WORLD CINEMA SELECTS

 
 
 

DER BOMBERPILOT & NEL REGNO DI NAPOLI

Werner Schroeter (West Germany)

DER BOMBERPILOT & NEL REGNO DI NAPOLI presents new, restored versions of two rare classics by Werner Schroeter that connect private stories with history: DER BOMBERPILOT tells the story of three eccentric women in Germany during the Nazi period who try to become show stars in America after the war; NEL REGNO DI NAPOLI is a chronicle of post-war Italy told from the perspective of a Neapolitan family.


 
 

CLASS RELATIONS (KLASSENVERHÄLTNISSE)

Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet (West Germany/France)

Straub-Huillet's brilliant distillation of Franz Kafka's incomplete first novel Amerika is perhaps the most authentically German treatment of Kafka ever made. The filmmaking techniques employed in CLASS RELATIONS further draw it out of the realm of straight adaptation or political parable. Straub’s and Huillet’s use of long takes, static camera work, and non-professional actors gives the film an austere and subtle power similar to the work of Robert Bresson.


 
 

EIKA KATAPPA & DER TOD DER MARIA MALIBRAN

Werner Schroeter (West Germany)

Werner Schroeter's unique melodramas about love and death are fascinating amalgamations of opera, theater and cinema elements. Art and kitsch, high and low brow, Maria Callas and Caterina Valente, myths and genre elements.


 
 

HOU HSAIO-HSIEN: EARLY WORKS

Hou Hsiao-hsien (Taiwan)

“It is, in a word, glorious... what I feel is the inherent power and mystery of such material, the arrangement of these images and sounds into a definition of cinema constitutes one of the greatest pedagogic films I have seen.... my main reaction is to have my socks knocked off.”


 
 

THE LAST CHANCE

Leopold Lindtberg (Switzerland/US)

Sgt. Jim Braddock (Ray Reagan) and Lt. John Halliday (John Hoy) are prisoners of war en route to a prison camp when they escape in an attempt to reach the Swiss border. It is 1943, and Mussolini has just been overthrown. While traveling, the men arrive in an Italian village, where a priest puts them in contact with refugees also seeking safe passage to Switzerland. Joined by Maj. Telford (E.G. Morrison), the Allies, along with the fugitives, must travel to the border in time. This award-winning drama is among the most important contributions to Swiss film history. “It must be acknowledged as one of the best World War II films to date.” 


 
 

MYSTERIOUS OBJECT AT NOON

Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand)

With his debut feature, MYSTERIOUS OBJECT AT NOON, acclaimed Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul expertly blended cinematic fact and fiction in a manner that fifteen years later continues to defy both easy categorization and comparison. A low-fi "genre bender," independently produced on a shoestring budget and subsequently endangered by neglect, MYSTERIOUS OBJECT AT NOON, has now been painstakingly restored by the Austrian Film Museum and the Film Foundation from the best surviving elements.


 
 

THE OBERHAUSEN MANFESTO (DIE "OBERHAUSENER")

Various Directors (Germany)

In 1962, the proclamation of the Oberhausen Manfesto marked the beginning of the New German Film. This 2-disc DVD set presents 19 short films from 1958-1964 produced, directed, photographed or edited by one or more of the filmmakers who signed the manifesto. It also includes a booklet and ROM features with essays and documents.


 
 

UNE SIMPLE HISTOIRE

Marcel Hanoun (France)

"UNE SIMPLE HISTOIRE comes across as a document, as a clinical statement on reality. And I insist on the word "clinical". Marcel Hanoun presents a film where the suspense does not come from the social aspect of the heroine's mIsadventures, but rather from their pathological aspect. Marcel Hanoun's originality is to have been able to not only describe a dramatic situation, but also to elaborate a woman's character. That's why I like this film."

- Jean-Luc Godard


 
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SWISS TOUR

Leopold Lindtberg (Switzerland/US)

American soldiers stationed in Europe in the aftermath of WWII are on leave in Switzerland. Among them is marine Stanley Robin (Cornel Wilde) who loses his heart to a watch seller Suzane (Josette Day). In the glamorous nightlife of Zermatt, however, seductive Yvonne (Simone Signoret) puts their young love to the test. But Stanley, a lovelorn soldier, moves heaven and earth to win back Suzanne by entering a ski race at the foot of the Matterhorn. There is little time left to consummate the delicate bonds of transnational love.


 
 

WILLOW SPRINGS & DAY OF THE IDIOTS (TAG DER IDIOTEN)

Werner Schroeter (West Germany)

The 2-disc DVD set presents new restored versions of two rare classics by Werner Schroeter. WILLOW SPRINGS (1973) was shot in a village in the Mojave desert and describes a house run by three man-eaters. TAG DER IDIOTEN (1981) was shot in the USSR. A woman experiences psychic disintegration and ends up in a mental institution. Rare short films by and about Werner Schroeter as well as stills from the shooting of TAG DER IDIOTEN are added as bonus features.


 
 

YESTERDAY GIRL (ABSCHIED VON GESTERN) & PART-TIME WORK OF A DOMESTIC SLAVE (GELEGENHEITSARBEIT EINER SKLAVIN)

Alexander Kluge (West Germany)

These two films by Alexander Kluge both star his sister Alexandra Kluge in the leading role. YESTERDAY GIRL (1966) is about Anita G., a young East German woman who travels to West Germany in search of a better life. Encountering troubles with the law, she is ultimately unable to deal either with a Communist regime or a free-market economy. In PART-TIME WORK OF A DOMESTIC SLAVE (1973), Roswitha Bronski is a married mother of three at the center of the protest movement. She finds her plans for social change are easier to realize outside family life.