Archive for July, 2012

The First Man

The First Man

in French Movies

The First Man is based on an unfinished autobiographic novel by French author Albert Camus (The Stranger). The film follows his alter-ego Jean Cornery (Jacques Gamblin –The Names of Love), a famous writer who returns to Algiers on the eve of the Algerian war. As he wanders through the streets of the city, he not only remembers his childhood but is […]

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Dead Man’s Burden

Dead Man’s Burden

in American Movies

Set in sunny New Mexico, this little indie western turns out to be a surprisingly dark and twisted piece of filmmaking. From the beginning, it is clear that Dead Man’s Burden isn’t about plot – the story of a family that is torn apart about selling its farm is pretty familiar – but rather about the psychological confrontation between 3 […]

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Vampira And Me

Vampira And Me

in American Documentaries

With her long figure, dark hair and black dress, Vampira is probably the original Goth icon, having established this trademark look years before Siouxsie Sioux emerged from the punk scene. The creator of a pioneering late-night Horror show, she is probably better known these days for her role in Ed Wood’s “masterwork”, Plan 9 From Outer Space. Originally discovered in […]

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Chico & Rita

Chico & Rita

in American Movies

From pre-revolutionary Havana to New York and Hollywood in the fifties, Paris in the sixties and modern day Las Vegas, the retro animation of Chico & Rita is visually stunning. Vibrant hand-drawn animation tells the tormented love story of a beautiful singer and talented piano player narrated in the form of a tragic bolero with the great Bebo Valdés tickling the ivories. The […]

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Big Easy Express

Big Easy Express

in American Documentaries

The opening scene of this music documentary is surprisingly fluid and arresting: We follow a young woman as she walks joyful, almost dancing, through a train. As she inexorably advances through the wagons, she runs into a wide array of musicians before finally joining her own band mates. This girl is a member of the Los Angeles-based psychedelic group Edward […]

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