you don't watch these on youtube
― Milton Parker, Monday, 6 October 2008 21:25 (eleven years ago) link
and they're worth what you'll have to pay to get the DVDs
― Milton Parker, Monday, 6 October 2008 21:32 (eleven years ago) link
I'm 5 films in and Possession is still the place to start, but On The Silver Globe would be mentioned in the same breath as Sweet Movie, Stalker & Holy Mountain if it's budget hadn't been sabotaged
Who else is watching these?
― Milton Parker, Tuesday, 7 October 2008 20:50 (eleven years ago) link
My copy of POSSESSION - a twofer w/ SHOCK, Mario Bava's last horror flick - has a hilariously grumpy commentary track w/ Zulawski and some hapless brit interrogator who manages to continually piss off the great autuer w/ some admittedly pretty inane questions
the only other Zulawski flick i've seen is THIRD PART OF THE NIGHT, released in the UK by a great label called Second Run who specialise in East European and 60s American independent cinema - an unusual but quite persuasive combo
― Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 7 October 2008 20:59 (eleven years ago) link
well maybe this thread will take a few years to get going, so I'll all say is: first time I saw Possession I loved it but didn't take it for a 'good' film, too many moments seemed gratuitous or simply thrown in. but the second time I saw it, every last overdone moment seemed perfect and it became one of my favorite films. even more than The Brood, it's the most descriptive divorce film about being in love with an impossibly beautiful, genuinely insane woman you could hope to see.
it's so perfect that I put off tracking down his other films because I couldn't imagine them being as good, but I was wrong -- if you like Possession, you need to see the other ones. Zulawski knows what he likes.
on the one hand it's confusing that he isn't better known, but on the other hand, remembering my initial impression of Possession it makes sense. all of his films start with one genre archetype, and then once you're immersed in the eurodrama, suddenly revolt into histrionic B-movie gothic horror formulas. it seems like such a rupture that a casual viewer could even see the shift as total incompetence on the part of the director, and his films often turn up briefly and mockingly reviewed on 'Worst Movie Ever' websites. That and the fact that his films are hard to find explains why he's not as well known as he should be, but it's just a matter of time.
― Milton Parker, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 19:36 (eleven years ago) link
I'm glad you revived this thread Milton, as I wanted to point out to you - in case you hadn't seen it - that the latest issue of Video Watchdog magazine contains a long and v. enthusiastic review of Zulawski's 'The Important Thing is to Love' - he even gets his name on the cover:
― Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 19:45 (eleven years ago) link
that's the thing though -- most of his coverage comes from horror fans. you can't complain given all the tentacles & braineating & evil bird monsters & goat transference in his best known films but... man, so much more is going on.
haven't seen Important Thing yet. Klaus Kinski alert. that one is next.
this one's immanent as well: http://www.amazon.com/Andrzej-Zulawskis-Publique-Soundtrack-commemorative/dp/B001BRZAD8
― Milton Parker, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 20:18 (eleven years ago) link
^^ good review without too many spoilers or screenshots
just got the deluxe MondoVision release yesterday, watched it last night. Sacha Vierny's style as cinematographer is so recognizable, so many of the ludicrously beautiful shots kept bringing to mind Sacha's work on 'Zed and Two Noughts' a year later, almost because Zulawski & Greenaway's manners are so precisely inverted from each other.
no horror tropes in this one, in fact the references this time are Dostoyevsky & early 80's European politics. as per usual the main characters have already lost all composure before the credits have even finished, but the quality of the cinematography is so rich this time it makes it more difficult to read the histrionics as indulgence. it's utterly disorienting but underneath it all there's something real happening, and it's up to you to figure it out
― Milton Parker, Thursday, 20 November 2008 19:29 (eleven years ago) link
& also, exercise extreme caution with Third Part of the Night. It's hands down the most upsetting and hard to watch of any of his films.
