Thursday, July 13, 2006

YouTube + a film festival

(Lots of linkage to videos with dubious image-quality in this post.)

I was going to point to The Bridegroom, the Comedienne, and the Pimp, the 1968 short film by Jean-Marie Straub and starring Fassbinder and Hanna Schygulla, which is available at YouTube, but - having just watched it - the image quality is worse than I expected. Have a go at it if you want: 1, 2, and 3.

A filmmaker whose work I'd love to see: Carmelo Bene. The first eight minutes of his version of Salomè (1972), a favourite of Rosenbaum's, makes his work look even more mysterious and tantalising.

Still on YouTube, I've come across some of the Derek Jarman-directed music videos from the late 70s through to the early 90s, along with a couple of his short films, deep in the YouTube vaults. His (originally silent?) short films, now with Coil's music attached: Art of Mirrors (1973), A Journey to Avebury (1971), and Garden of Luxor (1972). A few music videos: The Smiths - Ask/ Panic/ There Is A Light That Never Goes Out, Marianne Faithfull - Ballad of Lucy Jordan/ Broken English, Wang Chang - Dance Hall Days, Mighty Lemon Drops - Out Of Hands, and, most amazing of all:

Coil - Egyptian Basses

More words on Derek Jarman's films to come in this space in the near future, hopefully.


The 38th Auckland International Film Festival began here today - finally a chance to see some good stuff on the big screen. Now there's plenty that's disappointingly missing from the line-up (such as two of my most looked forward to films of the year: Lisandro Alonso's Fantasma and Pedro Costa's Colossal Youth, both of which are playing at the Melbourne IFF in August), but still there's a lot to catch up with from what's being shown. Along with the usual dose of films from the circuit from the past year, I'm also especially looking forward to the Maurice Pialat retrospective, and the avant-garde program showing selected works of Jürgen Reble and Thomas Köner, neither of whom I'm familiar with.


Blogger Zach Campbell said...

I'm jealous about the Jürgen Reble--some of his stuff is available on video (Re:Voir I think?) but as so much of it is about decaying emulsions I have been waiting for film screenings ...

As for Bene (another figure I find fascinating and whose work I would love to see), I have an MPEG of Salome, without subtitles but in its entirety (barring any confusion about 'alternate cuts')--later today I will check to see if I still have the link to the file server, and if that doesn't work, we can figure out how to send the whole file your way. Never fear, you'll see it!

2:16 PM  
Blogger Ouyang Feng said...

Thanks for the links! Coil's Egyptian Basses is really great!
I like very very much Coil actually.

As for the film festival, enjoy it!

7:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello! a few weeks ago you came to my LJ space and left a comment there, now it's my turn: i love your references here and also i've tried to make a post about Straub's first film, but my search has lead me to nothing to declare in a minimum of quality. I too love Bene's work and made a post about it. (was it there that you came?)

josé (aka Murnau at LJ's space)

11:47 AM  
Blogger Mubarak Ali said...

(Hmm... I thought I'd already left this message here earlier, but apparently not.)

Thanks for dropping a line, José. Yes, your Carmelo Bene post did rekindle my interest in the guy. I'm very much addicted to the 'Terrifying Adventures of Modern Cinema' series at your 'space for leisure and pleasure': Adventures in Modern (Re)Collection.

11:52 AM  
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