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Each body is injured, each soul is thirsty,

Restless glances, sorrowful hearts,

Is this the world or the dominion of senselessness?

What is this world, even if I get it?

...

Burn it, smoke away this world!

Move this world away from me!

It is yours, you nurture this world!

There's no sign of life,

It's just the power to charm.

I'm lying in the rain,

But I never wave bye-bye.

But I try, I try...

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NYFF Masterworks: The Films of Guru Dutt: A Heart as Big as the World will be showing Guru Dutt's Pyaasa (1957) on October 7 & 11.  Leos Carax's Mauvais sang (1986) played as part of BAM's series Rendez-vous with Juliette Binoche.

Pyaasa broke my heart. It is a searingly lyrical work and not to be missed projected onto a screen. How lucky you are for the opportunity. I experienced it here in San Francisco at our 3rd i film festival and Frako Loden wrote it up for The Evening Class.
Thanks very much for posting this clip from “Mauvais Sang.” An outstanding and (as far as I can tell, and in my opinion unjustly) overlooked work, and this is probably one of my top five favorite sequences in all of cinema. I in fact heard “Modern Love” on the radio just this morning and was agog once more thinking of this wild, pained and furiously stylistic display from Carax and the very dancerly Lavant.

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