Mr. X, a Vision of Leos Carax plunges us into the poetic and visionary world of a mysterious, solitary filmmaker (Boy Meets Girl, Mauvais sang, Holy Motors) who was already a cult figure from his very first film.
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Notable for it's expressionistic use of light and superimposition in the talking head segments. Otherwise it is pretty much what you would expect having doubtlessly, like myself, seen these little cult of personality docs all yr bless'd life.
Nice opening of building interiors and the original music of Gael Rakotondrabe. Juliette Binoche says "He's the most indefinable man I know." The scene of Alex from Mauvais Sang spinning the radio dial and saying "Let us listen, and let our feeling take over." And then "...for the moment I am inventing titles for the films I am going to make," says Alex in Boy Meets Girl. Film clips and hearing others discuss Carax.
“A CINEPHILIAC ROMANCE! The titular director talks about his work, mostly in voice-over, with brilliance and surprising openness, while ravishing clips dissolve in and out of each other, making us hungry to see the films in their entirety again.” – Amy Taubin, Film Comment
I'm going to echo the previous "reviews." This is shameless promotional material. Nothing more. That it features clips from great movies and some pompous pronunciations by Richard Brody doesn't excuse the fact that this was probably run as an overlong introduction to a Carax retrospective at La Cinematheque Francaise. Just watch the movies instead.