Tuesday, April 29, 2008

DVDs



I’m in the final week of classes this semester. Soon, summer will be here and along with it the chance to step up the pace of cinema-related activities—watching, reading, writing.

I’m generally a DVD renter rather than buyer, but I just purchased a big batch from Europe to fire up as soon as the semester ends:

-- Godard’s Histoire(s) du cinema. I saw one of the earliest North American screenings that were part of the comprehensive JLG retro assembled by James Quandt about 6 years ago. But they are now a blur in my head, and more than any other movies I can think of, these demand repeated re-viewings.

-- Godard/Mieville shorts: De l'origine du XXIe siècle, The Old Place, Liberté et patrie, Je vous salue, Sarajevo, plus a hardcover book.

-- Bresson’s The Devil, Probably, finally on DVD. I've seen this once, on videotape.

-- Satyajit Ray’s Abhijan. Upon graduation from college, I joined a computer company in Calcutta. Right across the street from my office building in Ballygunge, I saw my first-ever retrospective, the complete films of S. Ray. I haven’t seen Abhijan since.

-- Rossellini’s Era notte a Roma. Also, great news: Criterion is releasing some of his made-for-TV history films in the fall.

-- Terence Davies’ Distant Voices, Still Lives. I've seen just two Davies films: The House of Mirth and The Long Day Closes. Home Film Festival used to carry a videotape of his shorts that I'm sorry I never got around to renting.

-- Jean Vigo collection: L’Atalante, Zero for Conduct, A propos de Nice, Taris. I’ve been waiting years to see the latter two films.

-- Renoir’s Toni. Renoir is one of my all-time favorite filmmakers but I've never immersed myself in his films intensely over a limited time period. I'd like to do that this summer. And alongside, I look forward to reading the critical writings on his films by Andre Bazin, Raymond Durgnat, Christoper Faulkner, Leo Braudy, etc.

-- Mizoguchi’s Crucified Lovers and The Woman of Rumour. I haven’t seen the former but I loved the latter. Here's David Bordwell's entry on the film, and mine.

-- Godard’s Sauve qui peut (la vie) a.k.a. Slow Motion.

I'm wondering: any recent or future DVD releases you're excited about or would like to recommend? To jog your memory, here's the release calendar page at DVD Beaver.


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Links:

-- Best wishes to the indefatigable Matt Zoller Seitz, who is moving from print journalism to filmmaking.

-- Craig Keller on João César Monteiro. Also, Craig has an amazing DVD wish list at Glenn Kenny's place. Many others chime in with their suggestions as well.

-- New issue of Reverse Shot.

-- Adrian Martin's monthly column at Filmkrant begins thus: "With Cahiers du Cinéma - both in its printed magazine and internet (www.cahiersducinema.com) versions - now in crisis because of being dropped by its Le Monde publisher, it seems as if the book 'Gilles Deleuze et les Images' (edited by François Dosse and Jean-Michel Frodon) may well be, alongside the updated French edition of Nicole Brenez's 'Abel Ferrara', among the last books to appear under the famous Cahiers banner. And, ironically enough, it is in the Deleuze book that we find a striking reflection by the American film scholar Dudley Andrew about how the globe of film culture is changing."

-- Robert Koehler at Film Journey: "Thierry's Cannes, Olivier's Quinzaine."

pic, courtesy DVD Beaver: Bresson's The Devil, Probably (1977).

49 Comments:

Anonymous Vivek said...

Lucky you!

I've only seen L'Atlante on a scratchy, tape a few years ago.

April 29, 2008 11:06 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Vivek, I've had the fortune of seeing L'Atalante a couple of times on the big screen; what a special film that is. And I've only seen Zero for Conduct on an old VHS dub.

April 29, 2008 11:12 PM  
Blogger Michael Kerpan said...

Also just got The Vigo set and Fantomas set -- on sale from the UK. So far I've only see "A propos de Nice". Also the UK DVD of Rivette's latest (but won't see this for a while -- as we just saw this wonderful film screened).

More significantly (for me, at least) Shochiku just issued its first volume of Hiroshi Shimizu DVDs, four films, all with subtitles. I've seen all the films in the set in mediocre versions. Despite any real "restoration", the new DVDs look much better than anything available previously.

I've already watched the DVDs of "Japanese Girls at the Harbopr" and "Mr. Thank You". "Ornamental Hairpin" and "Masseurs and Lady" are still to come.

April 29, 2008 11:21 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Oh wow, didn't realize Fantomas was out in Europe. And I don't know Shimizu's work at all.

