Film of the Week: Allemagne 90 Neuf Zero

Jean-Luc Godard has always incorporated the history of Western art and politics in his films, beginning with À bout de souffle (1960) where Humphrey Bogart and Charles De Gaulle both were re-purposed as critical tools of their respective hegemonies. Godard’s dual interests would continue to wax and eventually lead to a radical shift in his…

Film of the Week: Ali Fear Eats the Soul

In Ali Fear Eats the Soul, Rainer Fassbinder brings to the fore the social tensions of a post-WWII Germany, rendering it in the everyday lives of the film’s outcast couple, Emmi (Brigitte Mira) a 60-years old German widow and Ali (El Hedi ben Salem) a 40-years old Moroccan immigrant. Despite the language barrier, Emmi and…

Golden Eighties: Love in the Age of Material Desire

Chantal Akerman's films examine the limited spaces in which women must find their freedom in. Take for example Delphine Seyrig in Jeanne Dielman (1975) shifting constantly between the kitchen, bedroom, and dining room, or Akerman as the unknown girl in La Chambre (1972) constantly on the move in order to avoid the camera's gaze. In…

The Rider: Chloe Zhao creates a new Western hero

In American culture the cowboy lives as a mythic figure, thanks in large part to the cinema and John Wayne, a man of modern legend. In The Rider, Chloe Zhao uses these same cinematic tools to deconstruct not just the cowboy, but a certain masculine ideal of what it means to be a hero. After…

Film of the Week: The Freshman

Before Jean-Paul Belmondo’s iconic role as the Bogart-esque swaggering Michele, there was Harold Lloyd as Harold Lamb, another man who found cinema to be a world that corresponded with his desires. A bumbling fool and underdog , The Freshman centers on Lamb’s first year at Tate University and his attempts to become popular by modeling…

Faces Places is Varda at her most intimate

In The Gleaners and I (2000), Agnes Varda used the new medium of digital filmmaking to reflect on her mortality, combining her personal life with the story of the homeless she was telling. Later on, Varda would make The Beaches of Agnes (2008), a film examining her cinematic career and its relation to her off-screen…

Private and Public Lives Collide in Ingrid Goes West

  In Ingrid Goes West, Matt Spicer—who also co-wrote the film with David Branson Smith—brings to the fore the transformative power of social media, in this case, Instagram; not just its capability to sate desires of fame and solidarity, however, but also its destructive force of alienation, the desperate need to refresh and see a…