The Fabulous Baron Munchausen [aka Baron Prášil ] (1961)

The Fabulous Baron Munchausen [aka Baron Prášil ] (1961) Czechoslovakian animator Karel Zeman combines live action with puppets and animation to create a highly stylized picture about the outrageous lies of Baron Munchausen. Influenced by the engravings of Gustave Doré, in the tradition of Ray Harryhausen, Zeman’s fantasy world revels in a childlike delight and … More The Fabulous Baron Munchausen [aka Baron Prášil ] (1961)

L’Immortelle (1963)

L’Immortelle (1963) Alain Robbe-Grillet wrote and directed this black and white cubist narrative about an unidentified traveler from France who meets and then searches for a woman who disappears in Istanbul. Lovely travelogue sequences glide by to Turkish music, as, from the rubble of exotic romance, variations on narrative tropes assemble and reassemble themselves. Istanbul … More L’Immortelle (1963)

BEAT DOUBLE FEATURE

BEAT DOUBLE FEATURE:     “The Beats are all radical from the marijuana, but deep inside they’re all lovers of Sinatra.” — Michelle McKinney The Beatniks (1960) An exploitation film, Paul Frees directs this critique of the counter-culture as a bunch of teen psychopaths . Peter Breck breaks his neck to embody Moon, the murderer … More BEAT DOUBLE FEATURE

The Scar (1948)

The Scar (aka, Hollow Triumph; aka, The Man Who Murdered Himself) (1948) Paul Henried produced, starred in, and partially directed this noir about a convict who, to escape the mob, takes on another person’s identity. In John Alton’s exquisite cinematography, a world of smoke and rain melts into identity confusion where no one can be … More The Scar (1948)

Caltiki — The Immortal Monster (1959)

Caltiki — The Immortal Monster (1959) You know what’s in store for you when neither director wants his name on the movie. Often dismissed as an imitation of Quartermass Xperiment, this collaboration between Ricardo Feda, for the formal dialogue scenes, and Mario Bava, for the special effects, exploits Aztec mystique from an ancient Mexican text. … More Caltiki — The Immortal Monster (1959)

La Dolce Vita (1960)

La Dolce Vita (1960) Marcello Mastroianni plays his defining role as a tabloid journalist in the post-War economic rise of Italy. The movie exposes the crass intrusiveness of the paparazzi, who relentlessly pursue celebrities. Condemned by the Vatican and Neo-Realist filmmakers, this film combines artificial sets with real locations. Winner of the Palme d’Or at … More La Dolce Vita (1960)

Fractal Delight

Blog with a View After Terry Wright’s Fractal Blog Page 1. By the image in the word Meaning casts its shadow By the word in the image Colors strain to stain. 2. Flow sweeps away on Mercury wings With magnification The hidden emerges 3. Gaudy or polite Or impish wisdom   Sharing the void Ought … More Fractal Delight

The Stone Raft (2003)

The Stone Raft (2003) George Sluizer adapts Nobel-Prize winning Jose Saramago’s satirical allegory about the continent of Iberia breaking off and sending Spain and Portugal toward a collision with the Azores. Five people come together, each feeling somehow responsible for causing this natural disaster, and together with a stray dog journey to find a way … More The Stone Raft (2003)