This week has been crazy, crazy, CRAZY! I'm resolving to get more sleep this week, though I've seen some really amazing cinema on the big screen. The highlights were films by Kieslowski, Claude Goretta and Christian Vincent. And at short notice I was interviewed for half an hour on 3RRR. Today is eventful as it marks the first day that smoking in pubs is no longer allowed. As the café outside the building where I work was able to wrangle indoor smoking by having a bar, I will now be able to go there for a coffee and breathe a little easier starting tomorrow.
- La double vie de Véronique (The Double Life of Veronique, Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1991)
- Vechera na khutore bliz Dikanki (Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka, Aleksandr Rou, 1961)
- La dentellière (The Lacemaker, Claude Goretta, 1977)
- Sauve qui peut (la vie) (Slow Motion, Jean-Luc Godard, 1979)
- Loulou (Maurice Pialat, 1980)
- La séparation (Christian Vincent, 1994)
- Mest kinematograficheskogo operatora (Cameraman's Revenge, 12 min, Wladyslaw Starewicz)
- The Jammed (Dee McLachlan, 2007)
- Interviewed by on Paul Harris on 3RRR's Film Buffs' Forecast
I didn't enjoy this Melbourne Cinémathèque screening (though the short silent film preceding it was excellent). This Russian film is based on a Nikolai Gogol novel. This wouldn't have meant much to me had I not seen Mira Nair's recent The Namesake in which the name Gogol featured heavily. The film reminded me of some of the children's pantomime-type films that screened on Channel 9 Sunday mornings when I was a child in the 1960's. It has some historic and cultural appeal, but it's the type of film I go to the cinema for.
This interesting Australian film screened at the Sydney Film Festival. Hearing the buzz about it (it depicts the human trafficking trade in Melbourne and Sydney) and learning that it does not yet have a distributor, prompted me to contact the publicist for a DVD screener. I've now viewed that and will post something in the next few days.
This film is quite an amazing achievement even by modern standards. It's a 1912 Russian silent film that depicts a family (of beetles) using stop-animation techniques. The miniature sets are very good and the humour and irony are terrific. Basically, it's about a husband who goes to the city to escape family life, gets up to stuff while he's away, but there's surprises upon his return.
Check out the YouTube clip below (I think it must be an edited version, as I believe the print screened at Melbourne Cinémathèque was 12 minutes long).
Film Buff's Forecast
Paul Harris invited me on the program (though I had earlier emailed him with the suggestion) to talk about film blogging and how it could be used by people to cultivate a strong local film culture. I knew we couldn't cover much in the time (30 minutes), so I left him with a print out of some useful information. The time went quickly and it was fairly laid-back. I brought in some of my favourite soundtracks (Lost Highway, Donnie Darko and Twin Peaks) which all got a track played on air. They were David Bowie's I'm Deranged, Tears For Fears' Mad World covered by Gary Jules, and Julee Cruise's Into The Night with the sublime music of Angelo Badalamenti. It was good fun, and I'd be happy to do it again.