SPRING 2009 → AUTUMN 2010 Season (Part.2)

8.45pm Thursdays

127 Campbell St, Collingwood

14th January

Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion! – Shunya Ito 1972

Wild exploitation with a hell of a lot more style and verve than its contemporaries. Female prisoner #701: Scorpion was the first in a string of successful films, of a girl done wrong and out for retribution. Perhaps not the most daring of the series in terms of artful excess. What it does have is an amazing collision of aesthetic beauty and poetry against brutality and sleaze. What makes it transcend almost all other films of the “Women in Prison” genre is that the heroine, never a victim, triumphs over the coarseness of her situation. Meiko Kaji who plays as the heroine Nami Matsushima was the inspiration for Uma Thurmans charachter in Tarantino’s “Kill Bill”.

21st January

Performance – Nicholas Roeg / Donald Cammell – 1970

A break-through  in British cinema, and a début for Roeg. A wry and hallucinatory meditation of London in the Swinging Late 60’s.  Its  sex-drugs-and rock ‘n’ roll decadence “cross-pollinating” with a violent gangster culture. Chaz (James Fox), a hired heavy, has snuffed a rival and is on the lam. Desperate for a hideout, he seeks a basement room in the house of Turner (Mick Jagger) a rock star, dissipated by hedonism. Through a process of seduction, and transference, each begins to absorb the spirit of the other. Jagger is in his prime and does well playing himself as softened by indulgence and fading in power. Great soundtrack by Jack Nietzsche with performances by Jagger throughout.

28th January

Ace in the Hole – Billy Wilder 1951

Billy Wilder, the director of  “Double Indemnity” and “Sunset Boulevard” was another one of the swathe of German-US cinematic emigres escaping the Nazi regime. Along with Robert Siodmak, Fritz Lang and Edgar G. Ulmer, Wilder was also another major contributor to the lexicon of Film Noir. Kirk Douglas plays Tatum, an unscrupulous Journalist, working for a small Albuquerque daily, who chances upon man trapped in a cave whilst robbing ancient Navajo graves. Tatum, snubbed by every major Newspaper and edged to the margins, sees his chance for syndicated fame. Sociopathic and brilliantly manipulative, Tatum stymies the rescue mission so he can adequately capitalise on the crisis. A withering and candid treatment of the American media and the equally vampiric nature of its audiences.  Critically shunned for portraying the Pressmen and their public as they truly were. 60 years on has become all the more relevant.

February 4th


A collection of pre-CGI animated films mostly from Poland, but also from Yugoslavia, Germany, and Czechoslovakia, from the 70’s to the 90’s. None are  aimed at children and nor are they particularly cute. Though each are examples of fantastic hand-made art. (85mins)

Ndeleko Dragic – “Diary”1970: Random surrealist meander through the weeks scribblings of the Artists’ subconscious in his visual diary. The trains of thought and the shifting style typical to it
Thomas Stellmach – “Quest” 1996: Absurd journey of a Sand-man as he goes on a quest for water, falling from one dimension to another
Julian Josef Antonisch – ” A Highly Committed Movie” 1979: Giddy, vibrating and hyperkinetic crayon art rendition of a naïve folk musical number, weirdly lampooning State mediated joy.
Zbigniew Rybczynski – “Tango” 1980: repetitive clusters of everyday life, a mad crowd of banal habitual activity. Maybe a comment of overcrowding in public housing as well
Jan Lenica – “Labyrint” : Surrealist montage a la Max Ernsts Victoriana collagework exploring the city as nightmare, and the pursuit of pleasure and power are dealt with in dream logic.
Jiri Barta – “The Vanished World of Gloves “1982: A unearthed roll of film, containing great moments in cinema history completely enacted by gloves….Yes!
Zlatko Bourek – “The Cat” 1971: Based on Aesops’ fable, a young poet is lonesome until Venus provides him with company, transforming his cat into a girl with inhuman appetites.

February 11th

Short Silent Comedies

The silent era was the period when filmmakers were free to  invent the gamut of cinema language. Not everybody wanted to make works to rival literature… some just wanted to play.

Number, Please (1920) Harold Lloyd:  The bungling enthusiast negotiates the perilous amusements of Coney Island in his quest for the girl.
One Week (1920) Buster Keaton: Buster makes a mockery of the standard home kit, building a house for the imagination to inhabit.
It’s a Gift (1923) “Snub” Pollard: Forgotten Aussie comic, “Snub” Pollard, plays an eccentric inventor in a two-reeler that, with its anarchic playfulness and plastic irreverence, fully demonstrates his unfulfilled potential.
Now You Tell One (1926) Charlie Bowers: Animator and silent comedian, Charlie Bowers, pulls out all the stops in a delirious chain of associative imagery worthy of many a self professed surrealist.
Wrong Again (1929) Laurel and Hardy: An extended exercise in comic incongruity and bizarre juxtaposition with a strong socio-satirical undertow from the fertile mind of Stan Laurel.

February 18th

Hellzapoppin! – H.C.Potter 1941

Ole Oleson and Chick Johnson are put at the helm of this completely anarchic and convulsive gag-a-second screen rendition of their successful Off-Broadway smash. There are many who think that the British were the pioneers of madcap and off-the-wall comedy. But in the 1940’s  “Hellzapoppin” and “Spike Jones and his City Slickers” equally pioneered a truly random dementia more closely associated with Spike Milligan and Monty Python. A film about a film that is teetering on ruin, with ongoing manipulations and interventions from behind the scenes. “Hellzapoppin” does more than be another piece of self-reflexive cinema, it completely demolishes the tired old tricks of show-biz, whilst cleaning the gunk off your cerebrum.

February 25th

Kosmische bis Neue Welt Klänge

A journey through the sound of the German underground 68-86

Documentaries, Super 8 films, live footage and video clips from the birth of the psychedelic and early German electronic based rock music of the late 60’s and early 70’s, through to the post-punk/new wave scene in the 80’s.

Channel 4 documentary “Krautrock, the rebirth of Germany”
A selection of Berlin based Super 8 work
Video clips from Amon Duul II, Floh de Cologne, Xhol Caravan, Neu, Can, Kluster, Ton Steine Scherben, Kraftwerk, Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft, Liasons Dangereuses, Einsturzende Neubauten, Palais Schaumburg, Todliche Doris,  Malaria, Der Plan, Nina Hagen, etc, etc……
plus its my birthday as well….(Dean)

2 Responses to “SPRING 2009 → AUTUMN 2010 Season (Part.2)”

  1. birthday night?
    I hope so – I shall be there!

  2. YAY!
    (i read the rest)

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