Thursday, January 11, 2024

In Memoria: July to December 2023

Jane Birkin. 

A spirit both material and grounded. Briton-Franco chanteuse, muse, wife of Serge Gainsbourg, auteur of the pop single and the film Je t'aime moi non plus. Outstanding presence in Varda's masterpieces Jane B. par Agnès V. and Kung-Fu Master!. Melody Nelson.

Tony Bennett.

Born Anthony Benedetto. Class-act interpreter of the Great American Songbook. A more-than-gifted singer who was bolstered by family and Gaga in his last days, dignified as ever.

Paul Reubens. 

I was lucky enough to pay a visit with Pamela Des Barres to Paul (with whom she was close friends) in his dressing room after a preview performance of his Broadway beautiful fantastic comic spectacle The Pee-Wee Herman Show in late 2010 or early 2011. The auteur of Pee-Wee's Playhouse which I watched religiously Saturday mornings as a kid. One brilliant hell of a presence, and a terrific actor. I'd say he was ahead of his time, but he did his part to bring the future of society a couple steps further.

Lelia Goldoni. 

Before I got with the Cassavetes crew, I remember mispronouncing her name "Layla," but the actual "Lelia"'s more unique and lilting and beautiful, befitting the young star of Shadows. who 'turns in' a performance for the ages. In many ways, the face in an origin of American independent cinema.

William Friedkin. 

I haven't seen half of his films, which I hope to change in 2024. When I was little and becoming obsessed with subliminal images, The Exorcist depicts a scene, almost non-diegetic, in which the (a?) demon's face flashes by in close-up shrouded in pitch black. Imagine trying to pause that on VHS with frame-forwarding. Took a few minutes. True terror came to Hollywood. Not to mention the dinner-party where Regan descends the stairs to confront a soon-to-be-astronaut in attendance and inform him, "You're gonna die up there," before pissing on the rug. Strong stuff. One of the great don't-have-a-shit-to-give raconteurs (presumably flush, and nonetheless the spouse of ex-Paramount head Sherry Lansing). Required viewing for Billy's charm and insouciance is the 2018 Francesco Zippel conversation-documentary Friedkin Uncut.

Gary Young. 

The original drummer of Pavement from pre-Slanted and Enchanted up to that masterpiece debut. Another wild lion behind the kit, and before too, like when he'd come out to do a handstand. The subject of the earlier-in-the-year documentary by Jed I. Robinson, Louder Than You Think. Man, the stories I've heard, from Scranton all the way to Ithaca...

Ebrahim Golestan. 

At this moment I know very little of the films of the Iranian writer and cinéaste Ebrahim Golestan, which will be rectified in the time ahead. I await seeing Farahani's documentary correspondence-portrait between the late filmmaker and Jean-Luc Godard that was shot in their final months, See You Friday, Robinson.

Samuel Bréan. 

A marvelous critic and translator, who actually died in March of this year. I had some correspondence with Samuel years ago around Emmanuel Burdeau's piece on "Godard, la ZAD et le pastiche," and perhaps more recently with his brilliant text on Film Socialisme and its Navajo-English subtitles by Godard. No better example to provide than that essay, originally published in Senses of Cinema in 2011 here.

Bérénice Reynaud. 

A critic I admired from the early-2000s around the time of the Movie Mutations drop. I read her articles here and there, but haven't yet read her landmark book Hou Hsiao-hsien's City of Sadness. In a September remembrance issued by CalArts, the following: "This summer, she was planning 'Fourteen Questions for Jean-Luc Godard,' a deep dive into the fimmaker's work before his death last year."

Terence Davies. 

In the morass of British cinema, there are contemporary artists who transcend the (especially recent) reputation of a national film industry that repeatedly leaves the good cards on the table — Peter Watkins, Mike Leigh, WEIRDCORE, are examples that come immediately to mind. Terence Davies is another. His Distant Voices, Still Lives is a supreme masterpiece. I had it out for him for a long spell because in his 2008 essay-doc-film Of Time and the City he expressed total disinterest in The Beatles. And I thought, I'm not a fan of anyone who's not a fan of The Beatles — since then I've worked through some things.

Keith Baxter. 

Prince Hal in Welles' 1966 god-film Falstaff (Chimes at Midnight). A performance that beautifully navigates the transformation of Hal to Henry, just as the power of the performance transforms and complicates and transfixes the viewer with every subsequent viewing.

Dariush Mehrjui. 