April 29, 2008 11:38 PM  
Blogger Noel Vera said...

Flicker Alley's upcoming release of Abel Gance's J'Accuse and Le Roue is the biggest news I can think of at the moment. Unless you mean yesterday's release of the fourth volume of the animated TV series Death Note, which John Powers belatedly reviewd on Monday at NPR (the series has been showing on Cartoon Network since late 2007). Not profound, but addictive, and fun.

April 30, 2008 1:50 AM  
Blogger acquarello said...

Yeah, the Shimizu boxset is a real beaut, the packaging is on par with materials I get at Kate's Paperie or Kinokuniya. Ornamental Hairpin and Japanese Girls at the Harbor look pretty close to what they screened with the Shochiku tribute a couple of years ago for the NYFF sidebar, so the DVDs seem to be sourced from the same material.

I'm still slogging through Volumes 3-5 of the Johan van der Keuken DVD sets. These are the last three of the collection, with Prolonged Vacation which documents his search for treatment for his cancer.

April 30, 2008 8:55 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Noel, I hadn't heard of Death Note but I love the title.

Acquarello, JvdK presented The Long Holiday (as it was called) at TIFF just a couple of months before he died. There was a great Q&A; I wish I'd taken notes. As I was listening to him, I remember thinking, "This is wonderful stuff. I don't need to write this down--how could I ever forget it?" and of course now I can barely recall any specifics.

April 30, 2008 9:10 AM  
Blogger Michael Kerpan said...

There is also an excellent two-part live action movie version of "Death Note" (that some say is the best version of all). One of the best "pop" movies from Japan of the past few years (along with part one of the live-action Nana -- Linda Linda Linda obviously trancends all these, however).

The UK Fantomas preserves the French intertitles (and subtitles these), which makes it preferable to the US release.

Shimizu is almost certainly the greatest Japanese director who is (virtually) unknown in the West. Both Ozu and Mizoguchi sang his praises -- why shouldn't we? ;~}

It obviously didn't help Shimizu's cause that R%ichie and Anderson largely dismissed his work as insignificant (other than a couple of his films about children) in their 1959 book. While Richie has clearly re-assessed Shimizu (as shown in his most recent book on Japanese cinema), the earlier position presumably had a long-lasting negative effect.

April 30, 2008 9:32 AM  
Blogger Darren said...

Not a new release, exactly, but while browsing through my favorite record store last week I found Ken Jacobs's [i]New York Ghetto Fishmarket 1903[/i], and I'm now really eager to check out the other releases from Tzadik. There's a nice review of the Jacobs DVD at All About Jazz.

April 30, 2008 9:32 AM  
Blogger nitesh said...

The launch of Palador Pictures in India was a boon for most of us, I mean, finally we could purchase original titles at reasonable prices. And this summer I plan to shell out my pocket money on these box sets:-

Sword & Tea - Japanese Classics - 10 DVD Box Set
Érich Rohmer – The Four Seasons - 4 DVD Box Set
Tsai Ming-Liang - 5 DVD Box Set
Best of South-East Asian Cinema - 10 DVD Box Set

Recently purchased:-

Ankur/ Bandini/Nishant- Shyam Benegal
Interview, Calcuatta 71- Mirnal Sen
A Tale of a Naughty Girl( DVD)- Buddadeb Dasgupta.
AAKROSH/ DroahKaal- Goivnd Nihalani
Womans Ascends the Stairs- Miko Naruse
5 centimeters per second- Makoto Shinkai( Anime)

I wish I could get my hands on Godard’s Histoire(s) du cinema, Every Man for Himself and the shorts.

April 30, 2008 12:24 PM  
Blogger Noel Vera said...

Mike K, apparently they're showing at least one of the live-action Death Note movies on limited release this year, starting May 20.

Have you seen anything from this, either the series or the live-action?

And what's this I hear that Hideo Nakata's directing a spin-off, based on the character of L?

April 30, 2008 3:50 PM  
Blogger Michael Kerpan said...

I liked Kaneko's Death Note (2006) reasonably well, but was totally captivated by its concluding halfm Death Note: The Last Name (also 2006). Really one integral film, though the first half almost stands alone. See:

http://rozmon.blogspot.com/2007/06/watched-june-11-17-2007-yamada-hui-j.html

I havem't seen the animated version.

Ken'ichi Matsuyama (playing L) might just be the best young actor in Japan today. (also plays roles in Nana and Linda Linda Lindda -- and is unrecognizable from film to film).

