sábado, 18 de diciembre de 2010

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Critic, USA

Certified Copy (Copie conforme)
Abbas Kiarostami, France / Italy / Belgium

Kiarostami’s much-improved remake of his first (and weakest) fiction feature – Report (1977), about the break-up of his own marriage – has its share of linguistic and touristic irritations, along with many thoughtful and beautiful moments. It seems like a necessary first step for a filmmaker who can’t expect to go on making films in Iran.

Film socialisme
Jean-Luc Godard, Switzerland / France

Like many friends, I’m still figuring this one out — in my case, with the special assistance of Andréa Picard’s brilliant defence of the film in Cinema Scope — and the effort has already been well worth the trouble. Even when Godard’s pet notions are unduly solipsistic, which also happens in Histoire(s) du cinéma, the work (and play) with sound and image are too dazzling to ignore.

The Forgotten Space
Allan Sekula & Noël Burch, Netherlands

I feel a special affinity for films that heroically attempt to say and do ‘everything’, even when they (inevitably) fail. The most obvious example is Jia Zhangke’s I Wish I Knew. But it seems more useful to cite this much less-known essay film by Allan Sekula and Noël Burch about sea cargo, which has taught me even more.

The Social Network
David Fincher, USA

I’m suspicious of instant classics, even when I’m immensely entertained by them, and I suspect that an important part of the popularity of this bittersweet Fincher-Sorkin comedy is its facile, cynically jaded fatalism about the corruptions of big business — a backhanded celebration, as in Citizen Kane and the first two Godfather films. Though I learned far more from Zadie Smith’s review of the film than I did from the film itself, it still has an undeniable flash.

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Lung Boonmee raluek chat)
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand / UK / France / Germany / Spain / Netherlands / USA

Apichatpong’s breakthrough smash has the uncommon virtue of trusting its audience to furnish its own commentary and explanations — a virtue made possible by its magical realism.

Me encuentro esta lista de Rosenbaum en Sight and Sound, que sería la mía sino fuera por The forgotten space, que no conozco de nada. Las otras cuatro películas se pueden ver todavía, por lo menos en Madrid.

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Little Turtle dijo...


abbascontadas dijo...

Muchas gracias! No seguí demasiado el Festival de Gijón, pero a Cienfuegos seguro que le encanta saber que Rosenbaum ha colocado entre lo mejor del año una peli premiada en su festival. Y con una copia circulando por España será fácil cazarla en algún sitio. Burch haciendo amigos entre sus compatriotas...