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The Book of Mary (1985) Directed by Anne-Marie Miéville Miéville’s short is customarily paired with Godard’s Hail Mary, but beyond the constant collaboration between the two directors (and the fact that they’re an item), they aren’t truly connected beyond the name shared by both protagonists: in this case, a young girl who finds herself growing up amidst her parents’ divorce. The short quietly relates moments we all know, from life or from fiction: the reveal in...
If… (1968) Directed by Lindsay Anderson "Non-realism in style is not—must not be—synonymous with unreality. These worlds are unreal." Anderson wrote those words about a trio of John Ford films he felt went in for too-easy symbolism, too deliberate a break from the emotional truth Ford was capable of. Anderson, whom Stanley Kauffmann called the “best directing talent” England ever produced, found the perfect medium for the real and the unreal in his sophomore feature. If…...
In the Realm of the Senses (1965) Directed by Nagisa Oshima Numéro duex (1975) Directed by Jean-Luc Godard "My hand is a machine that directs another machine. Maybe it's the opposite." Two films, two couples seeking solace in caves to re-assert their grip on the course of their lives. Tucked away in safe havens, they use the machinery available to them (sex organs, cameras, discourse) to explain, but also avoid the march of history. Political movements march...
Boy (1969) Directed by Nagisa Oshima Vivre sa vie (1962) Directed by Jean-Luc Godard While his real mother lies dying of tuberculosis, a ten-year-old boy, being raised by a loafing World War II veteran and his new wife, plays rock-paper-scissors and hide-and-go-seek with imaginary friends. Toshio—known to his parents only as “Boy”—has hopes to become an alien one day, and he shares his quixotic daydreams with his toddler brother, PeeWee, who cannot speak but is enamored of...

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