Philippe Grandrieux - Un Lac

I saw this one being projected on a wall behind a Neofolk performer at a small show in Providence and thought it was visually captivating. I learned that it was Un Lac by French filmmaker Philippe Grandrieux. Along with his other films, Un Lac is not easy to find, but worth the pursuit. Stillness and isolation, romantic, an arresting closeness with the beauty and harshness of nature, bluntly existential and tortured; this is an interesting film. With so little space to describe here, you should see for yourself. Substantial attention span necessary.

Rainer Werner Fassbinder - Fox and His Friends

I'm not a fan of choosing favourites in music or other creative disciplines, but Rainer Werner Fassbinder is a contender as one of my top filmmakers. Fox and His Friends, in particular, speaks to me with respect to the nature of relationships, the human condition, money and financial privilege, love, betrayal, and so on. This is widely considered to be a masterpiece of Queer Cinema, and again, with so little room to get into it here, is something you must see for yourself. It's a dark, but deeply romantic film, right down to the iconic closing scenes, which I still have not been able to shake as an emblem of something tragically axiomatic about humanity.

Herbert Ross - Pennies From Heaven

This is the first musical that did not turn me off; eventually, there were others, but it began here. I found this 1981 version of Pennies from Heaven to be wholly captivating from the first viewing - it really astounded me. Yet another drama in this list that strikes me as deeply romantic, darkly human, but fun and optimistic. Along with Fox and His Friends and Un Lac, this film contains a pointedly stylish visual perspective that helps to drive the narrative and is nearly a character itself. I don't know what to say - it's a fucking great movie, and the performances are incredible.

Harry Kümel - Daughters of Darkness

I have a problem with falling in love with long-since deceased actresses like the legendary Delphine Seyrig, who is usually seen in the artful masterpieces of filmmakers like Jacques Demy, Luis Bunuel, and William Klien; noted as having a certain "ethereal" beauty, perfectly complemented by this role as Countess Bathory. There is a synchronicity between Delphine and I, in that I later learned her death date to be the same as my birth date. Anyway, this is an erotic lesbian vampire film, sans bestiality. The wiki refers to it as "psychological high gothic, " which is apt. Incredibly stylish, early 70's, all mood and tone - contains the ability to pull the viewer into what feels like a hazy nightmare. I've always liked this one. For fans of The Iron Rose and Jean Rollin.

Akira Kurosawa - Dreams

Dreams is not usually considered the principle film for which Kurosawa is most known, but it's the one I like. I can't remember how I came to be aware of this one, but I had a VHS copy as a teenager that I would watch pretty often (oddly, my brain associates Dreams with Gregg Araki' Doom Generation on VHS). This is a series of dreams that Kurosawa was supposed to have had on a repeat basis, and as such emits the mysterious nonlinear confusion that dreams can sometimes embody. Another highly visual film. I enjoy all eight episodes, but some highlights for me are the ghostly "The Weeping Demon" and the celebratory, life-affirming "Village of the Watermills." Take my word for it, a very beautiful film.

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