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All of the Films Joining FilmStruck’s Criterion Channel this August

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This August will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

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Tuesday, August 1

Tuesday’s Short + Feature: These Boots and Mystery Train

Music is at the heart of this program, which pairs a zany music video by Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki with a tune-filled career highlight from American independent-film pioneer Jim Jarmusch. In the 1993 These Boots, Kaurismäki’s band of pompadoured “Finnish Elvis” rockers, the Leningrad Cowboys, cover a Nancy Sinatra classic in their signature deadpan style. It’s the perfect prelude to Jarmusch’s 1989 Mystery Train, a homage to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the musical legacy of Memphis, featuring appearances by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Joe Strummer.
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Locarno Blog. Bulle Ogier

  • MUBI
Editor's Note: The Notebook is the North American home for Locarno Film Festival Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian's blog. Chatrian has been writing thoughtful blog entries in Italian on Locarno's website since he took over as Director in late 2012, and now you can find the English translations here on the Notebook as they're published. The Locarno Film Festival will be taking place August 5th to 15th. ***Bulle Ogier has a brilliance all of her own. It is something quite interior, and thus difficult to define. Her screen presence has something of the apparition about it: perhaps due to those silences, prolonged just a touch longer than necessary, that half-closed mouth, that hesitation to speak out, that gaze which seems to be acutely focused on a point just beyond her interlocutor... Like mother-of-pearl, Bulle Ogier’s beauty is unshowy and multi-faceted. Bulle Ogier does not belong to that generation of actresses discovered
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Maîtresse Blu-Ray Review

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If you haven’t already seen it, chances are you may have heard of Barbet Schroeder’s twisted love story swamped in sadomasochism via online cinematic lists and articles aimed at transgressive cinema.

It’s often placed in the same group as those other 70’s New European works like Salò Or 120 Days Of Sodom and Last Tango In Paris – films which pushed the boundaries with their taboo subject matter and explicit content. Put aside the graphic scenes on display here (which admittedly, isn’t an easy thing to do) and what separates Maîtresse from the others is the oddly touching central relationship which emerges, and the sometimes uncomfortable jet black humour which is inherent in the film’s bizarre milieu.

A pre-grizzled 28-year-old Gérard Depardieu is Olivier, a husky thief who, alongside a criminal associate, break into the lavish flat of a woman they believe to be away. Riffling through her personal belongings,
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BFI Uncut Season: 'Maîtresse' review (BFI rerelease)

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★★☆☆☆ Maîtresse (1975) is one of those films which has built its reputation on controversy. Though undeniably shocking in parts, director Barbet Schroeder's tale of S&M amongst the decadent bourgeois of 1970s Paris, starring a young and surprisingly attractive Gérard Depardieu along with Schroeder's real life wife Bulle Ogier, is relatively tame when compared with much of today's mainstream cinema. Petty thief Olivier (Depardieu) gets more than he bargained for when he breaks into the apartment of the beautiful Ariane (Ogier), and discovers a fully appointed torture chamber hidden in the basement.

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‘Maîtresse’ – Boasting an X rating and a devilishly ambiguous tagline


Directed by Barbet Schroeder

Written by Barbet Schroeder and Paul Voujargol

France, 1975

Some films gain a reputation immediately but lose it over time. Case-in-point: The Blair Witch Project maintains its reputation as a trend-setter, but no longer evokes the same mystique and scares that its initial release and ingenious advertising campaign caused. Other films keep that reputation. Barbet Schroeder’s Maîtresse is one of those films.

Boasting an X rating, the devilishly ambiguous tagline, “She will open your eyes,” and a poster that intentionally crops out faces of an S&M scene, focusing instead on the bodies, Maîtresse still appears on “Most Controversial” film lists some 36 years later.

A young Gérard Depardieu plays Olivier, a simple, hulking thief recently released from prison. He and his partner Mario (André Rouyer) are interrupted in the midst of a bumbling job by Ariane (Bulle Ogier), an unassuming dominatrix. Olivier falls instantly in
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