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kowloon walled city documentary

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Written by Peter Rudd

January 10, 2010 at 6:47 pm

marco brambilla civilization

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Written by Peter Rudd

July 13, 2009 at 9:08 pm

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Oren Lavie Her Morning Elegance

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Written by Peter Rudd

June 28, 2009 at 2:47 am

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animated soviet propaganda

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Animated Soviet Propaganda is a four part propaganda about Soviet propaganda.  I’m sure communism is bad, but its corollary isn’t looking too good either these days.  Have a look – beautiful film, even if the commentary is two dimensional.

Written by Peter Rudd

April 14, 2009 at 11:29 am

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quay brothers

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The Quay Brothers made lush, dreamlike films that I know almost nothing about.  It seems strange to me that such talent – and so close by (they’re from Philly) – is almost unknown, except among the … people who know them.  Instead of this stuff, we like tripe, I guess. 

From an interesting article by James Rose:

On our father’s side there were two grandfathers, one a tailor from Berlin who had a shop in South Philly, and the other, who was apparently a cabinetmaker… Our mother’s father was excellent at carpentry and was also a chauffeur when Philly only had five automobiles to its name. So! In terms of puppetry it’s surprisingly all there – carpentry, mechanisms and tailoring and figure skating to music to score any of our aberrant tracking shots. Big deal, will this help you dear fellow?

Written by Peter Rudd

March 12, 2009 at 9:18 am

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jim jarmusch talks

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Jim Jarmusch is great to talk to, so direct and simple.  I met him in the little park near Spring Lounge on Spring Street in Soho last summer.  I introduced myself, told him his work had changed my life and we had a short but really pleasant conversation. 

Here he is talking about making some of his great films.  My favorite is Dead Man – a masterpiece.  He describes how he gets Neil Young to do the music for it.  Young recorded in three takes while watching the film.

Written by Peter Rudd

March 10, 2009 at 11:45 pm

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cronenberg – the new flesh

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A documentary from 1986 about the films of David Cronenberg.

From the film, Cronenberg on horror – –

We have created our own universe and therefore what is wrong with it also comes from us. /…/ The idea that you carry the seeds of your own destruction around with you always and that they can erupt at any time is scarier because there is no defence against it, there’s no escape from it.

A very empathetic bit from Cronenberg on what it’s like to be a disease —

A virus is only doing its job, you know, it’s only trying to live its life.  The fact that it’s trying to destroy you by doing it, is really not it’s fault.  So, I think it’s trying to understand the interrelationship between organisms, even those that we perceive as disease.  And to understand it from the disease’s point of view, of course it’s just a matter of life.  It has nothing to do being a disease.  I think most diseases would be very shocked to be considered a disease at all.  It has a very negative connotation.  For them it’s very positive when they pick over your body and destroy you.  It’s a triumph.

The director again, on the middleclass and how it deals with violence —

The strength of the middle class is that it’s like a giant amoeba, it can absorb anything.  What seems radical and threatening to it, the way that it defends itself is not to put a shell around it that can be cracked and broken, but to just absorb everything and assimilate it.

 

Written by Peter Rudd

March 5, 2009 at 6:25 pm

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