1975

The Secret Garden (1975)

UK, 7 eps x 28 min

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Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1975)

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108 min
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Mr. Brack6 has called Stalker his favorite film on this site, and I must follow suit and call this Tarkovsky mine. I was able to see it in the cinema tonight, and it was one of the most spiritually significant experiences of my life.

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I’ve seen it before on dvd, and it’s always been something special and moving, but seeing it projected like this was something else entirely. See it if you can… no guarantees you’ll feel the same way (another viewer overheard walking out of the theater seemed to have only gotten out of it that Tarkovsky is a proponent of patriarchy and russian nationalism[?]) but if you can go into it with an open souleye and you’re a human being who isn’t completely overcome by fashionable ironic amoralism… it might really work.

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For me it’s one of the grandest achievements of art, all art… it encapsulates and makes timeless what it is to be a being possessed of consciousness. Breathtaking (or rather breath-holding) moments of sublime stillness, small movements (wind or the breath of god?), tearing tears out of my eyes, all of them earned, all paid for. And if you lost your soul, you can still appreciate it on a purely technical, film school level; in this realm its achievements are vast… and still but a fraction of its riches.

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Win.

the Lost Honour of Katharina Blum (Volker Schlöndorff & Margarethe von Trotta, 1975)

der Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum
DE (w.), 103 min

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frau aweh showed this to us in high school
and had us read the damn thing
auf deutsch
she was awesome.

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Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1975)

Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom
ITA, 116 min.

Passolini’s last film before his murder. Widely considered to be the most controversial film of all time. Based on Les 120 journées de Sodome ou l’école du libertinage, by Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade.

fascist sadism
exemplary punishments
lots of sodomy

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