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  • Inferno

    Inferno

    ★★★★

    Mislabeled here on Letterboxd, because this documentary about the making of Henri-Georges Clouzot's unfinished 1964 film L'enfer was made in 2009, and is a film on its own. Yes, it contains a lot of footage from the original film, but it is first and foremost a documentary on how the film came about, the wild ideas that Clouzot had on how to portray the mental state of his protagonist, how he received carte blanche from the American producers, how he…

  • Widow Blue!

    Widow Blue!

    ★★★

    Incredibly strange film, mixing hardcore pornography that is definitely crossing some boundaries (male-male action, fellatio on a dead body, incestuous sex on top of a coffin, a five-some) with gore in the tradition of H.G. Lewis. The plot is simple but effective - a woman (Susan Westcott) is tired of her gay husband and plots to kill him with the help of the man she wants to run off with, who is cheating on his wife (a young Sandy Dempsey).…

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  • Cobra Woman

    Cobra Woman

    ★★★★

    In 1993, famous New York avant-garde composer John Zorn wrote a piece about Jack Smith and his film Flaming Creatures in which he reminisced about going to the movies:

    "One of my fondest memories of Jack was when we went together to a double bill of Cobra Woman and Arabian Nights at the Theatre 80 on Saint Marks street. Jack cried through those films, biting his handkerchief and holding his breath while most of the other patrons laughed at the…

  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups

    ★★★★½

    This is a movie that, when the end credits start to roll, you want to rewind and watch again immediately. Immerse yourself once more. Once you submit to its flow and feel, you just don't want it to stop. Ever. Remember that long drawn out, opening scene to Malick's The Thin Red Line (1998), the scene that does not rely on dialogue so much as it tries to convey its meaning by a series of astonishingly beautiful, associative images...? Well,…