin J. Schaffner – Yes, Giorgio (1982)

A famous opera singer, Giorgio Fini, loses his voice during an American tour. He goes to a female throat specialist, Faye Kennedy, whom he falls in love with. Read More »