That said, the third Death Note films sounds like it is not as good (despite Matsuyama's best efforts). I suspect Nakata is not so skilled (and disciplined) a director as Kaneko.

April 30, 2008 4:29 PM  
Blogger Michael Kerpan said...

Fix-up (I hope)

Review of Death Note 2 at bottom of this entry

Addendum:

Matsuyama is supposed to be quite good in his latest film role, Iguchi's "Don't Laugh at My Romance".

April 30, 2008 4:44 PM  
Blogger Maya said...

I've made a new Argentine film bud who's passed on the following for my DVD collection:

Silvia Prieto (1999; d. Martin Rejtman)
Las Guantes Magicos (2000, d. Martin Rejtman)
Guerin's In the City of Sylvia and En Construccion
El Cielo Gira (d. Mercedes Alvarez)

April 30, 2008 4:51 PM  
Blogger David Lowery said...

Don't forget Filmbrain's latest release, The Guatemalan Handshake! It came out yesterday...

April 30, 2008 5:16 PM  
Anonymous Peter Nellhaus said...

I bought my copy of Toni when I was in Amsterdam. Definitely a keeper. I missed the Death Note films in Chiang Mai because they didn't have English subtitles, unlike in Bangkok.

I am looking forward to seeing Day of the Outlaw on DVD. Also, I recommend to everyone Death of a Cyclist, finally on DVD.

April 30, 2008 5:49 PM  
Anonymous Whitney said...

Distant Voices Still Lives is a treat. I have a strong spiritual relationship to that film. That probably sounds strange, but I'm excited to hear what you have to say about it.

May 01, 2008 1:40 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

I fire up my region-free player so infrequently these days that I feel really behind the curve on the import-DVD scene.

I guess it's week-old news by now, but I'm still excited by the Ozu silents set from Eclipse. I'd never seen Tokyo Chorus before- what a wonderful film! I haven't peeked at the other two discs (Passing Fancy being another blind spot as yet) but I'm eager.

I feel like this is the first time Japanese silent films have had a real release on region 1 DVD. There's Ozu's the Story of the Floating Weeds but that only made it through the door hand-in-hand with its talkie remake, so it doesn't feel like it fully counts. I may be forgetting some other R1 release, but I doubt it.

May 01, 2008 4:00 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

Oh, and Peter, thanks for the heads-up on the Day of the Outlaw release! Great news for fans of that film (like me! me! me!)

May 01, 2008 4:04 AM  
Blogger acquarello said...

Maya, I think you'll see a lot of convergence between Álvarez's El Cielo gira and Guerín's En Construcción, both in approach and in theme. They definitely work together. And the Rejtman films are a lot of fun.

May 01, 2008 9:11 AM  
Blogger acquarello said...

Ack, hit the post button too soon (trying to beat the captcha clock before it reset to a new one). Anyway, Girish, that JvDK Q&A reminds me of that Thierry Knauff one some maybe six or seven years ago now (I remember some email exchanges with you at the time on my then new iBook :)). There were only four of us, so he basically went through his ideas and methodology for the film. I remember that music was big part, in the sense that he was illustrating polyphony as image, but yeah, most of it is one big blur. I vaguely remember that kneecapping and polydactyly even came up. :-/

May 01, 2008 9:30 AM  
Blogger Michael Kerpan said...

re-typed -- as this never got posted....

I can't believe I forgot to mention the new Ozu Silents box set from Eclipse (I guess the slightly newer Shimzu set drove this out of my head).

When watching "Tokyo Chorus" please take special note of the little girl in the family. She was played by future super-star Hideko Takamine (aged 6 -- or maybe just turned 7). Although Takamine made her debut at age 4 or so, this might be the earliest film in which she appears that survives. (I've not heard of any older ones being available). While she is an adorable moppet in this film (without any front teeth and sporting a dish bowl haircut), her first truly spectacular performance would come about 6 months later in Shimizu's superb (but not yet available on DVD) "Seven Seas".

The Eclipse set is indeed the first free-standing R1 Ozu silent release -- though the bonus silent "Story of Floating Weeds" included along with Criterion's "Floating Weeds" DVD is a notable release all the same. If one develops an an addiction to Ozu silents (including his earliest talkies), there are decent subbed R3 DVDd that were released in Hong Kong (by Panorama -- viz YesAsia, et al.).

