Chris Cassingham

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Programmer, curator, writer(ish).

Favorite films

  • In a Lonely Place
  • Rio Bravo
  • The Long Gray Line
  • Cluny Brown

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  • Love in the Afternoon

    ★★★★½

  • Arabian Nights

    ★★★½

  • The Canterbury Tales

    ★★★½

  • The Decameron

    ★★★★½

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  • Love in the Afternoon

    Love in the Afternoon

    ★★★★½

    Love the way Rohmer cuts here. Casually fearless, nonchalant but deliberate. Don't know how else to describe it, it probably wouldn't seem all that radical if I gave it more thought, but it stands out so sharply in the moment.

  • Arabian Nights

    Arabian Nights

    ★★★½

    Pasolini's trilogy of life certainly got less focused, incisive and directly satirical as it progressed (and The Decameron is still my favorite by far) but it's impossible to deny and not be absorbed by his free-wheeling odysseys of ecstasy and pain, where ruptures in time and space are no match for a great fuck. You can't help but wish more films today were made with as much abandon, with as much gleeful disregard for propriety.

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  • Unbelievable

    Unbelievable

    ★★★★

    Merritt Wever out here with the most calming voice on earth making me like COPS. Wow, the power of women!

  • The Fever

    The Fever

    ★★★★

    Haunting and elusive in the vein of Uncle Bonmee or Tropical Malady, but with an added immediacy brought on by it’s political context (not that Bonmee or Malady aren’t political). It’s so incredibly still, yet totally present, perhaps because of that stillness; every protracted frame is full of color and life that draws both Justino and the audience into the world he’s been forced to leave behind.