May 2018

Gleebooks Bookshop - Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Franco Citti & Pierre Clementi are cannibalistic savages who rampage a world outside of any distinct time or place; Pierre Leaud & Anne Wiazemsky are a romantically engaged couple in a contemporary Germany painted as a morass of industrialisation, fascist impulse & bestial instincts. Rivalled only by Pasolinis’ Salo in its obsession with the politics of bourgeois degradation, Pigsty challenges & enlarges the notions of what makes for ‘a political film. One of Pasolini’s most controversial and wilfully provocative works­—a deranged parody of cinema as revolutionary act.

Film is Samuel Becketts’ lone work for projected cinema. It is a beguiling experimental short film in which a probing camera pursues a character named ‘O’—played by silent screen legend Buster Keaton. In his Kino-Esssay, Notfilm, Ross Lipman explores the history surrounding the production of Film. Citing the work of Buñuel, Vertov, Vigo & Eisenstein, and featuring interviews with cinematographer Haskell Wexler, Billie Whitelaw, producer Barney Rosset & others, Notfilm examines Film’s genesis, production, themes & philosophical implications. With a raft of extras including a rare British remake starring comedian Max Wall, The Street Scene; a lost scene reconstruction from the Film outtakes; audio recordings of Beckett, Kaufman & Schneider; Buster Keaton & Film: James Karen in Conversation; and much more.
($45, Region 2 DVD & Blu-ray)

On the mean streets of Rome, Accattone’s eponymous pimp (Franco Citti­—one of the remarkable cast of local non-professionals) leads a hand-to-mouth existence on the very margins of society: prostituting, scrounging, exploiting. When his prize prostitute Maddalena is arrested & jailed, the pimp’s fortunes dwindle, and he is forced to confront his own existence. Pasolini’s debut feature rocked the cineam world with its depictions, at once raw & elegant, of the underside of Roman street life­. Special features include Pasolini’s 1965 feature-length documentary Comizi d’amore, on the complementary theme of Italian attitudes towards sex; a feature length audio commentary by critic Tony Rayns ($36.95, Region 2 DVD & Blu-ray)

Emile Jannings portrays a schoolteacher whose fateful expedition to catch his students frequenting the cabaret know as ‘The Blue Angel’ leads to his own obsession with the establishment’s main attraction Lola (Marlene Dietrich)­­—triggering the downward spiral of his life and fortune. From here, the director, Von Sternberg & Dietrich would go on to make six more films together in the span of five years, and leave a legacy of some of the most indelible iconography in the cinema of glamour & obsession. A new 1080p HD presentation on blu-ray of both the German-language & English-language version. ($34.95, Region 2 DVD & Blu-ray)

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