November 5 – November 15 — The 2015 Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) – A UNIQUE CHANCE TO WATCH CINEMATIC TREASURES… films which, no matter how outstanding they are, often will not find a distributor in the U.S. Where else can you get to travel to 70 countries in 10 days through 447 films (97 narrative features, 86 documentary features, and 264 shorts)? Those I can already vouch for include Deep Web (opening night), Embrace of the Serpent, In Transit, The Fool/Durak, Sea Fog/Haemoo, Once in a Lifetime, In My Father’s House, Theeb, Three Windows and a Hanging, Dry, Eadweard, Court, Among the Believers, Hitchcock/Truffaut, The Last Mentsch, Armor of Light, Can You Dig This, Landfill Harmonic, Thao’s Library, Right Footed, Radical Grace, Something You Can Call Home, Cemetery of Splendor. Feel free to write for more info […]Read More
My Review: “I can resist everything except temptation.” — Oscar Wilde. A light comedy to delight those who are too willing to fall under the charm of France… or is it under the charm of Gemma Arterton? — you may recognize her as one of James Bond’s girls. Based on Posy Simmonds’ satirical graphic novel which itself revisits Flaubert’s classic novel, Madame Bovary, the film is a great excuse to spend an hour and half around a small town bakery in Normandy, landing there with two British expats. What could such a bored beauty as Gemma conjure up to escape her fate? Or will she, as the victim of some literary parallel become Emma Bovary?! […]Read More
It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. — Henry David Thoreau. My review: Like Don McCullin, another photographer who has been on the alert for a very long time, Sebastião Salgado cares very much about the entire planet. SalgadoSML Salgado with the statuesque features of a Greek oracle figure looks straight at us; what is to be revealed?
As he plunges over and over into the “heart of darkness” without renouncing its splendor, it is as if his own heart’s chambers expand each time. […]
A Man Escaped/Un Condamné à Mort s’est Échappé – Sunday, March 29 at 7:30pm – Winifred Moore Auditorium – 470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119 – With an introduction and post-film discussion by Pier Marton, artist/professor and the Unlearning Specialist at the School of No Media PART OF THE ROBERT CLASSIC FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL – Godard: Robert Bresson is French cinema, as Dostoevsky is the Russian novel and Mozart is German music.- INCLUDES LINK TO KEY BRESSON INTERVIEW […]Read More
LAST DAY IS THURSDAY! – AT THE TIVOLI IN ST. LOUIS: Wild Tales/ Relatos Salvajes/Les Nouveaux Sauvages/Storie pazzesche/Jeder dreht mal durch! My review (an excerpt): the humor is explosive, the jokes hard-hitting, the dysfunctional machine is perfectly well-oiled! Society has a great many constraints but if we go outside, we can feel sooo free! Damián Szifron, the director of “Wild Tales” explores what lies beyond the rules, when we lose control… and anything can happen. After breaking the all-time record of attendance in Argentina, it was nominated […]Read More
LAST DAY IS THURSDAY! IN ST. LOUIS: 1. My review (an excerpt): As in an African griot’s tale, much simplicity hides much complexity, and as in many African films, time seems to have stopped. The barrenness of the landscapes brings forth the many tragedies of the lands where killing and taking Islam hostage have become the norm. It is not an accident that Timbuktu, beyond having been nominated for the Foreign Film Academy Award and having competed for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, received seven French Césars, like best film and best director (AND best sound, cinematography, editing, music and original screenplay!) – it is a memorable film. AND 2. GETT 3. WILD TALES […]Read More