While I might like "I Was Born But " a bit more, I still must sing the praises of not only "Tokyo Chorus" but also "Passing Fancy". Since the Ecclipse set has minimal extras, let me seize the opportunity to shill my own article on "Passing Fancy" at senses of cinema

May 01, 2008 11:08 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Thanks, all!

Acquarello, your encounter with Knauff sounds great. (I remember our emails about him 8 yrs ago--how time flies.) I had a similar experience with the Dardennes when they presented The Son at TIFF. There were only a handful of people left in the audience for the Q&A (go figure), among them Frederick Wiseman, who was there with The Last Letter. The Dardennes (perhaps because of the small crowd) were playful and funny, ribbing each other.

Maya, let me second Acquarello--your Argentine friend has great taste. Years ago, I was in bed for a few days after surgery, and I watched Martin Rejtman's Silvia Prieto over and over again.

Brian and Peter, wonderful news about Day of the Outlaw! And Michael, that's a great factoid about Hideo Takamine.

May 01, 2008 4:20 PM  
Blogger girish said...

-- Jonathan Rosenbaum's website just launched today.
-- A new post at Mubarak's place.

May 01, 2008 4:39 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

You forgot to mention that nearly all these wonderful DVDs are non-R1! :(

May 01, 2008 4:44 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Daniel, how I long for a mail-order rental service with a large collection for non-R1 dvd's.

May 01, 2008 4:47 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Acquarello, being a Nicolas Klotz fan, would surely know about this, but I noticed a dvd at Netflix called The Bengali Night (1988), a film he made with Hugh Grant and Shabana Azmi (!). And I just rented Heartbeat Detector (which went to dvd awful quick).

May 01, 2008 4:55 PM  
Anonymous davis said...

Maya, you must loan me En Construccion. I promise to return it before I skip town. I'm asking out loud so that you will feel a peer-induced shame if you don't share your discoveries.

Acquarello, the captcha clock is ticking faster and faster, or am I getting slower? I can't remember the last time I typed it only once.

May 01, 2008 5:01 PM  
Blogger Maya said...

Davis, do I know you? Have we met?

May 01, 2008 7:52 PM  
Blogger Noel Vera said...

Well, if you want video releases I'm excited about, I think these two qualify as much as any I can think of.

VCD, and no subtitles. Some VCDs work on my Philips DVD for some reason, so it's not impossible. I think it's worth checking out.

May 02, 2008 1:37 AM  
Anonymous Peter Nellhaus said...

It's too bad NicheFlix went out of business. The guy who ran it specialized in R2 and R3 DVDs but also had some other films on other region formats unavailable in the US. The only problem I had sometimes was figuring out some of the set-ups when they weren't in English.

May 02, 2008 1:46 AM  
Anonymous Jim Flannery said...

This is pretty dang exciting.

May 02, 2008 5:04 AM  
Blogger acquarello said...

G, so that must be that "Red Envelope - A Netflix Company" banner that they had before the Klotz film. The actual release isn't until the summer, but subscribers can rent it exclusively now.

Rob, I always thought you could trick that captcha with a correctly timed preview, but sometimes I have to do penance and solve it three times. :( Will you be in Chicago in time for their Eustache retrospective?

Jim, the Kluge set is a great deal, especially since I paid 22€ apiece for them when they first came out. Facets is supposed to be release them in the US. The set isn't completely done though, there's going to be a volume 2 with mostly his television works after the individual DVDs are released, starting with The Eiffel Tower, King Kong, and the White Woman due out soon.

May 02, 2008 8:00 AM  
Blogger Jacob said...

RE: Jonathan Rosenbaum's new site.

I think I found my Mecca.

May 02, 2008 11:50 AM  
Anonymous davis said...

Acquarello, the only way I've been able to tolerate your recent posting is knowing that eventually I'll get to see those Eustache films. :-) I'll arrive in time for half of the retro in Chicago, and I'll finally get to see The Mother and the Whore (or else: punch wall).

I was really hoping the retro would play at the PFA in May so that I could -- in some kind of choreographed transition, an elegant splice -- watch half here and half in Chicago. But the PFA goes dark for most of May, so it's not going to happen. Ah well. I'm looking forward to catching what I can.

May 02, 2008 3:02 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

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May 02, 2008 3:17 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Girish, you'll be happy to know that the BFI is releasing The Long Day Closes, Davies' exhilarating fantasy-autobiography, and The Terence Davies Trilogy (which must be the shorts you're referring to) on DVD in July. I have high hopes they'll be as well-produced as Distant Voices, Still Lives. (As I mentioned to you, DVST has an excellent--humorous and lively--Davies commentary, plus an interview between him and Geoff Andrew.) As an aside, he wrote an autobiographical novel in the mid-'80s, Hallelujah Now, that in many ways is a literary reformulation of his Trilogy--worth tracking down for Davies fans.

