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  • Full Contact

    Full Contact

    Can anyone help with identifying the songs in the nightclub/dance scenes?

  • The Enclosed Valley

    The Enclosed Valley

    Like all my favorite films, it takes the world apart, then puts it together again.

    An enormous and quiet vision of assembling.

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  • The Big Mouth

    The Big Mouth

    Third time around with this, what on first viewing had seemed to be the Jerry movie. And that it still may be, though it’s hard to watch around others. It’s so mental, so direct a rendition of the architecture of Lewis’ mind, even in the long stretches when the Jerry character is not present, that every repetition, elongation, fumbled joke is charged, but only once you’ve surrendered to the film’s moody, anxious wavelength. In The Ladies Man, the house/head is…

  • The Divisions of Nature

    The Divisions of Nature

    Ruiz's riff on Haanstra's Mirrors of Holland. Though in that film the water was a subject, whereas here it's only another trick with which to reveal the derangement of Chambord, the proliferating madness of the king-castle.

    Though it's listed in some places as 1981, the INA copyright at the end definitely says 1978. Which makes this Ruiz's first collaboration with Henri Alekan? So perhaps the origin of so many Ruizian signatures - mad filters, funhouse mirrors, even a mountain of ice melting against the lens.

    P.S.: Happy birthday to the best there ever was.