& crossposting from -movies- noise thread
'The Devil' - Zulawski! new favorite director. when characters begin acting this hysterically insane within the first five minutes of a film, pacing is usually a problem, how can you sustain interest when you start by flooring it. but somehow the plot is well constructed enough, the film just keeps getting heavier. and even though many of the details are specific to Polish national history, the basic story of a soldier who's become an unflinching murderer, and sent home to witness how he's been betrayed by his decadent family... when he starts taking his revenge, you're left without any moral center whatsoever, the film does not flinch. and the ending is masterful
― Milton Parker, Wednesday, August 13, 2008 8:05 PM
My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days (Zulawski doing a sweet Felliniesque romantic comedy is still Zulawski, his version of an accessible film does mean there's not as much screaming, he must really love his wife)
― Milton Parker, Thursday, September 25, 2008 8:00 AM
The Third Part of the Night (Zulawski's first film, about a man whose wife & son are executed during the Nazi occupation of Poland. he stumbles into a random apartment to hide from the SS to encounter his wife's doppleganger giving birth, while the SS seize her husband outside. to support them in his absence, he takes a job as a test subject in a Nazi lab, getting injected with Typhus while lice feed on his legs, which he then takes to the lab to dissect. he spends the days trying to figure out the degree to which he is hallucinating. I had to pause this film about four times to go do anything else, almost too much, but would make an incredible double feature with Black Book.)
― Milton Parker, Monday, October 6, 2008 9:08 PM
― Milton Parker, Thursday, 20 November 2008 19:46 (eleven years ago) link
My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days
first impression was obviously a little tempered. but I just watched this again, and there's definitely no such thing as lesser zulawski.
― Milton Parker, Sunday, 22 March 2009 10:22 (ten years ago) link
who shot the pope
― Milton Parker, Monday, 23 March 2009 19:36 (ten years ago) link
― Milton Parker, Thursday, 23 April 2009 23:55 (ten years ago) link
you'll have to trust me
― Milton Parker, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 23:20 (ten years ago) link
Oh, I trust you. There's only one Zulawski.
― Soukesian, Wednesday, 29 April 2009 21:39 (ten years ago) link
so so manic & more dostoyevsky underpinnings here. also sophie marceau in this is STUNNING
― johnny crunch, Wednesday, 26 January 2011 01:35 (nine years ago) link
just bought this. and sprang for the remastered Szamanka as well. funny how Mondo Vision's sole reason to exist seems to be to release Zulawski films, but they are doing an amazing job of it, some of the most beautiful DVD packaging I've ever seen. evidently they're doing an edition of On The Silver Globe next.
I saw La Fidelite last year. loved it. you have to wonder what in the world Zulawski & Marceau's relationship was like when you get a film both that direct and that folded over. formally mainstream i.e. the characters do not begin the film by screaming but there's no ignoring the details. if it ends up being his last film it'd be understandable, but I sure hope it isn't.
― Milton Parker, Monday, 31 January 2011 20:07 (nine years ago) link
Sam Neill so good in possession. Really like to think the character Is Sam Neill, adds a little something.
― toastmodernist, Monday, 31 January 2011 20:53 (nine years ago) link
Really dislike the slant reviews of him. Possession review in particular is a wonderful example of the reductiveness of interpretation when ascribing thematic meaning, whatev. to horror / fantastical elements in film.
― toastmodernist, Monday, 31 January 2011 21:12 (nine years ago) link
The guy writing the slant reviews seems very sharp - it's a little frustrating to see someone who's a little removed from the films making a point of systematically reviewing them all, but at least he realizes there's something important going on. and I liked his bird interview: http://www.slantmagazine.com/house/tag/andrzej-zulawski/
― Milton Parker, Tuesday, 1 February 2011 22:50 (nine years ago) link
zulawski talks abt on the commetary to la femme publique that they were gonna use two bowie songs but they became big hits and cost way too much. anyone know which ones? id guess lets dance is one...
― johnny crunch, Friday, 3 June 2011 22:47 (eight years ago) link
i keep thinking about "possession." it sort of freaked me out when i saw it, but now, like six months later, it seems like one of the more exciting movies i've seen. sort of like the slimy underbelly of makavejev's wr. i need to track down his other movies, obviously. are the newish dvd releases i'm seeing on amazon alright?
― ah, how quaint (Matt P), Wednesday, 9 November 2011 00:37 (eight years ago) link
if you mean the mondo vision releases, yea, theyre fab. i wish theyd hurry up on the next batch
― johnny crunch, Wednesday, 9 November 2011 00:39 (eight years ago) link
my friend loaned me the Japanese cut of Possession (which i'm told is missing a few minutes of sex stuff), but I haven't watched it yet.
"The Important Thing Is To Love" is killer.
― The Man With The Flavored Toothpick (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 9 November 2011 03:22 (eight years ago) link
the whole sched of the bam retrospective is up
― johnny crunch, Thursday, 23 February 2012 22:16 (eight years ago) link
had not heard of these two shorts:
Pavoncello (1967) 27min, 35mmIn 1912, a sick old man takes his philandering wife to Italy in the hopes that she might give him an heir—and young violinist Pavoncello is only too happy to offer his services. Zulawski's debut short, shot in black and white and produced for Polish television, prefigures his later thematic preoccupation with the messy relationships between men and women.
