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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 on assorted mailings written by a separated couple. American tourist…
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 Film Institute Awards.
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 eight complicates our perspective of how this film is meant…
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 milieu, an urban war zone: war between the sexes (or…
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 is quite who they seem to be. Everyone is haunted…
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 of the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Rich La Bonte) with…
The Circle Closes - An Examination of the Use of Props in Four Classic Films
An examination of four different films, which to varying degrees center on a prop, object, or an item that crosses various characters' lives and passes from hand-to-hand. The story in each film is, to a certain extent, told from the viewpoint of the object, which can neither speak nor evaluate…
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 onstage assistant to lookalike magicians Mikey and Chuckie (stage legend…
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, dueling with cameras to determine who's watcher and who's watched.…
The Silver Screen - Color Me Lavender - Homosexual Overtones in Classic Cinema
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Unseen Cinema 3: Light Rhythms - Music and Abstractions
Light Rhythms is part of the film retrospective Unseen Cinema that explores long-forgotten American experimental cinema. The rhythmic elements of cinema are explored by artists and filmmakers fascinated in the abstract qualities of light. The American authors of avant-garde classics Ballet mecanique (1923-24), Anemic cinema (1926), and Nuit sur le…
Unseen Cinema 4: Inverted Narratives - New Directions in Storytelling
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