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FILM GODARD Two men arguing about a camera



Genesis of a Camera: Jean-Pierre Beauviala and Jean-Luc Godard


from


Godard=Cinema=Godard


A reprint of a discussion between Jean-Pierre Beauviala and Jean-Luc Godard originally published in Camera Obscura Vol. 5, No. 13/14 (Spring-Summer 1985): 163-193.



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May 31, 2011 Posted by | Aaton 16mm camera, Aaton 35-8, aesthetics and technology, Cahiers du cinéma, cinematography, film [its techniques], Godard=Cinema=Godard, Jean-Pierre Beauviala, Paluche camera | Leave a comment

FILM Moscow Belgium (2008) Christophe Van Rompaey



Moscow Belgium (2008)


Directed by Christophe Van Rompaey


wiki:Moscow, Belgium


Reviews:


Rotten Tomatoes – Aanrijding in Moscou (Moscow, Belgium) (2008)
Including a short one from Roger Ebert, 7 January 2009


‘Moscow, Belgium’ stars Barbara Sarafian


A Realistic Romance in ‘Moscow’ – John Anderson Washington Post, 29 May 2009
– says its in Dutch and Flemish


It is a very watchable film – Sarafian did a great job – but was as intrigued by the language as anything else. It started out as a prejudice – that Flemish was not a very attractive sounding language – then the realisation that it sounded very Dutch with a few odd French words phrases thrown in.

Moscow, Belgium (Dutch Trailer with English Subs)

The Flemish/ French issue is so profound a government recently fell over it.

Neon (Nederlands online) seems to be a good place to get background.

This article from 2008 by Bruno Waterfield, Telegraph Brussels correspondent, The Problem with Belgium, (suggesting as it does many of the old jokes about the country….seen from another country) shows how language divides Belgians.

My question is whether Belgian films like Moscow, Belgium reflect these differences, or that they play to international audiences and keep ethno-lingusitic issues out. There might be a hint, with lawyer boyfriend of Johnnie’s wife saying bon jour with a Flemish accent at the end of a stream of Flemish in the confrontation at the end of the film.

Belgium: society, character and culture — An essay on the Belgian identity

Director Christophe van Rompaey at the CPH:PIX Copenhagen Film Festival explains the film was meant to be local, filmed in Ghent, and used a local dialect. And that he felt it important that all the characters were speaking the same dialect. In this interview at CPH:PX a member of the audience says that Belgians “have to go to Internatational festivals to see films from the other community.”


Flemish vs Dutch – Differences
A comment in this forum (message 3) gives some interesting facts about Flemish.



May 30, 2011 Posted by | Belgian film | Leave a comment

FILM Roads to Koktebel



Another free MUBI Cannes retrospective:


Directors: Boris Khlebnikov, Alexei Popogrebsky
105 mins, Russian, English subtitles.


Roads to Koktebel (2003)


Reviews:


Koktebel – Anton Bitel in Eye for Film


Roads to Koktebel – Dennis Schwartz


Roads to Koktebel Don Houston, 31 August 2005



May 29, 2011 Posted by | Alexei Popogrebsky, Boris Khlebnikov, Russian film | Leave a comment

FILM The Housemaid [1960] Kim Ki-young



From the MUBI free set:


The Housemaid (1960)


wiki: The Housemaid (1960 film)


Review:


The Housemad – Paul Quinn


Director’s wiki: Kim Ki-young



May 29, 2011 Posted by | Kim Ki-young, Korean film | Leave a comment

FILM Adieu Philippine (1963)



Another film from the MUBI free set:


Adieu Philippine (1963)


ADIEU PHILIPPINE
DIR Jacques Rozier
France, Italy
1962
106 Min
Black and White
1.66:1
French
Subtitled in English
Audio in French


17 May 1973 review by Roger Greenspun in NYT


Adieu Philippine – long blog post in Only the Cinema, 14 March 2011
[5 stills]


Adieu Philippine – review in New Wave Film [undated, no author name]



May 27, 2011 Posted by | film [its techniques], French cinema, French films, Jacques Rozier | Leave a comment

FILM Poison Friends [Les Amitiés maléfiques ] 2006



MUBI is partnering with La Semaine de la Critique (Critics’ Week) in Cannes to celebrate 50 years of its programming by showing a retrospective of films from the festival’s history. Through support from 4+1 Film Festival, each film will be free for the first 1,000 views through June 30.”


Poison Friends
Les Amitiés Maléfiques
France
DIR Emmanuel Bourdieu
2006
99 Min
Color
2.35:1
French
Subtitled in English
Audio in French


Svengali U
A self-appointed intellectual guru poisons the academic well in psych-thriller



Review by J Hoberman, The Village Voice, 17 April 2007



May 27, 2011 Posted by | Emmanuel Bourdieu, French films | Leave a comment

Film The opening shot



Movies 101: Opening Shots Project


Jim Emerson scanner’s blog 11 June 2006


and subsequent entries


Opening Shots Project Index


Opening Shots: They Live By Night


May 27, 2011 Posted by | film openings | Leave a comment

MUBI Cannes retrospective May – December 2011



MUBI


MUBI is partnering with La Semaine de la Critique (Critics’ Week) in Cannes to celebrate 50 years of its programming by showing a retrospective of films from the festival’s history. Through support from 4+1 Film Festival, each film will be free for the first 1,000 views through June 30.



May 26, 2011 Posted by | film [its techniques] | Leave a comment

Our Orgasms, Ourselves Meditations on Movie Sex



Our Orgasms, Ourselves – Meditations on Movie Sex


Marilyn Adler Papayanis, Brights Lights Film Journal, Issue 72, May 2011



May 16, 2011 Posted by | film sex | Leave a comment