Blu Review: ‘The Shakedown’ (Early Universal Vol. 1, Eureka)

by Ruairí McCann The Shakedown (1929) has just found its way to a Blu-ray release, via Eureka’s Masters of Cinema line and the boxset Early Universal Vol.1, where it’s presented in its silent version with a lively jazz score by Michael Gatt. This finely forged and unabashedly felt movie is no small example of the late silent era on its plinth, when it comes to … Continue reading Blu Review: ‘The Shakedown’ (Early Universal Vol. 1, Eureka)

Rice Krispies for a Revolution – Blu Review: ‘The Edge/Ice’ by Robert Kramer (Re:Voir Video)

by Jack Seibert How many French critics does it take to release an American movie? Somewhere in the dozens, if the movie is Robert Kramer’s The Edge. Cahiers du Cinéma spilled gallons of ink around its 1968 release, with Jacques Rivette naming it his favorite film of the year. Three years later he’d transport its paranoid post-revolutionary ramblings across the Atlantic for his legendary Out … Continue reading Rice Krispies for a Revolution – Blu Review: ‘The Edge/Ice’ by Robert Kramer (Re:Voir Video)

Communing in a Corporatized University: ‘Manifesto’ (2020) by Ane Hjort Guttu

by Tomáš Hudák In her latest short film Manifesto, awarded the Dutch critics’ KNF Award at IFF Rotterdam, artist and filmmaker Ane Hjort Guttu examines the institution of university, power relations, and the idea of utopia. Stylized as a documentary, the film focuses on a Norwegian art school that has recently been integrated into a larger university. With staff and students struggling to keep the … Continue reading Communing in a Corporatized University: ‘Manifesto’ (2020) by Ane Hjort Guttu

Two Short Films by Atoosa Pour Hosseini, A Report from LUMINOUS VOID: Twenty Years of Experimental Film Society at the Project Arts Centre

Atoosa Pour Hosseini is intent on depicting and blurring notions of performed art and documentary footage with mythic and deconstructed imagery, and the Holocene mingled with the Anthropocene.  Continue reading Two Short Films by Atoosa Pour Hosseini, A Report from LUMINOUS VOID: Twenty Years of Experimental Film Society at the Project Arts Centre

Essay: A Time For Many Words – Canon Formation, National Unity and ‘The Travelling Players’

Invariably, any appraisal of Theodoros Angelopoulos’ 1975 film The Travelling Players makes note of its length—230 minutes, to be precise—as well as it’s ostentatious style—it consists of just 80 shots, almost all of which are sequence shots and hardly any are tighter than a medium close-up. Continue reading Essay: A Time For Many Words – Canon Formation, National Unity and ‘The Travelling Players’