Friday, December 30, 2022

A FEW MORE (ADDITIONAL) WORDS ON THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER *UPDATED*

Yeah, there’s The Haunting obviously, which is an incredibly frightening film, so I did dare to look at that again before making this. Then there’s The Innocents - Joanna Hogg, letterboxd.com

The Innocents /
The Eternal Daughter


Because I can’t stop thinking about The Eternal Daughter, I had to squeeze out one more post on it...

I came across a recent interview with Joanna Hogg & Tilda Swinton on Rogerebert.com that inspired this post

The Innocents, of course. One of the things that The Innocents has a very uninhibited use of dry ice, which encourages that outside on the lake with the images, and there's something very no holds barred about that - Tilda Swinton, Robertebert.com

with Jovan Ajder, the sound designer, we listened to "The Innocents." We watched it, but really listened to the soundtrack of that and how the sounds are very unnatural, in a way, and very, very, very present - Joanna Hogg, Rogerebert.com


So…in keeping with the theme of gothic physiological ghost stories rubbing off on Joanna Hogg’s latest masterpiece (click here to read my last post)- below is a quick visual exploration on the influence of Jack Clayton’s The Innocents on The Eternal Daughter


Because you had discussed certain aspects of this. You told me a gothic film, and immediately I thought of two pictures: The Innocents (1961), of course, and The Haunting (1963). Again, these things are 50 or 60 years old. Doesn’t matter. These things seem to not age in any way, both those films, and particularly The Innocents. But I felt that what you should be aware of was not only M.R. James, the literature, the casting the runes and that sort of thing, but Night of the Demon, Tourneur’s film, is so unique in that it’s made by a man who actually believed in the supernatural - Martin Scorsese, Metrograph.com


Enjoy…

The Innocents /
The Eternal Daughter

The Innocents /
The Eternal Daughter

The Innocents /
The Eternal Daughter

The Innocents /
The Eternal Daughter

The Innocents /
The Eternal Daughter

The Innocents /
The Eternal Daughter

The Innocents /
The Eternal Daughter

The Innocents /
The Eternal Daughter

The Innocents /
The Eternal Daughter
The Innocents /
The Eternal Daughter

The Innocents /
The Eternal Daughter





Wednesday, December 28, 2022

A FEW MORE WORDS ON THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER


The Haunting /
The Eternal Daughter


Now that the year has basically come to an end I can safely say that Joanna Hogg’s Eternal Daughter is one of my favorite films of the year (along with Crimes Of The Future, Brainwashed & The Banshees Of Inisherin).

I posted my initial thoughts a few months ago (click here to read) but the film has stayed with me since October (something I can't say about the majority of the stuff I've seen this year).

Joanna Hogg has been very open about her influences (Night Of The Demon, The Shining, the films of Chantal Akerman etc). We looked at a lot of these influences in my original review but Hogg's love for Robert Wise’s The Haunting really shows more than any other film in my opinion.


there's The Haunting, obviously, which is an incredibly frightening film, so I did dare to look at that again before making this - Joanna Hogg, letterboxd


The Eternal Daughter has been categorized by some as a horror film when it's really a ghost story. There are horror films and there are ghost stories. Often times the two have a venn diagram-like crossover but not in the case of The Eternal Daughter. This is a ghost story. I guess if you want to categorize this as a horror story then it’s a horror story without any of the jump scares (or any traditional scares for that matter).


Visually, The Eternal Daughter is like The Haunting without any of those chaotic moments. From the opening scenes in both films where we travel to the haunted inn right up until check in…

The Haunting / The Eternal Daughter

The Haunting / The Eternal Daughter


Throughout the film there are many quick nods to Wise’s horror classic...

The Haunting /
The Eternal Daughter


Some of the more specific moments:

The Haunting /
The Eternal Daughter

The Haunting /
The Eternal Daughter

The Haunting /
The Eternal Daughter

The Haunting /
The Eternal Daughter


Probably the closest the film gets to a scary moment:
 
The Haunting /
The Eternal Daughter


Even the final moments of The Eternal Daughter are right out of The Haunting.


The Haunting /
The Eternal Daughter


Thursday, December 22, 2022

ZEBRAS IN AMERICA EPISODE 74 - NINA MENKES

 


After a long break the zebras are back! And we have a guest! On episode 174 we chat with the great Nina Menkes about her latest film; Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power.

This serves as a continuation of an earlier solo chat I had with Nina a few weeks ago (click here to go to the episode). Now that Brainwashed is out (check the links below), we talk about how it has been received by audiences. We also get in to her BFI top 10 selection and so much more.

Click here or the image above to go to the episode.

Enjoy and make sure to visit the link below for Brainwashed-related info and where to watch (currently available on itunes & kanopy)

BRAINWASHED LINK TREE


Sunday, December 4, 2022

A CONVERSATION WITH NINA MENKES



I had the pleasure of chatting with the great Nina Menkes about her latest film; Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power. Listen as we talk about everything from the male gaze & Tarkovsky to influence and side-by-sides (she even suggests a side-by-side for me to make!)

