April 24, 2011

Luc Moullet's latest (trailer)

Luc Moullet
(France, 14’, 2010)
In 1993, I filmed "Toujours plus". The indispensable complement was missing, "Toujours moins ", my fortieth film. It evokes in 13 minutes the development and expansion, from 1968 to 2010, of the devices based on computers, automats, interactive terminals and others that can be found in all areas. The aim of our current system appears to be to employ a single individual in each sector of activity. We are not there yet, but we're getting there... A schizophrenic world, since, at the same time, businesses are having to pay the price of these suppressions in an indirect way. We can't leave millions of human beings jobless. An observation that is both bitter and funny: the methods of this perpetual reduction are surprising and comical...

April 20, 2011

The United States is a very young country, in swaddling clothes.
I even have a diaper, I'll show it to you, that's the country -
I have a real diaper in the corner there.
Every time I look at it reminds me when I'm writing anything:
make sure you're writing about a baby.


They say "More more more,"
The reply is: "There is no more".

(means end of story.)

--Samuel Fuller (1983, The South Bank Show)

April 6, 2011

Film Her Her Film

Los Angeles: Playing tonight at the Egyptian Theater is the extraordinary THE DARK MIRROR by Robert Siodmak. A symphony of interior grays (like all Siodmak), an astonishing double role––and roll––as Olivia de Havilland plays twin sisters through Milton Krasner's double-printed trick cinematography. De Havilland utilizes every line in her face and body independently, contre independence. In this film the usual relationship of director/actress/cinematographer is destroyed: Siodmak-de Havilland-Krasner are laboratory partners at work elaborating a science of psychology through eye and script. All codes of cinema are questioned by this film. The medium shot psychoanalyzes the close-up (two divided by one, multiplied by two) and the close-up the reverse shot. A film that makes you think twice with every composition.