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Experimental Cinema, Jack Chambers’ Hart of London

Jack Chambers’ masterpiece of experimental Canadian film carries within it some of the purest moments cinema has to offer. Chambers’ sprawling form of experimentation straddles the fine line between so called high and low art. Adopting an anodyne viewpoint, he … Continue reading

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Out 1: Noli me tangere (1971)

This is a challenging film, and not merely due to its epic 13 hour run-time. After the events of May ’68, Rivette reached out to cinema’s potential for transformation. He decided that cinema’s necessarily political nature (‘every film is political’) … Continue reading

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Kamran Ahmed’s Top 25 Films of 2014

It comes time to credit the cinema standouts of 2014. Here I am again, perplexed by the ratings and statistics, the festivals and the box offices, the ways in which we organize films into tiny fragmented collections. We want an … Continue reading

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Bresson, Ranked

“Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.” Bresson’s style of accentuating minimalist details — closing up and slowing down on body parts or material items — repletes his films with a transcendental slowing down of one’s … Continue reading

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Les dames du Bois de Bologne (Bresson, 1945)

Les dames du Bois de Bologne (1945), his second feature, is unlike any other film by Robert Bresson. Frankly, it is his most conventional film, besides the (short) slapstick comedy, Public Affairs (1934). There is little if no poetry, subtext, … Continue reading

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The Long Day Closes (Davies, 1992)

The lighting in The Long Day Closes (1992) is nothing short of brilliance. For it alone, this film is well worth seeing — a must for any avid cinephile. The specific high key lighting, both off and on screen — … Continue reading

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Les anges du péché (Angels of the Street, Bresson, 1943)

Bresson’s first serious work, Les anges du péché (1943), is all but missing his ascetic film tendencies. While absent is Bresson’s stylized punctuation — elliptical scene cuts, meticulous sound edits, and hauntingly poetic images — the film retains his sensibility. … Continue reading

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Mouchette (Bresson, 1967)

Mouchette (1967) tells the heart-wrenching story of a young girl tragically forced to grow up too soon. With a dying mother, alcoholic father, and a baby brother to take care of, Mouchette (Nadine Nortier), a mere teenager, is trapped in … Continue reading

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Diary of a Country Priest (Journal d’un curé de campagne, Bresson, 1951)

A performance of austerity on the subject of austerity. A filmmaker practices austerity to create art; a priest (Claude Laydu) practices austerity to instill faith: both seek to fluorish growth amidst the people. The ascetic habits and characteristics of the … Continue reading

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The Trial Of Joan Of Arc (Procès de Jeanne d’Arc, Bresson, 1962)

The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962), with its few settings, minimal action, and plenty of dialogue, reads more like a play than a film. Still, it retains Bresson’s particular formal style; in many ways, the extreme minimalism makes one … Continue reading

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