Keyword: film criticism

Friendly Persuasion: Iranian Cinema After the Revolution (2001)

Rated: None Runtime: 113 minutes Release date: 03/20/2001
A look at the Iranian art films and directors who have flourished and gained an international audience in recent years. While Iranian filmmaking has been constrained by strict censorship guidelines, the national film industry has also grown, in part, due to a government blockade on most foreign films.

Kurosawa (2000)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 115 minutes Release date: 11/29/2000
Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998) was, undoubtedly, one of the greatest directors in the history of Japanese cinema, whose work was acclaimed throughout the world. From "Rashomon" (1950) through "Seven Samurai" (1954) to his late masterpiece "Ran" (1985), Kurosawa produced one of the most important and influential bodies of work in the history of filmmaking. This is a biographical documentary about the...

A Constant Forge: The Life and Art of John Cassavetes (2000)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 200 minutes Release date: 11/29/2000
A journey through the life and art of filmmaker John Cassavetes, as told through interviews with the artists and friends who knew him and his work best.
Fellini

Fellini (2000)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 55 minutes Release date: 11/29/2000
The brilliance of Federico Fellini, his dreams and creative visions, and most importantly his relationships with the people of Italian cinema are recorded in a collage of interviews, archival film footage, photographs, personal memorabilia and music to create the memoir of one of the greatest Italian directors in history. Several interviews capture the extraordinary vitality of the man who helped...

The Tramp and the Dictator (2001)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 58 minutes Release date: 11/29/2001
Charlie Chaplin and Adolf Hitler had more in common than a small moustache; both men were born in April 1889 and they both endured a tough childhood. Both men became artists. Just few years before Chaplin shot to fame as "The Tramp", Hitler had actually been down and out in Vienna- until he found refuge at a home for men supported by a Jewish charitable organization. The Nazis mistakenly believed...

Pier Paolo Pasolini e la Ragione di un Sogno (2000)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 94 minutes Release date: 11/29/2000
The film aims to collate the words and impressions of Pier Paolo Pasolini with the most intricate and unresolved themes of our society. However, it doesn't merely want to collate them, it also wants to make people understand to what extent and how often the generous Pasoliniesque thought was rejected and relegated to the vague terrain of the disinherited. However, the film doesn't agree with this...

Diva Dolorosa (1998)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 75 minutes Release date: 11/29/1998
A tribute to the first international superstars of the silver screen, Italian divas Borelli, Menicelli and Bertini. Through excerpts of 12 French and Italian silent films made from 1913 to 1920, the film explores how the scandalous on-screen behavior of the Italian film diva reshaped the concept of the sexually liberated woman.
My Voyage to Italy

My Voyage to Italy (2001)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 243 minutes Release date: 10/23/2001
A journey through Italian movie history, from its origins through to the 1970s. At once an informative introduction to Italian cinema, a tribute to some of its greatest films and filmmakers, and an autobiography: through a passionate look at these movies that have affected him so deeply throughout the years, director Scorsese also examines his own formation as a filmmaker and as a person.
Dir: Martin Scorsese
With: N/A

Fassbinder's Women (1999)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 89 minutes Release date: 11/29/1999
A beautiful portrait of the enfant terrible of German cinema who died in 1982. Von Praunheim describes his personal attitude to Fassbinder as follows: 'Fassbinder, I knew him when he was starting out, and I couldn't like him. I was jealous of him, envious, and I never liked melodrama. It was only after his death that I really became aware of his qualities. I was fascinated by his wild life -...
Pervert's Guide to Ideology

The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2013)

Rated: None Runtime: 136 minutes Release date: 10/31/2013
With infectious zeal and a voracious appetite for popular culture, Žižek literally goes inside some truly epochal movies, all the better to explore and expose how they reinforce prevailing ideologies.
Dir: Sophie Fiennes
With: N/A

Look out Haskell, It's Real! The Making of 'Medium Cool' (2000)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: 11/29/2000
In 1968 Hollywood cameraman Haskell Wexler expressed his desire to "find some wedding between features and cinema-verite. I have very strong opinions about us and the world, and don't know how in hell to put them all in one basket." "Medium Cool" (USA/1969) was his solution, a tremendously original blend of fiction and documentary styles. British film scholar Paul Cronin examines the many...

Mes entretiens filmes (1997)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 125 minutes Release date: 11/29/1997
Made between April 1995 and February 1998, the film comprises interviews made by Lehman and fragments from his films. Among those interviewed are Freddy Buache, Francois Albera, Fabrice Revault, d'Alonnes, Dominique Noguez, Dominique Paini, Jean Rouch, Paul Meyer, Robert Kramer, Stephen Dwoskin, Jonas Mekas and Noel Godin.

