Simplicity is often a lethal tool. In many ways, the style and technique of Passage agrave l’acr could not be simpler, but it’s effects are profound and fierce. Taking a 33-second passage from To Kill A Mockingbird (1962, Mulligan), where the father of the family demands his son not leave the table till his sister has finished her dinner, Martin Arnold re-edits the scene by repeating and looping small gestures made by the character. The technique is a stroke of genius, allowing the viewer not a moment of passivity but constantly reflecting on every body movement the characters make. By the end Arnold has made a film about family patriarchy, fragile masculinity and whatever else you can extract from it, that is simultaneous gripping to watch and unsuspectingly comic.
Chris Marker’s La Jétee. Saw a screening of La Jétee at the Berlin film festival followed by a panel discussion with Marker’s long time friends and sometime collaborators Tom Luddy and Lia van Leer, along with Lithuanian artist Deimantas Narkevicius (video artist Basam Alsharif was also intended to take part but was sick). Very revealing about Marker’s allusive personal and private life, what he was like as a person, his interests and passions. Watch La Jétee above. You can find a great wealth of Marker’s work available on youtube. If you have any interest in art or film it is a necessity you watch more of Marker’s work.
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010, Weerasethakul)
Bent Keltoum (2001, Charef): Moving drama about a young woman, Rallia, who was raised in Switzerland to adoptive parents, and her return to the country of birth to find her biological mother after having been given up as a child. The film is a road movie across the social-cultural landscape of Tunisia through the eyes of a Westernised woman, and the conclusion is heartfelt and moving. A film most certainly worth tracking down.
Scratch (2001, Doug Pray): Unfortunately, Doug Pray’s documentary on turntablism is limited by its subject matter. Pray does a good job documenting the history of turntablism with the key figures telling its story, and offers insights into the dedication, techniques and philosophy of DJs. However, the film is insular and does not look outside of the music. For people who love turntablism this is essential viewing, however for those who are not fans of the music this film offers very little.
New review of Spike Lee’s debut feature She’s Gotta Have It (1986). Click the poster to read it, or go here: http://16framesps.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/shes-gotta-have-it-1986-lee.html comment if you like. Cheers.
First article for a while, discussing Hans Zimmer’s score to The Dark Knight Rises. Check it out and feel free to comment. http://16framesps.blogspot.co.uk/
The first review for the new film blog 16 Frames Per Second is online. CLICK THE POSTER ART TO BE LINKED OVER TO THE SITE or head to www.16framesps.blogspot.co.uk This week the Woody Allen masterpiece Crimes and Misdemeanors is review. Feel free to comment on the article if you agreed or disagreed with, or enjoyed simply enjoyed, the review. Also, be so kind to follow the tumblr if you enjoyed it, there will be more reviews coming very shortly. All the best.
The first review for 16 Frames Per Second is now online. Head over to 16framesps.blogspot.co.uk, or click on the title of this post, for a review of Woody Allen’s 1989 masterpiece Crimes and Misdemeanors.
As the rules of the blog do not allow me to review it, I would like to recommend Michelangelo Frammartino’s Le Quattro Volte (2010). Unfortunately, Le Quattro Volte is one of those films where to describe the plot would make it sound like a slightly dull film, however it is one of the beautiful and exquisite films I have seen of the past few years and urge any person who has not to seek it out and see it. Watch the trailer and then please watch the film. You will be doing yourself a favour.