It shouldn't have come to this — Mehrjui and his wife stabbed to death during a break-in orchestrated by a government that wanted him erased. I first learned of Merhjui from a friend out on the back patio of the Ivy Inn in Princeton, who told me his films were extraordinary — he mentioned The Cow as one of the highlights of his work. The discovery of Iranian cinema, a cinema of martyrs, continues to expand: a determined flourishing, the blood and soil of one of the world's richest film-poetic traditions. 

Henri Serre. 

The star of Cavalier's Le combat dans l'île (just released on Blu-ray, restored, from Radiance Films) and Truffaut's Jules et Jim. A paragon of the Gallic physiognomy but with a uniquely soulful character... 

Burt Young. 

...which could be said too of Burt Young. Categorize as, not "They Don't Make Them Like They Used To," which is baloney — more accurate to say "They Don't Hire People Like Him Anymore." Best known as Paulie in the Rocky series, he served as a lynchpin for Robert Aldrich in his strange later fims The Choirboys and Twilight's Last Gleaming, including his final work ...All the Marbles. Was just looking at his biography the other day, and course he owned a restaurant in the Bronx.

Matthew Perry. 

Proud of this guy, the funniest Friend, for breaking the chain of addiction. Won't speculate on the ketamine, but his body was nevertheless ravaged. Sounded like, to have him in your acquaintance, he'd be up there with the warmest and funniest of friends.

Michel Ciment. 

The first serious book of criticism I read was an English translation (later updated to include Eyes Wide Shut) of Michel Ciment's monolithic Kubrick. Freshman year at school I took Kubrick out of the stacks three separate times to read. Elements of Kubrick I had only sensed at 17 were articulated by Ciment, from "the Kubrick stare" to so on. It's still the best writing on Kubrick I've come across. His ratings in the Cahiers Conseil des Dix were, all told, demented.

Rosalynn Carter.

"Shy and introverted, Rosa can’t stop thinking about that picture on the wall, that uniformed Carter boy with the sweet smile who’s broken the force field and gone far away. He comes home on leave, in the summer of 1945. He’s 20, she’s 17." (Michael Paternini in The New York Times.) 

Love is a burden.

Jane (Brakhage) Wodening.

The difference between muse and collaborator, in the face of being the female who takes backseat to the male artist partner and one time husband Stan Brakhage, who precedes later wife Marilyn Brakhage (filmmaker behind the 15-minute 2009 masterpiece, For Stan. — [See also Françoise Gilot.] — Sincerely: It's not subservience, it's love).

From Wodening's Wikipedia page:

"Brakhage and Wodening have both stated that she played a large role in Brakhage's career. In an interview once, Brakhage is quoted as having said, "'By Brakhage' [the Criterion Collection release] should be understood to mean 'by way of Stan and Jane Brakhage,' as it does in all my films since marriage. It is coming to mean: 'by way of Stan and Jane and all the children Brakhage.'" Wodening has reiterated this as well saying:  "And so, this point of contention about, was I a partner in Stan's work. Stan said so, over and over again, from the stage. And that's interesting. . . . So, I'll see what I can say, but what I'm speaking from is: I was working on the films." She made films that were 'scrap-books,' and was a prolific author with a deep concern for the environment.

François Musy. 

Godard's sound recordist from the 1980s up to 2010's Film Socialisme. Always up to the task, setting new challenges for himself and addressing the audio-wishes of Jean-Luc. "Musy," like "music," appropriate mnemonic. His expertise was put to good use assisting the greatest sound-mind of the cinema artform.

Shane MacGowan. 

I grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the 2nd largest Irish hub in the US after Boston, and possibly tied for that number 2 spot by New York City. There were ghosts at the two-story pub The Banshee, who would sidle down the waxed banistered staircase from the upper floor, then either vanish or re-ascend up the steps to the second level. Miners and their families died en masse while boarding at the Banshee building in the late 1800s and early 1900s. 

Rolling Stone recently wrote of The Pogues' "Fairytale of New York": "When Shane calls her “an old slut on junk,” Kirsty rifles back with a homophobic slur that shocks by today’s standards: “You scumbag, you maggot / You cheap lousy faggot / Happy Christmas your ass / I pray god it’s our last.” (Jon Bon Jovi changed it to “braggart” when he rerecorded it in 2020)." ( — I'm reminded of Mike Love telling an interviewer to look up "braggart, B-R-A-G-G-A-R-T.")

Ken Kelsch. 

