"Released in that mythical year of 1968, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea's Memories of Underdevelopment is, like its main character, both part of and apart from its time," writes Michael Joshua Rowin in the LA Weekly. "While Argentine revolutionaries Fernando Ezequiel Solanas and Octavio Getino were penning guerrilla filmmaking manifesto 'Towards a Third Cinema' and Jean-Luc Godard was jettisoning mainstream production for an uncompromising foray into radical Marxism, Underdevelopment spoke the international language of political modernism (montage, found footage, self-reflexivity) in order to look back on an actually successful revolution in dejection and frustration. REDCAT's pairing of this landmark of Latin American cinema with Miguel Coyula's unofficial sequel, Memories of Overdevelopment, highlights the enduring importance of the former and the avant-garde heritage sought and earned by the latter." Between Displacement and Nostalgia: Conflicted Memories of Cuba begins this evening at 6:30.
Alexander Jacoby for Sight & Sound: "For many cinephiles in the West, Mizoguchi Kenji remains best known for his bleak yet serene late period films, Ugetsu Monogatari (1953) and Sansho Dayu (1954). Yet these masterpieces were the conclusion to a rich and varied career that stretched back to the silent era. Indeed, one of Mizoguchi's silent films, Passion of a Woman Teacher (1926), was actually screened in Europe shortly after its original release — a rare example of a Japanese film that reached the West before the postwar breakthrough of Rashomon (1950). Sadly, like almost of its director's output before sound, that film is now lost. But one Mizoguchi silent that has thankfully survived is the extraordinary The Water Magician (1933), showing this weekend in a remarkable event at the Barbican, where it will be accompanied by the music of the koto and live benshi commentary." Tomorrow afternoon at 4.
The series Wunderkinder: The Directors of the New German Cinema runs Monday through October 31 at the Light Factory in Charlotte, North Carolina. During its last weekend, Friday through Sunday, Volker Schlöndorff will be on hand to present five of his films.
And for those who read German, Ekkehard Knörer has posted a first dispatch to Cargo from the Viennale, running through November 3.
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