Georges Melies, a professional magician by training, first saw the new
"moving pictures" in 1895. Little over a year later, Melies was filming
and projecting his own creations. By accident, he discovered that he
could use stop-motion photography to render trick visual effects. Melies
was also the first to use techniques such as the fade-in, the fade-out,
and the dissolve to create the first real narrative films. Melies made
over 500 films++
Portiere di notte*
Dirk Bogarde plays Maximilian Theo Aldorfer, a former NaziSS officer, and Charlotte Rampling plays Lucia Atherton, a concentration camp survivor who had an ambiguous relationship with Aldorfer. Flashbacks show Max tormenting Lucia, but also acting as her protector. In an iconic scene, Lucia sings topless a Marlene Dietrich song to the concentration camp guards while wearing pieces of an SS uniform, and Max "rewards" her with the severed head of a male inmate who had been bullying the other inmates, a reference to Salome.
Thirteen years after World War II, Lucia meets Aldorfer again; he is now the night porter at a Vienna hotel. There, they fall back into their sadomasochistic relationship.
William S. Burroughs: A Man Within The film — the full-length directorial debut from Yony Leyser — includes previously unseen footage of Burroughs plus new interviews with his friends and followers including John Waters, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Gus van Sant, as well as Patti Smith and Sonic Youth who contributed the soundtrack.
Comrade Coture – Ein Traum in Erdbeerfolie*
The film is a documentray about a a group of independent fashion designers from East Berlin and premiered last year at the Berlinale. It takes place in the eighties, a time when you hat to be pretty inventive if you wanted to come up with your own fashion creations – a lot of materials weren’t available in the GDR and by the leaders of the state fashion was seen as part of the loathsome individualism of the western societies.+++
Paris is burning*
An invaluable documentary of the end of the "Golden Age" of New York City drag balls, as well as a thoughtful exploration of race, class, and gender in America.The film explores the elaborately-structured Ball competitions in which contestants, adhering to a very specific category or theme, must "walk" (much like a fashion model's runway) and subsequently be judged on criteria including the "realness" of their drag, the beauty of their clothing and their dancing ability.Beautifull and sensitive film...+++
Lets get lost*
Documentary on the life of jazz trumpeter and drug addict Chet Baker. Fascinating series of interviews with friends, family, associates and lovers, interspersed with film from Baker's earlier life and some modern-day performances.+++
Patti Smith Dream of life* An intimate portrait of poet, painter, musician and singer Patti Smith that mirrors the essence of the artist herself.+++
I, An Actress (George Kuchar)*
George Kuchar, a filmmaker whose campy yet ardent low-budget movies inspired underground directors like John Waters and David Lynch in the 1960s.+++
Aiden by Petrovsky & Ramone ††
"We have been burning down Babylon, every day, and the fight is still going on. But we must always remember that the biggest fight that we have to fight, is the one that happens inside... So we need to stop being afraid and take the bull by it's horns and strike the hammer while the iron is hot. Otherwise your existence is gonna be forgot."
The Black power mixTape *
Among other things an extraordinary feat of editing and archival research, takes up a familiar period in American history from a fresh and fascinating angle. In the late 1960s and early ’70s Swedish television journalists traveled to the United States with the intention of “showing the country as it really is.” Some of the images and interviews they collected have been assembled by Goran Hugo Olsson into a roughly chronological collage that restores a complex human dimension to the racial history of the era.+++
American RebeL- Persona Magazine††
TEENAGE - teaser video a film by Matt Wolf††
Based on a groundbreaking book by the punk author Jon Savage, Teenage is an unconventional historical film about the invention of teenagers. Bringing to life fascinating youth from the early 20th century—from party-crazed Flappers and hipster Swing Kids to brainwashed Nazi Youth and frenzied Sub-Debs—the film reveals the pre-history of modern teenagers and the struggle between adults and adolescents to define youth.+++
Aldous Huxley: The Gravity of Light by Oliver Vertov ††
A contemporary reading of Huxley's oeuvre, a rendition and interpretation, inspired by an immersion into his life and thought. Complex, iconoclastic, psychedelic, and historical.+++