Goto, Isle of Love (1969) – Walerian Borowczyk (Arrow Video).

Viewing several films by Walerian Borowczyk allows certain traits and patterns to form in regard to his filmmaking.  From the extreme polar ends of Blanche (1971) to The Beast (1975), he's a difficult to pin-down creator, though the man's style has several factors that appear to gradually come into play.  Goto, Isle of Love (1969) … Continue reading Goto, Isle of Love (1969) – Walerian Borowczyk (Arrow Video).

Riddles of the Sphinx (1977) – Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen (BFI).

Classical traditions and feminist ideologies collide and intertwine in Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen's Riddles of the Sphinx (1977).  It's instantly clear from its opening "contents" page that the film isn't simply going to be a piece of narrative cinema, nor is it going to be purely avant-garde.  With the increasing use of the term … Continue reading Riddles of the Sphinx (1977) – Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen (BFI).

The Complete (Existing) Films of Sadao Yamanaka – Masters of Cinema.

Displaying a filmmaking ethic and system that would make even someone as fast-working as prodigious as Rainer Werner Fassbinder seem cautious and slow, Sadao Yamanaka should perhaps be far better known that he currently is in the West.  Making twenty two films over his short but highly productive cinema career, Yamanaka can be seen as … Continue reading The Complete (Existing) Films of Sadao Yamanaka – Masters of Cinema.

The Blue Angel – Josef Von Sternberg (1930, Masters of Cinema)

This review contains spoilers. For a filmmaker who was supposedly uninterested in visual allegory, Josef Von Sternberg’s The Blue Angel (1930) is full of potential for visuals readings if wanted.  One of the first sound films to come out of Germany, it is astonishing how the medium’s relative newness seems to have had little negative … Continue reading The Blue Angel – Josef Von Sternberg (1930, Masters of Cinema)

BFI Fairy Tales – Early Colour Stencil Films From Pathé (1901 – 1908)

There’s something startling about just how inventive cinema was in the early days of its creation.  Whereas other artistic mediums have taken hundreds of years to bear fruit, film seemed to have caught on to what it was about mere years after its very conception.  Ranging from 1901 to 1908, the films in the BFI … Continue reading BFI Fairy Tales – Early Colour Stencil Films From Pathé (1901 – 1908)

Maîtresse – Barbet Schroeder (1976), BFI.

This review contains spoilers. Barbet Schroeder’s Maîtresse (1976) is a film that is extremely hard to classify.  Even with the hindsight of almost forty years, its apparent bed fellows all share a stubborn resistance to classification.  The collection of films with vaguely similar themes and tendencies to push boundaries of explicitness that came out in … Continue reading Maîtresse – Barbet Schroeder (1976), BFI.