Abel Ferrara's long-time cinematographer — this will remain (cf. Gary Graver) Ken Kelsch's legacy, or rather, a showcase of his best achievements. Shot the early films; years passed following a falling-out with Abel, and then Kelsch returned to Ferrara's productions at the time of — perfect timing — Bad Lieutenant. No film set could compare to his time in the Vietnam War, which is why his and Abel's films feel like war from start to finish, a maybe-calibrated fight against societal convention and the Cinema of Lies itself. I recommend viewing Mark Rance's 2004, 47-minute documentary A Short Film About the Long Career of Abel Ferrara in order to encounter Kelsch in his prime.

Guy Marchand. 

One of those Frenchmen who in the 1960s still showed up in pinstripe suits in the course of carrying out promotional duties. I salute the performer who brought great talent to his participation in Truffaut's Une belle fille comme moi and Pialat's Loulou

Otar Iosseliani. 

A director I discovered in the mid-2000s, with me tuning in to the buzz at the time on the occasion of a complete-works boxset in France that had English subtitles and, as I recall, multiple theatrical screenings in France and wider Europe. There Once Was a Singing Blackbird from 1970 is the one I focused on at the time. I can't wait to finally see the entirety of this iconoclast's body of work.

Tommy Smothers. 

"Everybody's talkin' 'bout John and Yoko / Timmy Leary / Rosemary / Tommy Smothers / Bobby Dylan / Tommy Cooper / Derek Taylor / Norman Mailer / Allen Ginsberg / Hare Krishna / Hare, Hare Krishna." – John Lennon

Shecky Greene.

The story goes like this: senior year of school (once again, invoking the quasi-halcyon; stay tuned for the book), my roommate and I late one night called the Vatican, and I asked to speak to the Pope. Actually went through an umbilical line of prelates. I want to believe we'd be connected; my first question was going to be if he ever had the chance to meet Whitley Strieber. I think what happened was, it was going so well, I hung up thinking the rest would ruin it. So the next call we made was to Schecky Greene's manager whereupon we said we were from one of the school's event-planning committees. So we say we'll get him into Kennedy Hall or else The Haunt, but our budget only allows us really to get him work-pay, a take from the house, and travel expenses. As far as lodging went, we told his manager we could set him up nice on our living room couch. Next five minutes are devoted to descriptions of the couch and the apartment. If we'd had access to smartphones in 1999 we could have just texted him photos from the scene. The point is, Shecky Greene could turn dogshit into lemons — unrelenting. Just unrelenting.


Monday, January 01, 2024

The Books I Read in 2023

Outer Dark

by Cormac McCarthy


Collected Poems: 1947-1980: VI: Planet News: To Europe and Asia

by Allen Ginsberg


Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

by Wells Tower


Kepesh: Volume 3: The Dying Animal

by Philip Roth


Collected Poems: 1947-1980: VII: King of May: America to Europe

by Allen Ginsberg


All the Houses

by Karen Olsson


Notre alpin quotidien, entretien avec Emmanuel Burdeau et Jean Narboni

[Our Daily Alpinist: Interview with Emmanuel Burdeau and Jean Narboni]

by Luc Moullet


2 x 50 ans de cinéma français: Phrases

[2 x 50 Years of French Cinema: Phrases]

by Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville

(translated by Stuart Kendall)


For Ever Mozart: Phrases

by Jean-Luc Godard

(translated by Stuart Kendall)


The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit

by Charles Dickens


Harlem Trilogy: 1: Harlem Shuffle

by Colson Whitehead


(2nd read)

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: The Complete Official Guide: Expanded Edition

by Simone Dorn, Matthias Loges, Carsten Ostermann, et al


Harlem Trilogy: 2: Crook Manifesto

by Colson Whitehead


Tafsīl tānawī

[Minor Detail]

by Adania Shibli

(translated by Elisabeth Jaquette)


The Weil Conjectures: On Math and the Pursuit of the Unknown

by Karen Olsson


Éloge de l’amour: Phrases

[Eulogy for Love: Phrases]

by Jean-Luc Godard

(translated by Stuart Kendall)



by Vladimir Nabokov

(translated by Dmitri Nabokov in collaboration with Vladimir Nabokov)


(3rd read; first since two consecutive readings c. 2001)


The Films I Saw in 2023

First Seen of the Year:

Cure [Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 1997]

Last Seen of the Year:

Chicago Calling [John Reinhardt, 1951]


Accattone [Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1961]

Ådalen 31 [Bo Widerberg, 1969]

Adam’s Rib [George Cukor, 1949]

After Hours [Martin Scorsese, 1985]