The Song of Triumphant Love (Piesn triumfujacej milosci) (1969) 27min, 35mmZulawski's second short for Polish television (after a stint as Andrzej Wajda's assistant) was the first project over which he exercised complete creative control. Based on a Turgenev short story, this macabre romance details an all-consuming passion that transcends the material realm—a conceit Zulawski would take to new extremes nearly a decade later in Possession.
― Milton Parker, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 00:40 (seven years ago) link
LA retrospective starting this week
― dollar eye twinkling (admrl), Tuesday, 28 February 2012 00:47 (seven years ago) link
first time I saw Possession I loved it but didn't take it for a 'good' film, too many moments seemed gratuitous or simply thrown in. but the second time I saw it, every last overdone moment seemed perfect and it became one of my favorite films
Just got back from seeing it for the first time and this sums up how I am feeling quite well. "Overdone" is certainly the word. It doesn't help that I associate Cinefamily (where it was showing) with irony-fests and audience participation. But I did love the film, no mistake, particularly some of the exteriors - the apartment building by the Wall where Adjani keeps "the Beast" was especially haunting. Also that miscarriage scene is some kind of all-time.
― My mouth was wiard shut! (admrl), Monday, 5 March 2012 02:33 (seven years ago) link
This was simultaneously something like what I was expecting and nothing at all like I was expecting. I see why he has become associated with b-movies but there is actually very little here that is sensational in terms of "traditional" sex & violence. While the performances were of course full-on, there was actually little else gratuitous about it.
― My mouth was wiard shut! (admrl), Monday, 5 March 2012 02:36 (seven years ago) link
is the v proggy bit @ the end of 'the 3rd part of the night' & over the credits avail anywhere? im sure no one knows but just me posting abt it is also a self-reminder to look for it in the future, tbh
― johnny crunch, Thursday, 8 March 2012 18:26 (seven years ago) link
I am very upset that LA and NYC get full Zulawski festivals and SF just gets one 7pm screening of Possession. Which I'll probably go see again, but c'mon
Good article: http://www.laweekly.com/2012-03-08/film-tv/Andrzej-Zulawski-Cinefamily/
He also perfected a device that I'm not sure has ever been given a formal name, which is the exact opposite of a shock cut — that is, cutting from something harrowing (an ongoing act of violence, a character in midhowl) to mundane placidity, not as a cheap contrast but as an odd sort of reassurance that such moments are just part of the natural order.
― Milton Parker, Thursday, 8 March 2012 19:32 (seven years ago) link
It doesn't help that I associate Cinefamily (where it was showing) with irony-fests and audience participation.
srsly can't stand the cinefamily audience, which is a shame because they have such interesting programming
after we saw 'possession' last night we spent a good 20 minutes talking about it outside the theater and even our commentary got slightly crazed the more we talked about it
― althea and (donna rouge), Thursday, 8 March 2012 20:02 (seven years ago) link
definitely going to see 'on the silver globe' on sunday
― althea and (donna rouge), Thursday, 8 March 2012 20:03 (seven years ago) link
so Cinefamily audience = Film Forum audience?
I can't imagine going to many of these in the space of a week or two. I guess I will see Possession on the weekend.
― Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 8 March 2012 20:33 (seven years ago) link
well, FF is a mix of cranky senior citizens and snarky young folks, whereas cinefamily is mostly just the latter
― althea and (donna rouge), Thursday, 8 March 2012 21:32 (seven years ago) link
yeah our cranky seniors go to LACMA or matinees of Bela Tarr films in Pasadena
― Luomas (admrl), Thursday, 8 March 2012 22:42 (seven years ago) link
the Cinefamily trailer that strings together all the freakout money shots from his various films didn't rub me the right way -- reduced them to non sequiturs and also had a lot of spoilers (you really want the climactic scene of Possession to be a total visual surprise)
As the DVD of 'On The Silver Globe' is terrible, it might be worth it to catch the quality print of it while you have the chance. even if it's one of the more demanding of his films to watch, it's also the most ambitious and if it'd been finished, it'd regularly be mentioned along with Holy Mountain / Stalker / Sweet Movie.
'La Femme Publique' is one of the more dynamic & accessible ones and has Vierny's cinematography going for it, so even with the remastered DVD available this one would be a lot of fun to see on a big screen.
