Reservoir Dogs (USA, dir. Quentin Tarantino)
1992: Major works arrive from several established auteurs, as well as the arrival of four more (Quentin Tarantino, Julio Medém, Baz Luhrmann and David Fincher) that would follow their stunning debuts with the career-defining works that have made them icons of world cinema.
From out of left field, filling the gap left by the long-gestating 3rd installment of Godfrey Reggio’s Qaatsi Trilogy, Baraka, directed by Reggio’s Qaatsi DP, Ron Fricke, arrived with breath-taking images of epic beauty. Fricke’s footage (on 70mm film) of the flaming oil fields of Kuwait mirrored, complimented and, yet, stood at odds with Werner Herzog’s parallel images, that composed his greatest mid-period masterpiece, Lessons of Darkness.
Lessons of Darkness (Germany/UK/France, dir. Werner Herzog)
1992 Watchlist: BENNY’S VIDEO – BITTER MOON – CAREFUL – THE DARK SIDE OF THE HEART – DEAD GIRLS DON’T TANGO – THE EDGE OF TERROR – GITO THE UNGRATEFUL – HEIMAT II – HOWARD’S END – IN THE LAND OF THE DEAF – JAMÓN, JAMÓN – THE LONG DAY CLOSES – ORLANDO – THE PLAYER – REMOTE CONTROL – ROMPER STOMPER – SINGLE WHITE FEMALE – UNFORGIVEN – A WINTER’S TALE
Baraka (USA, dir. Ron Fricke)
Honorable Mention: BILL HICKS: RELENTLESS – DUST DEVIL – FOOD (short) – THE INHERITANCE OF FUCKOFGUYSGOODDAY [Dědictví aneb Kurvahošigutntag] (Czech Republic, dir. Věra Chytilová) – EL MARIACHI – WAYNE’S WORLD
Strictly Ballroom (Australia, dir. Baz Luhrmann)