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Films About Films

Films About Films

Los Angeles Plays Itself

Thom Andersen United States, 2003

Both a moving homage to his adopted hometown and an insightful work of film criticism, essayist and professor Thom Andersen has made a wide-ranging epic that explores how the City of Angels has been used in TV and cinema in the 20th century. Featuring clips from more than 200 LA-set films!

Art History

Joe Swanberg United States, 2011

Mumblecore director Joe Swanberg’s Art History is a filmic act of self-reflection, starring Josephine Decker! The enclosed space and suffocating atmosphere of a film shoot allows Swanberg to comment on the troubling and affecting nature of acting in film, and to react against his detractors.

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Knife + Heart

Yann Gonzalez France, 2018

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Paris, 1979. Anne is a gay porn producer, damaged by alcoholism and a recent break-up with her editor Loïs. When one of the stars of Anne’s latest productions is murdered, the shoot is thrown into turmoil. However, she pushes ahead with the film, not knowing the murderer will strike again.

VHS Massacre: Cult Films and the Decline of Physical Media

Kenneth Powell, Thomas Edward Seymour United States, 2015

Produced by iconic American production company Troma, this documentary is focused on the demise of physical media, an integral part of genre cinema. An incisive investigation into a monumental shift for both the industry and medium, the film features many icons from a vital era of independent film.

Giuseppe Makes a Movie

Adam Rifkin United States, 2014

A wildly surreal, outrageously funny and strangely touching documentary about a truly Outsider Artist, Giuseppe Andrews, who has made 30 feature films starring the seriously impaired residents of his trailer park.

When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism

Corneliu Porumboiu Romania, 2013

Romanian New Wave director Corneliu Porumboiu turns his hilarious deadpan style to a behind-the-scenes look at moviemaking in Bucharest. This duet (or is it a duel?) between a director and actress is a clever self-critique about what matters in cinema, as well as a withering satire of masculine ego.

Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno

Serge Bromberg, Ruxandra Medrea France, 2009

By a cinematic twist of fate, a famous film archivist got stuck in an elevator with the widow of the acclaimed French director Henri-Georges Clouzot. They began to talk about Clouzot’s final, unfinished film, and the result was Inferno: part documentary, part drama, a true work of cinephilia.

Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer

Thom Andersen United States, 1975

From Los Angeles Plays Itself director (and renowned teacher) Thom Andersen comes this biographical essay film on the pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Andersen literally re-animates Muybridge’s trailblazing experiments in motion studies while confronting his anguished personal life.

Outer Space

Peter Tscherkassky Austria, 1999

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A key film from the Austrian avant-garde, Outer Space re-appropriates footage from Sidney J. Furie’s The Entity into a maelstrom of images—a destruction of narrative norms, and an outright violation of traditional cinematic space.

The Stunt Man

Richard Rush United States, 1980

A fugitive stumbles on a movie set just when they need a new stunt man, takes the job as a way to hide out, and falls for the leading lady.

Kino Eye

Dziga Vertov Soviet Union, 1924

A cinematographic poem in which Dziga Vertov lays the foundation of his Kino-Eye principles, the film shows the incredible force of his theories, but also the beauty and energy of a society fresh from revolution, ready to face the challenges of a difficult future.

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