Here is a film before which words fall silent. “The Mill & the Cross” contains little dialogue, and that simple enough. It enters into the world of a painting, and the man who painted it. If you see no more than the opening shots, you will never forget them. It opens on a famous painting, and within the painting, a few figures move and walk. We will meet some of those people in more detail.
The painting is “The Way to Calvary” (1564), by the Flemish master Pieter Bruegel the Elder. We might easily miss the figure of Christ among the 500 in the vast landscape. Others are going about their everyday lives. That’s a reminder of Bruegel’s famous painting “Landscape With the Fall of Icarus,” about which Auden wrote of a passing ship “that must have seen something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky, had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.” Extraordinary events take place surrounded by ordinary ones. Roger Ebert
Through Alejandro Jodorowsky’s autobiographical lens, Endless Poetry narrates the years of the Chilean artist’s youth during which he liberated himself from all of his former limitations, from his family, and was introduced into the foremost bohemian artistic circle of 1940s Chile where he met Enrique Lihn, Stella Díaz Varín, Nicanor Parra… at the time promising young but unknown artists who would later become the titans of twentieth-century Hispanic literature. He grew inspired by the beauty of existence alongside these beings, exploring life together, authentically and freely. A tribute to Chile’s artistic heritage, Endless Poetry is also an ode to the quest for beauty and inner truth, as a universal force capable of changing one’s life forever, written by a man who has dedicated his life and career to creating spiritual and artistic awareness across the globe.
Mr. Gaga was highly recommended by my fiends in Morocco.
Footage of intimate rehearsals and breathtaking dance sequences highlight the life and career of Ohad Naharin, choreographer and artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company.
Possibly the most exciting documentary for fans of edgier modern dance since “Pina.”.
The Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin is a complicated man. And that much is made clear in Mr. Gaga, Tomer Heymann’s documentary about his life and work.
Glenn Kenny – The NYTimes
SLACK BAY, a black comedy in picturesque northern french countryside in 1910. We have been trying to get this film for the past year. It was well received in France and is now finally available in the USA. It’s a misanthropic comedy that features cannibalism, weird religious overtones and a lot of goony pratfalls.
Join us at 5:45 Pot Luck
Diskussion to follow
An illusion gone horribly wrong pits two 19th-century magicians, Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) and Rupert Angier (Hugh Jackman), against each other in a bitter battle for supremacy. Terrible consequences loom when the pair escalate their feud, each seeking not just to outwit — but to destroy — the other man.
We’re on a roll with Sally Potter Films. Two weeks ago we saw her “The Man Who Cried.” Last week we revisited “Orlando,” which was very well received, and now we revisit “The Tango Lesson.”
For a special treat we will have a live Tango Presentation!
After discovering a passion for the tango in Paris, a filmmaker (Sally Potter) becomes involved with her sexy Argentine teacher (Pablo Veron).
Last week we enjoyed the dramatic film “The Man Who Cried” by Sally Potter. This week we will explore together another one of her great films “Orlando.”
In 1600, nobleman Orlando (Tilda Swinton) inherits his parents’ house, thanks to Queen Elizabeth I (Quentin Crisp), who commands the young man to never change. After a disastrous affair with Russian princess Sasha (Charlotte Valandrey), Orlando looks for solace in the arts before being appointed ambassador to Constantinople in 1700, where war is raging. One morning, Orlando is shocked to wake up as a woman and returns home, struggling as a female to retain her property as the centuries roll by.
A Russian Jewish girl (Christina Ricci) is separated from her father in 1927 and escapes to England, where she’s rechristened Suzie. She grows up to be a singer in a Parisian theater populated by a glamorous Russian dancer (Cate Blanchett), an egotistical Italian tenor (John Turturro) and a handsome Gypsy horseman (Johnny Depp). When the Nazis invade France, however, Suzie’s life is suddenly in danger, and she attempts to flee to the United States, where her father moved years earlier.
The unconventional love story of an aspiring actress, her determined driver and their boss, eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. Directed by Warren Beatty. A great story about Hollywood of the 50’s.