Tag: 1980s

April 21, 2022 / Animation

Made as a tribute to the poet-painter Henri Michaux who died in 1985, this animated short film is inspired by one of his books, Mouvements (Gallimard, 1951), and offers an unusual rapprochement between an exceptional practice of writing and painting and the art of animation and cinema. Techniques: real shots and engraving on film.

April 14, 2022 / Arthouse

The day that Pier Paolo Pasolini was killed, Glauber Rocha decided to make this film about the life of Christ in the Third World. Starting from a dialectical synthesis between capitalism and socialism, and a search of interracial relationships in Brazil, Rocha created a work of religious and prophetic tone that results in a kind of bewilderment contemplative, now lyrical, now frantic, soaked in a new messianism. In his last film, the director proposed a tune of sounds and images that build a picture of Brazil and a portrait of himself.

April 8, 2022 / Comedy

Harry Johnson’s aunt is a rich eccentric with an extensive collection of military memorabilia, who also happens to be in a fight with the IRS. When she dies of a heart attack, Harry blames her death on the IRS and takes up the fight himself. As Harry’s cause gains attention and supporters, the ‘war’ soon escalates into a full-scale seige with Harry right in the center.

April 8, 2022 / Documentary

A witty, feature-length drama documentary in which Marcel Duchamp, who once compared his own mind to that of a master criminal, is investigated by Sherlock Holmes. Holmes comes out of retirement, and with the assistance of Dr. Watson, proceeds to delve into the mystery of Duchamp’s major work, the once notorious Large Glass (The Bride Stripped Bare by the Bachelors, even) 1915-23.

April 7, 2022 / Comedy

In a routine look at what it means to finally leave adolescence behind — even in one’s mature years — this series of mood swings and sequences focuses on two grown men. Francois and Leo are old friends, and at one point they decide to go out and search for one of their childhood buddies, the brunt of several of their practical jokes. In true form, the men opt for playing yet another practical joke on their friend, but their plans backfire when his wife Helene comes into the picture instead. Her presence forces them to reconsider their shenanigans in a new light.

April 7, 2022 / Thriller

In this enigmatic thriller, Susannah is suddenly herded out of an apartment in the middle of the night and brought to a police station for extensive questioning about why she was in a place that belonged to a known criminal. What the police do not know is that Susannah has been somehow involved in the death of a woman and has reunited with her sister Julie in Berlin.

April 6, 2022 / Horror

Nacho and Mauricio are two young men who have a great rivalry, one day Mauricio decides to propose a bet to Nacho that consists of hunting a wild bear that is said to live in a distant valley called Pico de Caballo, the two accompanied by their friends go to the place to see who hunts the animal first, but what they ignore is that in that desolate place they will not find a wild bear but a vicious killer willing to slaughter them one by one.

March 31, 2022 / TV Movie

The made-for-TV When She Says No takes a prismatic, Rashomon approach to its story of sexual assault. Kathleen Quinlan plays an anthropology professor who, during a roisterous campus party, has sex with three of her colleagues. She takes the matter to court, insisting that she’s been raped. The three men insist that Quinlan led them on–even when saying “no.” Both testimonies are presented in flashbacks which substantiate the words of whomever happens to be testifying. When She Says No refuses to cop out with easy answers: the “lady or the tiger” denouement allows the viewer to draw his or her own conclusion.