Ain’t It Aggravatin’ [David Barclay, 1953]

Aiqing wansui / Vive l’Amour [Tsai Ming-liang, 1994]

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

Älskande par [Loving Pair] [Mai Zetterling, 1964]

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

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

L’amour fou [Mad Love] [Jacques Rivette, 1969]

Amsterdam [David O. Russell, 2022]

Anémic cinéma [Rrose Sélavy aka Marcel Duchamp, 1926]

An jan [Hidden War] / Running Out of Time [Johnnie To, 1999]

An jan 2 [Hidden War 2] / Running Out of Time 2 [Johnnie To and Law Wing-cheung, 2001]

Annette [Leos Carax, 2021]

Anthropological Sketches: Scenes from the Life of Andy Warhol: Friendships & Intersections [Jonas Mekas, 1990]

Apollo 10-1/2: A Space Age Childhood [Richard Linklater, 2022]

Arat az Orosházi “Dózsa” [Harvest on the “Dózsa” in Orosháza] [Miklós Jancsó, 1953]

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

Art History [Joe Swanberg, 2011]

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

Award Presentation to Andy Warhol [Jonas Mekas, 1964]

Backtrack [Dennis Hopper, 1990]

Bakuchū-uchi: Sōchō toba+ku [The Gamester: The Big-Time Gambling Boss] [Kōsaku Yamashita, 1968]

Ballerina [David Lynch, 2007]

Ballet mécanique [Mechanical Ballet] [Fernand Léger and Dudley Murphy, 1924]

The Banshees of Inisherin [Martin McDonagh, 2022]

Barbie [Greta Gerwig, 2023]

Barnvagnen [The Baby Carriage] [Bo Widerberg, 1963]

Baxter, Vera Baxter [Marguerite Duras, 1977]

The Beach Bum [Harmony Korine, 2019]

Une belle fille comme moi [A Gorgeous Girl Like Me] [François Truffaut, 1972]

Bergman Island [Mia Hansen-Løve, 2021]

Bergman’s Ghosts [Gabe Klinger, 2021]

Blast of Silence [Allen Baron, 1961]

Bless Their Little Hearts [Billy Woodberry, 1984]

The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters [Edward Bernds, 1954]

The Boy with Green Hair [Joseph Losey, 1948]

Bride of Frankenstein [James Whale, 1935]

Cassis [Jonas Mekas, 1966]

Catherine Called Birdy [Lena Dunham, 2022]

Céline et Julie vont en bateau: Phantom Ladies Over Paris [Céline and Julie Go Boating: Phantom Ladies Over Paris] [Jacques Rivette, 1974]

C’est plein [It’s a Full House] [Alain Cavalier, 2011]

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

Le chant du styrène [The Song of the Styrene] [Alain Resnais, 1958]

Chicago Calling [John Reinhardt, 1951]

Chilly Scenes of Winter [Joan Micklin Silver, 1979]

Christian Louboutin [David Lynch, 2014]

Christmas Carole [Agnès Varda, 1966 / posthumous 2021]

Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach [Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach] [Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, 1968]

Ciao, Federico! [Gideon Bachmann, 1970]

Cinéastes de notre temps: Pasolini l’enragé [Filmmakers of Our Time: Pasolini the Enraged] [Jean-André Fieschi, 1966]

Il cinema di Pasolini (appunti per un critofilm) [Pasolini’s Cinema (Notes Toward a Critique-Film)] [Maurizio Ponzi, 1967]

Cinema Is Not 100 Years Old: A Manifesto [Jonas Mekas, 2006]

Circus Maximus [Harmony Korine et al, 2023]

The Clock [Vincente Minnelli, 1945]

Le combat dans l’île [Face-Off on the Island] [Alain Cavalier, 1962]

Cooley High [Michael Schultz, 1975]

A Countess from Hong Kong [Charles Chaplin, 1967]

The Courtship of Eddie’s Father [Vincente Minnelli, 1963]

Crack [Jon Moritsugu, 1999]

Creature from the Black Lagoon {2D Version} [Jack Arnold, 1954]

Un crime d’amour [A Love Crime] {Incomplete/Rushes} [Jean-Denis Bonan, 1965]

Csillagosok katonák [The Ones with the Star, Soldiers] [Miklós Jancsó, 1967]

Cure [Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 1997]

The Curse [Nathan Fielder, 2023]

Demon House [Zak Bagans, 2018]

La deuxième femme [The Second Woman / The Second Wife] [Pierre Clémenti, 1978]

