Magazine article Artforum International

Marie Losier

Magazine article Artforum International

Marie Losier

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1 Trypps #7 (Badlands) (Ben Russell) A gorgeous woman tripping on acid, experiencing myriad emotions. There's a mirror, a loud gong, wind for sound--and the Badlands. A real trip!

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2 Le amiche (Michelangelo Antonioni) Antonioni's graceful camera had an eye for detail--architecture, interior design, fashion, cocktail parties--and, of course, sexy women. Sad, enveloping, and tremendously moving, the late maestro's 1955 film reappeared this year in a gloriously restored black-and-white print.

3 Daddy Longlegs (Joshua and Ben Safdie) A love letter to New York, brimming with loony characters and dialogue, nervous energy, laughs, and nostalgia, with a wonderful performance by Ronald Bronstein as an overcaffeinated father.

4 Le quattro volte (Four Times) (Michelangelo Frammartino) The highlight of Frammartino's poetic, meditative evocation of the circle of life is a laconic, almost Tati-like sequence culminating in a slow-motion car crash and a dog barking at passing villagers, some dressed as Roman legionnaires.

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5 The Little White Cloud That Cried (Guy Maddin) A hilarious, campy porn film from dear Guy Maddin, replete with transvestites, big breasts, and a dance of penises and skulls. One can feel Guy's exhilaration in undressing his camera.

6 To Die Like a Man (Joao Pedro Rodrigues) A mad mixture of genres, colors, and styles, breaking all expectations, leaving us transformed and sad with a smile. …

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