In Buenos Aires with Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Seeing that A D recently mentioned seeing Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (see my first post on Big Other, also partially about Uncle Boonmee and Weerasethakul’s short film Phantoms of Nabua), thought it might be fitting to post the “Delirium” master class with Weerasethakul, which took place on November 12, 2010 in Buenos Aires.

 

 

 

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His Light Materials: Puig, Film, and “Gruesome Tangos”

"So, ya more of a Faulkner or Hemingway-type?"

I hope some of you are reading and digging Manuel Puig’s Betrayed by Rita Hayworth. In my first post, I talked about the disorienting opening of the novel, which thrusts us right into the middle of pages of dialogue without any sense of how many characters are talking or who they are. The book then goes on to various other chapters of dialogue, including a one-sided phone conversation, and after that into various internal monologues from the “main character,” Toto (it is difficult to call him that in a novel which is so decentered), as well as from other characters in the village of Vallejos. If you are on the fence about reading or reluctant because of the difficulties, I’m here to vouch that .

By the end of the book, if my own experience is in any way generalizable, you’ll want to go back to the opening chapters with some new insight, and will have the experience of being in a country that you’ve lived in for a few months–you may not pick up on every reference, every idiomatic toss-off, but you’ll grasp a lot more than the first time when you were struggling just to stay with the pages. Continue reading

Invisible cinema: 7 p., cuis., s. de b.

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7 p., cuis., s. de b. … a saisir

Agnès Varda directed this short in 1984. Sept pieces, cuisine, salle de bains …a saisir (Seven Rooms, Kitchen, Bathroom …a Bargain) is a film about a house. It’s an essay, in the erratic sense of the word, about time and space. The camera moves in the rooms like a visitor. Walls speak. Objects tell stories. And old woman is shown in all the dignity and beauty of her naked body (it rarely happens).

There should be more movies about houses.

Buy (here) or download (here) this incredible little film.

Agnès Varda’s films live here.