Delphine Seyrig

  • Ulrike Ottinger – Johanna D’Arc of Mongolia (1989) (HD)

    Ulrike Ottinger1981-1990ArthouseGermany
    Johanna D'Arc of Mongolia (1989)
    Johanna D’Arc of Mongolia (1989)

    Quote:
    Ulrike Ottinger’s epic adventure traces a fantastic encounter between two different worlds. Seven western women travelers meet aboard the sumptuous, meticulously reconstructed Trans-Siberian Express, a rolling museum of European culture. Lady Windemere, an elegant ethnographer played by the incomparable Delphine Seyrig in her last screen role, regales a young companion with Mongol myths and lore while other passengers-a prim tourist (Irm Hermann), a brash Broadway chanteuse and an all-girl klezmer trio-revel in campy dining car cabaret. Suddenly ambushed by a band of Mongol horsewomen, the company is abducted to the plains of Inner Mongolia and embark on a fantastic camel ride across the magnificent countryside. Breathtaking vistas, the lavish costumes of Princess Ulun Iga and her retinue, and the rituals of Mongol life are stunningly rendered by Ottinger’s cinematography. Dubbed a female Lawrence of Arabia and just as sweepingly romantic, Johanna D’Arc of Mongolia is a grandly entertaining, unforgettable journey.Read More »

  • Marguerite Duras – India Song (1975) (HD)

    1971-1980ArthouseDramaFranceMarguerite Duras

    Marguerite Duras’s most celebrated work is a mesmerizing, almost incantatory experience with few stylistic precedents in the history of cinema. Within the insular walls of a lavish, decaying embassy in 1930s India, the French ambassador’s wife (Delphine Seyrig) staves off ennui through affairs with multiple men—with the overpowering torpor broken only by a startling eruption of madness. Setting her evocatively decadent visuals to a desynchronized chorus of disembodied voices that comment on and counterpoint the action, Duras creates a haunted-house movie unlike any other. (-criterion.com)Read More »

  • Márta Mészáros – Útközben (1979)

    1971-1980DramaHungaryMárta Mészáros

    Barbara is a young mother of two in Hungary whose everyday life is abruptly collapses when a friend in Poland dies. Barbara travels to the funeral and meets an actress and experiences an intense love story.Read More »

  • Alain Resnais – Muriel ou Le temps d’un retour AKA Muriel, or The Time of Return (1963)

    Alain Resnais1961-1970Amos Vogel: Film as a Subversive ArtArthouseDramaFrance

    Synopsis:
    Seyrig is a fortyish widow dealing antique furniture from her apartment, who invites an old flame she hasn’t seen since the Algerian war to visit her and her troubled eccentric filmmaker stepson (Thierre), whom she shares an apartment with in Boulogne (a city in the provinces). The stepson is a recent veteran of the Algerian war who can’t escape the memory of a young girl named Muriel he tortured and killed during the war, as he watches grainy 8mm film clips of newsreels which remind him of the Arab girl.Read More »

  • Pierre Grimblat – Dites-le avec des fleurs aka Say It with Flowers (1974)

    Pierre Grimblat1971-1980DramaSpainSpanish cinema under FrancoThriller

    Synopsis:
    In this bizarre psychological thriller, a handsome young boy (John Mouder-Brown), who is marred by a strange birthmark on his face, tells a disturbing tale about how his family died. The family had been living for some time in a villa which was overgrown with flowering vines. Some of the vines even penetrate to the inside of the house. It seems that the boy’s father, (Fernando Rey), was part of a conspiracy to kill Hitler, and when the plot failed, he was forced to kill his family in order to prevent them from suffering horrible torture. Unable for some reason to kill himself, he escaped but became the victim of amnesia after a motorcycle accident. When a German governess came to stay, his father’s memory is revived. The boy travels to Germany in pursuit of the governess and learns that her family seeks vengeance from his father.Read More »

  • Chantal Akerman – Letters Home (1986)

    1981-1990ArthouseChantal AkermanFrancePerformance

    Quote:
    Keeping the original theatrical mise-en-scene, the film features Delphine Seyrig and her niece Coralie Seyrig reciting Sylvia Plath’s letters to her mother directly to the audience as though we were the recipients of these private missives.Read More »

  • Ulrike Ottinger – Dorian Gray im Spiegel der Boulevardpresse AKA The Image of Dorian Gray in the Yellow Press (1984)

    1981-1990ArthouseGermanyQueer Cinema(s)Ulrike Ottinger

    Quote:
    From the panoramic, historical revue of the many faces of social prejudice and ostracism, Ottinger turns her attention to the mechanism of exclusion invested with the necessary power to make or break people. Frau Dr. Mabuse, whose illustrious precursor is Fritz Lang’s psychopathic, counterfeiting boss of the underworld, derives her power from the fabrication of reality based on the seduction of images and words. Her perfect object and victim is the Bauhaus-dandy Dorian, whose relation to Oscar Wilde’s prototype is as marginal as his relation to power. The fairy-tale framework of Ottinger’s feature compositions asserts itself strongly in this film as Dorian replaces the evil tycoon and becomes king of the media conglomerate.Read More »

  • Alain Resnais – L’année dernière à Marienbad AKA Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

    1961-1970Alain ResnaisArthouseDramaFrance

    A cinematic puzzle, Alain Resnais’ Last Year at Marienbad is a radical exploration of the formal possibilities of film. Beautifully shot in Cinemascope by Sacha Vierny, the movie is a riddle of seduction, a mercurial enigma darting between a present and past which may not even exist, let alone converge. The film stars Giorgio Albertazzi as an unnamed sophisticate attempting to convince a similarly nameless woman (Delphine Seyrig) that they met and were romantically involved a year ago in the same enormous, baroque European hotel. Read More »

  • Delphine Seyrig – Sois belle et tais-toi AKA Be Pretty and Shut Up (1981)

    1981-1990Delphine SeyrigDocumentaryFrance

    Famous actresses talk about their role in the movie industry, and the demand to “be beautiful and shut up”.Read More »

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