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La note bleue

Andrzej Żuławski France, 1991

Jason's rating of the film The Blue Note

This is not heritage pomp. Żuławski to me is the filmmaker who most invokes Artaud, and not because the films enact any kind of actual cruelty upon the viewer, but because they involve a kind of hurtling intensity and an ongoing engagement w/ practical madness and extremity. The actors are expected to give everything they have. LA NOTE BLEUE, like all of his films, nonetheless maintains rigorous formal control.