Two people stand on a road, out of focus. Seen distorted through a glass, they retire upstairs to a bedroom where she undresses. He says, "Adieu." Images: the beautiful girl, a starfish in ... See full summary »
Kiki of Montparnasse,
André de la Rivière,
One of the first feminist movies, The Smiling Madame Beudet is the story of an intelligent woman trapped in a loveless marriage. Her husband is used to playing a stupid practical joke in ... See full summary »
A young artist draws a face at a canvas on his easel. Suddenly the mouth on the drawing comes into life and starts talking. The artist tries to wipe it away with his hand, but when he looks... See full summary »
Elizabeth Lee Miller,
Black and white rectangular images fade in and out of the screen. Their movement make them sometimes look like they're panning from side to side. Their movement also make the black and ... See full summary »
I spent my birthday watching this heretofore unknown masterpiece with a few non-filmie friends, who were also rewarded by the experience. First-wave abstract filmmaker Richter comes to America, picks up some noir affectations and calls it narrative: fedora'd lout in ratbag apartment sets up a business reading dreams for various clients. This allows just enough structure - and HUMOR, crucially - to draw the uninitiated into its tour of Surrealism's Greatest Hits. Man Ray, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, on and on and on, Richter has assembled a powerhouse crew for his dream sequences, with the likes of John Cage on music, and the segments are varied, hypnotic, and hang together perfectly, from Duchamp's patented hypno-spiral shtick to a pipe-cleaner circus scene that reminds me of Allyson Mitchell. The color is great and well used, and Richter's own conception on the end sequence ties everything together perfectly. Furthermore, while it may not 'mean' anything, there IS a 'logic' to it, I swear, although I was having too much fun letting it wash over me to pursue it very far. These old men point toward a future that hasn't even arrived yet, but seeing it makes you want to join the project. I LOVE this movie.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?