Diaries: Notes and Sketches: Also Known as ‘Walden’ [Jonas Mekas, 1969]

Dixieland Droopy [Tex Avery, 1953]

Dogleg [James Alexander Warren, 2023]

La donna della domenica [The Sunday Woman] [Luigi Comencini, 1975]

Dracula [Tod Browning, 1931]

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [Rouben Mamoulian, 1931]

Elle [Her] [Paul Verhoeven, 2016]

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

Elvira Madigan [Bo Widerberg, 1967]

L’enfant sauvage [The Wild Child] [François Truffaut, 1970]

eXistenZ [David Cronenberg, 1999]

Fame [Alan Parker, 1980]

Fame Whore [Jon Moritsugu, 1997]

Family Plot [Alfred Hitchcock, 1976]

Fantômas [Louis Feuillade, 1913-1914]

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

The FBI Story [Mervyn LeRoy, 1959]

Fellini-Satyricon [Federico Fellini, 1969]

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

Fényes szelek [Sparkling Winds] [Miklós Jancsó, 1968]

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

Film Magazine of the Arts: No. 1 Summer 1963 [Jonas Mekas, 1963]

Flickorna [The Girls] [Mai Zetterling, 1968]

Force of Evil [Abraham Polonsky, 1948]

Frasier: The Third Act: Season 1 [James Burrows, et al, 2023]

Freaks [Tod Browning, 1932]

Friedkin Uncut [Francesco Zippel, 2018]

The Front Page [Billy Wilder, 1974]

A Fuller Life [Samantha Fuller, 2013]

Funny Ha Ha [Andrew Bujalski, 2002]

La garce [The Bitch] [Christine Pascal, 1984]

The General [Buster Keaton, 1927]

Il giorno della civetta [The Day of the Owl] [Damiano Damiani, 1968]

Gloria [John Cassavetes, 1980]

Greetings from Africa [Cheryl Dunye, 1994]

Guernica [Alain Resnais and Robert Hessens, 1949]

La guerre est finie [The War Is Over] [Alain Resnais, 1966]

Hairspray [John Waters, 1988]

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

Halloween Party [David Skowronski, 1989]

Happy Birthday to John [Jonas Mekas, 1995]

Hare Krishna [Jonas Mekas, 1966]

Harmadik jelenlét [Third Presence] [Miklós Jancsó, 1986]

Have a Nice Life [Prashanth Kamalakanthan, 2021]

Hippy Porn [Jon Moritsugu, 1991]

Hishū monogatari [A Tale of Grief] [Seijun Suzuki, 1977]

L’histoire d’Adèle H. [The Story of Adèle H.] [François Truffaut, 1975]

Hold That Ghost [Arthur Lubin, 1941]

Hollywood Scout [Pete Smith, 1945]

Holy Motors [Leos Carax, 2012]

L’homme qui aimait les femmes [The Man Who Loved Women] [François Truffaut, 1977]

Hong Kong Solitude [Nicolas Saada, 2016]

Hong Kong Stories [Yves Montmayeur, 2003]

Hugo [Martin Scorsese, 2011]

Imitation of Life [John M. Stahl, 1934]

In Between [Jonas Mekas, 1978]

Indián történet [An Indian Story] [Miklós Jancsó, 1961]

India Song {French-Language Soundtrack} [Marguerite Duras, 1975]

Ingmar Bergman [Stig Björkman, 1972]

Ingmar Bergman: Reflections on Life, Death and Love: With Erland Josephson [Stefan Brann, 2000]

INLAND EMPIRE [David Lynch, 2006]

Ins Blaue hinein… [On Into the Blue…] [Eugen Schüfftan, 1931]

An Interview with Ambassador from Lapland [Adolfas Mekas, 1967]

L’istruttoria è chiusa: Dementichi: Tabante sbarre [The Case Is Closed: Forget It: Many Bars] [Damiano Damiani, 1971]

Invaders from Venus! [Frank Mosley, 2003]

I rollerna tre [In the Roles of Three] [Christina Olofson, 1996]

It Came from Outer Space {2D Version} [Jack Arnold, 1953]

Janine [Cheryl Dunye, 1990]

Jelenlét [Presence] [Miklós Jancsó, 1965]

Joan Micklin Silver: Begegnung mit der New Yorker Filmregisseurin [Joan Micklin Silver: Encounter with the New York Director] [Katja Raganelli and Konrad Wickler, 1983]

Kagerō-za [Heat-Shimmer Theater] [Seijun Suzuki, 1981]

