…It’s Time to Mystify (13 Great Films)

In the spirit of Greg’s list from yesterday:

1. Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren, 1943)

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Barbara Loden & Yoko Ono (& John Lennon & Mike Douglas)

Discussing Barbara Loden’s masterpiece Wanda (1970):

This 15-minute discussion features a clip from the film, plus a performance by The Plastic Ono Band. What more could you want on a Monday?

(Click here for more information about Wanda)

Two-Lane Blacktop

After college, a friend and I went on a tear, spending our weekends watching everything we could find by Godard, Bergman, Tarkovsky, Kurosawa, others. My friend’s father, a former cinephile who’d seen many of these movies during their initial US releases, occasionally poked his head into the living room, watching a few minutes here and there with us. Then he’d smile and leave, always quietly pronouncing, “It’s good, but it’s no Two-Lane Blacktop.”

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Brevity, Part 3: Long Takes Continued (well, they’re long)

While writing my previous post, I grew aware that I wasn’t mentioning any women filmmakers. So I’d like to add something addressing that (because of course one can find numerous examples). And along the way, I’ll also try to say more in general about the power—and limitations—of the long take.

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