Disappearances, and reappearances, with Jonas Trueba and Hélène Frappat

“Come See”, by Jonas Trueba


come to see, Jonas Trueba sign a film, short, especially if we compare it with the river duration of its precedent,

who besides uswhich explores with false lightness and real depth what the Covid pandemic has done to us, and in particular the confinements, which have made a way of being in the world disappear and give rise to a serious feeling of unreality, but perhaps being also brings back the desire to make cinema, simply, and differently.

“Three Women Disappear”, by Hélène Frappat


Three women disappear, Helene Frappat signs a book haunted by cinema. A subjective and esoteric investigation, where she puts on the mastic raincoat of an exegete Inspector Columbo to track down more than 50 years of Hollywood cinema history, and through the Sophoclean tragedy of a line of iconic actresses: Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith et Dakota Johnsonthe signs of an organized and repeated domination, that of a cinematographic and patriarchal mistreatment, and of an organized disappearance, which we did not want to see for a long time and which is now obvious.

No Spring for Marnie by Alfred Hitchcock

– Universal Pictures

Le journal du cinema: Retrospective “Mani Kaul, the well-kept secret of Indian cinema”, with Nicolas Saada

It’s a pure apparition that the filmmaker tells us about Nicolas Send : that of the considerable work, and until now almost totally unknown, of the great Indian director Mani Kaulleading filmmaker of this New Wave that in India has been called the « parallel cinema », disciple both of Ritwik Ghatak, the leader of this movement, and at the same time of Bresson and Ozu. A staggering cinema, with its framing, its attention to faces, gestures, skin, the smallest details such as light or the vibration of the air. Four of his sublime films, made between 1969 and 1990, were released on Wednesday for the first time in France:

Uski Roti, One day before the rainy season, Doubt et

Nazar. “What I adore, in the cinema of Mani Kaul, explains Nicolas Saada, it’s how powerful women are and how vulnerable men are. We always associate India with castes and the fate that women suffer in this country, but there is in him the desire to make portraits of strong women, who decide, who resist the influence of men, the law of men, to the society of men. (…). And his female characters are always embodied by actresses who are both extremely beautiful and who at the same time have something very raw about them, which is really linked to everyday life. There is in Mani Kaul’s cinema a juxtaposition of the sublime, the sacred and something very down to earth and very apprehensible for the spectator: it is realistic poetry, not poetic realism..”

The Chronicle of Sandra Onana: “Laura”, by Otto Preminger

“Nazar”, de Mani Kaul

– ED Distribution

Sandra Onana returns to the reappearance of a reappearance, that of

Laurathe woman-image, woman-fantasy, victim of a morbid and unhealthy love ofOtto Preminger, reissued as a restored print on the widescreen. A man falls asleep dead drunk in front of the disturbing portrait of a dead woman, to whom he is bound by a necrophiliac love. When he wakes up, the said dead woman is very much alive, and is surprised to find him at home. She threatens to call the police. That’s good: the police, it’s him, who is investigating his murder. This is the incredible reversal of this film, one of the founders of the genre noir at Hollywood. The detective is Dana Andrewsthe resuscitated, Gene Tierney

Laura by Otto Preminger

– Swashbuckler Films

Plan Large announcements

Other retrospectives still invite your attention. To the

Cinematheque of ToulouseThose are the “Fatal Women”, until February 16. At the Cinémathèque française, depending on your mood, you can immerse yourself in the integral retrospectives of

Sembene Ousmaneor of

Fritz Lang.

The Jerome Seydoux-Pathé Foundation offers you, she,Crazy Love in silent films.

Outings of the week

  • A father and son in the butcher’s shop in the First World War, it’s

    Skirmishersof Mathieu Vadepieda didactic and moving evocation of the disastrous fate of auxiliaries rounded up in the French colonies to serve as cannon fodder in the trenches;

  • Equally political, a snowy Western-style manhunt in the Italian Alps, which sees a mountain widower rescue an Afghan widow hunted by xenophobic militias, is

    The survivorsof Guillaume Renusson ;

  • A romantic and staggering investigation where two brothers try to unravel the mysteries of their grandparents, possible Soviet spies in France, it is

    My dear spiesof Vladimir Léonwho had been seen playing in the Triple agent by Eric Rohmer, and who had already signed a very convincing The Brahmin of the Comintern 15 years ago ;

  • Behind the iron curtain, again, a Romanian adolescence in the 70s, where clandestinely listening to western rock on a banned radio station can land you in the hands of the Securitate, and force you to make tragic choices. is the very successful

    Radio Metronomepremiere film by an ancien collaborator by Cristian Mungiu, Alexander Belc ;

  • Still teenagers, today’s Romeos and Juliets whose love is thwarted by the racism and class contempt of their families, it’s

    16 ansthe new film by Philippe Lioretwith the discovery of two excellent young actors: sabrina levoye et Teilo Azaïs ;

  • A disappointing nothing, the return to Naples of the filmmaker Mario Martoneand of the character of his film, it is

    Nostalgiawhere the always excellent Pierfrancesco Favino, the Traitor by Mario Martone, is unfortunately stuck in a series of surprising shots from a filmmaker who knows his city so well;

  • A Japanese psychiatrist who bids farewell to his patients, to their dismay, because he is retiring, this is the remarkable documentary by Kazuhiro Soda,

    Professor Yamamoto retires ;

  • A surrealist and Finnish tragi-comedy, by an assumed disciple of Aki Kaurismäki and David Lynch, it is

    The strange story of the woodcutterof Mikko Myllylahti ;

  • And then finally, back on our screens, the cinema of Bertrand Blier, 1st chapter of a

    retrospective with already 5 films, including his first, the documentary Hitler, don’t knowwho made some noise on his way out.

Sound clips

  • Limboby pianist Chano Dominguez, excerpt from Come to seeby Jonas Trueba (2022)
  • Let’s Move To The Country, by Bill Callahan, extract from the soundtrack of Come to see, by Jonas Trueba (2022)
  • Excerpts from Birds d’Alfred Hitchcock (1963) ; de Roar, the Noel Marshall (1981); d’Looking for Debra Winger, by Rosanna Arquette (2002); of Cecil B. Demented, the John Waters (2000); the Fifty Shades of grey, Sam Taylor-Johnson (2015); theA woman disappears d’Alfred Hitchcock (1938)
  • Sanda in the afternoonexcerpt from the show Cinema, Cinemas, by Claude Ventura (1985)
  • Hitchcock Suite : Tippi Hedren, by Klaus Schulze (2011)
  • Extract of Laura, by Otto Preminger (1944)
  • Lauraby Rosemary Clooney, from the album Rosemary Clooney sings the lyrics of Johnny Mercer (1987)

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