Sunday, December 31, 2023

The End of 2023

Thanks for checking in on Cinemasparagus throughout 2023. Probably highest readership so far, now that people are coming round to blogs and discs again. Some kind of year. 

Above: (a) a screengrab from the opening seconds of Pedro Costa's As filhas do Fogo [The Daughters of Fire / The Daughters of Fogo]. (b) a screengrab of the opening seconds of Pedro Costa's Venice trailer. Undoubtedly for me the film of the year (I haven't yet seen the Godard), although in the case of the former, to see it on a small MacBook screen is not to have seen it. I suspect only a theater can do justice to this three-frame Gancean spectacle.

The Films I Saw in 2023 That I Hadn't Previously Seen, but Which Expanded My Mind:

(Omitting the Godard, Costa, and Korine works for the moment.)

À l'ombre de la canaille bleue [In the Shadow of the Blue Rascal] [Pierre Clémenti, 1985]

Un américain [An American] [Alain Cavalier, 1958]

L'amore [Love] [Roberto Rossellini, 1948]

L'argent de poche [Pocket Money] [François Truffaut, 1976]

As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty [Jonas Mekas, 2000]

Baxter, Vera Baxter [Marguerite Duras, 1977]

La chambre verte [The Green Room] [François Truffaut, 1978]

The Curse [Nathan Fielder, Benny Safdie, et al, 2023]

Elle a passé tant d'heures sous les sunlights... [She Spent So Much Time Under the Sunlamps...] [Philippe Garrel, 1985]

eXistenZ [David Cronenberg, 1999]

Family Plot [Alfred Hitchcock, 1976]

Fåro Dokument [Fåro Document] [Ingmar Bergman, 1970]

La femme bourreau [The Executioner Woman] [Jean-Denis Bonan, 1968]

Filming 'The Trial' [Orson Welles, 1981/2001 posthumous]

Hallelujah the Hills: A Romance [Adolfas Mekas, 1963]

Hare Krishna [Jonas Mekas, 1968]

Holy Motors [Leos Carax, 2012]

India Song [Marguerite Duras, 1975]

Killers of the Flower Moon [Martin Scorsese, 2023]

The Last Picture Show [Peter Bogdanovich, 1971]

Messiah of Evil [Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz, 1973]

My Degeneration [Jon Moritsugu, 1989]

The Mystic [Tod Browning, 1925]

Nana [Jean Renoir, 1926 — the recovered/restored 2h 49m version]

Neige [Snow] [Juliet Berto and Jean-Henri Roger, 1981]

Presents [Michael Snow, 1981]

Riten [The Rite] [Ingmar Bergman, 1969]

Rote Sonne [Red Sun] [Rudolf Thome, 1970]

Shitoyaka na kedamono [Elegant Beast] [Yūzō Kawashima, 1962]

The Smile: "Wall of Eyes" [Paul Thomas Anderson, 2023]

Texasville [Peter Bogdanovich, 1990/1992 — Bogdanovich's cut]

There There [Andrew Bujalski, 2022]

The Touch [Ingmar Bergman, 1971]

Vengeance Is Mine [Michael Roemer, 1984]

The Watermelon Woman [Cheryl Dunye, 1996]


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