May 02, 2008 3:19 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

I was mightily impressed by The Heartbeat Detector...have you seen it Acquarello? We should all compare notes now that it's on DVD.

May 02, 2008 3:22 PM  
Blogger Gareth said...

I saw Davies at a Q&A after the first screening of "The Long Day Closes" in Dublin; he was mightily impressive, exceptionally good at enhancing the film we had just seen; it's interesting to come across someone so skilled at expressing his ideas in different formats. I wish I had seen his other films on the big screen; I have this memory of "The Long Day Closes" completely enveloping me with images and near-constant music.

May 02, 2008 3:46 PM  
Blogger acquarello said...

Doug, yes I have seen the new Klotz, except I stubbornly call it La Question Humaine since that other title reminds me of a certain Don Johnson song. :) I talk a bit about the IG Farben connection in my write-up and also Klotz's idea about the trilogy of Modern Times. There's a point in the film where the police round up suspected illegal aliens, and the first one they round up is actually Papi from La Blessure.

May 02, 2008 4:06 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Gareth, I can't wait to see The Long Day Closes on DVD--I've often cited it as my favorite Davies film, just for its astonishing visual and sonic beauty alone, although I pretty much love all of his films equally well.

I haven't seen Davies in person, but as you say, I understand that he can be quite charming, and his commentaries (including an evocative but extremely intermittent one on the House of Mirth DVD) are very insightful. I'm delighted to see that he actually has a new film at Cannes this year--his first in eight years after many comments flirting with an early retirement.

Acquarello, I just read your piece and I definitely concur with your observations (I'll post more at your site). I haven't seen Klotz's previous work, so the connection to La Blessure was definitely lost on me. I'm really eager to check it out now!

May 02, 2008 4:20 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Doug, that's great news about the summer release of Davies dvd's! They'll join the Satyajit Rays on my ordering list.

A Don Johnson song?! Acquarello, I'll second you in boycotting the English-language title for La Question Humaine.

May 03, 2008 8:26 AM  
Blogger Maya said...

I adored The Long Day Closes when Davies brought it to PFA. I went to ask him a question and my throat was strangled with emotion.

May 03, 2008 4:11 PM  
Blogger celinejulie said...

I’m sorry that some of the following DVDs are not region-1.

I just knew from Wise Kwai’s blog about some new interesting Malaysian DVDs. They are:

1.LOVE CONQUERS ALL (2006, Tan Chui Mui)

2.THREE SHORT FILMS BY TAN CHUI MUI

3.VILLAGE PEOPLE RADIO SHOW (2007, Amir Muhammad)

4.BEFORE WE FALL IN LOVE AGAIN (2006, James Lee)

I saw all these films and like them very much. You can buy these DVDs from this website:
http://www.dahuangpictures.com/shop/

Wise Kwai’s blog is here:
http://thaifilmjournal.blogspot.com

Other DVDs which I highly recommend are Swiss films with English subtitles which can be bought from www.artfilm.ch. I don’t know whether they were released long time ago or just released recently, but I love all of them.

5.NOCTURNE (2003, Riccardo Signorell)
http://www.artfilm.ch/nocturne.php?lang=e
This film shows a few days in the life of a suicidal man. The film is almost plotless. I think this film lacks ‘the intensity of life’ which is something found in some films by Louis Malle (LE FEU FOLLET), Philippe Garrel, Maurice Pialat, or Jean Eustache. However, considering this film comes from an unknown director, I think it is much better than expected.

6.CORN IN PARLIAMENT (2003, Jean Stephane Bron)
http://www.artfilm.ch/jeanstephanebron.php
This superb political documentary is sold together with other two films by Jean Stephan Bron. They are CONNU DE NOS SERVICES (1997) and LA BONNE CONDUITE (1999).

7.A LONG WINTER WITHOUT FIRE (2004, Greg Zglinski)
http://www.artfilm.ch/toutunhiversansfeu.php
Aurelien Recoing (TIME OUT) gives a great performance in this film.


There are also some old DVDs which I would like to recommend:

8.COMING HOME (2003, Andreas Kleinert, Germany)
I just found that amazon.com has this DVD with English subtitles. I haven’t seen this film, but it won a lot of awards, and I love OUT OF TIME (NEBEN DER ZEIT) (1995), which is also directed by Andreas Kleinert.

