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Mamma Roma

Cinémathèque Annotations on Film

Contents: Tony Williams on A Touch of Zen  Bruce Hodsdon on Mamma Roma Christopher Sharrett on Salo Sam Ishii-Gonzales on Mirror Brad Weismann on Stalker David Melville on Belle de jour

The General

The General

Of the three great American clowns of the silent era, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, Keaton has emerged, by and large, as the

Shame

Shame

In the late 1960s Ingmar Bergman was not a particularly fashionable figure, despite having made the astonishing and experimental Persona in 1966 (now one of

The Phantom of Liberty

The Phantom of Liberty

“Chance governs all things; necessity, which is far from having the same purity, comes only later. If I have a soft spot for any one

Mirror

Mirror

Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986) directed seven feature films over a 24-year period. Zerkalo (Mirror), released in 1975, comes at the midway point in his career. It

Steamboat Bill, Jr

Steamboat Bill, Jr.

In Steamboat Bill, Jr. (Charles Reisner, 1928) Buster Keaton, for his final independently produced feature, enjoyed a level of complete creative control (with no budgetary

Zéro de conduite

Zéro de conduite

Jean Vigo’s place in cinema history is grounded in less than 170 minutes of screen time: Á propos de Nice (1930), Zéro de conduite (1933)

Hotel du Nord

Hôtel du Nord

The legendary collaboration with radical poet and supremely gifted scenarist Jacques Prévert, who was associated with the broad Leftist Popular Front coalition in the decade

The Exterminating Angel

The Castaways of Providence Street: On Luis Buñuel’s The Exterminating Angel

My introduction into the strange world of Luis Buñuel began with El Ángel Exterminador (The Exterminating Angel, 1962), and it was a case of love

Saraband

On Saraband

Prelude “Saraband” is a mournful, heart-wrenching piece of music. It came about during the very short period of time that Bach was free from any

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