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Hiroshima, mon amour (1959) Last Year at Marienbad (1961) Directed by Alain Resnais With his first two feature films, Resnais cerebrally altered cinema, addling it with an enigmatic, haunting, dogged vision. Last Year at Marienbad, in particular, become an art-cultural touchstone, inspiring a hard-to-believe vogue for nim, an ancient game of strategy and matchsticks which is featured in the film, as well as apparently many insufferable cocktail conversations: according to columnist Inez Robb, “The surest way...
Cocksucker Blues (1972) Directed by Robert Frank and Danny Seymour This seldom-screened documentary, whose title comes from an unreleased LP by The Rolling Stones, follows the band members during their 1972 North American tour, a short time after the release of the album Exile on Main St and three years after the sad events at Altamont. The black-and-white film was made in vérité fashion by the Swiss-born photographer and filmmaker Frank and his assistant Seymour,...
Don't Blink - Robert Frank Directed by Laura Israel Opens July 13 at Film Forum “The best way to be is to be curious, stand up, keep your eyes open, don’t shake, don't blink,” advises the photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank near the end of Laura Israel’s dynamic new documentary portrait, which takes its title from that last imperative tossed off by the artist. Frank, a Swiss-born American who will turn 92 this fall, remains most famous...

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