Kamerával kosztromában. [With a Camera in Kostroma.] [Kézdi Kovács Zsolt, et al, 1967]

Keeper of the Flame [George Cukor, 1943]

Killers of the Flower Moon [Martin Scorsese, 2023]

Koroshi no rakuin [Branded to Kill] [Seijun Suzuki, 1967]

Kurosawa, la voie [Kurosawa: The Way] [Catherine Cadou, 2011]

Kvarteret Korpen [Bo Widerberg, 1963]

L 182 (En passion) [L 182 (A Passion)] [Ingmar Bergman, 1969]

Lachende Erben [Laughing Heirs] [Max Ophüls, 1933]

The Lady from Shanghai [Orson Welles, 1948]

The Last Picture Show [Peter Bogdanovich, 1971]

A Letter to Penny Arcade [Jonas Mekas, 2001]

The Life and Death of 9413: A Hollywood Extra [Robert Florey and Slavko Vorkapich, 1927]

Little Debbie, Snack Whore of N.Y.C. [Jon Moritsugu, 1987]

Le livre d’image: Image et Parole [The Image Book: Image and Word] [Jean-Luc Godard, 2018]

The Long, Long Trailer [Vincente Minnelli, 1954]

Lost Highway [David Lynch, 1997]

Lost Lost Lost [Jonas Mekas, 1976]

Louis CK: Back to the Garden [Louis C.K., 2023]

Lynch [blackANDwhite, 2007]

Lynch: 2 [blackANDwhite, 2007]

La madre muerta [The Dead Mother] [Juanma Bajo Ulloa, 1993]

Ma femme vit dans la peur [My Wife Lives in Fear] [Alain Cavalier, 2011]

Un maledetto imbroglio [A Bloody Scam] [Pietro Germi, 1959]

Mamma Roma [Pier Paohlo Pasolini, 1962]

Manhatta [Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler, 1921]

Mannen på taket [The Man on the Roof] [Bo Widerberg, 1976]

Ein Märchen aus alten Zeiten [Jonas Mekas, 2001]

Marguerite, telle qu’en elle-même [Marguerite, as in Herself] [Dominique Auvray, 2003]

La mariée était en noir [The Bride Was in Black / The Bride Wore Black] [François Truffaut, 1968]

Marnie [Alfred Hitchcock, 1964]

Második jelenlét [Second Presence] [Miklós Jancsó, 1978]

Mathieu-Fou [Jean-Denis Bonan, 1967]

Ma vie de courgette [My Life as a Zucchini] [Claude Barras, 2016]

Mean Streets [Martin Scorsese, 1973]

Még kér a nép [And the People Still Ask] [Miklós Jancsó, 1971]

Memoria [Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2021]

Menschen am Sonntag, ein Film ohne Schauspieler [People on Sunday: A Film Without Actors] {Most Complete Extant Version} [Robert Siodmak and Edgar G. Ulmer, 1930]

The Menu [Mark Mylod, 2022]

Merde [Shit] [Leos Carax, 2008]

Merrill’s Marauders [Samuel Fuller, 1962]

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

Miami Blues [George Armitage, 1990]

Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning: Part One [Christopher McQuarrie, 2023]

Les mistons [The Mischief-Makers] [François Truffaut, 1957]

Mod Fuck Explosion [Jon Moritsugu, 1994]

More Things That Happened [David Lynch, 2007]

Möte med Mai [Meeting with Mai] [Solveig Nordlung, 1984/1996]

The Mummy [Karl Freund, 1932]

My Bolexes [Jonas Mekas, 2016]

My Degeneration [Jon Moritsugu, 1989]

Mystery of the Mary Celeste [Denison Clift, 1935]

The Mystic [Tod Browning, 1925]

Nana [Jean Renoir, 1926]

National Velvet [Clarence Brown, 1944]

Nattlek [Night Games] [Mai Zetterling, 1966]

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

New Old, ou les Chroniques du temps présent [New Old, or: Chronicles of the Present Time] [Pierre Clémenti, 1979]

New Strains [Artemis Shaw and Prashanth Kamalakanthan, 2023]

New York Stories: Life Lessons [Martin Scorsese, 1989]

New York Stories: Life Without Zoe [Francis Ford Coppola, 1989]

New York Stories: Oedipus Wrecks [Woody Allen, 1989]

Notes for Jerome [Jonas Mekas, 1978]

Notes on the Circus [Jonas Mekas, 1966]

Obsession [Brian De Palma, 1976]