Die Konigin (1999)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 100 minutes Release date: 11/29/1999
The life of legendary German actress Marianne Hoppe, already past 90, is not entirely without controversy. From 1936 to 1946 she was married to the actor Gustaf Grundgens and at that time she was an important exponent of Nazi cinema. Hoppe's friends and (ex-) colleagues sketch a picture of this 20th-century icon of German drama, both in film and theatre. These interviews and encounters are...

Coffin Joe: The Strange World of Jose Mojica Marins (2000)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 65 minutes Release date: 11/29/2000
Explores the life of Brazilian cult horror director, Jose Mojica Marins, who has been dubbed a cross between Russ Meyer and Luis Bunuel. Combining footage from his films and interviews with the director, the documentary raises complex questions about the nature of acting and artifice and the difference between cinema and reality.

Sametova Kocovina (2000)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 144 minutes Release date: 11/29/2000
For most people in western Europe and the United States, the Czech New Wave of the mid to late 1960s is what put this central European nation on the map of major filmmaking cultures. Among Czech directors who maintain a commitment to high art to this day, there is a sense that that time represented a rare marriage of artistic freedom and civic purpose. For others, there only remains the undeniable...

Samira cheghoneh Takhte Siah rol sakht (1999)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 73 minutes Release date: 11/29/1999
For a young girl to quit school in order to learn film is perhaps more dramatic than film itself. Maysam Makhmalbaf, the younger brother of 19-year-old film director Samira Makhmalbaf, captures the incredible cinematic ambitions of his sister during the production of her film "Takhte Siah/ The Blackboard" (Iran/Japan/Italy/2000), as well as her activities at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. This...
Dir: Maysam Makhmalbaf
With: N/A

The Universal Clock: The Resistance of Peter Watkins (2000)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 77 minutes Release date: 11/29/2000
Insistently utopian in both vision and practice, Peter Watkins is among the most marginalized of major contemporary filmmakers. Director Geoff Bowie travelled to Paris to follow the production of Watkins's most recent work, "La Commune (Paris, 1871)" (France/2001), a revolutionary epic made with the same spirit of resistance that drove the rebellious Communards of 1871. The result is at once a...

The Jang Sun-Woo Variations (2000)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 119 minutes Release date: 11/29/2000
An intimate portrait of Jang Sun-Woo, Korea's most iconoclastic director, as he prepares two new films: the live-action cyber-action thriller "The Resurrection of the Little Match Girl" and the animated buddhist/shamanist feature "Princess Bari". Divided into chapters, the documentary examines Jang's career and films from many different angles and includes the voices not only of those who have...

Un Banquete en Tetlapayac (1999)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 110 minutes Release date: 11/29/1999
Director Oliver Debroise invited 14 popular and experimental artists, filmmakers, critics and historians to join him for a banquet at the same desert hacienda Eisenstien stayed in, while working on his unfinished film "Que Viva Mexico!". Part documentary, part critical analysis, the film is structured into two main parts. The first is a murder/incest mystery at the hacienda; the second, a banquet...

Negative Space (2000)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 39 minutes Release date: 11/29/2000
A portrait of celebrated film critic Manny Farber, who wrote for "The Nation," "The New Republic" and "Film Culture," among others, from 1942-1977.

Mamadrama: The Jewish Mother in Cinema (2000)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 73 minutes Release date: 11/29/2000
An examination of the way Jewish mothers have been represented in international cinema over the past 80 years.

Locaciones: Buscando a Rusty James (2012)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 92 minutes Release date: 11/29/2012
Francis Ford Coppola's "Rumble Fish" failed upon its original U.S. theatrical release. But some viewers were fans and even worshiped it -- including young people in Chile, Uruguay and Argentina. Here, prominent essayist and filmmaker Alberto Fuguet examines the ability of cinema to distill for us a powerful moment in time and to shape our identities.
Dir: Alberto Fuguet
With: N/A

Out-Takes From the Life of a Happy Man (2013)

Rated: None Runtime: 68 minutes Release date: 04/23/2013
A biographical account of Jonas Mekas, founder of the Anthology Film Archives theater, is culled from the many films and videos he made of his daily life. For over fifty years, Mekas recorded himself in his roles as the first film critic of the "Village Voice," a publisher, student, poet, political prisoner, husband, father and friend. Glimpses of him with family and friends provide a portrait of...