James Quandt: JAMES QUANDT, SENIOR PROGRAMMER AT TIFF CINEMATHEQUE IN TORONTO, IS THE EDITOR OF APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL (WALLFLOWER PRESS, 2009) AND ROBERT BRESSON (REVISED) (UNIVERSITY OF INDIANA PRESS, 2012)

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James Quandt: JAMES QUANDT, SENIOR PROGRAMMER AT TIFF CINEMATHEQUE IN TORONTO, IS THE EDITOR OF APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL (WALLFLOWER PRESS, 2009) AND ROBERT BRESSON (REVISED) (UNIVERSITY OF INDIANA PRESS, 2012)


1 LA NOCHE DE ENFRENTE and LA MALETA (Raul Ruiz) Life seems untenable without more films from Ruiz, whose final offerings--a feature that merrily journeys toward mortality, and his recently discovered and reworked first film, a mise en abyme short from 1963--returned the exiled Chilean maestro to his homeland and to his initial funhouse style.

2 THE LAST TIME! SAW MACAO (Joao Pedro Rodrigues and Joao Rui Guerra da Mate) The time-defying precincts of the former Portuguese colony prove to be both an architectural and a semiotic jungle for the film's unseen narrator in this tranny-noir essay-film, which combines the seedy exoticism and conspiratorial japery of Orson Welles with the displaced poetics of Chris Marker. Proceeding from Cindy Scrash's version of "You Kill Me" (straight out of von Sternberg's Macao) to a Kiss Me Deadly finale, Last Time treats cinephilia as a shoring against dissolution.

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3 IN ANOTHER COUNTRY (Hong Sang-soo) After the Robbe-Grilletian rigors of The Day He Arrives (2011), Hong decamps from wintry Seoul for coastal Mohang, where Isabelle Huppert and her Korean hosts exacerbate the director's customary social discomfort with a hilarious lingua franca of strangely cadenced English.

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4 NO (Pablo Larrain) Having employed Tarkovsky-era Russian camera lenses to achieve the etiolated lighting of Post Mortem, Larrain completes his Pinochet trilogy by shooting a supremely nuanced account of the 1988 Chilean referendum campaign in U-matic murk.

5 PERRET IN FRANCE AND ALGERIA (Heinz Emigholz) Emigholz's taxonomic catalogue of Auguste Perret's modernist buildings re-creates the tension between the ultrarational and the subtly exuberant in the architect's best work. …

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