Category Archives: Film

Nice Guys Don’t Work in Hollywood

“A story about the battle between art and business, from a man torn between both worlds who lived to tell the tale.”

Nice Guys Don’t Work in Hollywood

“A story about the battle between art and business, from a man torn between both worlds who lived to tell the tale.”

Death in the Port Jackson Hotel

Vali Myers caught on film in 1972…

Death in the Port Jackson Hotel

Vali Myers caught on film in 1972…

Menken on Warhol

A Factory tour by experimental filmmaker Marie Menken…

Menken on Warhol

A Factory tour by experimental filmmaker Marie Menken…

First Dick on film

…i.e. the first cinematic portrait of Richard Wagner, and possibly the very first feature film.

First Dick on film

…i.e. the first cinematic portrait of Richard Wagner, and possibly the very first feature film.

Remembrance of Things to Come

Facteur Cheval, anatomical models, mutilated war veterans, Parisian street scenes, Musidora, a Lumière brother, the Paris Exposition of 1937…

Remembrance of Things to Come

Facteur Cheval, anatomical models, mutilated war veterans, Parisian street scenes, Musidora, a Lumière brother, the Paris Exposition of 1937…

Who Owns the World?

Brecht and Dudow’s ‘Kuhle Wampe’, the cinematic swan song of the New Objectivity.

Who Owns the World?

Brecht and Dudow’s ‘Kuhle Wampe’, the cinematic swan song of the New Objectivity.

Mishima

Paul Schrader’s 1985 film biography of Yukio Mishima, on your monitor, right now.

Mishima

Paul Schrader’s 1985 film biography of Yukio Mishima, on your monitor, right now.

Aimless Walk

Alexander Hammid’s film follows an unidentified man through Prague, although the camera is largely disengaged from the expected multitudes and monuments, instead following this enigmatic flaneur to the liminal spaces of the city.

Aimless Walk

Alexander Hammid’s film follows an unidentified man through Prague, although the camera is largely disengaged from the expected multitudes and monuments, instead following this enigmatic flaneur to the liminal spaces of the city.

Places: Schleißheim

Complaining about the lack of conventional narrative in Last Year at Marienbad is like standing in front of a Pollock and asking where the basket of fruit is.

Places: Schleißheim

Complaining about the lack of conventional narrative in Last Year at Marienbad is like standing in front of a Pollock and asking where the basket of fruit is.

Lichtspiel

It was a meeting with French Dadaist Philippe Soupault in Berlin’s Romanisches Café in the early 1920s which helped Walter Ruttmann synthesize art and music into cinema.

Lichtspiel

It was a meeting with French Dadaist Philippe Soupault in Berlin’s Romanisches Café in the early 1920s which helped Walter Ruttmann synthesize art and music into cinema.

The Passions of Werner Schroeter

In Der Tod der Maria Malibran, opera is rendered as if in the fever dream of a dying diva or besotted fan thereof – fragments, poses, expressions, gestures, moments, tableaux.

The Passions of Werner Schroeter

In Der Tod der Maria Malibran, opera is rendered as if in the fever dream of a dying diva or besotted fan thereof – fragments, poses, expressions, gestures, moments, tableaux.

Places: 1466 N Kings Road

If you’re quick (and rich, and ready to resettle) you can pick up one of the most illustrious settings in the history of experimental film, the location of Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid’s 1943 film Meshes of the Afternoon.

Places: 1466 N Kings Road

If you’re quick (and rich, and ready to resettle) you can pick up one of the most illustrious settings in the history of experimental film, the location of Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid’s 1943 film Meshes of the Afternoon.

An eternal mystery

If you didn’t know the fairy tale king was a fairy you’d never know from this short outing (as it were).

An eternal mystery

If you didn’t know the fairy tale king was a fairy you’d never know from this short outing (as it were).

Alastair on film

It is difficult to imagine Alastair – the evanescent being who even in his heyday was little known to the public, who viewed the 1890s through the prism of the 1920s – even existing in the 1960s, let alone turning up on television.

Alastair on film

It is difficult to imagine Alastair – the evanescent being who even in his heyday was little known to the public, who viewed the 1890s through the prism of the 1920s – even existing in the 1960s, let alone turning up on television.

D’Annunzio’s Cave

The hand-held camera makes constant scything motions as if trying to slash through the pomposity, pausing every now and then to leer in contemptuous close-up, offering up some decorative detail for mockery.

D’Annunzio’s Cave

The hand-held camera makes constant scything motions as if trying to slash through the pomposity, pausing every now and then to leer in contemptuous close-up, offering up some decorative detail for mockery.

Come on Algernon

“Give me a tip top stick of Brighton rock and how I’ll coo…”

Come on Algernon

“Give me a tip top stick of Brighton rock and how I’ll coo…”

Huncke Burning Ghat

Neither was an actor by either training or instinct, but this miniature is still a rare and wonderful thing with the gamey savour of lived reality.

Huncke Burning Ghat

Neither was an actor by either training or instinct, but this miniature is still a rare and wonderful thing with the gamey savour of lived reality.

Beyond fashion, beyond taste

French crime thriller Les Vampires appeared in 1915 and 1916, directed by Louis Feuillade and starring the cat-suited Musidora (born Jeanne Roques) as the anagrammatical Irma Vep.

Beyond fashion, beyond taste

French crime thriller Les Vampires appeared in 1915 and 1916, directed by Louis Feuillade and starring the cat-suited Musidora (born Jeanne Roques) as the anagrammatical Irma Vep.

Ludwig at the movies

Ludwig II is back on screen at the end of this year in a new German production, a hundred years since his first film appearance, more or less. Here are ten milestones of the Bavarian king’s cinematic century.

Ludwig at the movies

Ludwig II is back on screen at the end of this year in a new German production, a hundred years since his first film appearance, more or less. Here are ten milestones of the Bavarian king’s cinematic century.

Impressions de la Haute Mongolie

As part of its “Artists and Filmmakers” programme, documenta is showing the 1976 film Impressions de la Haute Mongolie, made by Salvador Dalí and José Montes-Baquer and partly inspired by Raymond Roussel.

Impressions de la Haute Mongolie

As part of its “Artists and Filmmakers” programme, documenta is showing the 1976 film Impressions de la Haute Mongolie, made by Salvador Dalí and José Montes-Baquer and partly inspired by Raymond Roussel.