But I'm around the bend, if I lived in town I would probably be trying to catch at least 75% of these, every single one of them has something great going for it
The two I haven't seen yet are 'Blue Note' & 'Boris Godounov'.
― Milton Parker, Friday, 9 March 2012 00:07 (seven years ago) link
oh why not post this here too
definitely want to recommend 'On The Silver Globe', though it could easily go in the 80's poll -- 90% of the footage was shot in the 70's, but the polish government aborted the film before the special effects were completed, so the director cut in very strange 80's footage of polish citizens & commuters wandering around while describing what the SFX space travel & alien battle scenes would have been like
if it had been completed, it'd be mentioned in company with 'Holy Mountain' and 'Sweet Movie'. the shots are beautiful, the plot is beyond ambitious. the editing is strange, the first half of the film is basically presented as an in-camera document shot by three survivors of a ship that crash lands on the moon, and who repopulate an entire incestuous colony who eventually come under attack from a horde of horrible bird creatures. for most shots, any pause of more than two seconds is edited out, so the film more disorienting than most modern reality television. many shots feature hundreds of extras swarming around beaches and caves, orgies, incomprehensible rituals, well it is the moon they're on. it's not for everyone, every line by every actor is delivered in abject histrionic wails with long monologues like 'what aren't you in what exists, nothing? the human soul justifies my deeds, delicate souls... but they are ridiculous! but the ridiculous are strong... the icy space within myself merged in hateful vision, is this the END? AAAAARRGH!' etc. etc.
in short, kind of a trial but I've already watched it twice
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― Milton Parker, Friday, 9 March 2012 00:19 (seven years ago) link
every line by every actor is delivered in abject histrionic wails with long monologues like 'what aren't you in what exists, nothing? the human soul justifies my deeds, delicate souls... but they are ridiculous! but the ridiculous are strong... the icy space within myself merged in hateful vision, is this the END? AAAAARRGH!'
this just makes me want to see it more
― althea and (donna rouge), Friday, 9 March 2012 02:06 (seven years ago) link
if I were including stage directions, it would be: 'the human soul justifies my deeds, delicate souls... (gestures to the procession of bird creatures slowly marching behind him on the beach) but they are RIDICULOUS! but the ridiculous are strong...'
― Milton Parker, Friday, 9 March 2012 21:01 (seven years ago) link
looks like i can make "The Important Thing Is To Love" + shorts tonight
― Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Friday, 9 March 2012 21:33 (seven years ago) link
...and I like the shorts pretty well.
Romy Schneider had some startling Jeanne Moreau-like moments in "The Important Thing Is To Love" -- but sorry, it's kinda endless, and I really hate dithering will-we-fuck plots.
― Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 10 March 2012 04:28 (seven years ago) link
Well you can definitely skip La Fidėlitė then (which was a better version of the same film, but shot with a woman who had been his wife for 15 years)
Most Important Thing is a critical film for him; he got a career defining performance out of Schneider, who up until that time had just been a beloved idol. So that alone endeared him to people, and the fact that he turned in a film that dialed down the histrionics just enough to seem civil -- well, this is his 'mature' film. Plus: truly incredible scenes with prime era Kinski. But having seen it twice, I know I never need to see the last 30 minutes again, it goes on auto-pilot at the end right at the point where most of his other films go into orbit
That being said; I'll bet you anything scenes of this film keep coming back to you; kinski's bar fight & Shakespeare performance, the false mirror orgy, the scene where he meets his lover's first husband in his library, they are not screaming at the top of their lungs but it's still zulawski
Looking forward to seeing the shorts
― Milton Parker, Saturday, 10 March 2012 10:52 (seven years ago) link
yeah. I'm assuming he never made a full-out farce (should've).
― Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 10 March 2012 14:00 (seven years ago) link
film comment interview & why he didnt come to bam:
I’m curious to hear what you think of this retrospective of your films that’s going to be here in New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The title of the retrospective, it’s very catchy, but it’s called “Hysterical Excess”—
Do you want me to tell you the truth?
This is the exact reason I am here in Warsaw and not in New York. I hated it so profoundly, it sounded so base—and I thank you for asking. On the other hand, I understand that these nice good people want to have something catchy. But I’m totally, totally aghast. I’m against this, and this is the reason I never came.
― johnny crunch, Sunday, 11 March 2012 15:36 (seven years ago) link
I need a producer! Please! Tomorrow!
