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Kamikaze ’89 (1982) Directed by Wolf Gremm “He’s always in the Police Disco when I need him.” Resplendent in head-to-toe leopard print, Rainer Werner Fassbinder (in his last on-screen appearance) is Jansen, the ruthlessly intuitive ace inspector of Police Unit 16, charged with chasing down a bomb threat in the glassy high-rise headquartering the media monolith whose third annual “Laughing Competition,” featuring cackling, caged contestants, Running Man smoke machines and Rocky Horror makeup, evoking a...
The Thoughts That Once We Had Directed by Thom Andersen June 3-12 at Anthology Film Archives Though he shares with the so-called movie brats—his fellow baby-boomers and film-school grads—an appreciation of cinema history, Thom Andersen’s own project is lonelier and less familiar: cinema as history. Thus when an opening title card announces his latest feature as “a personal history of cinema,” it means, in addition to the obvious sense, personal history rendered from cinema. Taking much the same...
Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet May 6-June 6 at MoMA When one begins talking about Straub-Huillet, one could easily start with individual films. Not Reconciled (1965) is a masterwork, and so is Class Relations (1983). The world would be poorer without the riches of These Encounters of Theirs (2005). The extended musical passages contained in The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1967), Moses and Aaron (1974), and La Madre (2011) can bring transcendent lift to...

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