L’AVENTURE PRODIGIEUSE DE LA DENTELLIÈRE ET DU RHINOCÉROS

L’AVENTURE PRODIGIEUSE DE LA DENTELLIÈRE ET DU RHINOCÉROS “The Prodigious Adventure Of The Lacemaker And The Rhinoceros” Production: Spain/France, 1954-62 Director: Salvador Dalí & Robert Descharnes Category: Surrealism One of the legendary uncompleted art films of the 20th century, this collaboration with Robert Descharnes was conceived as a cinematic exploration of Dali’s previous Continue Reading

DES MORTS

DES MORTS (“The Dead”) Production: France/Belgium, 1981 Director: Jean-Pol Ferbus, Dominique Garny & Thierry Zeno Category: Mondo/Death A documentary that examines the burial and disposal of dead bodies according to differing customs and circumstances. In sharp contrast to American practices, where the deceased are eviscerated, drained and then sewn up to Continue Reading

BRUJO

BRUJO (“Shaman”) Production: Mexico, 1978 Director: Georges Payrastre & Claudine Viallon Category: Documentary/Witchcraft A powerful 55-minute documentary on shamanism amongst the Mazatec Indians of Oaxaca, Mexico, and among two groups of Mayan Indians in southern Mexico and Guatemala. Sequences show a shaman exorcising a spell from a woman by a Continue Reading

SPACE IS THE PLACE

SPACE IS THE PLACE Production: USA, 1974 Director: John Coney Category: Avant-Jazz/Black Power An incredible vehicle for the psychedelic talents of Sun Ra, the radical space-age free-jazz philosopher. Performance footage of his amazing Intergalactic Solar Arkestra is inserted into a plot that mixes a 1950s SF aesthetic with revolutionary politics and elements of Continue Reading

NIHONTO MONOGATARI

NIHONTO MONOGATARI (“Japanese Sword Story”) Production: Japan, 1957 Director: Asano Tatsuo Category: Documentary/Martial Arts Sacred film dedicated to the samurai sword, showing its crafting, its many uses, and its cultural and symbolic significance, all accompanied by spiralling Wagnerian music. It was the Japanese sword that allowed the Shogun’s samurai to Continue Reading

SEXUAL FREEDOM IN DENMARK

SEXUAL FREEDOM IN DENMARK Production: USA, 1970 Director: John Lamb Category: Adult/Documentary A broad documentary look at sexuality in history, including Japanese and Chinese erotic art (including images of bestiality), plus issues of contraception, sex education and obscenity, and ending with a child-birth sequence plus filmed demonstrations of various sexual Continue Reading