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  • Tautology

    Tautology

    ★★★½

    “Each time I make a film I see it as a kind of hypothesis, or a questioning statement” wrote Mike Dunford, in 1973. Dunford is associated with Structural film, which combined analysis of the structuring of perception with an exploration of film’s material components. But the single ironic assertion at the centre of this film is purely conceptual, and it illustrates how closely Structural film and Conceptual film were related. (Tate)

    Watch Tautology on Lux.

  • Death Drug

    Death Drug

    ★★★★

    The many, many, many faces of Philip Michael Thomas.

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  • Alucarda

    Alucarda

    ★★★★

    Ken Russell directs Heavenly Creatures with set design by Peter Greenaway and nuns provided by Coil. An 8/10.

  • Footprints

    Footprints

    ★★★★

    Alice, the always fantastically brooding Florinda Bolkan, works as a translator when all of sudden she loses her job and finds herself on the small island of Garma. People tell her she has been there before, recently, but she knows this is not possible.

    Both English-language posters try to sell Le orme as an action-ridden sci-fi giallo, but oh boy you're in for an unsettling treat when you manage to leave that perception behind! Le orme can be placed somewhere between Don't Look Now and that other Alice film, Chabrol's Alice ou la dernière fugue. Drifting and elegant, distant and claustrophobic.

    4/5