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  • The Haunted House
  • Carnival of Souls
  • Dawson City: Frozen Time
  • The Forbidden Room

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  • Ydessa, the Bears and etc.

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  • How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck

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  • All the King's Men

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  • The Structure of Crystal

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  • Flame

    Flame

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    If I had to trace the genesis of my love for the film medium, it would have to have started with Polte (Flame). Anyone into distortions of filmstock would be amiss to skip this short, which uses parts from the Finnish film Silja (Fallen Asleep While Young) based on a book by Nobel Literature Prize winner, Frans Sillanpaa. The perfect title for a film which is lost to this day, existing only as one damaged reel found in 2015. Awakened…

  • The Flying Train

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  • Ydessa, the Bears and etc.

    Ydessa, the Bears and etc.

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    "We are partners in trauma."

    Ydessa Hendeles's teddy bear exhibition receives the Varda treatment.

    Teddy bear. Childhood, innocence, imagination, wonder, distilled into an anthropomorphised wild creature. Not quite a living being but not quite not.

    Photograph from a century ago. The message was sent, but the sender too far away in time, the context now erased, distorted, or imagined.

    The third room. Recontextualisation in a modern era.

    Haunted. Haunting. Haunter.

    Varda's eye discerns the intent behind spectacle and humanises the inanimate.

    Effective, chilling, and as one viewer put it, painful.

  • How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck

    How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck

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    Remember every time you drink your cup of coffee in the morning, you could have watched a clip from this Herzog doc on a cattle auctioneering championship instead.

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  • The Jane Austen Book Club

    The Jane Austen Book Club

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    Hugh Dancy: I'm going to be adorably awkward for the next 1.5 hours
    me: *incoherent screaming noises*

  • Alphaville

    Alphaville

    Let's play Godard bingo, y'all!

    a man narrating about deep philosophical things
    people smoking in cars
    a man hitting a woman
    repetitive sudden dramatic music
    a male protagonist who is demure and never laughs

    a fedora and trenchcoat
    a quote for the entire film (I shall fight so that failure is possible)
    a man lecturing a woman on very important things (tm)
    a bird's eye point of view of walking around traffic
    a naked or near naked woman

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