Harvey » Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:26 am wrote:Much better than the trailer.
JackRiddler » Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:39 pm wrote:.
First Three of My Coronavirus Top Dozen
1. Melancholia, I think I posted the trailer to above? Available for $4 on Youtube.
2. The greatest filmwork of all time. Or so I've called it, many times.
Since I first saw it in the early 90s possibly most of the people and many of the places have passed into history. Like the project housing complex that is blown up in the middle of the film, few of the factories are likely to be standing now. But the code remains exactly the same. What film has ever seen the dream as clearly?
It was interesting to view this almost 40 years after its release, and for the first time in years. Where it was once up-to-the-minute, it's clearly become a historic document of the late New Deal era, and of its way of life, atomized yet more physically public than today's society, even BC. As far as I know, K. was shot entirely within the United States in the 1970s, with some of the stock footage possibly coming from earlier atomic tests or the invasion of Vietnam. Despite this, it has lost none of its urgency and its power to describe the continuing human civilization of the present. The gentrification and "urban renewal" that followed was just the next cycle of the process it describes. It even includes a clear implication that the microchip will shortly miniaturize the human-machine symbiosis. I think it's fully contemporary. I wonder if any other film pulls that off?
Also, turns out Godfrey Reggio, the author of K., is just as gripping in person.
3. This has definitely been posted here before, in fact I'm pretty sure I learned about it through R.I. It's sort of like a CIA lesson on insurgency and counterinsurgency, in the wake of Algeria and Vietnam, but set in Chicago. This time I noticed more than one detail that could have been nods to The Cultural Cold War -- 25 years before that book was published.
I've heard it was pulled from theaters in 1973, after two weeks and that the problem, apparently, was that it was too popular in certain neighborhoods.
Written & based on novel by Sam Greenlee, music by Herbie F-ing Hancock!
That's pretty heavy, that my little reminder provided the motivation for you to watch the full set of films.
of course you are to be trusted that they will be worthwhile.
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