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The Silver Screen - Color Me Lavender - Homosexual Overtones in Classic Cinema
From the ground-breaking director of ROCK HUDSON'S HOME MOVIES, Mark Rappaport takes us on a hilarious and provocative romp through the hidden and not-so-hidden gay undercurrents of Hollywood's Golden Years. Dan Butler acts as tour guide as he uncovers (despite…
Postcards
A long-distance love affair is prolonged through a series of postcards in Mark Rappaport's short film, one of the director's first experiments in video. The "deliciously ironic" (according to the Los Angeles Times) POSTCARDS tracks a romance played out entirely…
The Scenic Route
An experimental drama that spins the tale of a woman, her sister, and the man who completes the triangle. Told through such fertile sources as grand opera, classical painting, and Victorian melodrama. Winner of the Sutherland Trophy at the British…
Rock Hudson's Home Movies - The Life and Career of Actor Rock Hudson
A documentary about the career and eventual death from AIDS of actor Rock Hudson. Rock Hudson's Home Movies is a compilation of privileged moments from various Hudson vehicles that, in one way or another, confirm or deny (and thus serve…
Impostors
A polysexual vaudeville playing promiscuously with melodramatic intrigue, camp and intellectual gamesmanship, IMPOSTORS remains as unclassifiable as it was in 1979. Its slippery "plot" centers on the romance between besotted Peter and elusive Tina. She's a faithless bisexual and beauteous…
Exterior Night
In EXTERIOR NIGHT, there is no past. There is no present. There is only the inevitable now. Using rear-screen process plates from classic Warner Bros. film noirs, a young man (in color) searches for his past through black-and-white scenes from…
Chain Letters
Made in Manhattan during the worst early depths of the AIDS epidemic, this LA RONDE-style series of twosomes and threesomes never directly mentions that crisis. But the intricately interconnecting relationships glimpsed in mosaic-like shards here exist in a similarly embattled…
Sergei / Sir Gay - Examining Homoerotic References in Sergei Eisenstein's Films
Sergei Eisenstein, one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time, was also a brilliant plastic artist. His thousands and thousands of drawings are superb--as are the hundreds of homoerotic drawings he made for his own amusement, never…
From the Journals of Jean Seberg - A Creative Biopic About Actress Jean Seberg
Mark Rappaport's creative bio-pic about actress Jean Seberg is presented in a first-person, autobiographical format (with Seberg played by Mary Beth Hurt). He seamlessly interweaves cinema, politics, American society and culture, and film theory to inform, entertain, and move the…
Tati vs. Bresson - An Exploration of Filmmakers Jacques Tati & Robert Bresson
Two film directors share less in common than anyone else, and yet, Jacques Tati and Robert Bresson have both structured a scene which appears to be remarkably similar to each other. In Tati's case, a "gag" and in Bresson's case,…
Casual Relations
An ordinary day. Or is it? People go about their habitual behavior. Characters appear and then reappear in other scenes that may or may not belong together. In CASUAL RELATIONS, hints of melodrama shudder beneath the surface and no one…
Becoming Anita Ekberg - The Life and Career of Actress and Sex Symbol, Anita Ekberg
Anita Ekberg became an international symbol of lush beauty and unbridled sensuality in the 1960 Federico Fellini film "La Dolce Vita." Fellini cast Ms. Ekberg as a hedonistic American actress visiting Rome. A single moonlit scene -- in which she…
Debra Paget, For Example - The Short Career of Actress Debra Paget
Debra Paget was a contract player for 20th-Century Fox, whom they groomed and coached for stardom. But she never quite caught on. Maybe the movies weren't interesting enough. Or maybe she didn't stand out from the rest of the pack.…
John Garfield - The Biography of an Iconic Actor
Mark Rappaport completed his concise portrait of the legendary John Garfield in 2002, comprised (like much of his filmed essays) from existing film footage of the actor. Exceptionally engaging, Rappaport's extraordinary short contains more insightful observations of its subject than…
Local Color
Although LOCAL COLOR is usually credited as being a minimalist film through its foregoing of complicated set design, director Mark Rappaport has intentionally conducted a feeling of excess in its textual elements. A shifting interior monologue among the cast of…
Mur 19
Mark Rappaport's first film commences with Gerald Mur "studying the cinema" in the form of a blow-up glamor shot of Garbo. Then "the cinema" studies Gerald (from numerous angles) followed by a standoff as filmmaker and subject circle one another,…
I, Dalio - The Dual Identities of French-Jewish Actor Marcel Dalio
The great French actor, Marcel Dalio, had the lead role in Jean Renoir's "The Rules of the Game", and also appeared in Renoir's "Grand Illusion". In both films he played a character who was Jewish, as Dalio was in real…
The Vanity Tables of Douglas Sirk - A Video Essay Exploring Gender in the Films of Douglas Sirk
A video essay exploring the frequency and meaning of Vanity Tables in a wide variety of Sirk movies. Is it a device that traps and keeps women in an artificial world with a limited point of view? Or is it…
Our Stars - A Meditation on Youth, Beauty, Aging, and Box Office
Stars of the 40s and 50s--were they cast for their mutual affinities or for their commercial appeal? If and when they were re-starred years later, did the magic still work, did sparks still fly? The movie business--a machine that manufactured…
Mozart In Love
Mark Rappaport's second feature film (amongst a remarkable string of off-beat, experimental narratives that runs from CASUAL RELATIONS to CHAIN LETTERS) takes off from the deliberate anachronism of using modern props, performance styles and attitudes to evoke the romantic entanglements…