Brief, hurried thoughts on Le Deuxieme Souffle (1966, Jean-Pierre Melville) and Mark Rothko’s Untitled (Black on Gray) (1970)

“What was it like?” It’s a question often asked to a filmgoer once they have returned home, leaving behind their cinematic companions and rejoining those friends or family who wished to remain in the sunlight, not submitting themselves to the darkness of the auditorium and its resulting hints of eyestrain. Sometimes the filmgoer wishes they … Continue reading Brief, hurried thoughts on Le Deuxieme Souffle (1966, Jean-Pierre Melville) and Mark Rothko’s Untitled (Black on Gray) (1970)

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A Visit to the Louvre (Une Visite Au Louvre, Straub & Huillet, 2004)

“Why not burn down the Louvre then, if one is afraid of what is beautiful?” Exhilarating. Why? Because Straub and Huillet, armed with just the images of the paintings discussed by Cezanne and Gasquet and their words on these pieces, have hit upon something truly thrilling (a different type of thrill than that of the … Continue reading A Visit to the Louvre (Une Visite Au Louvre, Straub & Huillet, 2004)