Oppenheimer [Christopher Nolan, 2023]

Ösz Badacsonyban [Autumn in Badacsony] [Miklós Jancsó, 1954]

Out-Takes from the Life of a Happy Man [Jonas Mekas, 2013]

Paracelsus [G. W. Pabst, 1943]

Paradise Not Yet Lost, Also Known as ‘Oona’s Third Year’ [Jonas Mekas, 1979]

Paul Gauguin [Alain Resnais, 1949]

Perche si uccide un magistrato [How to Kill a Judge] [Damiano Damiani, 1974]

Petite maman [Little Mama] [Céline Sciamma, 2021]

Phantom of the Opera [Arthur Lubin, 1943]

The Phantom of the Opera [Rupert Julian, 1925]

Pier Paolo Pasolini [Ivo Barnabò Micheli, 1995]

Pier Paolo Pasolini - Agnès Varda - New York - 1967 [Agnès Varda, 1967 / posthumous 2022]

Pig Death Machine [Jon Moritsugu, 2013]

Le plein de super [Fill ‘Er Up with Super] [Alain Cavalier, 1976]

Pojken och draken [The Boy and the Kite] [Jan Troell and Bo Widerberg, 1962]

Poker Face: Season 1 [Rian Johnson, Natasha Lyonne, et al, 2023]

Positano [Pierre Clémenti, 1968]

The Potluck and the Passion [Cheryl Dunye, 1993]

Il prefetto di ferro [The Iron Prefect] [Pasquale Squitieri, 1977]

Presents [Michael Snow, 1981]

PTU [Johnnie To, 2003]

Quartet #1 [Jonas Mekas, 1991]

Qianxi mambo / Millennium Mambo [Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2001]

A Really Important Person [Basil Wrangell, 1947]

El reino de Víctor [Víctor’s Kingdom] [Juanma Bajo Ulloa, 1989]

Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania [Jonas Mekas, 1972]

Results [Andrew Bujalski, 2015]

Report from Millbrook [Jonas Mekas, 1966]

La révolution n’est qu’un début. Continuons le combat. [The Revolution Is Only a Beginning. Let’s Continue the Fight.] [Pierre Clémenti, 1968]

La ricotta [The Ricotta] [Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1963]

Riten [The Rite] [Ingmar Bergman, 1969]

River of Grass [Kelly Reichardt, 1994]

Le roi des biberons [The King of Baby-Bottles] [Alain Cavalier, 2011]

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

Saboteur [Alfred Hitchcock, 1942]

Une saison chez les hommes [A Season with Mankind] [Jean-Denis Bonan, 1967]

Sans lendemain [Without Tomorrow / No Tomorrow] [Max Ophüls, 1939]

Screwy Squirrel: The Screwy Truant [Tex Avery, 1945]

Scumrock [Jon Moritsugu, 2002]

Shadow of a Doubt [Alfred Hitchcock, 1943]

Sharp Stick [Lena Dunham, 2022]

She Dies Tomorrow [Amy Seimetz, 2020]

She Don’t Fade [Cheryl Dunye, 1991]

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

The Shout [Jerzy Skolimowski, 1978]

Showgirls [Paul Verhoeven, 1995]

Silence, Please! [Jonas Mekas, 2014]

Silver Bullets [Joe Swanberg, 2011]

La sirène du Mississipi [The Siren of the “Mississipi”] [François Truffaut, 1969]

Sirokkó [Sirocco] [Miklós Jancsó, 1969]

Skammen [Shame] [Ingmar Bergman, 1968]

Skyscraper Symphony [Robert Florey, 1929]

Shùnliú nìliú [Downstream and Counter-Current] / Time and Tide [Tsui Hark, 2000]

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

Soleil [Sun] [Pierre Clémenti, 1988]

Song of Avignon [Jonas Mekas, 2001]

Sopralluoghi in Palestina [Scoutings in Palestine] [Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1965]

Souvenirs, souvenirs [Memories, Memories] [Pierre Clémenti, 1978]

Sparks: “The Girl Is Crying in Her Latte” [Ron Mael, Russell Mael, and Richie Starzek, 2023]

The Spirit of ’45: The Labour Victory of 1945: Memories and Reflections [Ken Loach, 2013]

Spring Breakers [Harmony Korine, 2012]

Spy no tsuma [Wife of a Spy] {Continuous Episode Version Smoothed into Theatrical Feature} [Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2020/2021]

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy: Season 1 [Stanley Tucci, et al, 2021]