9.GETTING MY BROTHER LAID (2001, Sven Taddicken, Germany)
I totally love the ending of this film and EMMA’S BLISS (2006, Sven Taddicken). This DVD with English subtitle is available from amazon.com

10.ABSOLUTE WILSON (2006, Katharina Otto-Bernstein)
Last year I was fascinated by VIDEO 50 (1978, Robert Wilson), and I am glad to know that there is a documentary on Robert Wilson available as DVD from amazon.com. I haven’t seen this documentary, but I’m sure it’s interesting.

May 07, 2008 9:55 AM  
Blogger Andy Rector said...

Girish, I got started on this and couldn't stop! Honorable dvd edition wish-list:

- HARA KIRI (Fritz Lang)
- PUISSANCE DE LA PAROLE and GRANDEUR ET DECADENCE D'UN PETIT COMMERCE DE CINEMA (2 major Godard video works from the 80's)
- GUN HAWK (Edward Ludwig)
- LA VIE EST A NOUS (Renoir, et al)
- RESTLESS BREED (Allan Dwan)
- SALUTE and AIRMAIL (2 major John Ford films unavailable for no good reason. AIRMAIL is greater than ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS, I'm convinced of that.)
- films by Antonio Reis and Margarida Cordeiro
- WOMAN OF TOKYO (Ozu)
- CLUNY BROWN (Lubitsch)
- THREE ON A COUCH (Jerry Lewis)
- MEDITERANEE (and more Jean-Daniel Pollet in general)
- MOI, UN NOIR (Rouch! Rouch for North America in respectable editions!)
- STARS IN MY CROWN (J. Tourneur)
- LAUGHTER (1930, Harry d'Abbadie D'Arrast)
- CITY GIRL (Murnau)
- complete Budd Boetticher set (it wouldn't be all that hard)
- THE PRESIDENT (Dreyer)
- ATTICA! (1974, Cinda Firestone)
- MODEL SHOP (Demy)
- BONJOUR MONSIEUR LEWIS! (Robert Benayoun)
- MARIE POUR MEMOIRE (Garrel)
- ME AND MY GAL (Walsh)
- WHO'S MINDING THE STORE? (Tashlin)
- APRES LA RECONCILIATION (Anne-Marie Miéville)
- DEVIL'S DOORWAY (Anthony Mann)
- HOMEWORK (Kiarostami)
- all of Rohmer's TV work (MALLARME, LUMIERE, etc etc)
- Let's keep up with Moullet
- EL (Bunuel)
- ONE-SIXTH OF THE WORLD (Dziga Vertov)
- HARD FAST AND BEAUTIFUL (Ida Lupino)
- Joris Ivens (paricularly ZUiDERZEEWERKEN, BORINAGE, 17th PARALLEL: PEOPLE'S WAR)
- LE DARTY RAPPORT (Godard/Mieville)
- Harmut Bitomsky films
- Peter Nestler films!!!!!!
- THE MAN I LOVE (Walsh)
- PROFIT MOTIVE AND THE WHISPERING WIND (John Gianvito)
- AUTOHYSTORIA (Raya Martin)
- MALCOLM X (1972, Arnold Perl)
- Shirley Clarke set
- Franju Franju Franju
and finally...
- complete Cinéastes de notre temps (Lewis, COMPLETE Renoir, Fuller, Ford, Lang, etc etc etc, all of them - vive Labarthe!)

May 08, 2008 10:12 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Thank you for those great lists, Andy and Jit!

May 09, 2008 5:58 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Andy, on your list, let me try to make a quick inventory:

I've seen in a theater: Demy's MODEL SHOP (this is one of my favorite films not on dvd); Lang's HARA KIRI; Bunuel's EL; Godard/Mieville's APRES LA RECONCILIATION (why is this wonderful film so obscure?); Lubitsch's CLUNY BROWN; Gianvito's PROFIT MOTIVE & THE WHISPERING WIND.

I have on videotape or DVR: Mann's DEVIL'S DOORWAY; Lupino's HARD, FAST & BEAUTIFUL; Clarke's PORTRAIT OF JASON; Tourneur's STARS IN MY CROWN; Walsh's THE MAN I LOVE.

I feel like an idiot 'coz I've never even heard of: Peter Nestler; Antonio Reis and Margarida Cordeiro; Edward Ludwig; and Harmut Bitomsky!

May 09, 2008 6:16 AM  
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