The Children of Marx and Coca-Cola
– Jean-Luc Godard, Masculin féminin: 15 faits précis
We believed that ideas were the most important thing; now they stand before us in rows, like dented cans of Coca-Cola....
Jenkins discusses one of McElwee’s early and seminal works, and discovers that, “Like all vérité filmmakers, he relies heavily on serendipitous events – what Dziga Vertov called ‘life caught unawares’.”
“The grotesque æsthetic is a window into many of the unresolved contradictions in Ford’s work especially, the uneasy juxtaposition of the tragic and the comic and mankind’s perpetual battle with an unruly inner beast.” So writes Wagner, who traces the strong presence of the grotesque in Ford’s cinema.
Like many of his collaborators, filmmaker Jackie Raynal was present at the Cinémathèque Française’s memorial homage to Rohmer earlier this year. Sparked by the occasion, she looks back at her time with Rohmer in this heartfelt reminiscence.
A landmark interview originally published in Cahiers du cinéma in 1970. The journal was in the midst of its Marxist/Leninist era, while Rohmer's Bazinian idealism was vindicated by the success of My Night at Maud’s. A fascinating joust between two entirely opposed views of the cinema
Rohmer was himself a private and reserved individual who, more often that not, shunned the spotlight. Bruce Perkins examines three documentaries on the filmmaker, and concludes that together they offer as vivid and multi-dimensional a portrait of Rohmer as we can wish for.
In both content and form, a strong pedagogical endeavour has informed the work of Rohmer throughout his career. Darragh O’Donoghue discusses this inclination, focusing on some of the earlier shorts and made-for-television documentaries.
The topographical tracings of Rohmer’s feature debut reveal a dual motif: the cartographic and the photographic. Roland-François Lack’s insightful essay meticulously traces the unfolding of this dual motif.
Love, morality, fidelity and chance crystallised around Pascal’s ‘wager’. Taken by many to be the key film of the ‘Six Moral Tales’ series, the fascination of this film has not receded with time. Constantine Santas unravels the film’s thematics.