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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 efforts to launder American cinema of even the faintest traces…
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 viewer. Seberg's many marriages, as well as her film roles,…
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 classic Hollywood movies like "The Big Sleep," "Mildred Pierce," and…
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…
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…
Louisiana Boys
An unorthodox look at the colorful, Byzantine political culture of Louisiana, home to governors like the legendary Huey Long and his brother Earl (who was committed to an asylum during his last term), Jimmie Davis (who sang his farewell to the Legislature), the roguish four-time elected Edwin Edwards and reactionary,…
Mark Rappaport: The TV Spin-Off - The Films of Mark Rappaport
In this short film, Mark Rappaport begins musing on "the movies" and then quickly turns to the subject of "his movies" in this raffish introduction to his work up to the late-1970s. Hiding behind a beard, sunglasses and a fedora, he offers fleeting insight into his means (credit cards) and…
Financial Armageddon
It's 2009 and millions of people have lost their jobs and homes while hundreds of banks have failed and Wall Street is reeling. Unfortunately, the worst is yet to come. Continuing from Part One, this program goes into greater detail on the many complicated financial catastrophes that have the world's…
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…
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…
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…
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 many feature-length biographical documentaries