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  • Snuff Tape Anthology

    Snuff Tape Anthology

    You probably already know if you want to watch a Fake Snuff-compilation by some dude called EL Gore, but for what it’s worth, this is as stripped down as this stuff should be and mostly competently made with well used VHS-filters, some truly impressive effects and some stuff that feels like people mushing around in slaughter house waste and baby dolls for a bit too long.
    Keeping this without any dialogue was of course the right decision, but I could've…

  • Auf den Spuren des Henkers (Adolf Eichmann - Sein Leben in Dokumenten)

    Auf den Spuren des Henkers (Adolf Eichmann - Sein Leben in Dokumenten)

    ★★★½

    A markedly factographic account of Eichmann's life and deeds, which was broadcasted on German television in 1961 at the beginning of the trial in Jerusalem and never again thereafter. Structured like a legal argumentation, which seeks to substantiate its claims with a wealth of researched documents and film footage, some of the material was even cited as evidence in court. What is most remarkable, however, especially in view of the release year, is that the film leaves no doubt about…

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  • Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg's Accompaniment to a Cinematic Scene

    Introduction to Arnold Schoenberg's Accompaniment to a Cinematic Scene

    Schönberg's angry monologue about antisemitism is very much on point and if the movie had stopped after Straschek reading it, it would've been great.
    But instead Straub-Huillet insist on denouncing Schönberg for his decision to immigrate to the US via a lengthy Brecht-quote about the nexus between fascism and capitalism (which, taken by itself, isn't even that wrong, if probably a bit stinted) and it all culminates in the idiotic punchline that Schönberg fled from one barbaric regime to the next, a more than implied parallelization between the Shoah and Vietnam included.

  • Dieste [Uruguay]

    Dieste [Uruguay]

    ★★★★

    If you see only one movie showing empty Uruguayan brick buildings for one and a half hours this year, make it this one.