― Milton Parker, Sunday, 11 March 2012 20:40 (seven years ago) link
― Milton Parker, Monday, 12 March 2012 05:20 (seven years ago) link
only five instead of all twelve, but I'll take it
― Milton Parker, Friday, 16 March 2012 23:04 (seven years ago) link
ok ok, you can watch them on youtube now
Song of Triumphant Love
― Milton Parker, Thursday, 29 March 2012 21:38 (seven years ago) link
Kudos to Zulawski in that Film Comment interview. I don't blame him one bit for his distaste towards the name.
Really wish I could've attended this, though. I'd love to see more of his stuff, and I'd particularly love to see Possession on a big screen.
― Calvin Coolranch (Deric W. Haircare), Thursday, 29 March 2012 21:51 (seven years ago) link
― Milton Parker, Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:49 (seven years ago) link
I'm impresssed/amused that he loves Vivien Leigh in GWTW so much.
― World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 26 April 2012 00:07 (seven years ago) link
Saw the 35mm prints of Third Part Of The Night, The Devil & On The Silver Globe at Yerba Buena this last week. The Devil really came into focus as his all time masterpiece this time, but Third also made a lot more sense the second time around; there's just enough information to see through the hallucinations to the reality. And the 35mm print of Globe blew the DVD print away; it's going to look amazing once Mondo releases their version
Full reviews of the NYC screenings: http://theobscenemirror.blogspot.com/2012/03/stunned-by-flood-of-andrzej-zulawksi.html
― Milton Parker, Monday, 14 May 2012 03:45 (seven years ago) link
― Milton Parker, Thursday, 2 May 2013 21:51 (six years ago) link
we got hadron
― Milton Parker, Thursday, 2 May 2013 21:52 (six years ago) link
― sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Wednesday, 1 July 2015 19:17 (four years ago) link
Has anyone seen Jerzy Skolimowski's Ferdydurke, or read any Witold Gombrowicz? I'm sad we're not getting Dark Matter, but Gombrowicz has been on my "eventually" list for ages and I'm pretty excited Zulawski's adapting him...
― You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Thursday, 2 July 2015 04:33 (four years ago) link
― Chicamaw (Ward Fowler), Wednesday, 17 February 2016 12:43 (four years ago) link
That sucks. Didn't realize he had a new movie coming out.
― maybe my clam is just more toxic (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 17 February 2016 13:10 (four years ago) link
Every one of his films
― Milton Parker, Wednesday, 17 February 2016 14:38 (four years ago) link
Such sad news. A truly original filmmaker.
― Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:27 (four years ago) link
mini-retro this weekend at the Film Comment series in NYC
― we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:43 (four years ago) link
looking over assorted opinions including Milton posts, i think if i have to pick only one of Third Part Of The Night, The Devil & On The Silver Globe this weekend it'll be The Devil.
― we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 18 February 2016 02:25 (four years ago) link
Kino Lorber announced a summer release of Cosmosthe other day.
― we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 18 February 2016 02:28 (four years ago) link
Definitely the Devil first. Silver Globe is an endurance test, but really something unique. If it'd been finished you can only imagine.
― Milton Parker, Thursday, 18 February 2016 09:00 (four years ago) link
I've seen the usual ones (possession, Devil, Third Part and Silver Globe), though I think I only have Third Part and possession on DVD. Might see if I can make anyone watch them with me over the next few days.
― inside, skeletons are always inside, that's obvious. (dowd), Thursday, 18 February 2016 10:51 (four years ago) link
“To please the majority is the requirement of the Planet Cinema,” he once said, responding to criticisms of “Possession.” “As far as I’m concerned, I don’t make a concession to viewers, these victims of life, who think that a film is made only for their enjoyment, and who know nothing about their own existence.”
― JoeStork, Friday, 19 February 2016 00:29 (four years ago) link
^ could be kiiiind of an asshole, huh
― we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 February 2016 03:43 (four years ago) link
it's been a rough few months on the obit page for beloved European filmmakers i'm not crazy about.
― we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 February 2016 03:44 (four years ago) link
It's cool. There's enough of us who give a shit.
― Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 19 February 2016 03:49 (four years ago) link
oh i give a shit, just not going Full Jesus on him.
― we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 February 2016 03:57 (four years ago) link
Anyone who goes "Full Jesus" on anyone needs to get out more. No problem admiring someone for their life's work, though, whether they're alive or dead. Sorry - a few drinks tonight so not coherent but I don't see the need to constantly reiterate you don't like/"get"/care about something or someone. Say it once and we get it. Then move on to something you *do* enjoy.
― Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 19 February 2016 04:25 (four years ago) link
even Spielberg? who is among Hillary Clinton's alltime top 10 donors btw. ;)
― we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 February 2016 04:47 (four years ago) link
you have to wonder what in the world Zulawski & Marceau's relationship was like
I somehow missed that they had been a couple until the NYT obit, and that he wrote 4 books about her after their breakup. Guess he and Arthur Miller are having a few cold ones right now.
― we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 February 2016 12:35 (four years ago) link
was in the men's room line behind composer Andrzej Korzynski today. (didn't know he had worked with Wajda as well)
― we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 21 February 2016 04:00 (four years ago) link
Good overview (I've not seen a film of his for the reason of lameness) - his last view has an UK distrib. http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/comment/obituaries/andrzej-zulawski-1940-2016?utm_content=buffer7a97a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitterbfi&utm_campaign=buffer
― xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 24 February 2016 21:19 (four years ago) link
there's a screening of possession tonight a 15 minute walk from my place some friends organized... but there's also a freezing rainstorm going on outside. hmmm
― flopson, Wednesday, 24 February 2016 21:32 (four years ago) link
i ended up going, and enjoyed it very much, particularly the first half. the heinrich scenes crack me up. can someone explain the ending to me though? did at the ppl the job he quits in the first scene implant the devil in his wife so that she could feed that flesh monster and clone him? what's up with the pink socks guy?
― flopson, Thursday, 25 February 2016 15:49 (four years ago) link
His last is about to open in NY, and i suspect my personal reaction would fall closer to "utterly exhausting."
― we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 June 2016 15:10 (three years ago) link
weird movie but there's a lightness in the performances and general approach that kept it from being exhausting.
― adam, Friday, 17 June 2016 21:37 (three years ago) link
he was really pushing it with formlessness / plotlessness this time around, and I just didn't like the pretensions of most of the main male characters. unlike so many of his other films, all the screaming felt like acting. a beautiful eye for the portuguese scenery, and some strange unraveling saved for the last 10 minutes; the editing & sound mixing is enjoyably wrong, and victoria guerra definitely fits as the lead actress in a zulawski film; wish the film was more about her than genet's character.
maybe some of my criticism was self-consciousness over the idea that this will be many people's second zulawski film, but in the q&a with his son iggy afterwards it was clear there was a community of deep fans in the audience. it feels like he was just getting started again, but it comes to us as a summary.
― Milton Parker, Thursday, 14 July 2016 19:59 (three years ago) link
Getting a Region 2 BluRay release later this year:
― Foster Twelvetrees (Ward Fowler), Friday, 15 July 2016 09:46 (three years ago) link
A screening of 'On the Silver Globe' tomorrow. Looks intriguing:
― xyzzzz__, Saturday, 30 September 2017 19:40 (two years ago) link
If you're around Milton what version of this did you see?
― xyzzzz__, Saturday, 30 September 2017 19:43 (two years ago) link
Sorry just went through this thread and you went through a couple of versions.
― xyzzzz__, Saturday, 30 September 2017 19:54 (two years ago) link
You should def go, xyzzzz
― Gunpowder Julius (Ward Fowler), Saturday, 30 September 2017 20:02 (two years ago) link
Yeah, looks great.
― xyzzzz__, Saturday, 30 September 2017 20:08 (two years ago) link
Such a bizarre experience with the narration of the un-made script.
Less makavejev, more Game of Thrones (ok I have not seen more than 5 secs of this) though. Some amazing, manic stuff here.
― xyzzzz__, Monday, 2 October 2017 12:09 (two years ago) link
Retro in Deptford:
― xyzzzz__, Saturday, 28 October 2017 13:09 (two years ago) link
His film of Boris Godounov is on mubi right now. is it worth watching?
― wasdnuos (abanana), Friday, 6 December 2019 03:31 (two months ago) link
It's remarkable from what I can remember. Watch!
― SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 6 December 2019 15:02 (two months ago) link
It's not great but it's Godounov.
(Sorry. Sorry about that.)
― afraid of gosts, frankinstines, mummys, vampires, warewolf (Old Lunch), Friday, 6 December 2019 15:04 (two months ago) link
But the pun is still correct, it's a good opera, and he doesn't fuck it up. Definitely worth watching.
― Frederik B, Friday, 6 December 2019 15:07 (two months ago) link