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MUBI Update: 05 April 2012

EGGSHELLS

Thanks to the restoration magic of Watchmaker Films we’re going to make exclusively available on MUBI the first feature film by Tobe “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” Hooper—the unreleased cult film Eggshells! This 1970 film was Hooper’s first feature—a psychedelic comedy set in the counter-culture haven of Austin, Texas. It never got shown. Never made a dime. Four years later, afraid he’d never work again, he made a little horror film. It was called Texas Chainsaw Massacre and it changed the horror genre forever. This is the premiere of Eggshells 42 years later—coming soon on MUBI!

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Where the Boys Are (Bertrand Bonello, France)

Despite it’s long and ungainly title—and re-titled title in English—Bertrand Bonello’s intoxicating film about a turn of the century Parisian brothel, L’Apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close) a.ka. House of Pleasures a.k.a. House of Tolerance was one of the most startling, beautiful and troubling films at Cannes in 2011. Right before he finished that feature, Bonello directed this short film, which was one of my favorite films I saw at International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2010. Here’s IFFR’s description:

Teenage girls hope to have important, enthralling lives. Whilst waiting for these to arrive, they dance and kiss each other, then spy on hunky builders. This is the new, short film by Bertrand Bonello (Tiresia, Le pornograph, Cindy, The Doll Is Mine). Teenage girls live, chat, smoke and drink together. Across the road, good-looking builders are working on Gennevilliers’ mosque. The girls are waiting for adulthood, cheeky and simultaneously terribly insecure.

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Films by Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan, occasionally known in more formal circles as Lawrence Jordan, has been making experimental and animation films for half a century now. A friend of Stan Brakhage, with whom he hung out in New York with the likes of Maya Deren, and of Bruce Conner, with whom he started Camera Obscura, a film society that ran for a number of years, Jordan also established The Movie, San Francisco’s first 16mm experimental film theater in 1958. He’d also become a founding director of Canyon Cinema Cooperative, with whom we’re partnering to present seventeen of Jordan’s films.

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So where in the world to start? Probably with Our Lady of the Sphere (1969), if for no other reason than that it was entered into the National Film Registry in 2010. Here’s what the Library of Congress has to say about it: “Jordan uses ‘found’ graphics to produce his influential animated collages, noting that his goal is to create ‘unknown worlds and landscapes of the mind.’ Inspired by The Tibetan Book of the Dead, Our Lady of the Sphere is one of Jordan’s best-known works. It is a surrealistic dream-like journey blending baroque images with Victorian-era image cut-outs, iconic space age symbols, various musical themes and noise effects, including animal sounds and buzzers.”

Another recommendation would be Cornell, 1965 (1978). The background on that one is that, in 1959, Jordan sent Joseph Cornell a handmade book of stills taken from Eisenstein‘s Ivan the Terrible and the two of them struck up a correspondence. McKenna: “Over the next few years, Cornell commissioned Jordan to provide photographs and film sequences for him by mail…. In 1965, Cornell asked Jordan to come east to be his assistant. Living for a month in Cornell’s house in Flushing, Jordan worked on box assemblages, edited Cornell’s film Legend of Fountains and shot new footage for him, in addition to making the only film of Cornell at work.” Jordan would continue to make boxes and collages of his own throughout the following decades.

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In 1970, Jordan won a Guggenheim award to make Sacred Art of Tibet (1972), which features lives scenes and his friend Dean Stockwell. The San Francisco Chronicle has called it a “monumental effort that is laced with brilliant artistry, moments of deep impact.”

If you’re looking to sample more recent work, Jonathan Marlow has a suggestion: “Cosmic Alchemy [2010] is thematically and visually consistent with his earlier shots and yet, set to an evocative score by John Davis, Jordan has crossed into an unfamiliar and richly rewarding territory of metaphoric complexity. For the handful of folks unfamiliar with Lawrence Jordan’s work, Cosmic Alchemy will leave you desperately wanting more. For the rest, already quite familiar with his brilliance, this film will install a fresh appreciation for Jordan’s justifiable position among experimental cinema’s ascended masters.”

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Cyberendpunk 5 April, 2012 @ 4:33 pm   1

Screw HD this is my ‘go to’ service for movies! I was wondering if you will be adding any more far east films? Would love to see more Sion Sono films as I thoroughly enjoyed Love Exposure and Cold Fish which I saw on Mubi. And how about some Kurosawa?

Anyway it’s not a big deal but Im curious why the price of subscription is high when purchasing on PS3 than the website? I would love to subscribe for a month again as I already have money in PSN account and don’t like to use my credit card.