Sabtu, 30 April 2011

Jerzy Skolimowski - Essential Killing (2010)

allmovie wrote:
A pair of American security operatives (Zach Cohen and Iftach Ofir) are on patrol in Afghanistan when they stumble upon a Taliban fighter (Vincent Gallo), who kills them despite his terror and nervousness. While trying to escape, the Afghan is captured by American forces; he's tortured during interrogation, but doesn't tell the Americans anything, in part because an explosion has made it difficult for him to hear what they're saying. The Americans ship the Afghan off to a detention facility with a number of other Taliban soldiers, but upon arrival he's able to escape. However, the Afghan finds himself in a forbidding snowbound climate, and with no provisions or warm clothing he struggles to simply survive as he avoids his pursuers and struggles to find some way to get home.


MUBI wrote:
Essential Killing, Jerzy Skolimowski’s exercise in pure filmmaking, begins with a helicopter shot following three US soldiers on patrol. The parched, desert-like landscape, riven by gullies and canyons, could be Iraq or Afghanistan. They are on the hunt for the enemy, and soon find him. Portrayed by Vincent Gallo, he is a tribal soldier, bearded with a turban, who could be Taliban or Al Queda. What follows is a struggle for survival that can also be read as a desperate fight for freedom, and Skolimowski is very careful to avoid any prescriptive interpretation of his narrative.

No one is named in Essential Killing and there is virtually no dialogue as we follow the capture, incarceration and interrogation of a “terrorist,” who is swept into a military system that controls his every moment. Hooded and shackled, stripped of his clothes and clad in bright orange prisoner overalls, he is shaved, questioned, tortured and beaten before being transported by plane to an unknown destination – which could not provide a greater contrast to his native environment. It is winter, snow is everywhere and the landscape is immense.

After making his escape in a moment of confusion, the rest of the film follows his trek into the snow-clad forests, pursued by helicopters, soldiers and dogs. With no food or water, his journey is one of sheer survival and a spirited bid for freedom. Skolimowski follows the grim, often surprising and occasionally hallucinatory adventures of a man who refuses to die or give up. It could well be a parable of what NATO is confronting in the grim struggle for Afghanistan.

Skolimowski’s visual imagination is stretched to the fullest, with the sheer magnificence of the landscape providing a beautiful, silent backdrop to the character’s heroic battle to stay alive. In a harrowing performance that must have been immensely physically demanding role, Gallo conveys reservoirs of courage and determination without uttering a single word.

Language:English, Polish, Arabic
Subtitles:English (sub/idx)
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Sohrab Shahid Saless - Anton P. Cechov - Ein Leben (1981)

A Documentary abouth Anton Chekhov, built up mostly by still pictures, read letters a.s.o.. - Anton P. Cechov - Ein Leben (Sohrab Shahid Saless, 1981).avi

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Roberto Rossellini - India: Matri Bhumi [French version] (1959)

India runs counter to all usual cinema: here the image is only the complement of the idea that provokes it. India is a film of absolute logic, more Socratic than Socrates. Each image is beautiful not because it is beautiful in itself, like a shot in [Eisenstein’s] Que viva Mexico!, but because it is the splendor of the true and because Rossellini starts with the truth. There where the others won’t arrive except in twenty years perhaps, he has already gone on from.India embraces world cinema, as the theories of Riemann and Planck embrace geometry and classical physics. In a coming issue [of Cahiers du Cinéma], I shall prove why India is the creation of the world.
Jean-Luc Godard

Film extraordinaire de simplicité et d'intelligence, méditation sur la vie, la nature et les animaux, India est un poème libre, hors du temps et de l'espace.
François Truffaut

Avant tout, il faut connaître les hommes tels qu’ils sont. Et le cinéma est là pour ça, pour les filmer sous toutes les latitudes, dans toutes les aventures, sous tous les angles, les bons et les méchants. Ce n’est pas pour rien que les objectifs d’une caméra s’appellent ainsi. Il faut tâcher de s’approcher des hommes avec objectivité, avec respect. On n’a pas le droit de filmer un personnage horrible avec, en même temps, l’intention de le condamner. Moi je ne me permets jamais de porter un jugement sur mes personnages. Je me contente de montrer leurs faits et gestes. Il faut arriver à ce point extrême où les choses parlent d’elles-mêmes. Ce qui ne signifie pas uniquement qu’elles parlent toutes seules, mais qu’elles parlent de ce qu’elles sont en réalité. Quand vous montrez un arbre, il faut qu’il vous parle de sa beauté d’arbre, une maison de sa beauté de maison, un fleuve de sa beauté de fleuve. Et les hommes et les animaux aussi. Un tigre, un éléphant, un singe, c’est aussi intéressant qu’un gangster ou une femme du monde. Et vice-versa.
Roberto Rossellini Roberto - India Matri Bhumi (1959) [VF].avi

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Nanni Moretti - Bianca (1984)

Michele is a mathematics professor who just started a new job in a school with some peculiar teaching methods. After a woman in his neighborhood is murdered, Michele meets beautiful colleague Bianca, and a relationship begins between the two. Where is this relationship heading, and will Michele be able to help the police catch the murderer?

Spanish subs:

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Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic

Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic - Comic Book Creator, Mostly known as a Cover artist
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Radley Metzger - The Lickerish Quartet (1970)

“Put simply, Metzger would be a crucial director even if he had only made The Lickerish Quartet and nothing else. On its own terms as cinema and outside the boundaries of European erotica, this remarkable film operates on levels of narrative gamesmanship, visual architecture, and technical virtuosity that put most modern films to shame. Many illusion versus reality films tend to fall flat on their own pretension, but this, along with 8 1/2, The Stunt Man, and Last Year at Marienbad, is one of the few exceptions.

While The Lickerish Quartet contains a great deal of sex, the love scenes are ingeniously presented as moody vignettes which reflect the nature and transformation of the characters… All of the actors are well up to the task here, and the twangy, vibrant score by Stelvio Cipriani (or Stephen Cipriani, as the film credits him) adds to the twisted, playfulambience. Beautifully shot and enhanced with razor sharp editing (including many disorienting cross cuts between time and space), The Lickerish Quartet is that rare film that not only benefits from repeated viewings but actually requires them.” -

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Radley Metzger - Barbara Broadcast (1977)

Annette Haven is Barbara Broadcast, world-famous sex expert. C.J. Laing is a reporter looking for Annette's angle. They meet for an interview at an eaterie where sex is the best thing on the menu.


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