AU, 67 min
i like this one.
Être et avoir
FR, 104 min
USA, 95 min
+ Barbara Klinger, The Road to Dystopia: Landscaping the Nation in ‘Easy Rider’ (GoogleDocs)
USA, 9 min
Dumnezeu la saxofon, dracu la vioara
RO, 43 min
Instinctive energy and the economy of shifts are guiding the mechanics of life in a psychiatric clinic. The director illustrates this life by an example of one Romanian asylum, where patients themselves created rules of life in a close society.
Almost three hundred inhabitants, out of whom some live in rooms with twelve roommates, are friends, become intimate, marry and break up. Coffee and cigarettes are the basic currency units. Lively business and sexual affection are interrupted by the time for medications, food and sleep.
YU, 9 min
HU, 6 min
USA, 29 min
This documentary short, produced for West Virginia public TV’s “Different Drummer” series, introduces us to Jesco White, a hard-living, tap-dancing Boone County resident whose repeated run-ins with the law have interfered with his dream of becoming as renowned a “mountain dancer” as his late father, D. Ray White. We meet Jesco’s three distinct personalities; the gentle and loving Jesse, the violent and dangerous Jesco, and the extremely strange Elvis. We also encounter various members of Jesco’s family, all nearly as eccentric as Jesco himself. You will ask, “Are these people for real?” Yes, they are. “The Dancing Outlaw” was released to videocassette after becoming something of a cult sensation through circulating “bootleg” tapes. Film and TV actress Roseanne is among Jesco’s many fans.
CS, 77 min
the End of August at the Hotel Ozone
Konec srpna v Hotelu Ozon
Africa ama erotica
IT, 95 min
more mondo fun
UK, 90 min
A Technicolor Dream is a documentary film chronicling the development of London’s counter-culture underground of the 1960s, and the events which led up to the 14-hour “Technicolor Dream”, a benefit concert for what was at the time England’s largest underground newspaper — the International Times (or I.T.).
UK, 22 min
dance, teddy boy, dance…
don’t worry; that duck’s ass
at the back of your head
looks mighty fine
well, obviously i’ve been on a free cinema kick for the last few days. i recommend all these films as great context to anyone interested in brit cinema, especially fans of the british new wave and/or the “angry young man” and kitchen sink realism dramas from that period.
this entry is by karel reisz (director of saturday night & sunday morning, producer of anderson’s this sporting life) and tony richardson (look back in anger, a taste of honey, the loneliness of the long distance runner).
the film depicts an evening at a jazz club, but the directors designed it to give a sense of narrative. like the others i’ve seen thus far, it has great music. this time it’s from a live jazz band. (see full synopsis from screenonline at the end of this entry.)
while it lacks the sense of spontaneity of the last two i watched (several parts are obviously highly staged), it does have the advantage of exploring its subjects – youngish members of the working class and the emerging youth culture – in more depth, and with far more affection than o dreamland or nice time.
it’s of particular interest for its fantastic footage of kids dancin’ up a storm (wish i knew what little trot they’re doing), youth fashion, and for featuring an awkward mixing of proles and middle class brits.
(where and when did these kids used to learn their dance steps? did they need to be taught, or did they learn by example? whose example? argh. also, if anyone knows of a doc that depicts these lads actually putting the brilliantine [or whatever] in their hair… hook me up)
AKA Man Bites Dog: It Happened in Your Neighborhood
C’est arrivé près de chez vous
BE, 95 min
this was on “the list” for so long i had forgotten the premise entirely (ideal circumstances for watching almost any film). hilarity.
i’ve uploaded the perfect taste – the film’s opening moments: here.