Strangers on a Train [Alfred Hitchcock, 1951]

Stromboli [Roberto Rossellini, 1950]

The Super Mario Bros. Movie [Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, with Shigeru Miyamoto and Chris Meledandri, 2023]

Support the Girls [Andrew Bujalski, 2018]

Les surmenés [The Overworked] [Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, 1959]

Szegénylegények [Poor Lads] [Miklós Jancsó, 1966]

Szerelmem, Elektra [My Love, Elektra] [Miklós Jancsó, 1974]

The Tall T [Budd Boetticher, 1957]

Targets [Peter Bogdanovich, 1968]

The Tenth Annual Live On Cinema Oscar Special [Eric Notarnicola and Tim Heidecker, 2023]

Terminal USA [Jon Moritsugu, 1993]

Texasville {Bodanovich’s 1992 Cut} [Peter Bogdanovich, 1990/1992]

There There [Andrew Bujalski, 2022]

This Side of Paradise: Fragments of an Unfinished Biography [Jonas Mekas, 1999]

The Thomas Crown Affair [John McTiernan, 1999]

Three Ages [Buster Keaton, 1923]

The Touch [Ingmar Bergman, 1971]

Tin yeuk yau tsing [If There’s a Passion in Heaven] / A Moment of Romance [Johnnie To and Benny Chan, 1990]

Tom and Jerry: Pent-House Mouse [Chuck Jones, 1963]

Tough Guys Don’t Dance [Norman Mailer, 1987]

Tōkyō no chorus [Tokyo Chorus] [Yasujirō Ozu, 1931]

To Live and Die in L.A. [William Friedkin, 1985]

Toute la mémoire du monde [All the Memory in the World] [Alain Resnais, 1956]

Travel Songs [Jonas Mekas, 1980]

The Trial [Orson Welles, 1962]

Tristesse des anthropophages [Sadness of the Anthropophagi] [Jean-Denis Bonan, 1966]

Trouble Every Day [Claire Denis, 2001]

The Trouble with Harry [Alfred Hitchcock, 1955]

The True Adventures of Raoul Walsh [Marilyn Ann Moss, 2019]

Undercurrent [Vincente Minnelli, 1946]

The Unknown [Tod Browning, 1927]

An Untitled Portrait [Cheryl Dunye, 1993]

UNTOLD: Johnny Manziel [Ryan Duffy, 2023]

Van Gogh [Alain Resnais, 1948]

Vanilla Sex [Cheryl Dunye, 1992]

Vargtimmen [The Hour of the Wolf] [Ingmar Bergman, 1968]

Vengeance Is Mine [Michael Roemer, 1984]

La vie brève de Monsieur Meucieu [Jean-Denis Bonan, 1962]

Vielleicht bin ich wirklich eine Zauberin: Die Regisseurin Mai Zetterling und ihre Filme [Maybe I’m Actually a Sorceress: The Director Mai Zetterling and Her Films [Katja Raganelli and Konrad Wickler, 1989]

Il vangelo secondo Matteo [The Gospel According to Matthew] [Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1964]

Visa de censure nº X [Pierre Clémenti, 1967]

Viskningar och rop [Whispers and Cry] [Ingmar Bergman, 1972]

Vive le cinéma! [Jacques Rozier, 1972]

The Watermelon Woman [Cheryl Dunye, 1996]

Weekend am Wannsee [Weekend on the Wannsee] [Gerald Koll, 2000]

Welcome to the Dollhouse [Todd Solondz, 1995]

White Zombie [Victor Halperin, 1932]

Williamsburg Brooklyn During Its Golden Age Before the Emergence of Artists’ Utopia [Jonas Mekas, 2002]

Xin Szechuan jianxia [New Shushan Swordsman] [Tsui Hark, 1983]

Yakuza no hakaba: Kuchinashi no hana [Yakuza Burial: The Jasmine Flower] [Kinji Fukasaku, 1976]

Yankee Doodle Dandy [Michael Curtiz, 1942]

You and Me [Fritz Lang, 1938]

Yume [Dreams] [Akira Kurosawa, 1990]

‘Yume’: Eiga shōzō [‘Dreams’: A Portrait of Cinema] / A Portrait of Cinema [Nobuhiko Ōbayashi, 1990]

Yumeji [Seijun Suzuki, 1991]

Zefiro Torna, or: Scenes from the Life of George Maciunas [Jonas Mekas, 1992]

Zigeunerweisen [Seijun Suzuki, 1980]

The Zone [Joe Swanberg, 2011]