“This is as strange a maze as e’er men trod And there is in this business more than nature Was ever conduct of: some oracle Must rectify our knowledge.”–Alonso, “The Tempest” [V,I]
DIRECTED BY: Peter Greenaway
FEATURING: John Gielgud
PLOT: Prospero, a magician trapped on an island with his daughter and native spirits, conjures . . . → Read More: 140. PROSPERO’S BOOKS (1991)
DIRECTED BY: Abbas Kiarostami
FEATURING: Tadashi Okuno, Rin Takanashi, Ryo Kase
PLOT: Akiko is a young female student moonlighting as a call girl; her pimp sends her on an assignment in the suburbs, where her client, Takashi, is an elderly professor who doesn’t seem terribly interested in her carnal services. When he deigns to . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE (2012)
“[The persona is] a kind of mask, designed on the one hand to make a definite impression upon others, and on the other to conceal the true nature of the individual… one result of the dissolution of the persona is the release of fantasy—disorientation.”–Carl Jung, Two Essays on Analytical Psychology
DIRECTED BY: Ingmar Bergman
. . . → Read More: 139. PERSONA (1966)
DIRECTED BY: Ki-duk Kim
FEATURING: Jung Suh, Yoosuk Kim
PLOT: A mute woman who runs a fishing resort becomes obsessed with a suicidal fugitive hiding out in one of the floating cabins.
WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE LIST: It’s a bizarre, perverted sadomasochistic love story in a unique setting, made with skill and a . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: THE ISLE [SEOM] (2000)
DIRECTED BY: Pier Paolo Pasolini
FEATURING: Terence Stamp, Laura Betti, Massimo Girotti, Silvana Mangano, Andrés José Cruz Soublette, Anne Wiazemsky
PLOT: A mysterious guest sleeps with every member of a wealthy household, and when he leaves they come to strange, mostly tragic ends.
WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE LIST: Mainly on the strength and . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: TEOREMA (1968)
Sanatorium Pod Klepsydra; AKA The Hour-glass Sanitorium; The Sandglass
DIRECTOR: Wojciech Has
FEATURING: Jan Nowicki, Jozef Kondrat, Irena Orska, Halina Kowalska, Gustaw Holoubek, Ludwik Benoit, Mieczyslaw Voit
PLOT: Adapted from several stories by Bruno Schulz, the movie follows Joseph (Nowicki) as he travels by train to a sanitarium to see . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: THE HOURGLASS SANATORIUM (1973)
DIRECTED BY: Sang-soo Hong
FEATURING: Jun-Sang Yu, Bo-kyung Kim, Sang Jung Kim
PLOT: A director who no longer makes movies arrives in Seoul to touch bases with an old friend; he gets drunk, meets various acquaintances and colleagues, and then situations start to repeat themselves, with variations.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: It’s . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: THE DAY HE ARRIVES (2011)
Souvenirs de la Maison Close; AKA L’Apollonide; House of Tolerance
DIRECTED BY: Bertrand Bonello
FEATURING: Alice Barnole, Hafsia Herzi, Iliana Zabeth, Noémie Lvovsky, Xavier Beauvois
PLOT: This drama follows the travails of a group of prostitutes in a belle epoque bordello.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: House of Pleasures sports a . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: HOUSE OF PLEASURES (2011)
AKA Otto e Mezzo; Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2
CLAUDIA: Let’s leave this place. It makes me uneasy. It doesn’t seem real.
GUIDO: I really like it. Isn’t that odd?
DIRECTED BY: Federico Fellini
FEATURING: Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, Sandra Milo, Claudia Cardinale, Barbara Steele, Edra Gale
PLOT: Full of doubts and very near . . . → Read More: 121. 8 1/2 (1963)
DIRECTED BY: Lukas Moodysson, Patrice Le Conte, Jean-Luc Godard, Virgil Widrich, Tom Tykwer, Peter Mullian, Nanni Moretti, Jan Kounen, Roy Andersson, Juan Solanas, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Jan Svankmajer, Chris Morris, Lars von Trier, Javier Fesser, Anders Thomas Jensen
FEATURING: Paddy Considine, Sten Ljunggren, Jean-Claude Brialy, Isis Krüger, Thomas Wolff
PLOT: Comedies, dramas and experimental films are . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: CINEMA 16: EUROPEAN SHORT FILMS (EUROPEAN EDITION) (2007)