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Film, "Le Joli Mai": France Takes a Break From War

"Le Joli Mai": France Takes a Break From War

Le Joli Mai French filmmaker Chris Marker and his cinematographer Pierre Lhomme are co-credited as directors of the 1963 documentary Le Joli Mai, and while Lhomme surely deserves that credit, it's no less a Marker film. The picture is a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist See these Stunning Films for Free at SFMOMA, Courtesy of Cindy Sherman

See these Stunning Films for Free at SFMOMA, Courtesy of Cindy Sherman

The Cindy Sherman exhibit at SFMOMA has been getting plenty of well-deserved buzz from media outlets including but not limited to SF Weekly itself, and of course there are those banners that you can't miss if you travel for more…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Filmmaker Chris Marker -- who Inspired Terry Gilliam's <i>12 Monkeys</i> -- Turns 90 This Week

Filmmaker Chris Marker -- who Inspired Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys -- Turns 90 This Week

Fifty years after La Jetée -- the most radical and mesmerizing short work of speculative fiction in cinema history and the inspiration for Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys -- the world still hasn't caught up with Chris Marker. Then again,…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Lies Have It

The Lies Have It

The once-impervious wall separating documentary and fiction crumbles a little more each day, with most of the blows inflicted by reality TV. Fine by us, as long as the cracks in the crassly cynical illusion nudge at least a few…
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Calendar, Night&Day Battlefield Poet

Battlefield Poet

First-person documentaries, especially those with a messy confessional streak, are all too often the cinematic equivalent of brain-dulling junk food. Yet they manage to consistently hog the spotlight from their thoughtful cousins: the essay films. Chris Marker is the world-renowned…
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Dining, Eat Cheerful Cichetti

Cheerful Cichetti

The most heartwarming sight I've been privy to in ages was that of Stuart, our Thanksgiving host, crouching by the oven, affixing sausages and bacon with toothpicks to our holiday bird. "Oh," I said, "isn't that sweet; he's feeding the…
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Film, The Riddle  of Japan

The Riddle of Japan

The Fourth Dimension, Trinh T. Minh-ha's new video essay built out of footage shot in Japan, resembles -- despite a good deal of chin-pulling philosophizing about time, space, and "the ever-increased speed of programmed agency" -- two other filmed essays…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night+Day

wednesday january 10 Skin Flick Film targets the eyes. Horror targets the body. Georges Franju's 1959 horror film The Eyes Without a Face combines these attacks with its tale of a surgeon who literally lifts the skin off the face…
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