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Malaise (Don Levy). Courtesy of the artist, The Don Levy Project, and Academy Film Archive.This is the second year in a row that filmmaker / programmer Mónica Savirón has organized a screening of experimental films for the First Look series. Last year’s program, “A Matter of Visibility,” focused on women’s cinema from around the world. This is a subject about which the U.S.-based, Spanish-born Savirón is uniquely suited to illuminate us. Last year’s show was gratifyingly diverse in both style and national origin, the program anchored by a rarely-screened work by then-recently deceased Chantal Akerman, and including other artists whose work is all too seldom seen on these shores. Some, like Lis Rhodes and Cécile Fontaine, are reasonably canonical, whereas others showcased by Savirón were up-and-coming filmmakers such as Nazli Dinçel and Klara Ravat. While I don’t know of any experimental film programmers for »
The Criterion Collection has marked the beginning of 2017 with a favorite tradition among cinephiles: its yearly drawing hinting at the movies it plans to release on DVD and blu-ray this year. Devoted fans that they are, the fine folks at CriterionCast have released an annotated version of the hand-drawn illustration that breaks down each potential clue.
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Some of the more straightforward hints point to “Sixteen Candles” (there are literally 16 candles scattered throughout the drawing), “They Live by Night” (a gravestone for Night lists the departed’s lifetime as lasting from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.) and “Tampopo” (a woman can be seen preparing noodles, and Criterion’s partner Janus Films recently re-released the classic film in theaters). That same clue also suggests a blu-ray upgrade of Chantal Akerman’s masterful “Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, »
- Michael Nordine
2 items from 2017
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