Blue Velvet (1986)

Director/Screenwriter: David Lynch By Roderick Heath .. David Lynch’s name is synonymous with a creative style close to a genre in itself. His is an outlandish, numinous, discomforting aesthetic, purveyed across several art forms, where the texture of dreams, and nightmares, can suddenly colonise an apparently stable and homey world, where humans peel apart and …

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Kenneth Anger: Films from the Magic Lantern Cycle, 1947-1981

Fireworks (1947) / Puce Moment (1949) / Rabbit’s Moon (1950) / Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954) / Scorpio Rising (1964) / Kustom Kar Kommandos (1965) / Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969) / Lucifer Rising (1971-81) By Roderick Heath The first context in which I ever heard of Kenneth Anger was probably the same …

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Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)

Valerie a týden divů Director/Screenwriter: Jaromil Jirês By Roderick Heath Czech director Jaromil Jirês’ intoxicating 1970 masterpiece Valerie and Her Week of Wonders manages to be many almost-contradictory things at once: highly surreal and yet oddly logical, wistfully brooding and yet often pungently humorous, unsettling and yet deeply gentle, intricately perverse and beatifically innocent, richly …

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The Trouble with Harry (1955)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock By Roderick Heath A children’s skipping rhyme from the same corner of London where Alfred Hitchcock was born: Jack the Ripper’s dead And lying in his bed He cut his throat with Sunlight soap Jack the Ripper’s dead. To me, that’s Hitchcock’s background and sensibility in a nutshell—the alternations of awful violence …

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