A parody of anthropology, linguistics, and cultural imperialism. The film follows an unlikely team of linguists into the wilds of an ersatz Patagonia to study the last speakers of a dying language. That language apparently consists of a single word, which therefore means everything. – IMDb
Chilean filmmaker Raúl, or Raoul, Ruiz (1941-2011) was one of the most exciting and innovative filmmakers to emerge from 1960s World Cinema, providing more intellectual fun and artistic experimentation, shot for shot, than any filmmaker since Jean-Luc Godard. A guerrilla who uncompromisingly assaulted the preconceptions of film art, this frightfully prolific figure – he made over 100 films in 40 years – did not adhere to any one style of filmmaking. He worked in 35mm, 16mm and video, for theatrical release and for European TV, and on documentary and fiction features and shorts. His career began in avant-garde theatre where, between 1956 and 1962, he wrote over 100 plays. Although he never directed any of these productions, he did dabble in TV and filmmaking in the early 1960s. In 1968, with the release of his first completed feature, the Cassavetes-like Tres tristes tigres (1968… read more
This was shown at NYFF in 2012 (with Jordi Torrent, Michael Almereyda and Willem Dafoe in attendance). Valeria Sarmiento also presented a digitised screening at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in March 2013. Could a DVD be on the way at last!?
The original Spanish language commentaries for Notebook’s series on Raúl Ruiz, plus a bonus new, untranslated Spanish article.
Memories of On Top of the Whale (1982), City of Pirates (1983) and others by Ruiz in our continuing tribute to the Chilean master.
Two recollections, one video essay and two short critical pieces on Raúl Ruiz.
Watch this Ruiz which “encases a rich barrage of ideas in the skin of a mock fable, set in a vaguely futuristic parallel universe.”
Jorge Arriagada’s collaboration with Raúl Ruiz is one of cinema’s most fruitful, varied and extensive composer-director partnerships.