This is the first part of a conversation that will continue on Zebras in America later this month.

Click here or the image above to go to the episode and don’t forget to check out the links below for more information on Brainwashed.

Friday, December 2, 2022

THE SCHOOL OF TARKOVSKY: CARLOS REYGADAS - PART TWO

 Just by accident one of the first films I saw was a film by Tarkovsky called Nostalghia and then I saw the rest. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I couldn’t believe cinema could be like that - Carlos Reygadas (Burnaway)


Nostalghiaa/ Post Tenebras Lux


We continue our look at the influence Tarkovsky continues to have on the work of Carlos Reygadas. Make sure to check out PART ONE if you haven't yet.

Enjoy...

Sacrifice /
Japon



In the previous entry I left out the earliest example of Tarkovsky rubbing off on Carlos Reygadas. In his early short film, Maxhumain, we see Ivan's Childhood's DNA all over...

Ivan's Childhood / Maxhumain

Ivan's Childhood / Maxhumain

Ivan's Childhood / Maxhumain

Ivan's Childhood / Maxhumain



I read Sculpting in Time and felt it was the clearest insight I’ve ever heard about on the meaning of art, not only cinema. Sure I agree with Tarkovsky. Just I would add -aware that Tarkovsky knew this-, that time doesn´t exist without matter, space and movement (ultimately one single thing the 4 of them) which means that cinema is about the presence of matter-moving-in-space-time - Carlos Reygadas, specchioscuro.com


Sacrifice / Japon

Sacrifice /
Japon

Sacrifice /
Japon


A clear homage to Stalker...

Stalker / 
Japon



Andrei Rublev / Japon


Andrei Rublev /
Japon

Andrei Rublev /
Japon

Andrei Rublev /
Japon


A Solaris-esque moment from Our Time...

Solaris / 
Our Time


And like every one of his features thus far, Reygadas pays homage to the highway scene from Solaris...

Solaris / Post Tenebras Lux


Solaris /
Japon


Monday, November 28, 2022

GRAPHIC POLICY RADIO: BLACK PANTHER WAKANDA FOREVER

 


I made an appearance on Graphic Policy radio to talk about the latest Black Panther film and all the topics & subtopics that come along with it.

Click here or the image above to go to the episode.

Enjoy...


Tuesday, November 1, 2022

THE SCHOOL OF CHANTAL AKERMAN: JOANNA HOGG *UPDATED*


Chantal’s voice, her face, her body, her life, her past, her ancestral past – all these are, for those of us who have travelled through her work, now imprinted on us forever - Joanna Hogg & Adam Roberts, The Guardian

Jeanne Dielman /
Archipelago

In part 12 of  this ongoing series (click here) we looked at a few specific comparisons between Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir and Chantal Akerman’s Les Rendezvous D’Anna which got me to dig out even more comparisons between the two filmmakers. Hogg does not hide her love of Akerman and how much she was influenced by her work (see the various quotes throughout this entry)

Enjoy...

I found the process of rediscovering her work in that slow way, over that period of time, to be incredibly nourishing. It actually made me think a lot about rhythm - Joanna Hogg, Criterion

Jeanne Dielman /
Archipelago

Jeanne Dielman /
Archipelago


It was either while I was making Caprice or shortly afterwards that I first saw Golden Eighties (1986) by Chantal Akerman. It had been destroyed by the press at the time, perhaps because Akerman went too rapidly from austerity to glorious Fujicolor exuberance. But why shouldn't she? I loved its theatricality, its bright colours, its rhythms and catchy songs, its seemingly simple romantic story 
told with an ironic, knowing eye - Joanna Hogg, Frieze.com

The Golden Eighties /
The Souvenir II

Golden Eighties was another film I watched in the early eighties that makes me think of all those musicals I mentioned before, movies from the seventies that were referencing Hollywood musicals from the thirties and forties but were doing their own - Chantal Akerman, Criterion

The Golden Eighties /
The Souvenir II

The Golden Eighties /
The Souvenir II

Jeanne Dielman /
The Souvenir

Hotel Monterey /
The Souvenir

L'Homme A La Valise /
The Souvenir II

The Golden Eighties /
Unrelated

Hotel Monterey /
The Souvenir II

L'Homme A La Valise /
The Souvenir 

Les Rendezvous D'Anna /
Unrelated

Jeanne Dielman /
Exhibition

Les Rendezvous D'Anna /
Exhibition

Les Rendezvous D'Anna /
Exhibition

Les Rendezvous D'Anna /
Archipelago


Les Rendezvous D'Anna /
The Souvenir

Les Rendezvous D'Anna /
The Souvenir

Les Rendezvous D'Anna /
The Souvenir

The Golden Eighties / Caprice

Les Rendezvous D'Anna / The Souvenir II

Hotel Monterey /
The Eternal Daughter 

Les Rendezvous D'Anna /
The Eternal Daughter 

Les Rendezvous D'Anna /
The Eternal Daughter 
Hotel des Scacias / The Souvenir II

Hotel des Scacias / The Souvenir

Les Rendezvous D'Anna / The Eternal Daughter 


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