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).

The Beast (1975) – Walerian Borowczyk (Arrow Video).

By the mid 1970s, the ease in censorship over large swaths of Europe lead to cinema pushing boundaries and taboo like the medium had never done before.  The decade was awash with cinematic controversy and intelligent but often disturbing treatises on sexuality, drug culture, language, and violence.  1975 seems to be the pinnacle of the … Continue reading The Beast (1975) – Walerian Borowczyk (Arrow Video).

Blanche (1971) – Walerian Borowczyk (Arrow Video).

A palette of strange objects, muted imagery, and medieval oddness awaits the viewer of Walerian Borowczyk's Blanche (1971); only the third feature film in one of the most surreal and haphazard cinematic careers of all European art house directors.  Though now more infamous as a purveyor of perverted worlds and eventually soft-core titillation (Emmanuelle 5 … Continue reading Blanche (1971) – Walerian Borowczyk (Arrow Video).

Nashville (1975) – Robert Altman (Masters of Cinema).

This reviewer contains spoilers. Robert Altman was a master in critiquing American forms of culture.  So many of his greatest renowned work revolves around taking an American form, cultural sect, or problem and portraying their dramatically polar angles of perspective often denied to it (then and now) in mainstream culture.  From early documentaries on college … Continue reading Nashville (1975) – Robert Altman (Masters of Cinema).

The Stuart Hall Project – John Akomfrah (BFI).

From its opening declarations, John Akomfrah's documentary on Stuart Hall, The Stuart Hall Project (2013) explicitly acknowledges that it is going to be condensing fifty years of complex history and ideology into its relatively short running time.  Akomfrah achieves this in an unusual but extraordinary way by linking the ideas and history of the public … Continue reading The Stuart Hall Project – John Akomfrah (BFI).

Blockade, Landscape, Revue: 3 Films by Sergei Loznitsa (New Wave Films).

Sergei Loznitsa is becoming more well known in the film world for his foreboding dramas with two excellent feature films currently under his belt.  In the Fog (2012) and My Joy (2010) are strong dramas, highlighting the emotional turmoil of war in the former and solitude in the latter.  This release sees three of Loznitsa's … Continue reading Blockade, Landscape, Revue: 3 Films by Sergei Loznitsa (New Wave Films).

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).